Parrotlet feeding question

by Ann

I got a hand fed baby parrotlet a week ago. The breeder said he was eating pellets and fresh food. I can only get him to eat seed, millet, and oatmeal. Any suggestions?

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Aug 01, 2012
Baby parrotlet eating
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the info Linda. I did speak with the breeder prior to his arrival. I had the pellets he suggested(zupreem cockateil) and a "quality" seed mix. Was told to have seeds and pellets available to bird at all times. I also have lory food in a separate dish at all times. I offer fresh food and veggies 3 times a day. I sprinkle bee pollen on the fresh fruit once a day. The first two days he would only eat Millet. I was in touch with breeder twice a day. He told me he was still adjusting. On the third day, I gave one of my other birds warm oatmeal as a treat, and decided to offer it to him. I have tried crushing pellets, moistening them, changing them out every two hours. I moved to a very rural area in North Dakota. I drove six hours to the nearest avian vet. All his bloodwork is normal. Vet told me to keep doing what I am doing. I have bird experience, but have never had a baby bird. He was hatched May 5th. I know seed and Millet are basically for treats. Breeder keeps telling me to give Millet until he eats pellets. I don't feel like this is right, but desperately want him to eat something!!!!

Aug 01, 2012
Parrotlet feeding question
by: Linda

You will need to put him back onto baby parrot handfeeding formula because he is either not weaned or has reverted back to needing to be handfed which is normal with new baby parrots.

You are ruining any progress breeder made with bird by feeding seeds and oatmeal is absolutely not recommended as a high quality food for him. I recommend you get Harrison's organic pellets or another type of organic pellet and handfeed him a couple of time a day and moiston pellets so he is better able to eat them. You'll get the very small grind since he is a very small bird on the Harrisons.

The breeder should have told you that he would probably revert back to needing to be handfed as this is quite common with all parrots. That or he was sold to you too young. Either way, get some high quality handfeeding formula from a pet store near you, RoudyBush is good read directions on mixing and use a syringe like a 10 or 20cc size with a tip and begin feeding him at least twice a day. When you soak the pellets, they will have to be removed within two hours or they go rancid, so keep this in mind when putting it in cage. Also when I say moist pellets, I mean put just enough water to soften them just a bit so bird will be able to eat more. Get rid of the seeds or you will have to begin all over to change him from seeds to pellets. Seeds are a starvation diet for parrots, so don't get caught up in that when breeder has been feeding pellets. To save time and your baby's suffering, you should have contacted her before writing to us here. There is a delay in answering questions, and in the meantime, your bird is not being fed correctly. An Avian Vet can also answer questions about your bird right away with no delay.

Keep us posted, and if your bird has not already been checked by an Avian Vet for infections, take care of that right away as babies are very susceptible to infections and moving is stressful enough for them to get one if they don't already have one from breeder's facility.

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