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What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)

Post by Melika » Wed Aug 26, 2009 10:28 pm

Please post and tell me what I have missed so we can add it to the list and help out everyone here. :)
If you are hand-feeding or weaning, some basic info can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=799

Tip: Use ctrl+f to search the list quickly.

Foods are listed as fruit/vegetable only. Any safe plant parts will be noted (e.g. "Carrots and carrot greens").


Common Foods for your Bird

Vegetables:
(veggies should be what your bird gets the most of; feed leafy greens in moderation at first to avoid diarrhea)

Artichoke
Arugula
Asparagus
Beets and greens
Bok Choy
Broccoli and greens
Brussel Sprouts
Cabbage (both red and green)
Carrots and greens
Cauliflower and greens
Celery
Chard
Chickweed
Chicory
Chinese Cabbage
Cucumber
Dandelion Greens
Edamame (A.K.A. Soybeans; for details on feeding soy: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11668&p=69360#p69360 )
Eggplant
Endive
Fennel and leaves, stems, seeds
Jicama
Kale
Leeks
Lettuce (Romaine, etc. - darker is better)
Mustard Greens
Okra
Peas/Snap Peas/String Beans/Snow Peas
Peppers (all kinds and colours)
Radicchio
Radish and greens
Spinach
Sweet Potato/Yam (cooked/parboiled)
Swiss Chard
Squash (all kinds including pumpkin and zucchini)
Tomatoes (fed in moderation, some concern about the acidity)
Turnips and turnip greens
Watercress
Wheat Grass
Yams (a true yam is not a sweet potato)


Fruits:
(your bird should get more veggies than fruits; remove pits/seeds from fruits you don't eat the seeds of like apples, peaches, etc.)

Apples (no seed)
Apricots (no seed)
Banana
Blackberries
Blueberries
Boysenberries
Cactus Fruit (A.K.A. Prickly Pear, Opuntia, Cactus Fig, Indian Fig, or Tuna [in Spanish])
Carambola (A.K.A. starfruit)
Cherries (no seed)
Coconut (feed sparingly due to fat content)
Cranberries
Currants
Custard Apple
Dates
Dragon Fruit
Feijoa (A.K.A. Pineapple Guava)
Figs
Gogi Berries
Gooseberries
Guava
Grapefruit
Grapes
Hawthorn
Hedge Apples (A.K.A. Osage Orange)
Horned Melon (A.K.A. African Cucumber or Kiwana)
Kiwi Fruit
Lemon
Lime
Longan
Lychee
Mango (no seed)
Melon (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew)
Mulberries
Nectarine (no seed)
Olive (fresh)
Oranges
Papaya
Passion Fruit
Pawpaw (cooked; uncooked may be gastrointestinal irritant)
Peach (no seed)
Pear (no seed)
Persimmon (must be fully ripe, unripened can be toxic)
Pineapple
Plum (no seed)
Pomegranate
Pomelo
Quince
Raspberries
Rose Hips
Rowan Berries
Schizandra Berries
Strawberries
Tamarillo
Tangerine


Grains:
(fed in very small amounts)

Brown Rice (when fed with cooked beans, makes complete protein)
Buckwheat
Corn (frozen/fresh/dried/cooked: whole kernel, on the cob, plumped, popped, cracked)
Hemp
Oat Groat/Hulled Oat
Oatmeal
Pasta
Pearl Barley
Quinoa


Proteins/Other:

Beans (soaked overnight, rinsed thoroughly, and cooked) chick peas/garbanzo beans, broad beans, runner beans, mung beans, lentils (brown, green and red), adzuki beans, etc. (many bird owners just buy a 5/7/10/15 bean mix and cook small amounts as needed)
Chicken (cooked, many parrots will break open the bones for marrow)
Eggs (cooked through/hard boiled with or without shell which adds calcium)
Egg Food
Nuts (almonds, walnuts, acorns, pecans, hazel, macadamia, pine...)
Peanuts (more in depth info on peanut safety viewtopic.php?f=13&t=11110)
Seeds (typical birdseeds- GOOD for your bird!)
Sprouts (most nutritious as soon as the emerging sprout pokes through)
Yoghurt


Herbs & Spices

Alfalfa
Aloe
Anise
Basil
Bay leaf
Burnet
Cayenne
Chamomile
Chervil
Chickweed
Chives
Cinnamon (Ceylon)
Coriander (cilantro, Chinese parsley, dhania)
Cumin
Cress
Dill
Echinacea
Garden sorrel
Garlic
Ginger Root
Kelp/Seaweeds (Dulse, Wakame, Undaria, Kombu, Nori)
Lemon balm
Lemongrass
Lovage
Marjoram
Melissa
Milk Thistle
Mint
Mugwort
Oregano
Paprika
Parsley
Purslane
Roquette
Rosemary
Sage
Savory
Shepherds Purse
Sorrel
Tarragon
Thyme
Turmeric


Pellets:
NOT required for your FID's health and NOT a substitute for fresh foods!
If you are switching to pellets, read this post on an easy way to transition. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=17287#p97324

Exact http://www.kaytee.com/
Harrison's http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/
Mazuri http://www.mazuri.com/parrot.aspx
Roudybush http://www.roudybush.com/
Totally Organics http://totallyorganics.com/
Tropican http://www.hagen.com/
Vetafarm http://www.vetafarm.com/
Zupreem http://www.zupreem.com/


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{Recipies}

https://companionparrotonline.com/Diet.html (Sally Blanchard’s famous ‘GLOP’)

https://featheredangels.wordpress.com/p ... s/recipes/

http://www.parrothouse.com/recipes.html

http://www.birdsnways.com/birds/recipes.htm

http://www.parrotparrot.com/parrot-heal ... irds-love/




Hane and Tsume's Sweet Potato Mash

Boil a sweet potato or two (quartered and skin on) til easily pierced with a fork then mash it.

Mix in a lot of finely diced or small uncooked veggies (carrots, squashes, peppers, cauliflower, peas, corn (though corn is a grain, NOT a veggie), etc. Broccoli can be used but I find it flavours the mix strongly so I won't mix it in every time. Optional: sprinkle in a little cayenne pepper for a spicy flavour.

Scoop the mix into ice cube trays and freeze for individual portions, putting in a freezer bag when hardened.

Warm a cube on the stove or microwave (stir a lot if you decide to use a microwave to avoid hotspots) and serve.

They also enjoy it cold (semi-thawed), but go mad over it when it is warm. (:

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Some helpful links:


Nutrition
http://www.parrotsociety.org.au/article ... quirements

http://www3.upatsix.com/liz/articles/nutrition.html

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww14eiv.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww47e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww54eiii.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww50eiii.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww42eii.htm

Your Parrot's Diet

http://www.rationalparrot.com/diet.html

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww47eii.htm

http://www.companionbirdworld.com/CONTR ... ET%201.pdf

Guide to Sprouts
https://thehappycockatoo.wordpress.com/ ... r-parrots/

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww32e.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww2e.htm#iii

Edible Flowers
http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww38eii.htm

Herbs
http://eclectusparrots.net/herbs.html

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww24eii.htm

Juice
http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww28eii.htm

Foraging
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=11701&p=69400
viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13466
http://www.parrotenrichment.com/




Changing Your FID's Diet:

http://www.companionbirdworld.com/CONTR ... RS%201.pdf

http://parrotpressnews.blogspot.com/201 ... -diet.html

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/using ... onversion/


Medicinal Foods:

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww14e.htm (part 1)

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww16eii.htm (part 2)


Poisonous/Toxic For Parrots:

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww18eii.htm (pesticides on produce)

http://birds.about.com/od/feeding/tp/poisonousfoods.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/articles/poisons.htm

http://www.parrot-and-conure-world.com/ ... birds.html


Cleaning and Pests:

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww26eiii.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww35eii.htm

http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww6eiv.htm


Landscaping Plants

http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-housing ... lants.aspx
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Re: What to Feed your FID (feathered kid)

Post by effekt » Thu May 13, 2010 2:34 pm

This list is SO helpful, thank you for compiling!

I heard from the breeder I got my IRN from that celery is a bad idea because of the choking hazard (rhubarb too). Have you heard anything about that? I also read that asparagus is not recommended, although I'm not sure why. There seems to be so much conflicting information out there for what birds can and can't eat.

Just curious to get your input because I saw you included celery on your list.

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Post by Melika » Sun May 30, 2010 11:36 pm

For celery, our parrots seem to chew on it until the water is gone and not actually eat the fibers. I imagine if a parrot did try to swallow the fibers on their own, it could be a choking hazard. Watch and see how yours eats it to be sure.

Asparagus can cause gastric upset if fed too much of it. As with everything, feed in moderation.

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It should be noted that ANY food (natural or not) can react badly with a particular parrot. ANY object can present a hazard if your parrot uses/eats it improperly. It's our job to keep watch and notice. :)
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Post by xx_sheena_xx » Mon May 31, 2010 2:00 am

mine eat celary and never have choked

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Post by jimmyjack » Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:02 am

as for rhubarb - this should be added to the avocado and caffeine list of NEVER FEED YOUR BIRD

rhurbarb is actually toxic, even for humans. we cook it in particular ways to cook out the toxins, but for your bird it can be lethal. why you would try to feed your bird something like this is beyond me, but this is the reasoning!

out of curiousity, in what ratio of seed to fruit and veg should they be fed?
at the moment, i have seed through the day and a fruit/veg mix in the afternoon and night. should this be rotated the other way with fruit and veg more frequently available?

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Post by _Lady_Flame_ » Tue Jun 15, 2010 2:29 pm

thank you sooo much for that list. it helps alot and that recepies sound very tasty :) ill try something for Alex:)
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Post by moose » Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:17 am

Thanks for the List very helpful.
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Post by Razsringnecks » Tue Sep 14, 2010 2:52 am

Hi,
Just a few things about your fruit...

Apples (no seed) not a problem at all, a bird would have to consume tons of seeds for it to do any harm!
Apricots (no seed)
Banana
Blackberries
Blueberries
Carambola (starfruit)
Cherries (no seed)
Coconut (feed sparingly due to fat content)
Oranges
Grapes
Kiwi Fruit
Lemon
Lime
Mango (no seed)
Melon (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew)
Nectarine (no seed)
Papaya
Passion Fruit
Peach (no seed)
Pear (no seed)
Pineapple
Plum (no seed)
Pomegranate
Raspberries
Strawberries

Some fruit and veg...when you cut them up it is easy to remove them....however.....
I just have to say...does a bird in the wild have the seeds taken out for them?
:P lol!

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Post by Melika » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:11 pm

jimmyjack wrote:out of curiousity, in what ratio of seed to fruit and veg should they be fed?
at the moment, i have seed through the day and a fruit/veg mix in the afternoon and night. should this be rotated the other way with fruit and veg more frequently available?
Since birds seem to eat the most in the mornings and late afternoon/evenings, those are the times I like to give fresh foods.
I generally like something around a 75/25 ratio of veg to fruit (or even less fruit), respectively. Some days the birds get a treat of mostly fruit and other days all vegetables. I like to switch it up and keep variety in their diet- instead of the same thing over and over.

I do leave seed or pellets in their dishes- but if they have fresh foods they definitely eat those instead!
jimmyjack wrote:as for rhubarb - this should be added to the avocado and caffeine list of NEVER FEED YOUR BIRD

rhurbarb is actually toxic, even for humans. we cook it in particular ways to cook out the toxins, but for your bird it can be lethal. why you would try to feed your bird something like this is beyond me, but this is the reasoning!
There is some interesting information on rhubarb floating around on the web. And actually, we don't cook out the toxins but rather cook and eat the parts that contain less of the toxic oxalic acid (the stem). The leaves and root carry the toxic levels.

You might be interested to know that grapes, cabbage, spinach, potatoes, berries and peas also contain differing levels of oxalic acid.

Some believe rhubarb (even the stalks) might be toxic because of anthraquinone glycosides (also found in aloes, the 'latex' part can cause a laxative effect and worse over time with constant ingestion) or a combination of that and the oxalic acid contained in the plant, though no one really knows just yet. Some are adamant that raw rhubarb is always poisonous, no matter what. Others believe raw rhubarb stalks are perfectly safe.

What we do know is that individuals can react to different foods in very different ways and our birds can too.

You might note that rhubarb isn't on the list to feed. But I thought this information was interesting nonetheless.

