by Meg

I am currently teaching my birds to eat fruits and vegetables but am having a bit of trouble. I have 2 budgies and 2 cockatiels. The budgies will eat anything i give them in any form ( raw, cooked, mashed ) but the cockatiels will only eat the mashed food and leave everything thats solid.

I was wondering if this is a big problem. Is it alright to feed them all their vegetables mashed or does this somehow make them not as good. Their usual mix is carrot, broccoli and cauliflower with some pasta, cannelini beans and mashed sweet potato. Usually they will eat the potato, bean, pasta and leave the solid vegies no matter how i prepare them.

Would i be able to mash up the broccoli, cauliflower and carrot and mix it with the rest so that it resembles baby food or is this bad. Help will be greatly appreciated.

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Sep 26, 2009
by: Linda

First, broccoli and cauliflower are NOT good veggies for birds. They are what is called the "fungus" veggies, and cantalope and watermelon are two more plus egg plant. Sweet potato is wonderful as a special treat, keeping in mind that fruit and/or veggies should be no more than 10% of the overall diet. That means very little fruit and veggies at all and only a few times a week at that.

Your birds do not require many fruit and/or veggies. Birds with feathers all over their faces usually do not eat that much fruit in their native countries. Clean-faced Macaws, however, love the messy, drippy fruit, and will usually eat any veggie.

The only fruit my Cockies would eat was organic apple cut up into diced-size pieces. Do not feed much of it as it causes digestive upsets. The dark green leafy veggies are good except for Spinich which interferes with calcium absorption. Squash is also good, and they are fed raw or steamed. The sweet potato has to be cooked, and carrots may be more readily eaten if steamed a bit. Cooking except for baking, takes out all the vitamins, so steam anything you wish to cook for them and yourself.

If they are eating a high quality pelleted food like Harrison's, you need not be so concerned about what veggies and fruit they do or don't eat. If on an all seed diet, your birds are in need of nutrition in the form of pellets. Harrisons makes a readily eaten Birdy Bread Mix which Tracie carries out here. Use the organic red palm oil, Sunshine Factor in the mix, and it helps with the transition from seeds to pellets. Also get a small enough size pellet for your birds.


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