Micro rant-> Most caged bird keepers give nowhere near the credit our birds deserve. The caged prisoner you care for has the potential to mimic human speech, can fly, can use their feet as well as their beaks to manipulate food and other objects – knows the precise time of day – can pre-plan events into the future – and did I mention they can fly?

The single biggest refrain we hear from our customers is “my bird doesn’t like” – fill in the blank. Drilling down, what we are saying is “I’m a 75 kg human that is accepting the decisions of a 100 g feathered animal”

Real-life example. We love Lafeber’s Avi Cakes because of their 100% nutritional proposition. The second week Peaches, our Senegal parrot was home I cracked open a bag of Avi-Cakes “for parrots” and offered a square to Peaches. She’d have nothing to do with it. She would not beak it, she would not grab it with her right “eating” foot.

I thought about it for a moment, ground the square between my thumb and forefinger making it into a jumbled strand of seed and pellets. It instantly became one of her favorite nutritional substrates.

This isn’t rocket surgery people.

end rant

We have taken this attitude about Lafebers foraging foods to our 10 budgies.

If we get a cracked container of nutriberries, we receive a credit from the lafeber company and then grind them up for the 4 keets.

They devour bird food with (8%) pellets.

Classic Parrot Nutri-Berries: Recommended number to feed the companion parrot
Bodyweight (g)Kcl/dayBerries/day50% waste*
10028.7924
20047.7536
30064.248
40079.2510
50093.21612
600106.48714
700119.16816
800131.36918
900143.162020
1000154.61122
1100165.741122
1200176.611224
1300187.241326
1400197.641326
1500207.851428
*Number of berries recommended daily assuming 50% waste

 

 

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