Rhubarb information:
http://www.rhubarbinfo.com/poison
http://www.suite101.com/content/rhubarb ... ons-a57047


Razsringnecks wrote:Some fruit and veg...when you cut them up it is easy to remove them....however.....
I just have to say...does a bird in the wild have the seeds taken out for them? :P lol!
Of course not. It is simply a universal precaution since some of our pet birds don't seem to know any better. As noted in an earlier post, ANY object can present a hazard if your parrot uses/eats it improperly. It's our job to keep watch and notice. :)
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Post by Melika » Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:12 am

Couldn't sleep so... Updated:

Lists expanded (through research and answers to past topics) and links a little more organized/described.


Special notes: warning on Persimmons and Pawpaw.
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Re: What to Feed your FID (feathered kid)

Post by violet » Sun Nov 28, 2010 2:20 am

hi there,

I am a brand new owner of a green indian ringneck. I was just reading this post and need to ask - its says they dont need pellets but the lady I got the bird from said they need these special multicoloured pellets and gave me some for him. also she gave me these seeds that i am supposed to make sprout and wash several times before giving them to my bird. I am way confused as to what i am supposed to give him. She also said to feed him small parrot bird seed.

Please help me, If i can just feed him fruit, veges and grain and seeds that would be much easier.

thanks for ur help,

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Post by ellieelectrons » Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:24 am

Hi Vi

Congrats on your new birdie & welcome to the forum.

There are all sorts of opinions on what you can / should feed your birds. You should definitely give them fruit and veg on a daily basis. I also give mine sprouting seed occasionally... however, when they were little I gave it to them daily as soaked seed is softer and easier for them to eat.

Each day I alternate between seed (small parrot seed is fine but I use budgie seed because I wanted to remove sunflower seeds from their diet) and pellets (I give them the multi-coloured ones but I have also given them roudybush in the past).

I also give them fruit & veg daily on a metal stick. I try to give them more veg than fruit as fruit is high in sugar.

Most days I give them a tiny bit of millet spray.

Less often I give them sprouting seed mixed with their veges in a bowl.

I've heard people say that pellets are a complete diet and you don't need to give them anything else. I've heard others say pellets are not natural and we shouldn't expect birds to eat them.... so I try to hedge my bets and keep it interesting for my birds and give them a mixture of things.

Good luck!

The most important thing is to ensure that your bird is eating, especially when they're young. If you try different fruit & veges, you'll soon get to know what he likes.

Enjoy your new companion.

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Post by violet » Sun Nov 28, 2010 3:54 pm

Hi Ellie,

Thank you for your reply. I guess its just like having kids, everyone will tell you what to do but its up to you to decide whats best =)

I think my bird is 3 months old, but I cant be entirely sure. He was hand raised but in the last few weeks has spent more time in a cage and as such he is quite afraid when I try to take him out. Hopefully time will help him to be more confidant.

I also have a 2 year old son who adores the bird already, my son giggles and squeals which of course scares the poor bird LOL but I am working on introducing them to each other slowly. Which is proving difficult as my little one always wants to touch the bird and when I take him away my son screams & cries.

Such fun lol :wink:

Oh and by the way I have named the bird "Pakshi" which is hindi for "bird"
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Post by kaz786 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:51 am

thanx ive heard many rumours about feeding your parrots chillies is this appropriate i dont think soo??

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Post by ellieelectrons » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:15 pm

There is no problem with feeding them chillis. They don't taste the spice as they have different taste buds. Someone on this forum told me green chillis help bring out their colourings.

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Post by neomymikey » Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:22 pm

There is dried red chillies in my small parrot mix :)

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Post by Monique » Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:33 pm

Hi everyone,

Glad I found this website!

Would anybody know if IRN can drink Soya Milk?

M :D

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Post by Melika » Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:14 pm

Monique wrote:Hi everyone,

Glad I found this website!

Would anybody know if IRN can drink Soya Milk?

M :D
That would depend on what was added to it. In some places salt is added, and in others it is sweetened. Plain soya milk should be fine in small amounts.


Some info on soy posted a bit back, if you want to research it yourself. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=11668&p=69360#p69360
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Post by autumn » Sun May 01, 2011 4:03 am

My babies are not eating yet but this thread is a great help in getting their diet ready. Thank you so much for all the work you put into this list for us all.

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Post by Ringneck newbi » Tue May 17, 2011 8:48 am

Should i be feeding cooked veggies or raw veggies? Thanks.

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Post by Melika » Fri May 20, 2011 10:23 am

Ringneck newbi wrote:Should i be feeding cooked veggies or raw veggies? Thanks.

Edgar
Hi Edgar,

That is up to you. I tend to only serve cooked veggies in the winter, and even then I only heat them enough to serve warm. :)

Anything that needs to be cooked on this list would have a note by it.
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Post by LadyKeet » Thu Jun 23, 2011 6:03 am

My guy loves fresh coconut so when I can I get one and crack it open. He not only enjoys eating the coconut meat but shredding the fibers on the shell.
Have yet to give him egg. Maybe today.... time to boil some eggs!

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Post by LadyKeet » Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:11 pm

Jedi loved the egg! I also gave him some radish sprouts. He had a blast playing with them before eating them. Such a silly bird!
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Post by Melika » Sun Jul 17, 2011 12:10 pm

LadyKeet wrote:Jedi loved the egg! I also gave him some radish sprouts. He had a blast playing with them before eating them. Such a silly bird!
Great to hear he loved the egg! Congrats on teaching your bird to love all his foods. :)

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Post by stv217 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:24 am

Anyone know if these ingredients are safe?

Rice paper/rice noodles
Seaweed, dried
Lychee

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Post by Melika » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:56 pm

stv217 wrote:Anyone know if these ingredients are safe?

Rice paper/rice noodles
Seaweed, dried
Lychee
Lychee is already on the list as safe. (but terribly out of alphabetical order- fixed now)
Seaweed is really too salty to be fed. I would feed VERY sparingly. Remember, a small amount to you is a lot to a little bird! Parrots cannot rid their bodies of excess salt easily.
Rice noodles would be just fine. :)
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Post by Cindyp » Sat Aug 13, 2011 8:56 am

Hi I hav a white Indian ring neck I'm just seein some site say don't feed them kiwi fruit or straw berries and some say it's okay. It's makes me worry . He's a very fussy eater has only had corn apple grapes seedless loves green ones docent like carrot or broccli but I still put it in the cage hoping he will eat it . has a few bites love banana and corn on cob ears the cob as well lol going to try stewed apple soon tomorrow is veggie day . Dozent like nuts or toys suffers with a bit of stress docent like the room changed or new things in it :lol: but loves marbles medium size. Can say more for food love to still have a spoon of roudy bush at night :D . Has a friend love bird that very very fussy only likes red grapes will only eat half . Eats corn some times and loves currants. He still on roudy bush with a bit o bannana msshed in .just not getting enough from seed will only eat sunflower seeds and who led oats . He grabs a bite of sunflower seed runs to the corner has one bite and drops it and repeats that way again . He loves his toys and love his slipper sock :) with the strawberries do the have to be organic Or will washing them remover what's sprayed on them . I love my birds they mean the world to me . I won't go away and leave them with any one else as I can't trus any one. My ring neck loves cooked pineapple from pizza sucks the juice out :) and with kiwi fruit are the seeds ok and do I have to peel it sorry if my spelling and stuff is not right I'm disabled and have a lot of truble with words band stuff lol

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Post by Melika » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:31 pm

Cindyp wrote: with the strawberries do the have to be organic Or will washing them remover what's sprayed on them . and with kiwi fruit are the seeds ok and do I have to peel it

Organic strawberries would indeed be best- they can have high amounts of pesticides on them otherwise.

Kiwis do not need to be peeled, but some feel that it is better. Your decision. :)

Here is a good article about chemical/pesticide toxicities in fruits and veggies we feed parrots.
http://www.birdsnways.com/wisdom/ww18eii.htm
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Post by bambooozel » Thu Aug 25, 2011 9:53 am

this was great and alex really like the new food but i have a problem with him he does not whistle or make any noises at all any idea how to get him to make sounds he's between 5 and 7 months old

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Post by mgeorge » Thu Nov 03, 2011 3:26 am

Thank you for this elaboration. I will definitely print it out in order to always have the list when I need it. I always check to not have plants or flowers at home which could be toxic for the birds. This year I received a big bouquet of valentines flowers and the best thing about it was that it were flowers which are not toxic for the birds but nevertheless I did not let them eat my wonderful bouquet.

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Post by smamph » Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:00 pm

hey guys just wanted to check. Is it ok for my ringneck Arnna to eat banana skins?

i buy little ones that he likes but loves taking the skin off. as i just found out so want to check it is safe for him and yes they are organic lol.

He also likes biting off my nails lol.

I also buy dried frit for him that he picks up and dunks in his water bowl to get the water back in. He does his happy noise when he does it SO CUTE :D

thanks for any help xx

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Post by cindyp201 » Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:48 am

Peas/Snap Peas/String Beans/Snow Peas and Brussel Sprouts should i cook them for my bird

also can they eat Silver beet i see it in the shop all the time and what sort of spinach we get spinach leave , baby spinach. ad English spinach are all theses safe ive never fed my birds these theses befor as i didnt know there safe want to get them on a good diet lol

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Post by Gemma » Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:00 pm

I love this post but I have been wondering if real christmas trees are ok or not for my alex, Claude, and ringneck, Benny. They absolutely love playing in our fake one and pulling off all the baubles so we want to make sure that if we did end up getting a real tree if that wouldn't harm them in any way. Its better to be safe then sorry, and I would hate to see my boys in suffering. :)

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Post by Melika » Thu Dec 15, 2011 8:39 pm

smamph wrote:hey guys just wanted to check. Is it ok for my ringneck Arnna to eat banana skins?

i buy little ones that he likes but loves taking the skin off. as i just found out so want to check it is safe for him and yes they are organic lol.

He also likes biting off my nails lol.

I also buy dried frit for him that he picks up and dunks in his water bowl to get the water back in. He does his happy noise when he does it SO CUTE :D

thanks for any help xx
Banana skins in that case should present no problem. He's likely just peeling it, not really ingesting much skin anyway. :)

cindyp201 wrote:Peas/Snap Peas/String Beans/Snow Peas and Brussel Sprouts should i cook them for my bird

also can they eat Silver beet i see it in the shop all the time and what sort of spinach we get spinach leave , baby spinach. ad English spinach are all theses safe ive never fed my birds these theses befor as i didnt know there safe want to get them on a good diet lol
No, you don't have to cook those. Silver beet is another name for chard, and IRNs can indeed eat it as well as those spinach.

Gemma wrote:I love this post but I have been wondering if real christmas trees are ok or not for my alex, Claude, and ringneck, Benny. They absolutely love playing in our fake one and pulling off all the baubles so we want to make sure that if we did end up getting a real tree if that wouldn't harm them in any way. Its better to be safe then sorry, and I would hate to see my boys in suffering. :)
A good answer, along the lines of my own thoughts. http://www.parrotforums.com/eclectus/71 ... trees.html
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Post by Gemma » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:49 pm

thanks for that!! i will have to remember that for next year! :D

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Post by Snowe » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:40 pm

I tried the sweet potato mash recipe for my birds and they LOVE it ^__^ the dog also likes it lol she begs for a cube

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Post by tazysBABY » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:38 am

heyyyyy all,
wow...amazin owners u all r!!!
nw yep ma BABY has turned 6 weeks, n ya i feed him formula!! n nw he even startd eating other stuffs as well, but yea ive gt a problem, he is not DRINKING WATERRRR!!!! i no its essential!! is it oki?? since m feeding him d formula too i think dat suffices him wid the amount of water content!

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Post by Gemma » Sun May 06, 2012 3:06 am

Anybody have any idea about pearl barley? My mum bought some and we don't like it but my birds like anything thats warm so they might but I'm not sure if it's safe for them or not. Thanks

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Post by ciqala20 » Wed May 09, 2012 12:27 pm

its possible somebody already covered it but is cantalope and honey dew mellon ok?

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Post by ciqala20 » Wed May 09, 2012 12:28 pm

oops nvr mind i found it

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Post by jmmercer » Thu May 24, 2012 10:23 am

Great stuff! I'm bookmarking this one. :D
Quick question. I bought baby food for my IRN to mix in with her rice or pasta. It's the all natural baby food from gerber and contains no preservatives at all. Is this okay to occasionally mix in? Obviously it wouldn't be an everyday thing, just as a treat every now and again. Thoughts on this? Thanks. :)
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Post by jmmercer » Fri May 25, 2012 10:59 am

I read somewhere that this is okay, but would like a second opinion. Thanks!
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Post by ellieelectrons » Fri May 25, 2012 3:18 pm

I'm sorry JM, I don't know the answer but I think you could figure it out just by going through the ingredient list? It's a good idea... was thinking I might check it out too.

