My bird really doesnt eat his fruits and veggies

“My bird really doesnt eat his fruits and veggies like birds of his type do. Do you have any insight into what to do or what would be a good substitute so that he can be getting his daily vitamins?” 

Is your bird on a total seed diet? If so, it is not going to provide all he needs to live a long life. They do need to consume more than seeds. Even if he does not eat it every day, you must give him a small dish with something that is not seeds daily. EVERY DAY. Eventually he will pick at it and learn to enjoy it. 

I found it easy to use frozen mixed vegetables in the bag, generic is fine. I would take a bag of veggies and put into a plastic container in the freezer door and EVERY day dump a tablespoon or so into a shallow dish and set it in the cage. I also would add a small chunk of an apple, a grape cut in half and a dice sized bit of orange, That is the basics. 

You can also give him pomegranate seeds, cherries, a cut in half cherry tomato, a hunk of crunchy romaine lettuce, even a little dish with oatmeal, a bit of scrambled eggs, some cheerios moistened with water, juice or milk, anything. Just every day he gets a dish of something, remove before bedtime. 

This is also a good time to consider sprinkling a bird vitamin on the wet foods so the vitamins stick to the food and is not wasted.

These are good selections. 

Prime vitamin

Lafeber’s vitamin 

Nekton S 

I do not recommend putting vitamins in water as so much is wasted and bacteria can build up if the dish is not washed extremely well daily. 

I hope this will help. 

Thank you.

Catherine Tobsing
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique

I have him on a organic pellet mix, altho it does have dried peppers and some seeds in it, but doesn’t seem to have as many pellets as I think it should. I mix it with some parrot food that has dried corn, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

I am also debating about getting just an organic pellet food to mix in, so that he has more pellets in his food. Do you think this is wise?? I make him a dish of apples, frozen peas, bananas, sometimes orange,frozen corn, lettuce, carrots and celery. Some dried fruit like mango, apricots, cherries and bananas and unsalted sunflower kernels. He only picks at it, more so throwing it around then anything else. 

He will chew on the carrots, celery and frozen peas and corn but only minimally. occasionally maybe the apples and a lil bit of the dried fruit. Just want to make sure that he is getting all the nutrients he needs. 


The best dry food for Eclectus

Product Name: Dr. Harvey’s All Natural Bird Food No Seed Exotic Parrot Food

Headline: The best dry food for Eclectus
Name: John P
Location: Simi Valley, CA

Review: My female eclectus has been struggling with some toe tapping and a bit of feather plucking. I believe that the pellets that she was getting had too many vitamins in them. Switching to this food for the ~20% dry part of her diet has done wonders. I do have one question though… can people eat this food? It looks and smells delicious that I am incredibly tempted to share it with her!
Rating: 5

Dear John 

Yes, the Dr Harvey’s diet is human grade. I personally have eaten some of the items with Dr Harvey and they were all yummy. I am partial to the macadamia nuts. 

Thank you for the review.

Catherine Tobsing
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique


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Using Hagen Prime Bird Vitamin, Mineral & Amino Acid Supplement.


We’ve been getting a lot of requests lately for information on Hagen Prime Vitamin, Mineral & Amino Acid Supplement. One of the most asked questions is “Does my bird need a vitamin”? We feel that vitamins are good idea if your bird’s are primarily on seed diet, and if you have a finch, cockatiel or parakeets we can offer you some very good tips.

