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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 10-14-2016, 11:22 PM
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Hello! I got my new cockatiel, Alfie, today. I also took him to the vet for his first wellness visit today as well. His previous owner left him malnourished. I'm going to try and get him on some good pellets (Harrison's) and Volkman's no-sunflower seed. I'm also going to work on getting him used to some veggies as well. I was wondering if anyone else had some tips for fattening up a tiel? His next visit is in a month, and we're hoping he's healthy enough for his blood tests then.

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Old 10-14-2016, 11:28 PM
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Also, here are some quick photos of the cutie.



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what a beauty. Do you know his age ?
 
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what a beauty. Do you know his age ?
Previous owner said he's about two years old.

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I've heard really good things about Oatmeal. It's packed with carbs and protein (if I remember correctly), so it's not too bad a food for birds needing some weight on them, especially when it's offered warm.

Spray millet is another good treat. Healthy but a fun way to add on some grams
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I've heard really good things about Oatmeal. It's packed with carbs and protein (if I remember correctly), so it's not too bad a food for birds needing some weight on them, especially when it's offered warm.

Spray millet is another good treat. Healthy but a fun way to add on some grams
Interesting, I haven't heard anything about the oatmeal. I wonder what brand would be best and how often. Oh yeah, he's definitely gonna get some spray millet love haha.

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Interesting, I haven't heard anything about the oatmeal. I wonder what brand would be best and how often. Oh yeah, he's definitely gonna get some spray millet love haha.

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I originally heard about Oatmeal on a Guinea Pig forum some years back and since then it's been mentioned on occasional forums to help thin baby birds gain a bit of weight after weaning. I, for the life of me, can't remember which forum I read it on ... LOL!
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I originally heard about Oatmeal on a Guinea Pig forum some years back and since then it's been mentioned on occasional forums to help thin baby birds gain a bit of weight after weaning. I, for the life of me, can't remember which forum I read it on ... LOL!
That's okay, I'll do some research on it. Do you think egg food twice a week would help? He's not molting right now.

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Egg food would do good, I think. I mean, you're not feeding it to him as a main food every day so it's safe

I can't wait to see how this fella looks when he's got some weight on him, lol!
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Me either. He also had some super dry legs. We ruled out Scaley leg mites with a scraping, so the vet thinks it's due to the malnourished problem. He's very docile and super sweet. Kept flirting with all the technicians. *insert eye roll* LOL

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