Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

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Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

Post by Rick » Mon, 05 May 2003 23:57:36



Our two year-old GCC is not a finicky eater when it comes
to table food and even pelleted food (she likes Harrisons), but
we're having a heck of a time trying to find a quality bagged
food for her.  We've tried several brands, all with the same
results -- she'll eat the sunflower seeds out of the mix and
won't touch anything else.  We wind up throwing 95% of the
food away.

Any suggestions for a bagged mix?  We really don't want to
restrict her to a pelleted diet if possible.

Thanks,
Rick

 
 
 

Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

Post by Baile » Tue, 06 May 2003 01:24:42


My birds are also pellet eaters, but they do get a seed mixture as a treat.
I have found that Volkman is their favorite.  Here is where I order it
online:
http://www.birdseed.com/vsl_small_hookbillca.htm


Quote:
> Our two year-old GCC is not a finicky eater when it comes
> to table food and even pelleted food (she likes Harrisons), but
> we're having a heck of a time trying to find a quality bagged
> food for her.  We've tried several brands, all with the same
> results -- she'll eat the sunflower seeds out of the mix and
> won't touch anything else.  We wind up throwing 95% of the
> food away.

> Any suggestions for a bagged mix?  We really don't want to
> restrict her to a pelleted diet if possible.

> Thanks,
> Rick

 
 
 

Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

Post by GCar » Tue, 06 May 2003 01:58:20



Quote:
> Our two year-old GCC is not a finicky eater when it comes
> to table food and even pelleted food (she likes Harrisons), but
> we're having a heck of a time trying to find a quality bagged
> food for her.  We've tried several brands, all with the same
> results -- she'll eat the sunflower seeds out of the mix and
> won't touch anything else.  We wind up throwing 95% of the
> food away.

> Any suggestions for a bagged mix?  We really don't want to
> restrict her to a pelleted diet if possible.

What size of seed are you feeding? My Black Capped Conure ('bout the same
size as your GCC) will only eat large seeds (Pumpkin, sunflower, saflower,
etc) and not any of the little millet sized seeds. Whenever I use a small
hook bill mix most of it goes to waste, however large hook bill mixes (for
CAGs, Amazons, etc) are completely eaten. I am convinced he thinks he is a
big bird trapped in a little bird's body! He he

Gloria

Quote:
> Thanks,
> Rick

 
 
 

Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

Post by JZ » Tue, 06 May 2003 11:23:28


My green cheek conure gets Kaytee Forti-Diet (Cockatiel size) seed mix. I
give the two conures a fresh dish of seed every three or four days. They eat
all of the seed in that mix. They also get millet spray about once a week
and they like that too.

Jan


Quote:
> Our two year-old GCC is not a finicky eater when it comes
> to table food and even pelleted food (she likes Harrisons), but
> we're having a heck of a time trying to find a quality bagged
> food for her.  We've tried several brands, all with the same
> results -- she'll eat the sunflower seeds out of the mix and
> won't touch anything else.  We wind up throwing 95% of the
> food away.

> Any suggestions for a bagged mix?  We really don't want to
> restrict her to a pelleted diet if possible.

> Thanks,
> Rick

 
 
 

Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

Post by Jim » Tue, 06 May 2003 13:11:11


My sun conure gets Volkman's seed mix with a bunch of stuff mixed in,
like Zupreem pelletts, a few peanuts, unsweetened granola, dried
fruits.  He eats pretty much everything.  Safflower seed is the largest
part.  He does not get sunflower seeds.    Apples, grapes, lettuce,
corn, banannas, always small pieces.
__________________tip of the day___________________
I have found that he can only eat about a tablespoon of food mix a day.
Every day, I add a fresh scoop to the dish.  Once a week, I empty it,
wash it, and start him off with two scoops. He eats all day long.

I used to throw out a lot of food, not any more.
Jim

Quote:

> Our two year-old GCC is not a finicky eater when it comes
> to table food and even pelleted food (she likes Harrisons), but
> we're having a heck of a time trying to find a quality bagged
> food for her.  We've tried several brands, all with the same
> results -- she'll eat the sunflower seeds out of the mix and
> won't touch anything else.  We wind up throwing 95% of the
> food away.

> Any suggestions for a bagged mix?  We really don't want to
> restrict her to a pelleted diet if possible.