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Post by jmmercer » Thu May 31, 2012 12:50 pm

Thanks, Ellie. There aren't any of the unsafe foods in there. I think I will try Emerson on it tomorrow and see how she likes it. ;)
I also wanted to know if grapefruit is okay. I've heard that the bird shouldn't have fruit high in acidity, but I've also heard that it's good for them to have a little orange, lemon, or grapefruit. Something about good bacteria?
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Gemma wrote:Anybody have any idea about pearl barley? My mum bought some and we don't like it but my birds like anything thats warm so they might but I'm not sure if it's safe for them or not. Thanks
Pearl Barley is safe- and adding to this list now.


jmmercer wrote:Quick question. I bought baby food for my IRN to mix in with her rice or pasta. It's the all natural baby food from gerber and contains no preservatives at all. Is this okay to occasionally mix in? Obviously it wouldn't be an everyday thing, just as a treat every now and again. Thoughts on this? Thanks. :)
It is indeed safe to give. In fact, one of the links I have listed contains Sally Blanchard's famous "Glop" recipe which includes baby food. It is something she has been making for her parrots for many years now. :) https://companionparrotonline.com/Diet.html


jmmercer wrote:I also wanted to know if grapefruit is okay. I've heard that the bird shouldn't have fruit high in acidity, but I've also heard that it's good for them to have a little orange, lemon, or grapefruit. Something about good bacteria?
Yes, grapefruit is safe. I will add it to the list. I too had heard/read that citrus was bad for parrots but I have not come across anything proving that or indicating that in all these years. Instead I have been finding it on safe lists. As with everything, feed in moderation. Thank you for the questions. ^^
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Post by jmmercer » Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:30 am

Thank you for the informed responses. This list has really come in handy. =)
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Post by willowisp71 » Thu Sep 20, 2012 2:53 am

Hi there,

Just spent the last 10 mins reading through this thread...so very helpful, thanks!!

Not sure if I missed it somewhere along the line, but wanted to know if NUTS were safe to feed IRN's?

Thanks :)
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<facepalm> !!!!

Doh!! Sorry....just saw the nuts on the list!! :oops:
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Post by Tea.cos » Wed Oct 17, 2012 11:58 pm

Thank you :D
Very helpful!!!!

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Post by Tea.cos » Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:39 am

I was just wondering, I have heard that IRNs are lactose intolerant but there is yogurt on your list? Thank you all for your advice
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Post by Melika » Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:38 pm

Tea.cos wrote:I was just wondering, I have heard that IRNs are lactose intolerant but there is yogurt on your list? Thank you all for your advice
Teresa
Please note, there are two types of yogurt. We want to feed the kind containing live cultures (versus those that are heat-treated which will kill off the beneficial bacteria).

They aren't really lactose intolerant, they simply do not digest lactose. The bacteria that makes the yogurt also eats the lactose leaving a very nearly lactose free product. There is some science currently showing that the same bacteria(s) used to culture yogurt also makes the enzyme lactase which would also help in the digestion of any lactose left over.

http://exoticpetvet.net/avian/dairy.html

As I've often said here, everything in moderation.
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Post by 19266022 » Fri Dec 21, 2012 3:36 am

What a great help this post was. Thankyou
Razsringnecks wrote:Hi,
Just a few things about your fruit...

Apples (no seed) not a problem at all, a bird would have to consume tons of seeds for it to do any harm!
Apricots (no seed)
Banana
Blackberries
Blueberries
Carambola (starfruit)
Cherries (no seed)
Coconut (feed sparingly due to fat content)
Oranges
Grapes
Kiwi Fruit
Lemon
Lime
Mango (no seed)
Melon (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew)
Nectarine (no seed)
Papaya
Passion Fruit
Peach (no seed)
Pear (no seed)
Pineapple
Plum (no seed)
Pomegranate
Raspberries
Strawberries

Some fruit and veg...when you cut them up it is easy to remove them....however.....
I just have to say...does a bird in the wild have the seeds taken out for them?
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Post by smkkin » Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:49 am

it likes a bible to me, thank you thank you

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Post by ringneck_purple » Wed Jan 16, 2013 2:29 am

my 6 adult birds LOVE eating celery and they don't choke on it at all :) but can 8-12 week old baby ringnecks eat normal seed? (sunflower seeds etc.)

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Post by Tuckles » Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:01 pm

Have searched for this but couldn't find the answer so thought I would ask.

Might be strange but I caught my 4 month old IRN eating the cat biscuits (Whiskers brand) he only ate one, they are pretty small. Not that I am thinking of feeing him but just wondered why he would try them. (for the salt, he loves pretzels too). He has a great diet of fresh fruits and veges as well as seed and water. (we made up the recipe from this page).

Thanks for any info.

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Post by Melika » Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:50 am

ringneck_purple wrote:can 8-12 week old baby ringnecks eat normal seed? (sunflower seeds etc.)
For seed I always started chicks out on millet sprays. They were easy for the baby to play with and had a softer shell than some of the larger seeds. Once they became proficient at hulling those, they could eat pretty much anything.
Tuckles wrote:Have searched for this but couldn't find the answer so thought I would ask.

Might be strange but I caught my 4 month old IRN eating the cat biscuits (Whiskers brand) he only ate one, they are pretty small. Not that I am thinking of feeing him but just wondered why he would try them. (for the salt, he loves pretzels too). He has a great diet of fresh fruits and veges as well as seed and water. (we made up the recipe from this page).

Thanks for any info.
Because IRNs (and many birds) will eat just about anything edible? I can't really give you an answer better than that :lol: Just be careful and not give too many pretzels or other processed human food. Parrots don't really eliminate salt well from their bodies and it can build up. Keep in mind that 'a little piece' to us is rather large for a parrot. :)
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Post by sarbee42 » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:05 am

This is great! I was wondering about dried fruit though? I do have a dehydrator machine thing that my mom used to use for making apple chips. Anyone think it would be okay to dehydrate some other fruit for them?

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sarbee42 wrote:This is great! I was wondering about dried fruit though? I do have a dehydrator machine thing that my mom used to use for making apple chips. Anyone think it would be okay to dehydrate some other fruit for them?
Dehydrated food is fine as long as it doesn't have sulphur in it.

But dehydrated food is no substitute for fresh foods for a parrot. Keep in mind that when you dehydrated, you're taking all the water out and making the item smaller. So now all those sugars are in a nice smaller package so it's easy to give too much. They're great as a treat or in foraging toys though. :)
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Post by sarbee42 » Wed Feb 20, 2013 3:12 pm

Thanks! I have a bunch of fruit trees here and always grow out a huge garden with a ton of extras so I thought beside freezing a lot of it that I could dehydrate some of it. We don't spray anything on our gardens at all (mostly due to forgetting to or laziness LOL) so everything would be organic I guess. Either way, at least they'll still get spoiled!

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sarbee42 wrote:Thanks! I have a bunch of fruit trees here and always grow out a huge garden with a ton of extras so I thought beside freezing a lot of it that I could dehydrate some of it. We don't spray anything on our gardens at all (mostly due to forgetting to or laziness LOL) so everything would be organic I guess. Either way, at least they'll still get spoiled!
The sulphur is usually added to preserve colour that would otherwise be lost in the drying process. So I was referring to additives preparing the food for drying in this case. :)
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Post by birdynamnam » Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:18 pm

Hi Melika, thank you for this very informative selection of do's and dont's for food. I feed my 5 month old fresh sprouting seeds (washed about 10 times in a 12 hour period, then put in a container in the fridge), its all sorts of beans, peas, seeds etc in there, veggies and fruit daily as well as some bottle brush now and again. Do I understand correctly that Pellets are not needed? I have often wondered about that. Birdy gets plenty of exercise so I am hoping I dont have to worry about the little tiker getting fat? Thanks to any clarification, :D

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Post by InTheAir » Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:18 am

Hey Melika,

Great resource, thanks!

Do you know of any resources that cover wildfood/weeds?


Also is quinoa a safe grain? I noticed it on an ingredient list for a brand of pellets (can't remember which one). Fed it to our ringneck (freshly cooked) and it is our ringnecks favourite food (this week)

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birdynamnam wrote:Hi Melika, thank you for this very informative selection of do's and dont's for food. I feed my 5 month old fresh sprouting seeds (washed about 10 times in a 12 hour period, then put in a container in the fridge), its all sorts of beans, peas, seeds etc in there, veggies and fruit daily as well as some bottle brush now and again. Do I understand correctly that Pellets are not needed? I have often wondered about that. Birdy gets plenty of exercise so I am hoping I dont have to worry about the little tiker getting fat? Thanks to any clarification, :D
Correct, pellets are not a required part of a bird's diet. With a varied diet of fresh veggies, fruits, and some seed your bird will have all it needs.
InTheAir wrote:Hey Melika,

Great resource, thanks!

Do you know of any resources that cover wildfood/weeds?


Also is quinoa a safe grain? I noticed it on an ingredient list for a brand of pellets (can't remember which one). Fed it to our ringneck (freshly cooked) and it is our ringnecks favourite food (this week)
Yep, quinoa is safe (added to list now).
For weeds/wildfood... hrm. Well there are a few links listing edible flowers, and another of herbs (some can grow wild) in the first post. That's all I have at the moment. Sorry I couldn't be of more help!
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Post by tobiloh » Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:26 pm

Wow, first off -- I must absolutely Thank You for such an up-dated and informative forum. You've certainly provided a diamond in the rough!

My partner and I have acquired two baby Ringnecks (at 3 weeks) They are now 4 1/2 weeks old and seem to be tiring of formula. Is it safe to provide fruits ground to mushy meal? Also, when should I look to start weaning to millet/sprouts?

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tobiloh wrote:Wow, first off -- I must absolutely Thank You for such an up-dated and informative forum. You've certainly provided a diamond in the rough!

My partner and I have acquired two baby Ringnecks (at 3 weeks) They are now 4 1/2 weeks old and seem to be tiring of formula. Is it safe to provide fruits ground to mushy meal? Also, when should I look to start weaning to millet/sprouts?

Sincerely,
(Wanting to be an informed Momma)
I am very glad that this list has been helpful. :D

Yes you can feed fruits and veggies beginning now. I wouldn't replace any of their formula though. I would offer it free choice. I added some information and research links to this post here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=799 about weaning. I think it might help cover most of your questions. :)
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Post by nathan.dv » Sat Apr 06, 2013 11:27 pm

This list is REALLY helpful :D . I was just wondering though if mushrooms are alright to feed my ringneck. I had some left over but they weren't on the list, so i checked on the internet and it said that they can cause vomiting and that they may eventually cause liver damage :o . For now i am defiantly NOT feeding him mushrooms, but i'm wondering if this is true?
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Post by mcgeet » Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:57 am

Little question!!! Can I give the vegies that aren't noted to be cooked or enhanced raw??? Like could I give a carrot itself not cooking it or anything, just offer it raw??? :?:
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Post by babygirl » Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:27 am

I too would like to know how best to give the carrot. currently I feed it raw and in large or thick grated strips.
my lot seem to be a bit fussy when it comes to veggies. two only had tin fruits the other two only fed corn on the cob before I got them all.
I'm trying to get them to eat a much bigger range of veggies and FRESH fruit but they seem to not like much other than the bananas, grapes, carrot strips and red apples. and they almost always hook into the seed first before the fruits and veg.
I also house mine with a lorikeet and they love the nectar mix is this ok for them?
and I read on another page pumpkin should be cooked. is this true and if it can be given raw are the skins ok. :)

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Post by kanundra » Tue May 21, 2013 10:19 am

First time I gave Bobby some warm mash and veggies today. Carrot and parsnip were cooked with a sweet potato and then mashed with nothing else but a bit of it's own warm water.

Bobby loved it. And he came back for more.

However, after he's eaten some. He kinda looked like he was going to be sick? Like he was stretching his neck and wanting to gag sticking his tongue out at me... any one seen this before? I thought he was choking....

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RE: Yogurt.

I found this via a link above in the main article.

Dairy Birds lack the digestive enzymes needed to break down milk sugar and milk proteins. Uncultured milk products such as milk, cream and butter should not be fed but yogurt, cheeses and dried milk can be supplemented in the diet in moderation (they are also high in fat).

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Post by kanundra » Fri May 31, 2013 7:08 am

I'm having the most fun making different salads and stuff and seeing which veggies he picks out first. Green beans and Spinach leaves.... loves

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Post by knight76 » Fri May 31, 2013 8:21 pm

I just made a batch of the sweet potato mash for our Charlie and he loved it.

