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Old 01-05-2009, 09:12 PM   #11
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Millet actually is low fat, only about 4.25% compared to around 50% for sunflower, safflower, etc. So, it's fine and nutritious. No, I don't think you've done him harm not giving him seeds if you're giving him the grains and legumes (combined make for complete protein), plus fresh vegetables and fruits, AND if he hasn't lost any weight on that diet. If he's the same weight, he is probably very healthy!
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:57 PM   #12
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Yes, millet is good. Chipper LOVES when I give her a hunk of the middle of a bell pepper. She loves the seeds. Not sure how much she eats, but she loves them.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:03 AM   #13
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That's a fun idea, Sally. Bitsy does enjoy bell pepper seeds!
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:06 PM   #14
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diet

Proper and adequate diet is the single most notable
aspect in shaping the health, vitality, and permanence
of your Parrotlet.

Because we have removed them from their normal
surroundings, they are ham-fisted to hunt and select
for their food, so it is very crucial that we offer
them an adequate ration as a complete diet.

In the natural surroundings, a Parrotlet's
diet contains a huge variety of nourishing green plants,
from leaves, buds, springs, shoots, blossoms, and stems,
to nuts, seeds, fruits and berries. So, a majority of the
diet consists of fibrous green foods.

As a bird keeper, you need to emulate this green food
diet to keep your Parrotlet healthy. It is
advisable that you offer your Parrotlet one
or two green foods daily.

A diet containing mainly of seeds is insufficient for proper
nourishment for a Parrotlet. Besides, it is too
high in fat. Seeds should be fed in isolation only in the absence
of other healthy food choices because in Parrotlet
parlance, seeds are akin to junk food. Birds love them, but they
are not always the best options. Moreover, once hooked, birds
can become fussy when it comes to trying a varied diet.

Most pet Parrotlets need a diet that is a mix of
a variety of nourishing and freshly prepared foods, pellets
and having a small proportion of seeds in them.

Your Parrotlet's diet should contain dark yellow
and leafy green vegetables like Celery and lettuce that are
high in yarn and water content, as well as fruits like oranges
and papaya.

You also need to ensure that your Parrotlet's diet
has a sufficient quantity of proteins and vitamin A. For adequate
intake of proteins, you should give yourParrotlet food
items like rice and tofu. For vitamin A, ensure that your
Parrotlet gets food items like broccoli, sprout leaves,
dandelion leaves, spinach, turnip greens, and collard greens.

Apart from ensuring a proper diet for your Parrotlet,
you also need to follow proper food preparation techniques.

Make sure that you wash your dishes before preparing the food,
sanitize cutting surfaces and utensils and wash all the food items
thoroughly before giving them to your Parrotlet.

What NOT to feed your Parrotlet.

Keep your Parrotlet away from onions, germinated
Lima, fava and navy beans, fruit pits and apple seeds.

A Parrotlet is intolerant to lactose. That means that
no milk products, beyond a little quantity of hard cheese and
yogurt, should be fed to your Parrotlet.

The above tips should give you a good idea of what you need to
do in order to take care of your Parrotlet's diet.

However, your Parrotlet's diet is such an important
aspect of maintaining your Parrotlet that I have
devoted an entire book to this topic in the full version of my
training course.

And there is obviously not enough space here to cover everything
that it is absolutely necessary for you to know about your Parrotlet's diet.
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Old 01-11-2009, 09:34 PM   #15
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christyandrue, I see that you're new and I don't remember seeing an introduction. Maybe you could tell us a little about yourself and your bird(s) in the Introductions forum.

I agree with you on many of the diet points you make, but have a couple areas of disagreement. "Dark yellow and leafy green vegetables like celery and lettuce" - those two vegetables are low nutrient, fine to feed occasionally but not to rely on for good nutrition.

"For adequate intake of proteins, you should give yourParrotlet food items like rice and tofu." Rice is one of the least nutritious grains (and I'm talking about brown rice, not white rice, only whole grains), so there are better choices to feed though it's fine to feed a small portion of the diet in brown rice. I prefer to feed a mix of grains for better nutrition. Grains need to be combined with legumes in order to provide complete protein through complementary amino acids. The recommended legumes that are most digestible are mung, lentil, whole pea, and garbanzo. These can be soaked overnight and cooked the next day after draining, rinsing and adding fresh water - boil 10 minutes, then cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Or, after overnight soaking, they can be sprouted. The appropriate ratio for grains to legumes is 2:1 for complete protein.

There is some controversy about soy in the diet for parrots, though tofu is one of the most easily digestible forms of soy. I personally rarely feed it though it's probably fine to offer on a once or twice a week basis as part of a varied diet.

"For vitamin A, ensure that your
Parrotlet gets food items like broccoli, sprout leaves,
dandelion leaves, spinach, turnip greens, and collard greens."

Yes, those food items have beta-carotenes, but don't forget carrot, sweet potato, winter squash such as butternut, acorn and pumpkin, mustard greens, apricots, cantaloupe, papaya, mango, and orange.

"I have devoted an entire book to this topic in the full version of my
training course."

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Yarn? What in the world is yarn in terms of the diet?
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:05 PM   #17
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I have been relying on pellets as part of Sadie's diet to make sure she gets all her nutrients plus she really likes them. So I would say she eats about 30% pellets and the rest fresh foods. For Healey I would like to keep his pellet intake to a bit less than that. I bought some 18 bean mix to cook up and add into their diets. I am just checking to make sure this ok for birds? I actually bought it bulk from the community Health Food store here in Calgary and it is organic but aall the beans are acceptable to feed once soaked and cooked, correct? I also got a jar of wheat grass powder and I started sprinkling on a pinch of that to their fresh foods. I also give them a few flax or hemp seeds as a supplement or treat. Hemp seeds work well with clicker training. and a few grains of fresh bee pollen.

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Old 01-13-2009, 04:38 PM   #18
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I wouldn't suggest using the bean soup mixes for the birds. They contain some of the less digestible beans, such as limas, kidneys, etc. I think it's better to stick with mung, lentil, whole pea (split pea is okay if soaked and cooked), and garbanzo. I mostly sprout the legumes, but soaking overnight, draining, rinsing and cooking the next day is fine too.

Wheat and barley grass powder are excellent natural supplements, as is powdered alfalfa leaf. I feed a pinch of one of these at the morning meal, plus a very TINY amount of powdered kelp. Mountain Rose Herbs is a good internet source for these organic supplements.
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Old 01-22-2009, 08:55 PM   #19
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I had noted these supplements you suggested and ordered them from Mountain Rose Herbs. They came today and are just so fresh looking. Feeding them begins tomorrow. Thanks for the suggestion, Reta!
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I have been very happy with the quality from Mountain Rose Herbs too. Re the kelp which supplies necessary iodine, P'lets should only get the tiniest amt, really just a few grains. I give a small pinch of the green supplements, and you don't need to worry with those about giving too much, within reason of course!
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