First of all if you are not sure – check with your avian veterinarian and get a health evaluation or assessment. You can always give us a call toll free at 1-877-287-0810 or e-mail us for a vet referral.
Hagen Prime Vitamin, Mineral & Amino Acid Supplement was developed for birds that primarily eat seed and is recommended to be sprinkled on a bird’s moistened food to gain the most nutritional benefit. The fruity flavor and the robust smell of Prime blends well with fresh fruits and vegetables.
One of the problems of we hear is that “my bird doesn’t eat a lot of fruits and vegetables”. For some yummy crunchy protein try sprinkling some Prime onto our Bag o bugs bird food supplement.
One of the most popular treats we serve small birds and the big ones on occasion, is spray millet. Simply moisten the millet with a spray bottle and use the proper amount of prime on the millet so supplements sticks to the individual seeds. The fruity flavor of the Prime mineral supplement will help “spice up” millet.
You might also try to wash some fresh kale or romaine lettuce and then pat it dry ever so slightly. Spread a light dusting of the proper dosage of Prime onto leaves so some supplements sticks and then use a clip and attach it to the outside of the birds cage with just a small part of the leaves sticking through the bars of the cage so it looks as though they’re not supposed to have it. Nothing more enticing than something seemingly just out of reach.
We don’t recommend putting Prime in water because although it has a fruity aroma that helps make fresh fruits, veggies and lettuce more attractive, when Prime is placed into drinking water you get an entirely different reaction. Calcium and amino acids don’t dissolve in water and may float or settle at the bottom of the dish. Additionally sulfur molecules from the amino acids get released by the beneficial bacteria after six hours or more of being in the water. Then you’ll get a medicinal odor that can keep some birds from drinking enough water to gain the benefit of the Prime supplement. Plus you will end up throwing more of the supplement out by attempting to keep the water fresh.


Presidential Parrots & Birds – A Brief History



Almost all of the 43 presidents, from George Washington to President obama., have had at least one pet. Information is sketchy so we tried to aggregate all the facts we could find about presidential pet bird ownership

George Washington (1789 -1791) Had Polly the parrot which was actually Martha’s. George didn’t like the bird – apparently the feeling was mutual and they kept a close eye on one another when in the same room

James Madison (1809 -1817) Dolly Madison owned a Macaw that out lived both of them. When British troops set fire to the presidential residence during the War of 1812, she heroically rescued the parrot as the fire was engulfing the White House.

John Quincy Adams  (1825–1829 Louisa Adams, wife of this president, known at the White House for her silkworms, also owned a parrot during her husband’s term. 

Andrew Jackson (1829-1837) Pol the African Grey parrot had bought as a gift for his wife Rachel. Unfortunately, Rachel died, and the President had to take care of Pol himself. Pol was taught to swear and screamed curse words at his funeral. The African Grey had to be ejected from the funeral ceremony when he started cursing in both English and Spanish, all learned from the president! 

Zachary Taylor: (1849–1850) Had a canary Named Johnny Ty

James Buchanan (1857–1861) Had an eagle

Rutherford B. Hayes (1877 – 1881) Hayes had four Canaries with clipped wings. It’s said one regularly spent time between one of his cats paws (in a a good way)

Abraham Lincoln (March 1861 – 1865) Mr. Lincoln was well known for his fondness of animals in would rescue them a regular basis – Here’s one account: Oh,’ said he, ‘when I saw him last’ (there had been a severe wind storm), ‘he (Lincoln) had caught two little birds in his hand, which the wind had blown from their nest, and he was hunting for the nest’. Hardin left him before he found it. He finally found the nest, and placed the birds, to use his own words, ‘in the home provided for them by their mother’. When he came up with the party they laughed at him. Said he, earnestly, ‘I could not have slept tonight if I had not given those two little birds to their mother’ Kenneth A. Bernard, Glimpses of Lincoln in the White House, Abraham Lincoln Quarterly, December 1952, p. 168. 

Thomas Jefferson (1891 – 1809) Had a Mockingbird he bought for five shillings from one of the slaves of his father-in-law John Wayles. In 1803 Jefferson paid $10 and $15 which was the going rate for the price of the “singing Mockingbirds”. The person he bought them from saying the birds knew American, Scottish and French tunes and could imitate all the birds of the woods. 

He took one of them to France where the bird learned more sounds that added to his American repertoire. Because the trip to Europe trip took a month the bird learned to imitate the creaking of the ship’s timbers. 

