Young Parrot Traits

by Heather
(South Florida)

I received a Red Headed Mexican Parrot for my birthday this past June. We were told that he was 8 weeks old, which would now make him approximately 4 months old. He doesn't like fresh fruit or vegetables. Is this common because of his age?

I have been unable to find any resources that address young parrot traits. Also he is a growler, I was told that this is common among this breed. I have had older birds previously, African Grey, Blue and Gold Macaw and an Eclectics but never one this young. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

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Aug 25, 2009
Red Head
by: Linda

We have two Red-Lored Amazons which are the same size and temperment as your Red Head. Eli and Stella only like certain fruit and veggies. They will eat banana, red peppers on occasion, garden fresh green beans and baked sweet potato. Fruit and veggies are not supposed to be more than 10% of bird's diet and should only be offered a few times a week. More than likely when he was being weaned, they did not offer him a variety of fresh foods. If they had a lot of birds, the fresh food goes bad and has to be removed in an hour or two at the most, so it is too much trouble for a breeder with too many birds.

Also, he needs to be eating an organic pelleted diet like Harrison's which Tracie carries out here. She also carries their Birdy Bread Mix which I guarantee you he will love, and be sure to buy the Sunshine Factor organic Red Palm Oil to go in it. Use fresh egg whites and not the whole egg it calls for. It will help with converting bird from seeds to pellets unless he already is eating pellets. It is very good for special treats, bakes up quickly, freezes well. We give our birds some every other day, and they get very excited when it's Birdy Bread Day! The mix is reasonably priced as are the pellets. You did not state what else he eats, so if only seeds, you must change him over to the pellets. Birds who only eat seeds their whole lives develop problems with fat deposits, kidney and liver problems and die way before their time.

It does take time to do the changeover, so you'll need to keep offering him a small layer of seed in the bottom of dish and pellets on top. The birdy bread mix will help in this process, and put it on top of the pellets. Mix is made using the Harrisons recipe with a few more ingredients added for taste and dietary enhancement. They have 3 different kinds, so we bake up one kind one time and another the next time. It lasts a long time with our two birds, so will also last long with your one.No vitamin/mineral supplements are needed when they are on this diet.

As he begins to eat more of the pellets and bread, you can start reducing the amount of seeds in the bottom of dish until he is off them for good. One thing you can do with leftover seeds when he is weaned off them, is to sprout them. This is the way to get fresh food into him, and most birds take to the sprouts right away. You'll need to do a search of sprouting seeds--it's easy though each batch has to be fed at once, so don't do a whole lot at a time. It is a perfect form of protein without the fat.


Dr B's Switching Birds to Pellets article.

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