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Good morning. I happened to rescue a 7 yr old cockatiel this past weekend. Vet says hes fine however he is underweight. Does anyone have any suggestions for foods that will help him get to where he really needs to be? It is obvious that the previous home did not spend much time with him nor provide a variety of foods. So all suggestions will be appreciated as I will be attempting to widen his pallet as well! :grey tiel:
 

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If he'll eat pellets, you can offer him Harrisons High Potency pellets. If not, then you can give him more oil seeds than you normally would. Hemp seed is the best since it's got a lot of high quality protein and some Omega 3 in it as well as having plenty of calories. Sunflower seed is second best - it's got less protein and doesn't have Omega 3, but it's more nutritious than any of the tree nuts. Flax seed is good too and has lots of Omega 3, but it's not always easy to get cockatiels to eat it.

For ordinary maintenance you do NOT want to feed a lot of oil seeds, because it's too easy for birds to get fat that way. But you can be more generous when you have a bird that needs to gain weight.
 
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