I put in

500g sweet potato
Then about a 700g chopped mix of Capsicum, Carrot, Cauliflower and a little corn mixed through for some highlights. Just what I had in the fridge spare.

My mix didn't go as runny as yours looks in the pic and I assume this is due to there not being any melon mixed in it and it's juice. So I added some water to it to make it more runny and freezeable.

I froze that batch will be about 2 weeks worth of daily food.

Figured I'd give him some straight up whilst it is warm still. As soon as it went in his cage he was straight to it. Only left the dish to carry some capsicum (bell peppers) away to hold and eat, then straight back for more. I wanted to start some stick training later so I took it back out again after I had washed the dishes. He wasn't too pleased about that lol, was watching my every move I did with his tray.

I think it's a hit!

So, does this sound like a good diet?

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Post by Melika » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:01 pm

nathan.dv wrote:This list is REALLY helpful :D . I was just wondering though if mushrooms are alright to feed my ringneck. I had some left over but they weren't on the list, so i checked on the internet and it said that they can cause vomiting and that they may eventually cause liver damage :o . For now i am defiantly NOT feeding him mushrooms, but i'm wondering if this is true?
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Yes and no. Some varieties cause digestive upset and some (poisonous varieties) will definitely cause liver failure. It is hard to determine what exactly is causing the digestive upset as mushrooms actually go 'bad' extremely quickly (3-5 days after picking or even less!)- so is it the mushroom or is it a byproduct of the mushroom's enzymatic breakdown- or something else entirely that grows on the mushroom as it is aging that has the potential to be upsetting or toxic to a parrot's system? As far as I can tell, we do not know. So we just play is safe and say it's to be avoided.
mcgeet wrote:Little question!!! Can I give the vegies that aren't noted to be cooked or enhanced raw??? Like could I give a carrot itself not cooking it or anything, just offer it raw??? :?:
Thanks in advance!!! :D
Yep.
babygirl wrote:I too would like to know how best to give the carrot. currently I feed it raw and in large or thick grated strips.
my lot seem to be a bit fussy when it comes to veggies. two only had tin fruits the other two only fed corn on the cob before I got them all.
I'm trying to get them to eat a much bigger range of veggies and FRESH fruit but they seem to not like much other than the bananas, grapes, carrot strips and red apples. and they almost always hook into the seed first before the fruits and veg.
I also house mine with a lorikeet and they love the nectar mix is this ok for them?
and I read on another page pumpkin should be cooked. is this true and if it can be given raw are the skins ok. :)
To encourage the feathered children to eat the healthy things first, save the seeds for dessert. For instance, don't feed seeds until the evening or use as treats. Birds tend to have a large appetite in the morning and Hane is certainly more willing to try foods in the morning and again between 4-6pm.

IRNs eat flowers in the wild, and while it should not be the main part of your IRN's diet, a little bit of Lori mix nectar in moderation should be fine.

Pumpkin can indeed be given raw. It is unlikely your bird will actually eat the skin, instead probably enjoy separating the flesh from it. Even the seeds are safe. :)
kanundra wrote:... However, after he's eaten some. He kinda looked like he was going to be sick? Like he was stretching his neck and wanting to gag sticking his tongue out at me... any one seen this before? I thought he was choking....
Parrots can yawn, stretch, re-arrange their crops, etc. Google 'parrot yawning' and look at the images. A few might look familiar? I'm glad he liked the food!
knight76 wrote:I just made a batch of the sweet potato mash for our Charlie and he loved it.

...

I think it's a hit!

So, does this sound like a good diet?

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Real food daily. Thumbs up. :)
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Post by ciqala20 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:24 pm

Artichokes- the leaves or heart?

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ciqala20 wrote:Artichokes- the leaves or heart?
Yes. :) You can feed both.
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Post by Doodlebug » Thu Aug 15, 2013 3:52 am

I have found a (human) linseed mix with dried cranberries and other fruits, is linseed ok to give?
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Doodlebug wrote:I have found a (human) linseed mix with dried cranberries and other fruits, is linseed ok to give?
Yup, Linseed (a.k.a. flaxseed) is just fine. Actually it's quite good. It's the dried fruit I would be concerned about.
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Post by InTheAir » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:54 am

Hempseed? Our local organic store now sells it in the bulk bins. It says for cosmetic use for legal purposes.

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Post by Doodlebug » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:19 am

It's actually a milled linseed mix which is supposed to be added to breakfasts or smoothies instead of having to add sugar to give you your daily intake of fibre and omega 3.

Not that he likes it anyway so I guess I'll be having that!
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InTheAir wrote:Hempseed? Our local organic store now sells it in the bulk bins. It says for cosmetic use for legal purposes.
Sorry I missed this. Yes, hempseed is safe. :)
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Post by Ringneckpatrick » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:02 pm

Great thread!

Is it recommended to use cuttlebone in the diet? Sorry if it's been asked before.
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Ringneckpatrick wrote:Great thread!

Is it recommended to use cuttlebone in the diet? Sorry if it's been asked before.
Depends. If you use a pellet like Roudybush, the makers specifically say do not offer cuttlebone. Most people with breeders or perhaps females do offer cuttlebone to be used at the bird's discretion. I do have a toy that I attached cuttlebone to but it is only in Hane's cage occasionally (since we rotate toys) and he shows little to no interest in it anymore. Generally speaking, a bird that needs it will use it, so in that case it doesn't do any harm.

I have heard/read that some parrots have eaten the hard backing on the cuttlebone which is sharp enough to cause perforations in the digestive tract. So that it something to watch out for.
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Post by Tabaneske » Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:51 pm

I have a question or two.

Can I give my birds frozen mixed veggies? During summer I think it would be a nice cool snack. I was thinking like the frozen veggies you get from the supermarket in the freezer section. I ask this as I do not have a car and it is hard for me to go to the supermarket to get fresh fruit and veggies every couple of days, so I have to do a shop once a fortnight. So getting frozen veggies would be more helpful for me to give my birds some veggies. Otherwise they are only going to get seed.

Can you give your birds fruit salad that you can buy in tins? I would think this is a no, as it would have preservatives in it and high sugar. But no harm in asking. But maybe you could wash the fruit to get the syrup off?

How would you make the seed sproutings? Do you just lay some seed down in a dish and water it so it sprouts? How long does this take? Is it something that takes a day, so you need to prepare it the day before, or a few days?

Also I was told quite rudely by a vet on facebook that the coloured pellets are bad for birds because they cause renal failure. I had mentioned I bought some of these pellets for my bird, and this person just had a full on go at me for buying them. My birds didn't even like the pellets anyway, so I have a nearly full bag sitting there. What are your guys views, have you heard the same thing from anyone?

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Post by Melika » Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:45 am

Tabaneske wrote:I have a question or two.

Can I give my birds frozen mixed veggies? During summer I think it would be a nice cool snack. I was thinking like the frozen veggies you get from the supermarket in the freezer section. I ask this as I do not have a car and it is hard for me to go to the supermarket to get fresh fruit and veggies every couple of days, so I have to do a shop once a fortnight. So getting frozen veggies would be more helpful for me to give my birds some veggies. Otherwise they are only going to get seed.
Yep, frozen veggies are just fine. In fact, in many places frozen veggies are actually fresher because they were picked ripe! You can also cut up and freeze your own veggies or veggie mix- or even a mash which can be frozen into ice cube trays before being bagged so you have serving sizes already prepared. There's one recipe in the first post in this topic, but you can make anything into a good birdie mash, and there are recipes all over the internet (some sources are listed in the first post, after the main food lists).
Tabaneske wrote: Can you give your birds fruit salad that you can buy in tins? I would think this is a no, as it would have preservatives in it and high sugar. But no harm in asking. But maybe you could wash the fruit to get the syrup off?
Be very careful of preservatives. You can, but I would choose fruits in fruit juice, not in syrup. And I would still rinse them. I also wouldn't give this as a main source of fruit.
Tabaneske wrote: How would you make the seed sproutings? Do you just lay some seed down in a dish and water it so it sprouts? How long does this take? Is it something that takes a day, so you need to prepare it the day before, or a few days?
http://www.landofvos.com/articles/sprouts.html
Tabaneske wrote: Also I was told quite rudely by a vet on facebook that the coloured pellets are bad for birds because they cause renal failure. I had mentioned I bought some of these pellets for my bird, and this person just had a full on go at me for buying them. My birds didn't even like the pellets anyway, so I have a nearly full bag sitting there. What are your guys views, have you heard the same thing from anyone?
I haven't read this before, nor heard of renal failure being linked to coloured pellets specifically. Some are worried that the high levels of protein in all pellets can cause renal failure, and some species of parrot have been shown in anecdotal evidence to have difficulty with pellets for various reasons. So far I haven't come across a study proving a link between pellets and parrot deaths- but if you have I would like to see it!
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Post by Donovan » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:49 pm

I made the sweet potato mash from the original post on this thread...

my bird wants nothing to do with it.. won't even try it haha

I'm gonna keep putting it in his food bowl for the next few days (during the day while he isn't anticipating "supper time") and see if he'll try it then.

It has
Sweet potato
rice
cucumber (the mix taste strong of cucumber)
broccoli
cauliflower
squash
carrot
corn
pomegranate seeds
artichoke (very little because it's hard to work with)
spinach
collard green stems
green peas
and another thing or two that I can't remember.

It's pretty awful. Though it could be okay with some pasta and salt :P

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Post by Tabaneske » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:55 pm

Thanks Melika for answering my questions.

Has helped me work out what to feed my little darlings to keep them happy and healthy. Also helps my shopping go a little easier for them. :)

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Post by Indy53 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:08 am

Hi I just got MY IRN Indy and I am still trying to figure out what he likes. I bought him frozen veggie mix and he likes it! It had lima beans in it and he ate them. I then later read they can not have Lima Beans Is this true???

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Post by Donovan » Sun Nov 24, 2013 12:30 pm

So I tried something new today that was pretty successful.

I nuked about a cup or half a cup of oatmeal (less water to make it a little thicker).. then I put one egg into it and stirred it up and nuked it for another minute or so....

then i mixed in a little brown rice

The best way to describe this would be... oatmeal souffle... bird loved it. It has one problem though of not having much taste so you can add something to it for flavor.. a bit of mashed up apple or hot sauce .. anything to add flavor.. otherwise it's really boring.

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Post by serine » Sun Nov 24, 2013 6:46 pm

My bird loves mangos today was the first day I gave him one he ran up to me :D

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Post by serine » Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:47 pm

With the brown rice do you have to cook it before you give it to your irn

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Post by Doodlebug » Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:41 am

Melika wrote:
Tea.cos wrote:I was just wondering, I have heard that IRNs are lactose intolerant but there is yogurt on your list? Thank you all for your advice
Teresa
They aren't really lactose intolerant, they simply do not digest lactose. The bacteria that makes the yogurt also eats the lactose leaving a very nearly lactose free product. There is some science currently showing that the same bacteria(s) used to culture yogurt also makes the enzyme lactase which would also help in the digestion of any lactose left over.

http://exoticpetvet.net/avian/dairy.html

As I've often said here, everything in moderation.
Is milk safe for our IRNs then? My Dudes seemed to have a bad reaction to milk earlier today and was VERY lethargic, he never lets me touch him without biting and he let me when this happened. His poop went watery but recovered quickly, but he's still unusually tired today. Please help?
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Doodlebug wrote:
Melika wrote:
Tea.cos wrote:I was just wondering, I have heard that IRNs are lactose intolerant but there is yogurt on your list? Thank you all for your advice
Teresa
They aren't really lactose intolerant, they simply do not digest lactose. The bacteria that makes the yogurt also eats the lactose leaving a very nearly lactose free product. There is some science currently showing that the same bacteria(s) used to culture yogurt also makes the enzyme lactase which would also help in the digestion of any lactose left over.

http://exoticpetvet.net/avian/dairy.html

As I've often said here, everything in moderation.
Is milk safe for our IRNs then? My Dudes seemed to have a bad reaction to milk earlier today and was VERY lethargic, he never lets me touch him without biting and he let me when this happened. His poop went watery but recovered quickly, but he's still unusually tired today. Please help?
As noted in the article linked there, "What happens if a bird ingests milk or products containing lactose, the milk sugar? Since it doesn't have the enzymes necessary to digest lactose, it will often pass through the bird's digestive tract unchanged. Because it is a foreign sugar, it may draw fluids into the intestinal tract, resulting in diarrhea, if ingested in large amounts. Small amounts of milk and products containing lactose are probably not harmful to most birds."

