Green Cheek Conure Diet - is it similar to Cockatoo?

by Shelly

Hi there. I have a set of green cheek conures (love them!) and I sometimes have a hard time finding "conure" food (pellet/seed mix). I was wondering if food labeled for Cockatoo would be suitable?

Note: I normally feed them 1/2 cup of pellet/seed mix in their small seed bowl and a large (dog food sized) bowl of fresh vegtables and fruits daily.

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Mar 06, 2013
More warnings about pellets for birds
by: Tracie

Harrison's and Roudybush do not make pellets for one or the other bird, they only make it different sizes for the most part. You can look at the ingredients and see if there is really a difference.

Again, check the ingredients for BHA (Causes squamous-cell carcinomas in stomachs. Good for your parrots' health?), BHT ( Promotes urinary bladder carcinogenesis. Banned from human use in many countries but still permitted in the US. ), Ethoxyquin (Ethoxyquin is listed and identified as a hazardous chemical by OSHA), Menadione (K3, a synthetic version of Vitamin K), and Propyl Gallate (see Parrot Training page Parrot Health article.

Mar 06, 2013
Thanks for your reply!
by: Shelly

I feed them their pellets and seed early in the morning when I wake them up and don't give them their veggies until lunch. They've pretty much finnished the pellets by then.

I was mainly concerned that I sometimes have troubles finding Conure pellet but there seems to always be Cockatoo available. I didn't use it because they come from a different reigion than my little green cheeks and I didn't know if it was suitable for both.

Mar 06, 2013
Conure and Cockatoo diet
by: Tracie

The foods labeled for cockatoo or conure mostly are letting you know the size of the food is what they like and for a conure you don't want nuts with shells etc.

Your birds should be eating 80% high quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush pellets and only 20% healthy treats and seeds.

Cheap pellets have a lot of chemicals, sugar and often food coloring (more chemicals) that can cause health issues and shorten the bird's life. Look on the package and observe the ingredients.

I personally don't give our birds treats, fresh food or seed until they have eaten most of their pellets. I want to make sure they got all their nutrition and don't fill up on something they like instead. Sometimes they push us emotionally, because it will be like 7pm and they still have a ton of pellets. We stir them around in the dishes and tell them they better eat up. They always do! ;-)

We have some health and training articles on our Parrot Training page that would be good for you to read. One gives a list of all the toxic ingredients you should avoid in pellets.

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