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Food And Nutrition Post any questions you may have about your cockatiels diet here. Also feel free to share any cockatiel recipes you may know of.

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Old 11-03-2016, 09:44 AM
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Default Are we feeding Maggie right?

Our Maggie McGoo has grown into a sprightly, lively young lass who rejoices in a hearty appetite; we strongly encourage her to eat, and to try as much different food as possible, especially since she was drastically underweight when she came to us. So I'm particularly concerned that she's getting proper nutrition. Here's a sample Maggie menu:

Every day:
*about one-third of a cup of seeds and pellet mix,.
(I begin with high-grade pet shop cockatiel seed mix, add oat, rye, and buckwheat groats, safflower seeds, and striped sunflower seeds, mixed one-to-one with pellets)

* a big pinch of sprouts- mung beans, suzuki beans, lentils, garbanzos, peas, wheat, and barley.

*2 tablespoons of cooked grain-quinoa and/or emmerwheat and/or
barley, whichever we have on hand, mixed in with 1 tablespoon of fruit-flavored pellets soaked in a tablespoon of water.

She eats quite a bit of the seed-and-pellet mix and the "home cooking" every day and she demolishes sprouts.

*There's also greenfood (broccoli or parsley) to play with, tear up and eat every day or so.

*Twice a week we give her half of a hardboiled egg crumbled into her cooked food..

*Every now and then we hang a plain rice cake in her cage; I don't know how much of the rice cake she actually swallows, but she sure does enjoy tearing it to wee little pieces.

...and, of course, there's that irresistable, inimitable spray millet , which she has a little of here and there as bribes/treats/rewards.

She runs away from fresh fruit, and wouldn't eat a carrot on a bet.

Is this an adequate and well-varied diet? I'm sure there's room for improvement, but are we on the right track?

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Old 11-03-2016, 06:28 PM
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That sounds like a pretty awesome diet to me! I never could get my tiels to eat fruit either lol.
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She runs away from fresh fruit, and wouldn't eat a carrot on a bet.
I grate carrots, so my boy eats some carrots shreds "by mistake" while eating the rest of his diet...
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lol mine hate fresh fruits, they shy away from it and look at me weird like come again we r not eating that mango lol but they love dried fruits especially dates
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None of my birds will eat fruit and berries either isn't it strange you'd think they would love the freshness of fruit! Are you providing cattle fish or mineral blocks at all? Or grit? I provide my birds with a grit bowl, bird sand (some of my birds need it), cattle fish and iodine blocks (I think that's what they are called!). My birds get to choose what they want lol mine also like the odd dried mealworms now and then too. My birds seem to devour all sun flower seeds before attempting any other seeds. I think maybe they know that leafy greens and vegetables are more nutritious so perhaps that's why they go for it rather than the feuit
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Its not too bizarre... tiels just dont go for acidic food at all (IE: fruit) you might have luck with a very ripe banana.
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That sounds like an amazing diet. I wish Joey would be that adventurous. He seems to be terrified of fruit, but will at least lick most veggies.

I have found, recently, that the best way to get him to try new foods is to put some on the back of the couch. He has a bendy perch walkway from the top of his cage to the back of the couch, and spends most of his time wandering around on his towel which is close to me.

I started putting a small amount of pellets on the towel so he could munch while visiting with us, and then started putting shredded veggies there too. I shake the towel out after he goes to bed so any uneaten food is cleared away.

The towel gets changed every couple days as needed, since the main reason for it is to keep him from pooping on our barely 2 month old couch.
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Or grit? I provide my birds with a grit bowl, bird sand (some of my birds need it), cattle fish and iodine blocks (I think that's what they are called!). My birds get to choose what they want lol mine also like the odd dried mealworms now and then too.
Grit is unnecessary for tiels and can cause blockage in the crop, so it's not normally recommended for them. Bird sand either. If you do offer grit, it needs to be the soluble kind, not the food grinding kind so as to not cause crop impaction.
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Sounds like an awesome diet!
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It sounds good, if she eats everything.

I prefer not to mix pellets with seeds, since they'll usually ignore the pellets unless they're the only thing being served.
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