After losing one parakeet we decided to adopt 2 news ones from someone else. We have had them for about a week and they are past the freak out phase. We plan on keeping them separate from Plumpy for at least a month for the quarantine period. They were fed some generic seed mix. I made my own seed mix of canary grass, red millet, white millet, steel cut oats, niger, and flax. The plan is to have them accept pellets in addition to the seeds, but it is slow going.
Plumpy loves her seeds but mainly picks out the canary grass and steel cut oats. For the most part will ignore the red and white millet unless there is nothing else good left. She has branched out to eat pecan, sunflower seed, hulled hemp. She ignores all fresh fruits/veggies, ignores bird bread, ignores pellets. I do sprinkle the high potency mash on her seeds.
The new birds are super seed addicts and devour both types of millet and the canary grass and ignore the other types of seeds. They ignore any treats I offer (the pecan etc that I offer Plumpy). They also get the sprinkle of high potency mash.
I am thinking to keep them separate until they all accept a similar diet, which I am assuming will take months. Also, I want to get Plumpy to a healthy weight before putting her friends in the same cage. Am I on the right track? Has anyone had any luck with convincing their birdies to eat the types of seeds they typically ignore?
Last edited by PlumpyParakeet; 05-10-2018 at 01:32 PM.
Update: I tried soaking the seed mixture for 8 hours (minus steel cut oats and flax seeds) and Plumpy actually ate some of both types of millet! The other two birds demolished their soaked seeds as well. It might be too early to tell, but I might be on to something here with getting them to eat the same type of food...
So is this a thing where some birds aren't able to bite as hard and open certain types of seeds? Plumpy does not bite me nearly as hard as Lily, one of the new birds...
I feel like that’s just a texture thing- many parrots are very picky about the texture of their food. Also you’re making good progress- once they are all accepting the seeds and Plumpy is at a good weight I think you can introduce them