If any food affects your bird in such a way as you described, don't feed it.
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Post by Kimma » Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:51 pm

I made a bunch of Hane and Tsume's Sweet Potato Mash the other day and have it frozen in ice-cube size blocks ready for when my birdies arrive. It's such a great idea. Thanks so much for posting it Melika.

But how much should I give them? Do you find one block per bird per day is the right amount? Or is this just going to be a trial and error thing?

I used half orange and half white sweet potato, carrots, capsicum, green pepper, corn, baby peas and red cabbage in mine. It's so colourful, and quite tasty too. I am sure they will like it.

But, is it worth making up a second batch now with different ingredients so I can alternate? Assuming one block per bird per day I've got about a month's worth.

I really need a second fridge...

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Post by Melika » Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:00 am

Kimma wrote:I made a bunch of Hane and Tsume's Sweet Potato Mash the other day and have it frozen in ice-cube size blocks ready for when my birdies arrive. It's such a great idea. Thanks so much for posting it Melika.

But how much should I give them? Do you find one block per bird per day is the right amount? Or is this just going to be a trial and error thing?

I used half orange and half white sweet potato, carrots, capsicum, green pepper, corn, baby peas and red cabbage in mine. It's so colourful, and quite tasty too. I am sure they will like it.

But, is it worth making up a second batch now with different ingredients so I can alternate? Assuming one block per bird per day I've got about a month's worth.

I really need a second fridge...
Glad you're enjoying the recipe! I usually just give the same recipe until I'm out, then the next month is different. Like you, I seem to make about a month's worth at a time.

It will be a trial and error thing to figure out how much to feed (and depend on the size of the cube!). It will depend on what else you're feeding too. In addition, sometimes I sprinkle some seed or uncooked brown rice on top or serve with extra fresh chopped veggies/fruits, soaked and cooked beans, or sprouted seeds. In winter Hane prefers just having the warm mash for his veggies.

I've also used pumpkin instead of sweet potato.

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Post by hasanpk » Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:56 am

Hello I bought a couple of irn's . They only eat seeds . I tried chilli . Apple . Tomato ..but they dnt eat it .kindly suggest some food .thanksssss :(

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Hi hasanpk,

Congratulations on your bird. Kindly review this thread from the start and you will find an abundance of great information.
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Post by Donovan » Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:25 pm

Well.. you can't just give them that food and expect them to have a grand epiphany about eating it. Birds, like people, get set in their ways. Your birds were fed only seed and so that's the only thing they consider food.

It's all about presentation. It's unlikely you can chop up a bunch of healthy vegetables and put them in a bowl and your birds decide to eat it.

you will have to eat the food in front of them. Get their attention, make them interested in what you're doing. Another method is to present the food as a toy. I can get a large collard leaf and stick it in my bird's cage and he'll eat it like it's going out of style. But if i chop it up and put it in a bowl he'll completely ignore it.

Bird's have amazing brains. That brain must be stimulated. A bowl of food is boring but a fun new toy isn't.

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Post by pards007 » Wed Mar 05, 2014 2:28 am

Didn't see it mentioned but I love to garden and many of the items listed are easy to grow in pots for the people who have no room. Many of the greens like Kayle, lettuce, etc are cold weather crops that I rotate with strawberries, etc,-warm weather crops. Strawberries love to be crowded, so get the 1 gallon milk carton poke a few holes in the bottom, fill it with three strawberry plants and hang it somewhere in the sun. I love to hang things so I can avoid many pests. The other piece of mind is not having to worry about whether or not there are pesticides. Of course the convenience of just opening your door and picking it off the vine, plant or whatever is a bonus. You can be very creative in how and where to plant stuff.

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Post by hasanpk » Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:26 am

Thanks missk . Donovan and prads for suggestions . I have another problem with this couple of inr. They r very much scared of me . Today I cut off their feathers so I can take out them from cage . But they r afraid of me .and dont get out from their clay pot . The question is .HOW I CAN CREATE FRIENDLY RELATIONSHIP WITT MY PARROTS?????THANKSSS.waiting for ur sweet ideas friendsss

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Hi hasanpk,

You are in the wrong section for discussion of taming and training.
You should post in the correct section. Here is a link to that section:viewforum.php?f=2
You should also use the search function for locating helpful posts on your topic. Here is a link to an explanation on how to do that: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=17649

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Post by tasha87 » Thu Mar 06, 2014 12:01 pm

I have found a good way to trick picky eaters into eating healthier is to make a basic wholegrain "bird bread" use pureed baby food in place for some of the liquid and throw various fruits and veggies in there. I use 3 cups whole wheat flour pour 5-6 jars vegetable baby food (I use mostly orange color ones sweet potato, carrot, squash) 2 or 3 eggs (grind the shells and toss those in too if you want) add enough water to make it the constancy of like a cake batter then cram it with tons of fruits and veggies grated apple, carrot, green beans, peas, cranberries, corn, chili peppers, Jamaica flowers.....the sky is the limit lol I add a little cinnamon for a treat and a hand full of bird seed and pellets and bake on a large cookie sheet at 350 for 30/40 minutes. It makes a big batch so I chop it in little squares and freeze it. My birds go CRAZY for it

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Post by AJPeter » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:29 pm

Is Swede okay? Its a root veg, my Alex loved it cooked and raw

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Post by Donovan » Thu Mar 06, 2014 5:52 pm

AJPeter wrote:Is Swede okay? Its a root veg, my Alex loved it cooked and raw
Chard?.. that red celery looking stuff?

If so, then yes.. it's good for them.

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Post by MissK » Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:12 pm

I believe Swede is Rutabaga. Think giant turnip.

Tasha, I would suggest ditch the baby food and use real food.
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Post by AJPeter » Fri Mar 07, 2014 1:59 pm

Swede is a large brown vegeatable akin to turnip, with orange flesh. Very good in stews, used to be fed to horses

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Mar 07, 2014 2:04 pm

MissK you are right, thank you, Swede is not as peppery as Turnip, swede is a favourite vegeatble for Welsh lamb stew/

Billie quite likes porridge made with water but today l made some for her with half fat filtered milk and she wolfed it down/

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Post by Melika » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:52 pm

tasha87 wrote:I have found a good way to trick picky eaters into eating healthier is to make a basic wholegrain "bird bread" use pureed baby food in place for some of the liquid and throw various fruits and veggies in there. I use 3 cups whole wheat flour pour 5-6 jars vegetable baby food (I use mostly orange color ones sweet potato, carrot, squash) 2 or 3 eggs (grind the shells and toss those in too if you want) add enough water to make it the constancy of like a cake batter then cram it with tons of fruits and veggies grated apple, carrot, green beans, peas, cranberries, corn, chili peppers, Jamaica flowers.....the sky is the limit lol I add a little cinnamon for a treat and a hand full of bird seed and pellets and bake on a large cookie sheet at 350 for 30/40 minutes. It makes a big batch so I chop it in little squares and freeze it. My birds go CRAZY for it
Thank you for the recipe! I may try this for my 'tiel, who is stubborn about veggies. I like how simple the recipe is. Could you specify the size jar you use? It will be cheaper for me to just puree veggies and make my own, but I would like to know the size of the jar so I can approximate the correct amount of puree.
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Post by tasha87 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:31 am

I use the little plastic gerber containers, I think they are about 4-6 oz each...and yeah its probably cheaper to just puree your own but I have a human baby that I bought a ton of baby food for and she wont touch the stuff so instead of letting it sit in the pantry I used it up in the bread lol its a life saver for my picky bird (cockatoo) the home I rescued her from had her addicted to junk food ((chips, french fries etc...)) and she will eat this bread!

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Post by MissK » Tue Mar 11, 2014 10:14 am

Smart human baby!

Once you use up that stash you can feed something better.
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Post by tasha87 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:41 am

Yeah lol shes baby 5 and the first one I ever tried to do baby food with...and for the bread I dont only use baby food, I only use the baby food in the mix everything else in there is regular fruits and veggies. I chop, cut, grate and smash them so theres many different shapes sizes amd textures in the bread. It smells so yummy too lol if it didmt have eggshells in it, id eat it myself

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Post by MissK » Wed Mar 12, 2014 7:55 am

Eat it anyway. 5 babies? You need the calcium, girl! :lol:
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Post by tasha87 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:24 am

Hahaha I made some to send home to my friends sun cunures and her husband didnt know and he ate it

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Post by tasha87 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:51 pm

Fun idea! I call it birdy ice cream lol I take a whole coconut, crack it into pieces freeze it and give it to the birds. I live in bakersfield california so its hot as heck here and all my birds go nuts for the "ice cream"

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Post by Melika » Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:38 am

MissK wrote:Smart human baby!

Once you use up that stash you can feed something better.

Nothing wrong with baby food, MissK. :) Sally Blanchard's famous "Glop", for instance https://companionparrotonline.com/Diet.html features it.

The objections to jarred baby food (puree with no added thickeners- thickeners which really wouldn't harm a parrot given the different dietary requirements) don't hold water, in my opinion. Freezing, cooking, canning, etc. all have an effect on nutrition but with a balanced diet the effect is minimal. There is far more nutrition in a jar of baby food than the same amount of seed for a bird so in the end the bird still wins when baby food is added to the diet.

Helping parrots receive improved nutrition is the whole point of this topic and baby food is still fairly near to fresh. We all want to feed the best we can in our own circumstances- that's why we're here! :D
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Post by AJPeter » Tue Mar 25, 2014 2:35 pm

Thanks Melika, great info as always

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Post by SkyeBerry » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:40 am

Nice to have so much info in one place. A couple people mentioned canned - FYI - cans are lined with Bisphenol A unless marked Bisphenol A free. I would really avoid this stuff. If it is bad for humans and especially human babies, I cannot imagine it would not build up quickly in a bird. Besides, frozen is cheaper & usually frozen within a couple days of harvest so it sometimes fresher than some of the foods that have to travel a great distance to get to you when they are out of season.
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Post by Melika » Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:53 am

SkyeBerry wrote:Nice to have so much info in one place. A couple people mentioned canned - FYI - cans are lined with Bisphenol A unless marked Bisphenol A free. I would really avoid this stuff. If it is bad for humans and especially human babies, I cannot imagine it would not build up quickly in a bird. Besides, frozen is cheaper & usually frozen within a couple days of harvest so it sometimes fresher than some of the foods that have to travel a great distance to get to you when they are out of season.
BPA can also be found in plastic milk jugs, plastic water bottles, tooth sealants, soda cans and canned foods, plastic microwavable plates/ovenware/utensils, baby toys/bottles/pacifiers/sippy cups (some countries have banned BPA in baby bottles and sippy cups). The reason BPA is being studied is because it has measurable 'estrogenic activity' that has been reported to cause adverse health effects as an endocrine disruptor, especially in baby or juvenile mammals. Interestingly, according to this study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3222987/ , BPA-free plastics can release just as much, if not more chemicals with estrogenic activity. So the real suspected danger is the chemicals with estrogenic activity being released. You can minimise exposure by avoiding plastics (and commercially canned foods/drinks) in general and when using plastic by not exposing it to heat (cooking, washing, etc.). Not all plastics contain chemicals with estrogenic activity, but so far there is no way to know which ones do or do not.
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Post by ranechild » Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:47 pm

Melika... wow you are well informed.

OK, here's something I didn't find in the list... horned melon, AKA African cucumber, AKA Kiwana. I read that they were a superfood for eclectus-- I am guessing they would also be ok for IRNs?
BTW, I thought it tasted pretty good. The texture is all gel-like and the seeds inside are kind of sharp. I personally wouldn't make them a habit, but the ekkies LOVED it.

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Post by Melika » Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:15 pm

ranechild wrote:Melika... wow you are well informed.

OK, here's something I didn't find in the list... horned melon, AKA African cucumber, AKA Kiwana. I read that they were a superfood for eclectus-- I am guessing they would also be ok for IRNs?
BTW, I thought it tasted pretty good. The texture is all gel-like and the seeds inside are kind of sharp. I personally wouldn't make them a habit, but the ekkies LOVED it.
As far as I can find, horned melon is just fine. Added to list.
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Post by Afraz » Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:08 pm

Very informative, thanks :D
I'd heard that avocado was no good for sparrows and mynahs as it could be toxic; does the same apply to IRNs?

