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Can I moosh all the ingredients together?

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Old 03-18-2017, 09:04 PM   #1
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Can I moosh all the ingredients together?

I brought home a new friend after 10 months of mourning and am rusty as to what to feed. I read the stickies and I have a question: All the ingredients such as fruits and vegetables, can I mix them all together after dicing? I even bought a small dicer as seen below. Also, can I use apple sauce? Thanks
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:49 PM   #2
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Yes you can mix it all together. I try to only mix things that I think would taste good together (ex. i would combine peas and carrots but i probably wouldn't combine strawberries with broccoli) but I don't know that this is necessary. As long as the birdies eat it, then it's fine

I've given my birdies some applesauce in the past but I limit it since I don't think it's very nutritious. I could be wrong though
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Oh yes, chop is yummy mixed! Mine like things small and they love quinoa so it helps them eat more if I throw some cooked quinoa in there or sprinkle a little chia seed on top. If your feeding fresh, bird safe foods you can't go wrong anyway they eat it. Except maybe letting it sit out to long, that's the only rule. I think a little fresh no sugar applesauce is fine, just don't go to overboard on fruits because of sugar more veggies less fruit is better. Berries are fantastic.
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:44 AM   #4
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Thanks for that advice! I will mix them up. I have been doing "taste tests" to see what he/she likes best. Once I determine the favorites I will do my mooshing. I also have custom made organic mash mix I make in the morning, plus some millet.

BTW, I heard that males should not be given hemp seed because it takes them want to mate and possibly get a fatty liver? But I wanted to use them for training treats one at a time. What do you think?

I will soon post close up photos to ask the forum if this bird is male or female.

Thanks, again
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Oh! New question.

I'm a busy guy and very foggy in the morning, so I want to do my mooshing the night before I feed him (or her). However, my wife claims I should not do it the night before but rather in the morning. I think this is a little puritanical in terms of nutrition. Is there a reason I should not prepare these ingredients the night before? Is it OK to do so?

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Old 03-21-2017, 10:59 PM   #6
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Thanks for that advice! I will mix them up. I have been doing "taste tests" to see what he/she likes best. Once I determine the favorites I will do my mooshing. I also have custom made organic mash mix I make in the morning, plus some millet.

BTW, I heard that males should not be given hemp seed because it takes them want to mate and possibly get a fatty liver? But I wanted to use them for training treats one at a time. What do you think?

I will soon post close up photos to ask the forum if this bird is male or female.

Thanks, again
Hemp, or about any seed is fine if given in moderation. So using it as a treat should not be an issue.
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I saw the thread by Aurora's mom about her bird not eating greens now. My new five month old bird doesn't have any interest in the healthy things I am providing for her and only seems to eat seed, millet and mash.

I have tried: banana, cantaloupe, grape, berry, watermelon, apple sauce, broccoli, cheese, egg, strawberry and a few other items, both mooshed and unmooshed, and at the end of the day there is no evidence they were touched by a beak.
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Oh! New question.

I'm a busy guy and very foggy in the morning, so I want to do my mooshing the night before I feed him (or her). However, my wife claims I should not do it the night before but rather in the morning. I think this is a little puritanical in terms of nutrition. Is there a reason I should not prepare these ingredients the night before? Is it OK to do so?

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in our house Huey gets his fresh foods in the evening at dinner time, he eats when we do. That is what works best for us. I also give him a bit of applesause when I give him pork chops.... hehe remember Peter Brady?
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Old 03-29-2017, 09:22 PM   #9
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UPDATE from the OP:

This 5 month male will not eat anything healthy. I tried to deprive him of seeds, mash and millet for a time period, where all he had access to was healthy food of fruits and veggies. He just won't touch it. Even pellets of different manufacturers he turns his nose up at.

My last plet Gypsy had a fatty liver from eating only seeds. From what I am understanding, they prefer what they had when they were youngsters.

The plus side is that I am using millet to train him as a treat.
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Have you tried mushy pellets? They spoil like fresh food, so they don't work all day, but Tumi says they are yummy. Parrotlets are stubborn. Most need the "green eggs and ham method." Would you eat it finely chopped? In big chunks? In a bowl? On the table? The 27th time I offer it? Cooked? Steamed? Raw? Clipped to the side of the cage? While hanging upside down from the top of the cage (this one isn't a joke...seriously)? During full moons (only half a joke)? Just keep at it and keep trying and trying. Try plates and bowls. Try offering on the kitchen table with you and in the main cage. Try a different color dish. Try a small ceramic kitchenware dish. Try everything!
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