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only feeding seed?

Post by Oliver and Justin » Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:34 pm

if you only feed and irn seed will that make them more fat than if you give them fruits and veggies and seed
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Post by Donna » Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:09 pm

Yes it can make the bird over weight and they can also develop a disease that's call fatty liver disease.




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Post by Melika » Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:37 pm

Also, the number one nutritional defeciency in pet birds is vitamin A since seed has so little of it. Bright orange veggies easily remedy this with their beta-carotene which is the precurser to vitamin A (the body uses it to create it's own vitamin A).

Carrots, sweet potatos and yams are very high in beta-carotene/vitamin A.

Other veggie sources:
Kale
Spinach (feed spinach in moderation, it can bind to calcium)
Broccoli
Peas
Asparagus
Squash - summer
Green Pepper

Seeds are important, as it does have some nutrition and it supplies some good fat. But as the only food in a diet, it is very lacking in important nutrients.

A bird on seed might survive, but it will not thrive. And it will likely die younger than it should.
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Post by freaky » Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:17 am

not trying to pick but are Avocado's poisonous to irns?

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Post by Donna » Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:35 am

Avocado's are a big NO NO. In this forum you will find a sticky with all the good and bad foods.




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Post by Melika » Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:35 pm

ACK! I didn't even catch that. Meep. Soory- *goes to fix* Thanks!

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Post by skibum » Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:34 pm

Peas - they just love peas!!!
lots and lots of peas!!
they love opening them - and ones in pods even better
and corn
and Max used to love beetroot - made his poos red though :lol:
and wholegrain toast - love picking the seeds out
and tearing into broccoli and apples

and steak, chicken, lettuce, eggs (good), loves a glass (well, spoon) of milk in the morning with his sultana bran....got to keep them regular
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Post by Lene » Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:43 pm

Avocados are poisonous to all birds - and myself, unfortunately...

I feed Paulie everything... That's what I love about the IRN... They're absolute garbage bags.

The only seed I feed is sunflower for treats... Otherwise he get pellets, and a selection of 4 different ones I buy for the more picky birds.

He gets all sorts of vegetables and fruit - more vegies than fruit. Also cereal, chicken bones/meat/eggs...
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Post by skibum » Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:50 pm

They love sunflower seeds but someone told me they can make them aggressive... it might have been on one of these forums
Is this right?

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Post by nil » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:21 am

i dont think that sunflower make them aggressive.
do you know why avocado is forbiden for parrots, i am just curious

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Post by skibum » Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:13 am

tastes bloody awful?!? :lol:

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Post by Donna » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:35 pm

do you know why avocado is forbiden for parrots, i am just curious





Avocado has toxic elements that will poison a parrot's internal organs.
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Post by Oliver and Justin » Sat Jan 12, 2008 11:55 am

wow this is still going on

haha cool!
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Post by nil » Sat Jan 12, 2008 1:09 pm

thanks donna :)

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Post by Melika » Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:04 pm

I believe it was Mik that said sunflower seeds made her Baby aggressive.

This isn't the case for me. But too high a ratio of pellets for Hane and he gets testy. Could just be that he likes his veggies more, lol.
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Post by Oliver and Justin » Sun Jan 13, 2008 4:16 pm

really


oliver eats alot of sunflower seeds and he can be agressive :shock:
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Post by Lene » Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:20 pm

All my birds love sunflower seeds, but only get them as treats.

Sunflower seeds are high in fat, and I suppose birds can get addicted to them (like people getting addicted to junk food). Maybe that can be the reason for aggression.

If they eat too many of them, they won't get a balanced diet, as they'll just wait till they get some more.
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