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Q: my cockatiel

October 22, 2008 | By Sandytrain | 7 answers | Expired: 2180 days ago

My bird 8 years old will eat nothing but seeds,i know this is not the best but how do i get him to eat other things?
I have tried since he was little no luck

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VickysZoo
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Oct 22, 2008

You can try broccoli slaw. It took a while for my birds to get used to this stuff but they really love it because it is shredded and easy for them to eat. Even my African Grey loves it. The only fruits I can get my birds to eat is apples and bananas. Good luck:)

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beverly y.
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Oct 22, 2008

i use to feed my parakeets brocolli and corn and popcorn

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Anonymous
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Oct 22, 2008

We feed our Neelix pellets, fresh dark leafy greens, fresh orange, green and yellow veggies, and a small amount of a high-quality seed mix. He loves to pick at an ear of corn on the cob, nibble at greens and play with things like squash. There are several good websites devoted to making healthy bird breads and things that they will eat. He resisted pellets at first too, but by putting the seed mix in a "treat cup" and only offering it and then removing it after a short time while leaving the pellets in his main feeding dish at all times he learned that seeds were for treats and pellets were to keep his tummy full! Instead of just switching to pellets, try offering him veggies and unseasoned people food or homemade bird breads. He might really enjoy them!

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Nelson M.
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Oct 22, 2008

My 15 year old cockatiel loves chicken white meat (no salt). Cannibalism? I guess.

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Scmar65
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Oct 22, 2008

Hi
I have a Mealy Amazon Parrot that I have had for 21 years. I too had a hard time switching his feed from seed to "pellets" (I use Zupreem Avian Maintenance Fruit Blend). It took several attempts over many years but he now gets no seed at all. You have to mix it in a little at a time. Birds can be very resistant to any kind of change in their diet, but an all seed diet can cause liver disease and is not good for them, so please have patience. I found a very good website about feeding parrots (www.parrothouse.com/pamelaclark/feedingcompanion.html) but I'm sure that you can use a lot of information there for your cockatiel.
Good luck.

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Debbie
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Oct 22, 2008

Mine loved fruit loops. He would even let you know when he was out of them because he said, "fruit loop".

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Tessa
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Oct 22, 2008

My 16 years old cockatiel ,Synjyn, is a seed eater,too. I have mixed pelleted food in with the seeds a little at a time slowly replacing the seeds until there are nothing but pellets. If this doesn't work,you can always supplement his diet with either liquid or dry vitamins added to his water or food. Sometimes when they are completely set in their ways,it's virtually impossible to get them to change. You can also try offering him small amounts of fruit & veggies,cooked pasta,etc.Maybe if he sees you try it first he'll be more likely to give it a go.
I know this has worked for me when I had foster birds.

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