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Post by SkyeBerry » Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:58 pm

Melika, thanks for expanding on the Bisphenol A. I was tired at the time so I just addressed the cans. I just heard this today -> 'crocks' that are supposed to be food safe have been tested and are leaking lead. Not sure if just from China or some other company or if it is the glaze itself. Have not had time to research it. Glad I started using mostly 'Pyrex' after Bispenol A made the news here.
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Post by Melika » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:46 am

Afraz wrote:Very informative, thanks :D
I'd heard that avocado was no good for sparrows and mynahs as it could be toxic; does the same apply to IRNs?
Avocado has been found to be toxic, especially in caged birds. I don't know of any bird-keepers that feed avocado, instead preferring to play it safe.
http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/toxicol ... ocado.html
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Post by AJPeter » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:24 pm

Yes l have heard that oven crockery can be unsafe for birds becasue it is leaking lead from the glaze.

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Post by SkyeBerry » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:56 pm

Did a little research today about the lead in crockery story I mentioned above. The first couple sites revealed 3 different problems right off the bat so I stopped searching at that point. I posted their links below. In summary - some countries/individuals still use lead paint on items to be used for food even though they should not; lead in the pottery/clay itself can leach out onto the surface when the glaze gets worn/cracked, thin, chipped etc; it turns out that even if the potter uses lead-free glaze, their kiln (oven to fire/bake the item) is likely contaminated with lead from the previously fired leaded items. The now 'dirty' kiln contaminates the lead-free glaze when it is baked.

I started to wonder about ramekins- usually porcelain. Google results - can also be a lead concern.
Not sure if the moderators would prefer this info on a different thread or not but I just looked at the post title and it does list toxicities so it should be ok.

Some "Lead-Free" Pottery Can Still Taint Food
http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consume ... 233531.htm

"Should I Be Worried About Lead in My Dishes"
http://www.nowtoronto.com/columns/ecoho ... ent=188910

http://consumerist.com/2011/05/27/there ... -crockery/
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Post by MissK » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:37 pm

I'll take chances on myself, but the animals generally get stainless steel. (Poor Canaries - they get plastic!) Please, nobody find any faults with my stainless!!
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Post by AJPeter » Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:45 pm

Well done SkyeBerry, good research links are good too. Thank you

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Yeah me! I think I've got my first 'like.' :lol:
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Post by Donovan » Sat May 03, 2014 5:27 pm

what about italian salad dressing?.. when I make my birds a salad.. can I drop in a little flavor too?

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Post by AJPeter » Sun May 04, 2014 2:29 pm

I was thinking can bird taste? And then l remembered how Billie knows the difference between porridge made with water and that made with milk, I gave her an addtional choice some left over of my porridge which has lashing of golden syrup and she chose mine.

WHO'S BEEN EATING MY PORRIDGE?

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Post by SkyeBerry » Mon May 05, 2014 3:54 pm

I remember reading that parrots can taste but they have fewer taste buds which is why some parrots really like the hot peppers. I think what they eat is also influenced but what they already know as food as well as colour - which would refer back to already liking red things - as well as texture. I prefer porridge made with milk but I think it is because of the difference in texture. Sweetness seems to be something many animals enjoy - often more than we should. Like most things, in moderation I think it is fine.

regarding salad dressings - I would tend to read the ingredient list. I try to avoid preservatives and words I can't pronounce for both me and my animals. Different oils have different benefits. If my bird were overweight (not suggesting yours are) I would avoid extra oils.
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Post by AJPeter » Tue May 06, 2014 1:25 pm

Billie hates red peppers, dried or fresh she hates black grapes, won't eat monkey nuts, l think she has an aversion to beetroot. Ever since l was a weanie l had an aversion to vinegar, even the smell of it makes my toes curl! I have never liked oil on salads or in my food some people gargle with it so no hope for Billie getting fat on oils.

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Post by Melika » Wed May 07, 2014 6:59 am

Donovan wrote:what about italian salad dressing?.. when I make my birds a salad.. can I drop in a little flavor too?
As was mentioned, you would have to look at the ingredients. Most people put way too much dressing. As you described, if you do add something, it's just for a smattering of flavour, not a salad-dressing soup. :) You could also try just a little fruit juice.



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As for hot peppers, most birds like them and can eat them with no consequences because they are insensitive (read: practically immune) to the 'pain' reaction from the capsaicin in the peppers. Some commercial bird seeds for wild birds actually add pepper to deter squirrels.

It is all rather efficient. It is believed that peppers have capsaicin to discourage other animals from eating it because a bird's system would not digest the seeds, whereas if larger mammals ate them, seed dispersal would not be as great for the wild pepper. Seeds of wild peppers seem to be exclusively dispersed through birds.
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Post by Donovan » Sat May 10, 2014 4:11 pm

1 scrambled egg
2 tablespoons of cooked oatmeal
apple shavings
broccoli
cauliflower
red pepper
light spices out of the cabinet

I gotta say this is better than I expected.. apparently oatmeal, egg, and apple go nicely together.



Now, when I say scrambled egg and oatmeal I don't mean separately. I mean I cooked the oatmeal and then I mixed it with a raw egg and then scrambled it.

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Post by cassurinajoan » Thu Jun 05, 2014 6:54 pm

Thanks for all the advice! I'm always wondering about new foods for my boy to keep him interested and not just bored with the same thing everyday.

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Post by AJPeter » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:46 pm

Mary what you were saying last month about taste, I offered Billie some mango she put out her tongue and tasted it and then walked away, she did the same thing for water melon, taste is a big thing for her.

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violet wrote:hi there,

I am a brand new owner of a green indian ringneck. I was just reading this post and need to ask - its says they dont need pellets but the lady I got the bird from said they need these special multicoloured pellets and gave me some for him. also she gave me these seeds that i am supposed to make sprout and wash several times before giving them to my bird. I am way confused as to what i am supposed to give him. She also said to feed him small parrot bird seed.

Please help me, If i can just feed him fruit, veges and grain and seeds that would be much easier.

thanks for ur help,

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Hi Welcome to the forum I am also quite new. I feed my indian ringneck a bit of parrot food alongside water and fresh fruit and veg.

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Post by Princess Yuz » Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:55 am

This list was extremely helpful thank you for making it. I feed my IRN parrot food which consists of chillies, seeds, peanuts,etc. Is it okay to feed him this.

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Post by AJPeter » Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:56 pm

If you read the posts you will quickly discover what to feed you IRN, l have an Alexandrine parrot who wont eat peanuts in shells (Monkey nuts) or out; she wont eat pellets but but she eats a lot of veg, and fruit, and seeds

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Post by MissK » Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:13 am

Coming rather a bit late to it, I'm taking a stab at giving the birds "chop". It was pretty easy to accommodate individual tastes until I added two "new" birds in the month of May. Now I can appreciate the real benefit of just passing out the same stuff to everybirdy.

For my first shot at this chop thing I put some previously frozen mixed vegetables through the food chopper. I meant to include cooked rice and some organic canned beans, but forgot them today. (Hey, I'm new at this!) I am expecting to continue providing the leaf portion of the diet in whole pieces because of the fun they provide. I top dressed the chop with some seed and presented it as the first food of the day.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Sinbad most readily accepting of "chop", which is not to say he dove in head first, but that he did seem to actually eat some. Rocky consented to have a look because Sinbad did. Lynnie outright refused - that bird is so picky it's a wonder he's still alive. The Budgies had mixed reactions, and the Canaries jumped in as if it were business as usual.

There are a ton of chop recipes available, so I'm not really interested in hearing more right now, and for some reason I don't really think I want to make giant batches and freeze the stuff (possibly because my veg mix begins as frozen and they say not to refreeze stuff...?). I mainly hate cooking, though, so I'd like to minimize the pain. I would like to hear, maybe, how others prepare their chop on a daily basis, and ways they have found to streamline the process.

For instance, do you use the knife, the blender, or the food processor? Do you use the S-shaped all purpose blade or the shred blade? Do you chuck it all in there and press GO or some other method? Is it OK if you go too far and it comes out puree? How do you decide what quantity to offer? Is there anything else you can mention to make this easier for me?

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Post by AJPeter » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:37 pm

Have food processor, will chop. Sling the food processor!

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Post by Melika » Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:33 pm

MissK wrote:Coming rather a bit late to it, I'm taking a stab at giving the birds "chop". It was pretty easy to accommodate individual tastes until I added two "new" birds in the month of May. Now I can appreciate the real benefit of just passing out the same stuff to everybirdy.

For my first shot at this chop thing I put some previously frozen mixed vegetables through the food chopper. I meant to include cooked rice and some organic canned beans, but forgot them today. (Hey, I'm new at this!) I am expecting to continue providing the leaf portion of the diet in whole pieces because of the fun they provide. I top dressed the chop with some seed and presented it as the first food of the day.

I was pleasantly surprised to find Sinbad most readily accepting of "chop", which is not to say he dove in head first, but that he did seem to actually eat some. Rocky consented to have a look because Sinbad did. Lynnie outright refused - that bird is so picky it's a wonder he's still alive. The Budgies had mixed reactions, and the Canaries jumped in as if it were business as usual.

There are a ton of chop recipes available, so I'm not really interested in hearing more right now, and for some reason I don't really think I want to make giant batches and freeze the stuff (possibly because my veg mix begins as frozen and they say not to refreeze stuff...?). I mainly hate cooking, though, so I'd like to minimize the pain. I would like to hear, maybe, how others prepare their chop on a daily basis, and ways they have found to streamline the process.

For instance, do you use the knife, the blender, or the food processor? Do you use the S-shaped all purpose blade or the shred blade? Do you chuck it all in there and press GO or some other method? Is it OK if you go too far and it comes out puree? How do you decide what quantity to offer? Is there anything else you can mention to make this easier for me?

Appreciate!
Depends on the bird? Some birds like things cut smaller, some larger so they can hold. I buy fresh and chop with a knife (because I like knives and enjoy the practice of cutting quickly, as well as it is quieter) and then freeze. I've done the 'daily salad' etc. and I just can't keep it up for long. But sometimes I make sprouts or have some other fresh veggies that I am eating that day and will add to the top of whatever I am feeding Hane (or just replace the frozen altogether that day).

We try to have salad for the week already made up, so that helps because I can just give Hane a small portion and we can eat lunch together. We make our salad differently every time, so it's varied.

You might also try soak and simmer bean mixes like this one (Hane's fave) http://www.amazon.com/Volkman-Feathergl ... B0002FP40O Just soak overnight and then pour hot water on it (just extra water from making tea). By the time I'm done drinking my tea, it's ready to drain and serve.

Been on an alfalfa sprout kick lately. :) http://www.landofvos.com/articles/sprouts.html And loving my Easy Sprout.

I find that if I am at home with a good routine, I can do fresh foods daily since it usually goes along with my personal routine. When life gets crazy (which is at least half the time if not more) then having frozen is helpful- otherwise he wouldn't get anything extra.
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That's what I'm looking to learn here - how did people streamline their routine? Because EVERY day is a crazy day in my life. Because fresh foods made to order for five cages was doable for me, but for seven cages was too much. Because if I try to use a knife that early in the morning I'll be losing fingers. Because, well, I'd rather learn from others than reinvent the wheel. :lol:
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Post by mokhan65 » Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:25 pm

Hi can anyone please help me out i got a blue male and white female IRN (has all finges but no nails) bought 3 months ago breeder told me they are breeding pair and gave me one of their baby too, they breed in aviary with other ringneck and now they in big cage inside in my sitting room .
got 2 question:
1- they are only interested to eat sunflower seeds ive tried (Harrison high potency,Harrison Life time,zupreem and tropimix bird food which has 30 different seeds +Add mineral block and add boost in water) but they just come down test them and leave.
ive mixed sunflower with Harrison Palets but they eat only seeds and nothing,also tried fruits and veg but same result. im so worried because ive noticed they are getting week they re not as they were before. please help me.
2- after ive bought i put nest box they start going in male spend more time then female in nest box but after a month they stooped ,ive clean box again put nesting material and put it back but nothing happened.
they are very bonded( sit together and little bit peen each very rarely ) but i never seen male whistle or shows any other signs of breeding, sometimes i thought baby that breeder gave me with them which i hand reared is not their and he sold me because he wanted to get ride of them
does anyone know what's the problem and guide me please

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Post by Melika » Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:47 pm

mokhan65 wrote:Hi can anyone please help me out i got a blue male and white female IRN (has all finges but no nails) bought 3 months ago breeder told me they are breeding pair and gave me one of their baby too, they breed in aviary with other ringneck and now they in big cage inside in my sitting room .
got 2 question:
1- they are only interested to eat sunflower seeds ive tried (Harrison high potency,Harrison Life time,zupreem and tropimix bird food which has 30 different seeds +Add mineral block and add boost in water) but they just come down test them and leave.
ive mixed sunflower with Harrison Palets but they eat only seeds and nothing,also tried fruits and veg but same result. im so worried because ive noticed they are getting week they re not as they were before. please help me.
Since this is a diet topic, I will focus only on this. The breeders in the breeding section will need to handle the other question. Please don't post in multiple forums with the same questions in the future, alright? :)

Please read through the first post in this topic and follow any links that apply to your question. You will need to educate yourself here, as I cannot simply tell you what will work and what will not. Be willing to try new things and have a lot of patience- you will need it over the next 20 years!
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Post by AJPeter » Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:52 am

I tried Harrison's high potency but had to throw it away after two weeks because my hen would not eat it but the Vet said l should have perservered even up to 9 months. That makes a pretty expensive outing, l put fruit pellets (from the pet shop) in with her seeds but she just ignores them.

