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Favorite seed mix/brand?

In your opinion, what is the best seed mix brand currently available out there? (Mixing my own isn't currently an option as I do not have access to a variety of seed.) Which mix and brand do you use?

I'm currently feeding my flock the Hagen VME Staple Budgie mix and I add in several human-grade sunflower seed a day per each bird; but I would like to start feeding them something with more variety.
Hagen mix Ingredients:
white millet, canary grass seed, oat groats, red millet, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), calcium carbonate, orange oil, ferrous carbonate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, niacin, vitamin e supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin a supplement, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, vitamin b12 supplement, sodium selenite, vitamin d3 supplement.

I ordered 1lb of the Golden Gourmet: A Taste of Australia, so we're going to give that a try. Opinions on this mix?
Ingredients:
Bee Pollen, Roasted Cashews, Almonds and Soybeans. Raw Sunflower Kernels, Canary Grass Seed, Japanese Millet, Canola Seed, Flax Seed, White Proso Millet, Golden German Millet, Black Sesame Seed & Natural Sesame Seed, Red Siberian Millet, Currants, Organic Blueberries, Sterile Hemp Seed, Niger Seed, Caraway Seed, Organic Whole Oats, Carrots, Wheat Germ, Whole Egg Solids, Whey, Organic Papaya, Rasp-berry Seeds, Cranberry Seeds, Organic Cranberries, Pineapple, Ground Star Anise Seed, Cantaloupe Seed, Apples, Paprika, Freeze Dried Corn & Freeze Dried Peas, Parsley

I really REALLY like the variety of seed in the Aviseed mixes! But they're not available in the States at the moment.




I also have another question- what mineral blocks or other supplemental things to do you put in your bird's cage?
I always have a cuttlebone available at all times for all of the birds. Ozzie and Harriet have one of these mineral blocks in their cage: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Premium-F...d-Pineapple-Mineral-Treat-3-Oz-Birds/10318424

MSBS had the Manu mineral blocks on sale too, so I ended ordering one for each cage. Has anyone ever heard of or used these before?
 

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I use Volkman Avian Super Science. It comes with or without sunflower seeds, and you can get it from Amazon. I like it because it has a nice variety and all ingredients are human food grade.
 

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I am currently using Herman Brothers cockatiel blend and finch blend.
 

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I use versele-laga it has lots of different seeds in it and other things.Vitakraft is good too.
 

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In the past I've used Higgins Supreme Cockatiel and Parakeet mixed together. I got the cockatiel from foryourbird.com and the parakeet from MSBS.

I've also used Jones seed mixes.

I think most cockatiel mixes have too much sunflower seed in them so I'm always mixing it with parakeet seed.

Currently, I use the parakeet seed from a small company called Harvest Seed Farm. They ship their seed vacuum packed in 2 lb bags regardless of how many pounds you order at once. I was using their cockatiel seed at first, but they changed their ingredients...they added too much sunflower and put flaked corn in it too. I wrote them a complaint about the change and they said they appreciated my concern and would keep it in mind..but no change so far.

I'm happy with my seed company for now, but I fear if they grow too much they may change all their formulations and I'd have to find someone else that met my expectations.
 

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Btw guys, I just checkout out Jones seed page..and they've begun carrying milo. This is usually in wild bird food but I haven't been able to find it sold as pet-grade. Milo (or sorghum) is a seed that wild cockatiels feed on in Australia (in live form, not dried). Unfortunately they only sell a 50 lb bag of it..but I'm still pretty darn excited.
 
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