Egg Mix

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding

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A protein supplement is essential for the birds especially during the breeding season.  This can be offered in the form of an egg-based mix.  This is a rather interesting topic as many breeders have their own homemade recipe for this popular mix.  Some excellent, ready-made mixes are available commercially, although these are not always to […]

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Complete Foods

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding

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Pellets are complete nutritional foods that do not require vitamin or mineral supplementation.  They are widely used by many zoos, especially to feed parrots.  Pellets are also becoming increasingly popular amongst parrot breeders.  Pellets are a complete nutritional food that provides birds with a balanced diet.  However, birds fed on pellets have a higher water […]

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Sunflower Seeds. (striped or white) are part of a group of seeds rich in fats and proteins. They are rich in arginine.  Cardy seeds are rich in fats.  They contain the correct proportion of amino acids and are rich in arginine.  They are low in lysine, methionine and cystine and contain no trytophane whatsoever.  Millets […]

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Seeds For Grass Parakeets

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding

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Grass Parakeets are so called because in nature they eat mainly grass seeds and very rarely sunflower seeds.  The recommended basic seed diet of grass parakeets consists of a mix of dry seeds.  It, therefore, is essential to provide a mix of good quality, clean seeds with little or no husk.  A quality mix will […]

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Peanut Butter

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding

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 A very little known and under utilised feedstuff for birds is peanut butter.  It is extremely nourishing and very rich in natural oils.  Peanut butter offers food value found nowhere else.  It improves plumage, keeps birds in excellent physical condition, and is relatively freely available to everyone.  The easiest way of getting your birds to […]

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Green Food

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding

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Greens are the one food that is mostly overlooked in daily feeding of birds.  Greens contain the element carophyl and many vital micro elements needed by birds for healthy development and good breeding condition.  Green food is available in a wide variety but carrot tops and dandelion are the richest in food value.  Lettuce is […]

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Cuttlebone

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding

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 Cuttlebone, being the skeleton of the cuttlefish and found on the sandy shores of most oceans, is a vey important addition to any captive bird’s diet.  When collecting cuttlebones on the seashore ensure that they are free of all uneaten flesh of the cuttlefish, do not have any oil or other pollutant on them and […]

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Grit

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding

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Grit is a necessary addition to any bird’s diet as they need the grit in their crops to assist in grinding the food prior to passing into the alimentary canal.  The grit or gravel should be more than ordinary sand.  It has the double purpose of grinding up the food and furnishing necessary minerals which […]

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A simple diet

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding

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Birds in captivity are easily fed and will remain in excellent condition on a relatively simple diet.  The fact that a diet is simple does not mean that nutrition need not be all-inclusive.  Starting out a bird on a proper diet is very important because birds are creatures of habit and are reluctant to change, […]

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