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pellets vs seed, discussion among vets

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Old 10-04-2007, 03:00 PM   #21
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Don't fret Memmey - Jo's just stuck in her ways (aren't we all) - At least she's eating WAY better than she was when you found her ! Eh?
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:01 PM   #22
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she may never eat anything but seed, but remember another vet did mention he had a quaker parrot (prone to fatty liver) come in that was 27 and only ate seed and seemed healthy.

I don't think your babe is bad off at all. Whats that saying? "You can lead a horse to water, but you cant force them to drink."
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:03 PM   #23
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I think that is what her tatoo says. That little tramp.
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Old 10-04-2007, 03:07 PM   #24
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OMG I really did laugh out loud at your comment... "little tramp" BWAHAHA now my birds are looking at me funny.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:19 PM   #25
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Here is a link, it's not vets but it has some good info.
http://www.parrotletranch.com/pellets.html

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Old 03-18-2008, 08:55 PM   #26
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These vets seem to approve pellet diets for parrotlet mutations which reassures me...at some point I was wondering if my breeder told me seed diet was bad only to sell me more pellets (no roudybush in pet shops...). Since a couple of weeks I noticed Caly didn't eat as much pellets as she used to so to make sure she doesn't stop to eat them completely I reduced the amount of seeds available...now she eats more pellets. Still...she's crazy of seeds when I give her some...I'd feel bad to completely cut seeds. Is a teaspoon of seeds an acceptable amount for a day? After she's done with her seeds she can eat pellets, beak appetit (not always but often), fresh vedgies and eggfood...So her daily diet is something like 20% seeds (sometimes less), 20% pellets (sometimes more), 30% beak appetit, 15% fresh vedgie/fruit and 15% eggfood...Is this a good diet or I should increase the amount of pellets compared to other things? I made so much effort to make her eat a good variety of stuff, I hope I haven't done that for nothing
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:19 PM   #27
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Personally, I wouldn't feed all of one thing over another thing.

it sounds like you are giving a varied diet, which imo, is the key to a healthy bird.

I offer pellets, seed, and fruit and vegetables. The bulk of the diet is beak appetite, but they are offered all of the above.
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Old 03-18-2008, 10:18 PM   #28
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RE the diet, it's good that you're feeding a variety, very important. However, I would up the fresh vegetables, and maybe reduce the egg food. Parrots don't need much animal protein. A teaspoon a week of cooked egg is a recommended amount for a 450 gram African Grey, so you can see that a tiny P'let would need very little, and certainly doesn't need it daily.

I feed no pellets at all to Cello, though I do have pellets in the dry mix for the big birds. I think they are okay as a small part of the diet. Lots of fresh vegetables are fed here, a little fruit, sprouted grains and legumes, a dry grain/seed mix, and a cooked grain/lentil/sweet potato mix. Parrotlets are such high energy birds, they can eat grain/seeds (less of the high fat seeds, more grains such as millet and oat groats) without gaining weight. I give Cello about 1 1/2 tsp. a day of the dry mix. He eats every bit of it, plus eats his other food well. I am amazed at how much such a tiny bird can eat! He gets millet sprays as training treats and loves them. He was on a seed only diet before I got him (a lousy mix at that), but he is eating well now.
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Thanks for Catfish and Chapala! It's so complicated to find the perfect diet for our birds! I did reduce the eggfood and beak appetite in the past days, I just have to be careful and not spoil her ALL the time with her favourite food She usually gets a fresh vedgie or fruit every day and I make her eat a little bit more pellets now...she also gets about 1 teaspoon of budgie seed every day and/or millet spray, since a while I also give her the beak appetit 'grass thing', she seems to love it
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Old 03-25-2008, 11:44 PM   #30
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GREAT JOB Catfish.. wow, now I feel better.
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