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Post by Donovan » Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:24 pm

Asparagus

This list shows asparagus as being a healthy food. Recently I saw another list that said it was okay but said not to feed too much of it for whatever reason.
Can I get some clarification on this?
Is it like spinach in that it's okay but too much can be bad?

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Post by Melika » Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:21 am

Donovan wrote:Asparagus

This list shows asparagus as being a healthy food. Recently I saw another list that said it was okay but said not to feed too much of it for whatever reason.
Can I get some clarification on this?
Is it like spinach in that it's okay but too much can be bad?
Good question!

This was asked previously and answered in this post viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8078#p63290 but I have done more research since then...

In humans, asparagus can cause digestive upset if eaten in high amounts. There has been no evidence so far for us to believe this applies to parrots. In humans, we have difficulty digesting raffinose (also in broccoli, beans, cabbage, etc.) and so the body ferments the food, creating gas which leads to 'stomach aches'. This is where people are assuming it also applies for parrots. Though, as we all know, not everything a parrot can eat is edible for us and vice versa (e.g. horse chestnuts http://www.ruralramblings.com/wild-ring ... in-london/, avocado).

As for parrots, I could only find application to lories. Raffinose slows digestion in lories, and while they cannot digest it, is especially thought to be beneficial to gut flora (good bacteria).

Like any food, an individual parrot can be more sensitive (just like people) to it. It is good with ANY new food to keep closely observing your parrot for signs that the food may not be agreeing with him/her such as vomiting or loss of appetite.

And finally, when you are feeding your parrot variety is always important nutritionally. Besides, too much of any one food is just boring!


*updated first post to add true yams for clarification*
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Post by Wessel Gordon » Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:29 pm

Melika and others,

The breeder I purchased one of my IRN's from told me that he regularly took a few pieces of brown bread, tears it into bite-sized pieces and moisten it just enough to make it palatable and feed it to his birds. According to him the brown bread contains some nutrients that aren't easily available in other food-sources but he was unable to tell me which nutrients. However he couldn't stress enough to NEVER try this with white bread.

I tested it a few times and every single time there wasn't a single crumb left in the dish...the birds literally devoured it.

My question is: which nutrients would be available in the bread that the birds seem to enjoy so much? The obvious answer that pops up in my head is corn but somehow I don't think it's that simple. Regarding his warning about white bread I'm not sure what's in there that might be potentially toxic to IRN's except for the fact that white bread is more of a "processed" food than plain old brown bread.

Has anyone else ever heard about this or have any thoughts on the topic?

Kind regards,

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PS on an unrelated note: I recently started grating apples (after making sure all the seeds are removed) and carrots together in the same dish for my birds instead of just slicing it since it seems they waste less that way. Is there something else I can add to that mix?

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Post by Donovan » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:25 pm

Um.. it seems like white bread is starchy.. or turns to sugar big time or something.. it's something along those lines... it's not really toxic.. there just isn't anything good about it.. unless someone can correct me on this.

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Post by Wessel Gordon » Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:44 am

Thanks, Donovan.

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Post by ArletaT » Tue Sep 09, 2014 11:09 am

Do you guys know if chia seeds are safe?
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Post by Melika » Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:53 pm

ArletaT wrote:Do you guys know if chia seeds are safe?

Yup! Soaked and/or sprouted.

I'm sure they are fine dry, but Hane doesn't like small seeds unless they are at least soaked overnight so that they swell up. Soaked seed is also higher in nutrients, even if not sprouted yet, so it's a win-win.
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Post by Wessel Gordon » Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:15 pm

Does soaked and sprouted sunflower seeds have more nutrients too?

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Post by Melika » Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:40 pm

Wessel Gordon wrote:Does soaked and sprouted sunflower seeds have more nutrients too?

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All soaked or sprouted seed will have more nutrients than a dry seed. Sprouted will have more than soaked. But soaked is a step up from dry seed. Lately all seed given to Hane (and even the chickens) is at least soaked. http://www.landofvos.com/articles/sprouts.html

I use this to sprout. I just find it easier than using colanders and it fits in my fridge better when I'm ready for the sprouts to slow growth. It also doesn't hold too much to finish off in a week (it's easy to sprout too much). http://sproutpeople.org/easy-sprout-sprouter/
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Post by Donovan » Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:01 pm

HERBS AND SPICES

Which spices are safe?
Which spices are not?

I ask because we all know birds like to eat what you're eating.


This is a copy/paste from another site. It doesn't exactly mirror what's found in my own cabinets but there are a few here at least:


Alfalfa Leaf helps assimilate protein, calcium and other nutrients. Contains chlorophyll. Richest land source of trace minerals. Very rich supply of Beta Carotene, Vitamins K and D. High in Calcium and contains Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium and eight essential enzymes. It is also high in fructo-oligosaccarides which fertilize healthy bacteria in the gut and neutralize bad bacteria overgrowth such as Candida.
Parsley is used as a preventive herb. High in Vitamin B and Potassium. It is said to contain a substance in which cancer cells cannot multiply. Rich in iron, chlorophyll and Vitamins A and C. Contains sodium, copper, thiamin and riboflavin, silicon, sulfur, calcium and cobalt.
Flaxseed supplies the body with essential fatty acids. Not only are flaxseeds richer in these fatty acids than fish oil, but they also taste much better. Flaxseed also promotes strong nails, bones and healthy skin.
Bee Pollen contains 35% Protein, 55% Carbohydrate, 2% Fatty Acids, 3% Minerals and Vitamins. High in B-Complex Vitamins A, C, D and E. Also contains Lecithin, Beta Carotene and Selenium. It is rich in vitamins and contains almost all known minerals, trace elements, enzymes and amino acids. It contains the essence of every plant from which bees collect pollen in combination with digestive enzymes from the bees. This combination of elements make bee pollen an excellent source of antioxidants. Bee pollen is rapidly absorbed into the blood stream and stimulates immunological responses.
Chickweed contains Vitamins A, C and some B, Flavonoids, Calcium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc. It is used for skin problems, to treat blood disorders, gout and arthritis.
Dandelion Leaf benefits liver function. Contains nutritive salts, protein, and is a rich source of Vitamin A. Also high in Vitamins B, C and E. Rich in Potassium, Calcium and sodium. Contains some Phosphorus and Iron as well as Nickel, Cobalt, Tin and Copper.
Red Clover Blossoms and Leaf contain Vitamins A, C, B-Complex, calcium, Chromium, Iron and Magnesium. Ed Clover has also been used effectively as a blood purifier and antibiotic.
Red Raspberry Leaf contains Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B. It is very high in available Calcium.
Rose Hips is abundant in Vitamin C and helps combat stress.
Milk Thistle Seeds supports the liver's ability to maintain normal liver function. Milk thistle works due to its ability to inhibit the factors responsible for liver damage, coupled with the fact it stimulates production of new liver cells to replace old damaged ones. Milk thistle is also an antioxidant that is more potent than Vitamins C and E.
Barley Grass is rich in Beta Carotene, B Vitamins and Vitamin C, the minerals Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Chlorophyll, 8 essential amino acids and enzymes, including antioxidant and superoxide dismutase. In total, it contains 92 minerals and 22 vitamins.
Dill Weed is high in Calcium and soothing to digestion.
Dulse is rich in Protein. It contains 22% more than chickpeas, almonds or whole sesame seeds. Very high in Vitamins B6 and B12. Relatively low in sodium and high in Potassium. Rich in trace minerals.
Garlic Powder fights bacteria like an antibiotic. Garlic's sulfur compounds, in addition to Selenium and Vitamins A and C containing compounds, make it a potent antioxidant, protecting cell membranes and DNA from damage and disease. Garlic directly attacks bacteria and viruses and stimulates the bodies natural defenses against foreign invaders.
Ginger Powder is an absolute favorite taste of parrots. It is an excellent herb for the respiratory system as well as an effective cleansing agent for the digestive system. It contains Protein, Vitamins A, C and B Complex, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Sodium, Potassium and Magnesium.
Wheat grass contains to many nutrients to mention them all. It is especially high in Fiber, Protein, Chlorophyll, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin B Complex, C, E and K, most minerals and contains 18 Amino Acids. High in Fructo-Oligosaccharides.
Astragalus Powder is an immunomodulator. It contains Glycosides, Polysaccharides, Choline, Betaine, Rumatakenin, and Beta-Sitosterol. It activates the immune system, thus enhancing the body's natural ability to fight disease and protecting the body against a number of toxins.
Chili Flakes is a digestive aid. This flake acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and aids in controlling pain.
Cinnamon is a favorite taste of parrots. It is a digestive aid and recent studies have shown it may help to eliminate E. Coli in food.
Turmeric Root has five times more antioxidant power than Vitamin E. Contains curcumin and many other phytochemicals. Makes foods more digestible and possesses anti-fungal and antibacterial properties and protects the liver by detoxification and scavenging free radicals. It also breaks down fats.
Cayenne Pepper:
Cayenne is rich in the vitamins A, C, iron, potassium and calcium. It also contains some B complex, magnesium, phosphorus and sulfur. It has an antioxident effect that in very high doses can increase the risk of some cancers but in moderate doses can help to heal other cancers.

I want to say one thing about this list of herbs and spices. This comes from a single source on the internet. If you want to give your bird(s) any of these things then do a little more research and don't just accept a single source of information coming from the internet.

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Post by AussieRNOwner » Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:18 am

Thank you very much for this thread. Just brilliant!

I'm picking up my new baby in a couple of days and it's just finished weaning & seems to have a diet of mostly seeds. I'll have to double check if it's been given any fruit or veg. I've been told it's about 14 weeks old.

If it hasn't however, is it best to introduce fresh produce say one or two pieces at a time, or would something like the recipe posted in the first post be good to do?

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Post by SkyeBerry » Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:06 am

AJPeter wrote:Mary what you were saying last month about taste, I offered Billie some mango she put out her tongue and tasted it and then walked away, she did the same thing for water melon, taste is a big thing for her.
I have read that you should never feed food to parrots straight from the fridge, that it should be warmed to average room temperature first. Possibly, it affects their body temperature which I have read is about 104 F depending on species etc. Some foods feel cooler - often higher water content ie) melons. I wonder if Billie would like melon if you microwaved it a few second just so it does not feel cold/cool?
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Post by AJPeter » Wed Dec 17, 2014 11:51 am

Interesting idea Mary l will try that but Billie is intent on hatching 4 dummy eggs although she does like porridge cooked in the M/w and sprinkled with Grape Nuts.

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Post by Trinnity » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:30 am

I read they shouldn't have cabbage (and onion and avocado). I won't take a chance on anything I've read isn't good for them.

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Post by Trinnity » Sun Jan 25, 2015 8:35 am

I'd like to share this, which I found doing research:
While Indian Ring Neck Parrots enjoy a great variety of foods and treats, some foods are harmful or even poisonous to them. Among fruits and vegetables, avoid giving your parrot avocado, raw cabbage and onions, eggplant, persimmons, apple seeds, mushrooms, any green parts of tomatoes or potatoes and rhubarb leaves. They may have difficulty digesting milk products, so avoid those. And never give your parrot alcoholic beverages, chocolate and anything containing caffeine.

http://pets.thenest.com/treats-indian-r ... 10321.html

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Post by Melika » Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:41 pm

AussieRNOwner wrote:Thank you very much for this thread. Just brilliant!

I'm picking up my new baby in a couple of days and it's just finished weaning & seems to have a diet of mostly seeds. I'll have to double check if it's been given any fruit or veg. I've been told it's about 14 weeks old.

