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Old 03-25-2013, 11:21 AM
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Default can tiels get addicted to millet?

It seems as though my tiels are eating to much millet and actually holding for it sometimes. I'm not sure if I should stop giving it all together. I also can't get them to eat any fresh foods! Do birds even need millet?
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:41 AM
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I think any bird can get addicted to it. And I have no idea why. It must be fun to eat or something because it's low fat and couldn't taste THAT good, but my birds all eat that FIRST if it's in their cages. I HATE feeding it because it makes such a mess. I took it out of my lovebirds' diet because they would fill up on that and not eat their other foods. Now, I only give it to them on special occasions as treats or to sprinkle over some new food I want them to try.
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Old 03-25-2013, 11:50 AM
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Since your birds seem to like it so much, do as Oowl did and sprinkle it on the fresh foods you want them to eat. Also put it underneath the new food so they have go to digging for it. They will inevitably eat some of the new food as well and it may help them to realize the other food is yummy too!
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Default Re: can tiels get addicted to millet?

It's already in most seed mixes so I don't give it to my birds in a spray. Maybe only as a treat on holidays.

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Spray millet for treats yes, they seem to like it best that way though.

Too much is maybe not such a good thing, but the trick is to find a balance.

I know personally my 2 birds have been chowing down on birdy bread like crazy. Dunno if it is the Zupreem pellets I've been soaking in apple juice and adding or what.
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I had a budgie named Pickles who passes away in October.
Im not kidding when I say millet ruined this bird. He was completely obsessed with it. I would let him out and the whole time he would spend running on the carpet looking for stray millet seed the vacuum didn't pick up. It was to the point where he would do this for hours. He really seemed like a drug addict.

I tried cutting him off cold turkey and he got so out of control it was a total nightmare. I literally had to ween him off of it. I never seen anything like it. So Hank rarely if ever get's millet.

My brother kids around alot saying Pickles died from a "Millet Overdose"(obviously he didn't)
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So, what is IN that stuff to make it so attractive to birds. Kirby, my lovebird, sustained an almost fatal injury last year. He was so grievously injured he had to be gavage fed at the vet for two days because he could not/would not eat. Following that, he started eating millet, which probably saved his life, but it took almost four months to totally wean him off of it. To this day, if he even spots the bag it comes in (or THINKS he does), he goes NUTS, wanting it so bad. When it's in seed mix, they don't seem to care that much about it. That's why I thought maybe it was tactile-fun for them to eat off the spray or something. I'll be curious if anyone knows the answer to why it's so addicting.

Of course, it's sunflower seeds for my large birds. They don't get but a FEW in any given week, and that's doled out in very tiny amounts, but they will do ANYTHING for one. We use them for emergency getting back in the cage NOW events.
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I would also love to know what is so amazing about millet that all birds love it. I realize its a treat but still

I'm tempted to try it
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mine dont get THAT bad over millet, but if my two tiels see the bag they start pacing their cage going nuts for it lol

i save spray millet for when my birds need to gain weight--during molts, illness, injury, or nesting. it's a high protein snack and its good for birds with no appetite. the high protein makes them pick up in weight, which is why mine will get a sprig a day when they need it. i try not to give it to them unless they need it, or for a very rare treat.
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LOL thats why in my house its refereed to as birdie crack. I give it more during molting or mating but just as a treat MAYBE once a week. More like once every 2 weeks and each pr get one spray to share.
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