Picky Eater

by Angelica
(Australia)

Hi! My Rose Breasted Cockatoo is a picky eater. Do you have any suggestions to try get him to eat fruits and vegetables? Any advise would be greatly appreciated :)

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Apr 29, 2013
RBToo (galah)
by: Anonymous

They don't eat fruit & veg in the wild. These foods aren't recommended for them. They are seedy, grassy, leafy green eaters so try herbs, greens, grasses etc...

Vetafarm make pellets for them as well & they do very well on them.

One thing that is pretty vital for galahs health is giving them dandelions & milk thistle, the whole plants.

And Dr Ross Perry is very knowledgeable on galahs. Google him, he also has a YouTube account were he puts up videos of his work, one particular one is of a galah named Gill who he cured of heavy metal poisoning. He also has an FB account & page with all his work. He's one of the favourite avian vet in Australia.

Apr 29, 2013
pellets
by: Alex

Try googling Harrison's Pellets. That is how I fund them in UK. I had to order them online.

Apr 29, 2013
Harrison's pellets in Australia
by: Tracie

Here are some vets that sell pellets in Australia. You can order from one of them. :-) Pellets only seem expensive, but you give them very little and the savings on vet visits from illness make up for the cost of the pellets.

www.innersouthvets.com.au

www.birdclinic.net

www.DrRossPerry.com.au

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Switching Budgies To Pellets article

Apr 29, 2013
Rubbish Pet shops
by: Angelica

Thanks guys but the problem is, where I live, I've got absolutely rubbish pet shops blabbing to me that seed mixes with SUNFLOWER seeds were healthy. Do I honestly look that dumb? I'm yet to find a pet shop that sells bird pellets. -.-

Apr 27, 2013
pellets
by: Alex

I would advise on converting the bird to pellets. Pellets are perfect for a picky eater as they contain all the nutrients a bird needs and all look and taste the same.

Harrison's are a great avian vet recommended pellet and my budgies love them.

Someone will be able to give the links on advice on how to convert. Just hang tight for them.

Then, you do not need to worry if the bird won't eat fruit and veg. With pellets they just make a nice treat for the bird if the bird wants to eat them.

Pellets should make up to 80 - 85% f a birds diet and 15- 20% should, be healthy treats like fruit, veg, nuts and seeds.

Good Luck.

Apr 26, 2013
re: picky eater
by: Nikos

Persistence is key. Keep the desired food around when your friend is hungry. Keep placing it every day even if you feel you're wasting it. Parrots love variety so she will eat the food eventually. Same with toys. Never throw away a toy. They seem to discover things they hated at random times and fall in love with them.

Apr 26, 2013
Bird is picky eater
by: Tracie

You can use the same method Dr B suggests for pellets for any food. But if the bird is eating 80% high quality pellets like it should, you don't have to worry if it isn't eating fresh food, just keep encouraging it.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Sometimes birds can take over a year to try new food. I had a parakeet that was weaned to pellets that took over a year of providing seeds in the cage before it finally ate a seed and realized it was wonderful. LOL

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