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Old 06-22-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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General P'Let care article

I've recieved so much help here already I thought i'd link this really cool article I came across on general parrotlet care. I bet most of you have seen it already, but i'll link it for other newbies like me


http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww48eii.htm
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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Yes, that is a good article, Sandee M is the best. I have her book, good to get and keep on hand. Thanks for posting it.

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Old 06-22-2012, 09:03 PM   #3
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I have also seen this article. It is an excellent article. Good info and well written. Thank you for sharing it. Surely there are people that have not seen it.
It is good for us to read these things again anyway. For me if it's out of sight it is soon out of mind.
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Old 06-22-2012, 09:20 PM   #4
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I have Sandee's book also. It's considered by many to be the best book on p'lets. Thanks for finding that and sharing. It was good to read it again and your right many newcomers will benefit.
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Very helpful article for newbie's! I'll be reading it frequently!
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Definitely very helpful! I will buy her book posthaste!
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Question

I just read the suggested excellent article. I have a question about one recommendation. Am I understanding correctly - that all parrotlets that aren't green are considered to be mutations? If so, the section quoted below states that mutations should not be fed pellet food, but at the same time it says seed is not enough. Should I be buying some sort of vitamin supplement for my boy? I have good quality cockateil seed, ZuPreem Fruit Blend (which states that it is for parakeets, parrotlets, and other small parrots), and yogurt dipped sunflower seeds for a treat. So far he only seems to be interested in the millet, though.

Anyway....if I am reading this right, I should not buy pellet food for my Cheeky???? The ZuPreem Fruit Blend is not seeds, it's colouful little round bite-size crunchies. Is that considered to be pellets?

"There is much controversy over the benefits of pellets versus seeds. However it is agreed that a "seed-only" diet is extremely nutritionally deficient. There are many good brands of pellets available and again, feed pellets formulated for cockatiels or other small hook bills. Parrotlets will often eat both pellets and seeds, so both can be provided. Color mutation parrotlets should not be fed pellets. Some mutations seem to be susceptible to kidney damage when fed pellets."

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I just read the suggested excellent article. I have a question about one recommendation. Am I understanding correctly - that all parrotlets that aren't green are considered to be mutations? If so, the section quoted below states that mutations should not be fed pellet food, but at the same time it says seed is not enough. Should I be buying some sort of vitamin supplement for my boy? I have good quality cockateil seed, ZuPreem Fruit Blend (which states that it is for parakeets, parrotlets, and other small parrots), and yogurt dipped sunflower seeds for a treat. So far he only seems to be interested in the millet, though.

Anyway....if I am reading this right, I should not buy pellet food for my Cheeky???? The ZuPreem Fruit Blend is not seeds, it's colouful little round bite-size crunchies. Is that considered to be pellets?

"There is much controversy over the benefits of pellets versus seeds. However it is agreed that a "seed-only" diet is extremely nutritionally deficient. There are many good brands of pellets available and again, feed pellets formulated for cockatiels or other small hook bills. Parrotlets will often eat both pellets and seeds, so both can be provided. Color mutation parrotlets should not be fed pellets. Some mutations seem to be susceptible to kidney damage when fed pellets."

Yes a nything but green is a mutation. Yes, this is an ongoing fight in the community. I feed 60//40 pellet seed and the main is veggies, protien, grains, fruits, etc. If you dot his you do not need supplements. I vary on the 60/40 ratio pellet being the highest for awhile and then seed but I make sure they get all the good fresh veggies, and foods all the time. Sprouts are good for them too! Sandee M. feels that they do not drink enough water as compared to bigger parrots and you need to drink a lot of water with pellets or it can cause kidney problems. Since she is one of the early pioneers in p'let breeding etc. I tend to follow her advice. Others believe all pellets is better. You have to make an informed decision on your own. Do what you feel is best but do not feed supplements and pellets you will have way to high a dosage for your bird.
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I just read the suggested excellent article. I have a question about one recommendation. Am I understanding correctly - that all parrotlets that aren't green are considered to be mutations? If so, the section quoted below states that mutations should not be fed pellet food, but at the same time it says seed is not enough. Should I be buying some sort of vitamin supplement for my boy? I have good quality cockateil seed, ZuPreem Fruit Blend (which states that it is for parakeets, parrotlets, and other small parrots), and yogurt dipped sunflower seeds for a treat. So far he only seems to be interested in the millet, though.

Anyway....if I am reading this right, I should not buy pellet food for my Cheeky???? The ZuPreem Fruit Blend is not seeds, it's colouful little round bite-size crunchies. Is that considered to be pellets?

"There is much controversy over the benefits of pellets versus seeds. However it is agreed that a "seed-only" diet is extremely nutritionally deficient. There are many good brands of pellets available and again, feed pellets formulated for cockatiels or other small hook bills. Parrotlets will often eat both pellets and seeds, so both can be provided. Color mutation parrotlets should not be fed pellets. Some mutations seem to be susceptible to kidney damage when fed pellets."

Check out this thread for a debate on this by vets. http://talkparrotlets.com/showthread.php?t=1029
Veggies are much preferable to vitamins, no matter what else you feed.
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great advice

Thank you for your reply. What you are doing makes total sense to me. At this point my guy will take a bite of seed here and there, but is clearly more interested in filling up on millet. I imagine as he gets a little older he will become more interested in the seed mix....I hope so anyway!

Thanks again...it just seemed like she contradicted herself, and I certainly want to offer the best food choices for my guy. He's not really interested in fresh foods yet either, but he did take a few bites of my banana. I will keep trying. I know it will take time, and I'm really not worried about that part of his feeding at this point.
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