my african grey won't eat solid fruit or veg

by aneesa
(pietermaritzburg south africa)

My african grey is a year old now but he refuses to eat fruit or veggies unless its liquidised. He eats very little seeds, mainly eats mealies, ignores the pellets and the sunflower seeds. I tried forcing him to eat his fruit and ve, I even try giving it to him from my mouth but he just throws them on the floor. I tried stopping the liquidised fruit and veg for 2 days but he didn't eat anything and looked really thin. Scared the hell out of me! How do I get him to eat the fruit & veg.

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Aug 03, 2014
African grey
by: Anonymous

My african grey doesn't eat fruit or veg and he not ill just because he doesn't eat it does not mean he is on his death bed he well fit and healthy

Nov 22, 2012
my african grey won't eat solid fruit or veg
by: Linda

It sounds like your bird is sick, and the only way to find out is by taking him to an Avian Vet ONLY in your driving area. Birds have to be examined, diagnosed and treated by avian vets only because they are the only vets licensed and trained in the care of birds and other exotic animals.

The African Greys don't like much fruit for sure and are not really excited about veggies. Feeding anything from your mouth is a good way to kill your bird with negative bacteria found in your mouth. I imagine he has an infection and will have to be diagnosed by an avian vet to find out what type of infection so he can be treated.

I don't know what mealies are, but if you are talking about meal worms, stop feeding them to him except for maybe one or two once or twice a week. They are high in protein, but make birds nervous if eating too many. They will also keep bird from eating a balanced diet which consists of ORGANIC pellets like Harrison's found here as 80-85% of the diet. If you cannot get Harrisons into your country then look for pellets that are organic with no preservatives or other chemicals and dyes and/or sugar. Zupreem and Lafaebers are full of chemicals, dyes and sugars and are bad for birds. If you can get Harrisons into your country, they are the best and are avian vet endorsed. You would need the "course grind" size for your Grey.

First, get your bird examined by an Avian Vet and go from there. Feed NO human food and do not force him to eat fruit and veggies if he does not like them. If he is sick, he will get worse to the point of death, so do not wait any longer to get him the medical services he needs.

Find an Avian Vet

The above link may help you find an avian vet in your area. If not, you can call your local vets and see if they know of one. There are normally avian vets everywhere though you may have to travel a ways to get to one. When we have birds, we also have to have an avian vet for when they are sick or injured.


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