A memorandum book indicates that Jefferson had at least four mockingbirds, “Dick” being his favorite. He retired surrounded by his mockingbirds.

Video – Northern Mockingbird Singing

Ulysses S. Grant (1869–1877) Had a parrot – not much else is known

Grover Cleveland (1885-1889 and 1893-1897) Had several canaries and mockingbirds belonging to Mrs. Frances Cleveland

William McKinley (1897–1901) Had a Double Yellow Headed Amazon parrot named “Washington Post” who would finish whistling the songs McKinley started whistling like Yankee Doodle Dandy

Theodore Roosevelt (1901–1909) The Teddy Roosevelt-era White House was crawling with pets, including roosters and parrots. Once the president wrote to Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus stories, that he wasn’t so keen on his son Ted’s pet macaw a Hyacinth named Eli Yale “Eli is the most gorgeous macaw, with a bill that I think could bite through boiler plate, who crawls all over Ted, and whom I view with dark suspicion.”

Warren Harding (1921–23) Had a Canary named Bob 

Calvin Coolidge (1923–1929) – Had Nip and Tuck, canaries , Snowflake a white canary, Old Bill a Thrush, Enoch a Goose and a Mockingbird, name unknown.

John F. Kennedy (1961 – 1963) – Had Robin, a canary, Parakeets named Bluebell (after a famous racehorse) and Marybelle

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963 – 1969) – Owned Lovebirds

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Why sugar is useful for bird nutrition

The main note is that all ingredients used in ZuPreem products are deemed SAFE by the FDA. The Regulatory environment is advising that pet food manufactures change the word sucrose to sugar.


Here is a little more information about the use of sugar in ZuPreem products. Sugar is added to ZuPreem FruitBlend Flavor, Natural, AvianBreeder, and NutBlend/VeggieBlend Flavor diets. Sugars are also found in fruits that most birds eat and enjoy in the wild. 


After digestion, they travel through the bloodstream to body cells where they are used for energy, or stored for future use. Veterinary nutritionists at ZuPreem have added a small amount of sugar to our avian diets to supply readily available carbohydrate (CHO) energy, and to make sure our nutritionally complete diets are palatable. Sugar also adds to the enjoyment of many foods.


Human and animal health experts agree that carbohydrates, including starch and sugar, are an important part of a balanced diet. The key is to ensure the diet is balanced between CHO’s, proteins, and fats. Eliminating sugar and other CHO’s would result in a very poor, unbalanced diet.

Sue Lines
ZuPreem Territory Manager

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Cockatoo Feeding Problems

Just hoping this will work to stop my cockatoo from scraping out all of her food out of the bird cage feeder dish. Do you have any suggestions if you think this will work or if you carry anything better? 

How full are you filling the bird cage dishes? If to the top, the bird is just digging away to reach its favorites and dumping the rest. I recommend you fill the bird food feeder cups only a third to a half full and see if that helps. If you can, let the bird go without bird food a couple hours before giving a small scoop again. Your days off are good for this.

The bird sounds spoiled or it really does not like the food. What are you feeding it now? What kind of cockatoo and how old, how long have you had it?

Would you believe I barely cover the bottoms of the dishes with her food? It is costing me so much money in waste that it has just gotten completely out of hand. She is kind of naughty I have to admit., but a sweetheart also. 

I bought her a year ago and they said about 3 years old then. So anywhere from 3 to 5 years but has never laid an egg, so her age is questionable. Talked to a bird expert that told me cockatoos sexually mature at about 4 years old. So guessing she is possibly getting sexually mature.

She was already tossing out the food when I bought her, so the people were placing a dish in the bottom of the cage they had her in in the center of it to try to keep some of the mess inside the cage. I think that was a factor in finding her a new home. She is a smaller lesser sulfur crested cockatoo. 

She loves the food I give her but I have never yet to date seen a cockatoo that didn’t toss their food out. Have to admit though none I had before even came close to being as bad as the too I have now. I worry about her even getting enough to eat. 