If it hasn't however, is it best to introduce fresh produce say one or two pieces at a time, or would something like the recipe posted in the first post be good to do?
I like "abundance weaning", which is offering anything and everything for them to taste and try. Of course, if yours has never tried other foods then this will be different. I think the method for offering the foods is going to come into play for you- bowls, skewers, shallow dishes, etc. Some birds only get to trying new foods when fed in a different way. Of course, you could just get lucky and have a voracious eater who will try anything! Go ahead and just try- there really isn't a best way since every parrot is an individual.



Trinnity wrote:I'd like to share this, which I found doing research:
While Indian Ring Neck Parrots enjoy a great variety of foods and treats, some foods are harmful or even poisonous to them. Among fruits and vegetables, avoid giving your parrot avocado, raw cabbage and onions, eggplant, persimmons, apple seeds, mushrooms, any green parts of tomatoes or potatoes and rhubarb leaves. They may have difficulty digesting milk products, so avoid those. And never give your parrot alcoholic beverages, chocolate and anything containing caffeine.

http://pets.thenest.com/treats-indian-r ... 10321.html
You should be commended for doing research. Diet is a fun and often contradictory topic (as I'm sure you've found since almost every other site says to feed cabbage) to explore when it comes to parrots and the internet!

You will probably find it interesting, then, as to why these foods made this one person's list.

The Brassica family (which includes cabbage, kale, collards, broccoli, radishes, turnips, brussels sprouts, rapeseed, and rutabagas), if eaten in excess and without proper iodine intake, can be goiterogenic. This means that it can suppress thyroid function. So really, if cabbage is toxic, so would be kale, collards, broccoli, radishes, turnips, brussels sprouts, rapeseed, and rutabagas. Since I do not feed excess amounts of cabbage, etc. nor is his diet lacking in iodine, I choose to feed these foods.

Persimmon is a tricky one, since it isn't actually bad, but how it is served is very important. Most people I know have never seen let alone eaten a persimmon since they are difficult to ship (when fully ripe they are extremely soft). This is a fruit you would want to skin, and serve extremely ripe. Making sure it is completely ripe (and removing the skin) reduces the tannin levels that can lead to the creation of bezoars. Phytobezoars are a type of intestinal obstruction and can be caused by eating a large number of high fiber foods like oranges, berries, green beans, figs, apples, etc. So yes, it might cause digestive issues if fed incorrectly.

Eggplant? Of course the plant itself is toxic to us and is a member of the nightshade family (like tomatoes and peppers). But the fruit itself is safe (like tomatoes and peppers).

Avocado has been shown in a few studies to be harmful when fed to cockatiels.

Onions: I'm not going to be picky about onions or garlic. If my bird nibbles a little bit of my food which might contain these, then fine, since he is eating so little. In dogs, cats, and cattle it can possibly cause red-blood cell rupture (causing anemia) and irritation in the digestive tract and possibly ulcers when eaten chronically or in a single, very large amount. We don't have any definite information on these and avians so we (the avian community) are playing "safer than sorry" and not offering it as part of a meal.

I talked about mushrooms in this post here: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8078&p=96126&hilit=mushrooms#p96126

As for the green parts of tomatoes and potatoes, they can contain solanine and/or nicotine (also in the green parts of tomatillo, eggplant, tobacco, and pepper plants) which are poisonous.

If you want to read some more about rhubarb (my favourite pie is strawberry-rhubarb), I wrote some in a post with some more information linked: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8078&p=66211&hilit=rhubarb#p66211

I hope this helped feed your need for information and that you will continue to do research!

Edit: Oh yeah! Dairy! Fun topic, here's a little snippet about dairy. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8078&p=107451&hilit=lactose#p107451
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Post by sajaldhiman » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:03 am

I am from India and have a question about the diet of my IRN.

I recently brought my IRN, Tito, home. He is about 6-8 months old. The person, who was previously keeping Tito, used to treat Tito very badly and he used to give him only fresh corn to eat. Initially Tito was scared of any human presence around him, but now in 2-3 days, he has become comfortable if we talk to him or keep food for him. Now, because of providing only one food, Tito is not accepting any other food in his diet. I tried many fruits, vegetables (read from this forum). He does not eat any of the fruit/vegetable even he is hungry.

Please suggest me how to introduce new fruits/vegetables/grains in his diet.

Also, I would like to know if it is fine to keep water bowl at the ground level in his cage or it should be kept at elevated level.

Please help!

- Tito's friend.

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Post by Wessel Gordon » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:15 am

Sajad

Try eating some of the fruits and vegetables in front of him/her and make a show of how delicious they are. Parrots are incredibly curious by nature and the odds are that Tito will want to eat what you're enjoying so much.

I always keep my birds water bowls elevated and secured to the side of the cage to prevent them from accidently spilling it over or them throwing it out to entertain themselves.

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Post by sajaldhiman » Wed Sep 09, 2015 9:22 am

Thank you, Wessel.

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Post by Wessel Gordon » Wed Sep 09, 2015 10:22 am

No problem.

My apologies for spelling your name incorrectly.

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Post by crazybirdlady9871 » Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:39 am

Hey guys! I have just rescued a beautiful male IRN. I was wondering, is it safe to chop up some fruit/veg, then freeze it? and thaw to feed? Only asking as I always see awesome bulk deals :)

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Post by Melika » Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:22 pm

crazybirdlady9871 wrote:Hey guys! I have just rescued a beautiful male IRN. I was wondering, is it safe to chop up some fruit/veg, then freeze it? and thaw to feed? Only asking as I always see awesome bulk deals :)
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Post by Melika » Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:35 pm

Updated all links (removed or fixed broken links). Added more links, especially in the Nutrition category.

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Post by BeckysBabies » Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:11 pm

Hi all I was wondering about a few things, and maybe y`all can help me out.

Oats....Cooked, or not cooked?
Kiwis.... Peel on or off?
Oranges? Peeling, yes or no?

Thank you in advance

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Post by Melika » Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:18 pm

BeckysBabies wrote:Hi all I was wondering about a few things, and maybe y`all can help me out.

Oats....Cooked, or not cooked?
Kiwis.... Peel on or off?
Oranges? Peeling, yes or no?

Thank you in advance
Oats- either way but they seem to prefer cooked.
Kiwis- either way
Oranges- either way

You may find you have to train your IRN at first before he will peel fruit on his own. Do this by first offering slices, getting him to know what it is and liking it. Then you can just peel a portion, peeling less and less until he is willing to tear it apart on his own. :)
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Post by HorseCrazyAshay » Sun Feb 07, 2016 12:12 am

Oh wow... This is probably one of the most helpful posts I've read on this site :) I just made the Sweet Potato mash recipe- will post when I serve the cubes! I'm also very glad to hear that they don't need pellets... There was a bit of doubt about that before :D

I have a question, though- is it alright to feed them kefir? It's something like yogurt, only with much more health benefits and pro-biotics.

Thanks!

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Feb 07, 2016 7:48 am

I don't know, but going to the original list, All garlic is a no no!, and parsley is toxic too.

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Post by Mephistopheles » Sun Feb 07, 2016 9:05 am

Hello, I don't know if anyone has asked this already but how would you prepare okra and brussel sprouts for IRNs? Cooked or raw? I'm thinking about testing out some different veggies to see if my guy and gal take to them.

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Post by sanjays mummi » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:10 am

I feed them raw, but Sanjay isn't keen on Okra.

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Post by Melika » Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:12 pm

sanjays mummi wrote:I don't know, but going to the original list, All garlic is a no no!, and parsley is toxic too.
I had never heard this before so I looked it up to see where it came from. This is very old information based on myth that was common for years (similar to "all parrots need grit" which we now know is completely false). Both garlic and parsley are healthy additions to a FID's diet. In the original post this link is included to healthy herbs and spices: http://eclectusparrots.net/herbs.html As I have said before, those who say garlic is toxic are referencing toxicities for dogs, cats, and cattle. I have been doing more research and have not yet found any evidence that this applies to avians. If you want to be cautious and not feed, that's okay too.


Edit: I went ahead and added a new section to the lists for herbs and spices. The information has always been in the original post, but in link form instead of a list. Making the list should help those looking for such information in the future. Those links in that post aren't just references- they're a wealth of more information. :)
HorseCrazyAshay wrote:Oh wow... This is probably one of the most helpful posts I've read on this site :) I just made the Sweet Potato mash recipe- will post when I serve the cubes! I'm also very glad to hear that they don't need pellets... There was a bit of doubt about that before :D

I have a question, though- is it alright to feed them kefir? It's something like yogurt, only with much more health benefits and pro-biotics.

Thanks!

Ashay
Thank you for using this information! I hope the cubes are accepted well. What kind of kefir? If it's non-dairy kefir, sure. Moderation though, as there is some question that too many probiotics might unbalance the parrot's system.
Mephistopheles wrote:Hello, I don't know if anyone has asked this already but how would you prepare okra and brussel sprouts for IRNs? Cooked or raw? I'm thinking about testing out some different veggies to see if my guy and gal take to them.
I would cook them- but that's because I know Hane wouldn't eat them raw! Try both and see which they prefer (I find this applies to pretty much every vegetable). :)
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Post by Mamalousignont » Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:24 pm

I was curious about pecans? Also I have a bag of cracked organic feenek? It says its a dry roasted green wheat its a hot cereal type of thing? Another question sry I was looking for recipes for treats that will harden that I can hang in my pickles cage? He is a 6 month old irn

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Post by Melika » Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:15 pm

Mamalousignont wrote:I was curious about pecans? Also I have a bag of cracked organic feenek? It says its a dry roasted green wheat its a hot cereal type of thing? Another question sry I was looking for recipes for treats that will harden that I can hang in my pickles cage? He is a 6 month old irn
Pecans are fine. They will fall into the category with the rest of the nuts.

Freekeh is fine, depending what you put into it (spices, salt, sugar, etc.).


The only recipes I know of for making hard treats involve using sugar, such as honey (like the treats they sell in stores). Keep in mind these are for TREATS. Here is one example of the basic recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuHeeC1RRTc


Keep in mind that all three are grains/seeds. Your IRN will need a lot of veggetables and fruits in his/her diet to be healthiest!

Enjoy!
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Post by Mephistopheles » Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:33 pm

I was having a look though the list again and I was wondering if anyone could recommend ways on serving artichoke and radish? My babies are quite picky so I'm trying to work out more ways to serve their food.

Also, how often can I give my IRNs fennel? They enjoy a nibble every so often but I've been told I shouldn't give too much?

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Post by Melika » Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:32 pm

Mephistopheles wrote:I was having a look though the list again and I was wondering if anyone could recommend ways on serving artichoke and radish? My babies are quite picky so I'm trying to work out more ways to serve their food.

Also, how often can I give my IRNs fennel? They enjoy a nibble every so often but I've been told I shouldn't give too much?
They would likely enjoy artichoke just like we do- warm and soft. In my experience, parrots really enjoy the warm, soft foods. Sometimes it is a great way to introduce new flavours.

For Radish you might try slicing or dicing different sizes or using a skewer. Hane loved certain foods on a skewer but others he preferred cut in different ways. For example, he loved carrots if they were sliced into short sticks so he could hold and nibble- but he would never touch a carrot on a skewer. He preferred leafy greens on a skewer and wouldn't really touch them otherwise. Cucumber he preferred in long slices that he could get to the soft seeds easily but would also eat diced. He loved bell peppers diced or in sticks. Hane's brother, Tsume, would only eat veggies that were finely diced.

Much of what we think we know about avian nutrition starts with what we know happens with humans or other animals. With the herbs, we tend to be cautious since too much can cause diarrhea and a bit of upset to the system (though in people some herbs are known to have more serious side effects in large doses). This is also why we tend to use these foods as flavourings even as people rather than just eating a fistful of, say, basil or parsley. They have a high nutritional content even in small doses. A nibble wouldn't be harmful. Eating it as a large part of the meal? ... we don't know. Herbs are often also used in human medicine, but those higher doses would be taken short-term and limited.
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Post by sanjays mummi » Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:45 am

Whilst I would Never offer Sanjay garlic or any allium, we gave our dogs garlic and our cats had garlic sausage , because fleas and lice, and ticks are repelled by it, they all lived to a very great age, our German Shepherds, a breed that rarely reaches double figures, were 15 to 16 years when they died. However, keep in mind, garlic thins the blood and shouldn't be eaten to excess.

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Post by garrymethews » Mon May 22, 2017 3:54 am

These are the really very common food, by which we can feed our birds. Thanks for sharing this information with us.

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Post by Valda » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:06 pm

My ringneck opens up the pip of the mango and eats the centre part. Is this healthy or is it toxic like peach pips etc,

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Post by sanjays mummi » Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:28 pm

I personally wouldn't allow it, better safe than sorry.

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