> Thanks,
> Rick

 
 
 

Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

Post by Owly » Tue, 06 May 2003 21:42:44


Just as an FYI -
Seed mixes that omit sunflower seed typically replace them with safflower
which is anywhere from 12-30% higher in fats (depending which chart you
consult).  Most people omit sunflower from diets because of their total fat
content and think they're feeding a lower fat diet when they switch to a
safflower seed based mix.  Not saying you personally :).  Just thought I'd
mention it.  (Of course the many nutrients found in sunflower seeds make
them a sound nutritional element in moderation...and sprouted, the fats are
converted to necessary and readily assimilated fatty acids, in addition to
increasing their nutritional value immensely.  Did I ever mention that I'm a
proponent of sprouting?  lol)
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Quote:
> My sun conure gets Volkman's seed mix with a bunch of stuff mixed in,
> like Zupreem pelletts, a few peanuts, unsweetened granola, dried
> fruits.  He eats pretty much everything.  Safflower seed is the largest
> part.  He does not get sunflower seeds.    Apples, grapes, lettuce,
> corn, banannas, always small pieces.
> __________________tip of the day___________________
> I have found that he can only eat about a tablespoon of food mix a day.
> Every day, I add a fresh scoop to the dish.  Once a week, I empty it,
> wash it, and start him off with two scoops. He eats all day long.

> I used to throw out a lot of food, not any more.

 
 
 

Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

Post by J » Wed, 07 May 2003 02:30:36



Quote:
> Just as an FYI -
> Seed mixes that omit sunflower seed typically replace them with safflower
> which is anywhere from 12-30% higher in fats (depending which chart you
> consult).  Most people omit sunflower from diets because of their total
fat
> content and think they're feeding a lower fat diet when they switch to a
> safflower seed based mix.  Not saying you personally :).  Just thought I'd
> mention it.

But on the other hand, safflower isn't nearly as tasty, so they don't eat as
much of it.  On yet another hand, safflower mixes generally cost
significantly more even though sunflower is the more expensive seed.

J

 
 
 

Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

Post by Owly » Wed, 07 May 2003 02:56:54



Quote:
> But on the other hand, safflower isn't nearly as tasty, so they don't eat
as
> much of it.  On yet another hand, safflower mixes generally cost
> significantly more even though sunflower is the more expensive seed.

They sure do, I guess the marketing thought is, "Well if they don't want
"evil" sunflower seeds, they'll pay a little more to get a mix without
them."  Works too, evidently.

None of my flock will eat safflower seeds.  Then again, they all leave some
of their sunflower seeds (the unsprouted ones at least) untouched in their
dishes as well.

Don't know where you are, where I place my orders
(http://www.hermanbros-seed.com/pg3.htm), sunflower seed is about 2/3 the
price of safflower.  Must vary by location or something.
--
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Bagged food mix for green cheek conure

Post by GCar » Wed, 07 May 2003 12:09:07



Quote:


> > But on the other hand, safflower isn't nearly as tasty, so they don't
eat
> as
> > much of it.  On yet another hand, safflower mixes generally cost
> > significantly more even though sunflower is the more expensive seed.

> They sure do, I guess the marketing thought is, "Well if they don't want
> "evil" sunflower seeds, they'll pay a little more to get a mix without
> them."  Works too, evidently.

??? I guess it depends on what mix you are buying. My favorite seed mixes
are made locally by a guy (Jeff of CChirps). He doesn't ship seed or
anything (too bad, these are great mixes). But he does sell to a couple of
local stores. His 'Lite' mixes are the normal mix without sunflower seeds.
He uses really great ingredients like in-shell pine nuts, shelled almonds,
shelled macadamia nuts, pistachios,  chunks of millet spray, dehydrated
vegetables that were dehydrated less then six months ago (or whatever, the
birds actually eat them, and given that all his other ingredients are fresh
I assume the veggies are too). Sometimes even seasonal stuff like dried
blueberries. Most of the ingredients are human-grade, except maybe the
safflower seeds. And his mixes aren't heavy in cheap filler seeds (there's
some safflower, but they aren't the main ingredient!). Plus his prices
compete well with the pre-bagged mixes like Kaytee. All in all I like them,
and the birds do too!

Gloria

Quote:
> None of my flock will eat safflower seeds.  Then again, they all leave
some
> of their sunflower seeds (the unsprouted ones at least) untouched in their
> dishes as well.

> Don't know where you are, where I place my orders
> (http://www.hermanbros-seed.com/pg3.htm), sunflower seed is about 2/3 the
> price of safflower.  Must vary by location or something.
> --
> owly
> http://www.ittybittybirdiebites.com
> Nutrition Thoughts from Owly - www.ittybittybirdiebites.com/nutrition.html
> Huge List of Sprouting Links -

www.ittybittybirdiebites.com/sproutlist.html
Quote:
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> MAY SPECIALS - http://www.ittybittybirdiebites.com/special0305.html
> APRIL SPECIALS - http://www.ittybittybirdiebites.com/special0304.htm
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