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Ok I have a few questions..

1. What main staple diet should I convert Noel over to she is currently been eating the stuff the breeder gave her which is harts brand cockatiel food. It dosn't seem like enough.

2. What fruits are safe if any??

3. What veggies are safe also is frozen thawed out ok??

4. What treats are ok??

5. Any other types of food safe for them??

I want to give her a balanced healthy diet with options.
 

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1. What main staple diet should I convert Noel over to she is currently been eating the stuff the breeder gave her which is harts brand cockatiel food. It dosn't seem like enough.
I suggest the staple part of a tiels diet is a good quality seed mix (look for a clean, dust-free mix with a large variety of seeds in it) with pellets offered either mixed in or in a separate bowl.

2. What fruits are safe if any??
Most fruits are safe. Avoid the seeds though, especially apple seeds as these are actually toxic. My tiels aren't fruit eaters, but one of my budgies is nuts for nectarine, banana, honey dew melon, rock melon and apple. These are all good things to try, but don't worry too much if your tiel doesn't have a sweet tooth and turns her beak up at fruit. :p

3. What veggies are safe also is frozen thawed out ok??
Again, most veggies are safe and yes, it's fine to freeze and then thaw to feed or even just use shop bought frozen veggies (fresh taste better though, hehe). My guys like carrot, broccoli, bok choy, spinach, peas, corn, etc. Dark leafy veggies are usually the best for them.

4. What treats are ok??
Specific bird treats like millet sprays and seed treats are ok occasionally, same with things like a little bit of peanut butter on a wholemeal cracker.

5. Any other types of food safe for them??
Yes, lots! Whole grain breads, pasta and rice are all good options. I like to always have some brown rice with veggies and/or lentils cooked and frozen in ice cube sized portions in the freezer ready to thaw and feed. Legumes like lentils and beans are good sources of protein. Unsalted nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds) can be fed occasionally. Another good food is hard boiled egg. You can mash it up (shell and all) and mix in some chopped or grated veggies to feed. My guys love it. :D

Generally speaking if it's good for you, it's good for our birdies. You want to avoid things that are fatty, salty or sugary.
 

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Thanks so much for answering my questions thats what I needed to know I can't wait to get her started on a better diet. Plus its going to be fun to get her eating what I eat I love fruits and veggies...
 

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Bea pretty much answered it. Mine have their seed mix but also a daily plate of veggies and fresh foods. There's a link in the food and nurtition -I think it's a stick that lists safe veggies and fruits. You can always look there to be sure. The only fruit mine like is cantalope, red apple, mango and berries. With veggies, they pretty much eat anything..lol
 

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A good way I've found is to get them curious about what you are eating-make yummy noises and pretend that they can't have any. Then accidently let them get to it.Sounds silly but gets them everytime.
 

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that is a good idea... I tried it at dinner time with some corn at first she thought I was nuts but she seem to come around. thanks again
 

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Corn is always a favorite! Mine would live off corn if I let them! hehe
Mine also love parsley. I buy a large bad of frozen mixed veggies (corn, carrots, sweet peas, green beans, all safe veggies) and give them steamed daily. They also get some fresh things like green pepper, apple, etc, whatever I have around.
 

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It doesn't take long before they realize its all good stuff :D corn, parsley and the frozen mixed veggies are all favourites of mine as well.
 

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Yep :D Definetly not that long :p The first time Earl saw broccoli, he was on it like a rocket:D He loves that stuff :)
 
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