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Hey everyone Hercules is on a diet of seed and I think from all that I read this should change. I have tried to give him fruit of different sorts and he ignores. The local pet experts tell me that sees diets are perfect but I am not sure any longer.

Someone said to try peas. I really don't know how to prepare veg for him, I hear he can have eggs and many other table foods, Can anyone point me towards some tutorials please?

Maybe I have been preparing the fruit wrong for him - all advice would be great...

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Hello mregpm :) You're doing the right thing introducing a mixed diet. Mixed cockatiel seed is fine to keep in the cage as the most part of their diet but it's not unusual for tiels to not eat fruit. Vegetables are great and provide extra vitamins where seed does not. They act as a real treat, I definitely recommend trying it! :)

In my experience tiels tend to favour broccoli, kale and shredded carrot. I usually just give the tiel whatever veggies I'm cooking for dinner. You can give them it raw or cooked but serve the veggies cold or luke-warm. Try cutting them into fine pieces and add them to the seed mix. The cockatiel doesn't usually notice until it's eaten it lol and then they sometimes realise it's not so bad after all. Broccoli is especially good for this because cockatiels often mistaken the top of broccoli for seed ^_^

Take each vegetable in turns so you know what veggies your tiel likes best. Don't worry these things take time so keep trying and you may expect results.

Another trick to get your tiel eating vegetables is by eating them right in front of your tiel. Cockatiels are very sociable flock birds and consider you as their flock. Whatever you eat, they usually want a part of it too! Bit like a human toddler lol. You can even make humming and 'yummy' noises while you're eating it lol. It calms them and makes them more inquisitive.

As for egg, you can give them part of a boiled egg but font do this too often as egg has a lot of protein and too much protein is not good for cockatiels! But as an occasional treat it's fine :) You can even feed cockatiels weeds such as dandelions but make sure there is no chance of it ever having pesticides on it. I only pick dandelions from my own garden so I know there is no chance of this. I let them grow especially for my pets lol.

Sorry about the long post but I hope this helps and let me know how you get on :)

All the best,
-Foobzy-

I love your tiel's name by the way!
 

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You don't have to do the humming and 'yummy' noises lol, that's just me being weird! But in my opinion it helps :)
 

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Hey Foobzy thank you for the reply and the information. I will try grated raw carrot with him see how he goes. Thank you from Hercules so.

He is very nervous of anything and everything new. Is there any guidance you can give me here please. I am keen to make him as happy and comfortable as can be.

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Hey again Foobzy, I grated little bit of fresh carrot and after checking it out a couple of times he nibbles at it from my hand. He would taste it run away and come back again. I just left little in hi treat bowl, so I will keep an eye on him. Thanks again from Hercules

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I tried a few vegetables and I realize my Cockatiels took to Red Kale and Kale most.

I hang them like a piece of leaf, they prefers nibbling on it that way.
 

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Variety is important in any bird's diet, from tiels to macaws. While cockatiels eat more seed than other bird species, an all seed diet is still very harmful, and can cause health issues later in life. Think of seeds like protein for humans; it's important and healthful to eat the right amount of protein, but too much can be seriously harmful. A mix of seed and pellets with fruits and veggies thrown in is the ideal diet for a cockatiel (from what I've learned). And FYI, pet experts are very different from bird experts. Birds are a very unique kind of animal, even a lot of vets who work with birds don't really enough unless they are avian certified (which is why you should always take your bird to an avian specialist, rather than a regular vet).
 

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My tiels were never a fan of fruits, no matter what I tried. They preferred veggies instead, like broccoli and kale. Kale is nice because you can hang it in the cage like a toy.
 

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My birds will generally be given what ever the Guinea pigs have got or left overs from dinner prep. Mine seem to devour broccoli! But they also get; grated carrot and beetroot, baby salad leaves (babe kale, chard, beetroot) abit of rocket and most leafy greens. All leafy foods I give whole as they enjoy ripping t up themselves. I also give them dandelion and grass from my garden. They like to nibble the ends of grass seed heads too. I also sprout their seed from time to time as there is more nutrition in a sprouted seed.
 

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Remember birds have high metabolism, they need the fatty protein seeds provide or they'd have to eat 24/7 to not starve to death. Seeds are your birds go to source of calories... everything else is just for vitamins / minerals and they dont need a great deal given their size.
 
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