As soon as I place the cup in the bird cage she goes to eat but when she goes to take the pellet, she is already tossing the food about until she has one in her beak. Then she stops and eats that, but then back to the same routine again for the next pellet. 

The people that had her fed her such a terrible diet so I am still trying hard to get her to even eat anything good for her. Slow process!

You’re are feeding pellets to a cockatoo? Although it is not unusual, we are hearing that cockatoo’s don’t always do well on pelleted diets. It does not satisfy their need of variety and foraging. 

Have you tried a mixed diet, seeds, pellets with fresh veggies table and fruit in another dish? 

This mix from Hagen bird food is very good, seeds, nuts, grains, pellets, dried fruits and veggies. A complete diet. 

I also preferred to feed my birds on the bottom of the cage in a large heavy crock, placed on the center of a big piece of newspaper. Then as they tossed the food, some would end up on the paper to give them a second chance at it. 

I admit to not being a bird behaviorist, but you may wish to contact one. Michelle Karras may be able to help. 

Keep me up to date on her progress. Please.

I feed my cockatoo the fruity pellets, a safflower seed mix by Lavian, a parrot seed mix by them also, then I offer her the bean cuisine mix, plus try to get her to eat a bit of fruit and veggies. She wasn’t ever fed the fresh food so she don’t do much with them other than if there is corn in it. Had such a terrible diet poor bird. One bag they sent with me was wild bird food! Cheap stuff at that.

 I buy the unsweetened cereals and offer those as a treat. I just need to keep the food in the dishes long enough to get her to eat it! LOL

Replacement bird cage for Umbrella Cockatoo

Click for info on the Doral Cockatoo Bird Cage from HQ


Good morning! We have been looking at the Doral Dome Top cage for our U2. Our current cage is a smaller, 12 year old or more Prevue cage.
Amos is a great escape artist, and has 5 padlocks including one for the bottom grate that he can push open.
He has a penchant for working very hard to remove his seed cups and flinging them. Our current cage has an extra metal lip over the top edge of the cup, (the holder is part of, and in the cage, not on the door itself). 
This slows him down, but he uses his beak like a beer bottle opener and works all the way around trying to pop them out. (Sometimes succeeding).
Also, a few years back you helped me get replacement cups (plastic), for the crock ones that he cracked and broke doing this.
He did have cups on the playtop but they just sat in the rings. First time up there, in just moments the water and seed cups went flying!
He has also broken the welds on a bunch of the bars, and pulls them out and tosses them too (he loves to use a piece of wood as a wedge). Needless to say he is a problem child with special needs. lol.

From your pictures I can see the locks are much better, but I can’t tell how the cups are held in. Do they just set in? If so, do you think he will be able to pull them out?
Is there some type of lock I can get so he can’t pull them out?
This is my biggest concern.
Also, do you think the cage is built solid enough? You’ve seen it and I’ll rely on your judgment.

I did see it was out of stock right now, so how long do you think it will be to get one? I’m just looking for a ball park figure.
I have been trying to convince my husband for over 10 years to get a larger cage and now he is willing, but he could change his mind at ANY moment. Really. He has done that in the past.
That’s why I sent this at high priority. Time is of the essence. I need to get this order placed asap! Then there’s no going back 🙂
Hopefully you will see this soon this weekend.

Thank you very much for your time, Linda 


Hi Linda 

With the food doors shut, the food cups are “secured” although as you’re painfully aware of, nothing is safe around a U2. The Doral is made by HQ and their welds are very clean and solid. Once again a U2 can apply as much as 3000 PSI to the razor blades on his face. It’s important the he be supplied with LOTS of toys to keep his busy mind occupied.

 The Doral bird cage should be available next week actually – I’ll give you a heads up no later than Tuesday to confirm. 

Thanks for the email. 

Don’t know if you’ve seen this video – thought you’d appreciate it – “The Great Escape!”

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