My bird really doesnt eat his fruits and veggies

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“My bird really doesnt eat his fruits and veggies like birds of his type do. Do you have any insight into what to do or what would be a good substitute so that he can be getting his daily vitamins?” 

Is your bird on a total seed diet? If so, it is not going to provide all he needs to live a long life. They do need to consume more than seeds. Even if he does not eat it every day, you must give him a small dish with something that is not seeds daily. EVERY DAY. Eventually he will pick at it and learn to enjoy it. 

I found it easy to use frozen mixed vegetables in the bag, generic is fine. I would take a bag of veggies and put into a plastic container in the freezer door and EVERY day dump a tablespoon or so into a shallow dish and set it in the cage. I also would add a small chunk of an apple, a grape cut in half and a dice sized bit of orange, That is the basics. 

You can also give him pomegranate seeds, cherries, a cut in half cherry tomato, a hunk of crunchy romaine lettuce, even a little dish with oatmeal, a bit of scrambled eggs, some cheerios moistened with water, juice or milk, anything. Just every day he gets a dish of something, remove before bedtime. 

This is also a good time to consider sprinkling a bird vitamin on the wet foods so the vitamins stick to the food and is not wasted.

These are good selections. 

Prime vitamin

Lafeber’s vitamin 

Nekton S 

I do not recommend putting vitamins in water as so much is wasted and bacteria can build up if the dish is not washed extremely well daily. 

I hope this will help. 

Thank you.

Catherine Tobsing
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique

I have him on a organic pellet mix, altho it does have dried peppers and some seeds in it, but doesn’t seem to have as many pellets as I think it should. I mix it with some parrot food that has dried corn, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

I am also debating about getting just an organic pellet food to mix in, so that he has more pellets in his food. Do you think this is wise?? I make him a dish of apples, frozen peas, bananas, sometimes orange,frozen corn, lettuce, carrots and celery. Some dried fruit like mango, apricots, cherries and bananas and unsalted sunflower kernels. He only picks at it, more so throwing it around then anything else. 

He will chew on the carrots, celery and frozen peas and corn but only minimally. occasionally maybe the apples and a lil bit of the dried fruit. Just want to make sure that he is getting all the nutrients he needs. 


The best dry food for Eclectus

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Product Name: Dr. Harvey’s All Natural Bird Food No Seed Exotic Parrot Food

Headline: The best dry food for Eclectus
Name: John P
Location: Simi Valley, CA

Review: My female eclectus has been struggling with some toe tapping and a bit of feather plucking. I believe that the pellets that she was getting had too many vitamins in them. Switching to this food for the ~20% dry part of her diet has done wonders. I do have one question though… can people eat this food? It looks and smells delicious that I am incredibly tempted to share it with her!
Rating: 5

Dear John 

Yes, the Dr Harvey’s diet is human grade. I personally have eaten some of the items with Dr Harvey and they were all yummy. I am partial to the macadamia nuts. 

Thank you for the review.

Catherine Tobsing
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique


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Why sugar is useful for bird nutrition

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The main note is that all ingredients used in ZuPreem products are deemed SAFE by the FDA. The Regulatory environment is advising that pet food manufactures change the word sucrose to sugar.


Here is a little more information about the use of sugar in ZuPreem products. Sugar is added to ZuPreem FruitBlend Flavor, Natural, AvianBreeder, and NutBlend/VeggieBlend Flavor diets. Sugars are also found in fruits that most birds eat and enjoy in the wild. 


After digestion, they travel through the bloodstream to body cells where they are used for energy, or stored for future use. Veterinary nutritionists at ZuPreem have added a small amount of sugar to our avian diets to supply readily available carbohydrate (CHO) energy, and to make sure our nutritionally complete diets are palatable. Sugar also adds to the enjoyment of many foods.


Human and animal health experts agree that carbohydrates, including starch and sugar, are an important part of a balanced diet. The key is to ensure the diet is balanced between CHO’s, proteins, and fats. Eliminating sugar and other CHO’s would result in a very poor, unbalanced diet.

Sue Lines
ZuPreem Territory Manager

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Cockatoo Feeding Problems

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Just hoping this will work to stop my cockatoo from scraping out all of her food out of the bird cage feeder dish. Do you have any suggestions if you think this will work or if you carry anything better? 

How full are you filling the bird cage dishes? If to the top, the bird is just digging away to reach its favorites and dumping the rest. I recommend you fill the bird food feeder cups only a third to a half full and see if that helps. If you can, let the bird go without bird food a couple hours before giving a small scoop again. Your days off are good for this.

The bird sounds spoiled or it really does not like the food. What are you feeding it now? What kind of cockatoo and how old, how long have you had it?

Would you believe I barely cover the bottoms of the dishes with her food? It is costing me so much money in waste that it has just gotten completely out of hand. She is kind of naughty I have to admit., but a sweetheart also. 

I bought her a year ago and they said about 3 years old then. So anywhere from 3 to 5 years but has never laid an egg, so her age is questionable. Talked to a bird expert that told me cockatoos sexually mature at about 4 years old. So guessing she is possibly getting sexually mature.

She was already tossing out the food when I bought her, so the people were placing a dish in the bottom of the cage they had her in in the center of it to try to keep some of the mess inside the cage. I think that was a factor in finding her a new home. She is a smaller lesser sulfur crested cockatoo. 

She loves the food I give her but I have never yet to date seen a cockatoo that didn’t toss their food out. Have to admit though none I had before even came close to being as bad as the too I have now. I worry about her even getting enough to eat. 

As soon as I place the cup in the bird cage she goes to eat but when she goes to take the pellet, she is already tossing the food about until she has one in her beak. Then she stops and eats that, but then back to the same routine again for the next pellet. 

The people that had her fed her such a terrible diet so I am still trying hard to get her to even eat anything good for her. Slow process!

You’re are feeding pellets to a cockatoo? Although it is not unusual, we are hearing that cockatoo’s don’t always do well on pelleted diets. It does not satisfy their need of variety and foraging. 

Have you tried a mixed diet, seeds, pellets with fresh veggies table and fruit in another dish? 

This mix from Hagen bird food is very good, seeds, nuts, grains, pellets, dried fruits and veggies. A complete diet. 

I also preferred to feed my birds on the bottom of the cage in a large heavy crock, placed on the center of a big piece of newspaper. Then as they tossed the food, some would end up on the paper to give them a second chance at it. 

I admit to not being a bird behaviorist, but you may wish to contact one. Michelle Karras may be able to help. 

Keep me up to date on her progress. Please.

I feed my cockatoo the fruity pellets, a safflower seed mix by Lavian, a parrot seed mix by them also, then I offer her the bean cuisine mix, plus try to get her to eat a bit of fruit and veggies. She wasn’t ever fed the fresh food so she don’t do much with them other than if there is corn in it. Had such a terrible diet poor bird. One bag they sent with me was wild bird food! Cheap stuff at that.

 I buy the unsweetened cereals and offer those as a treat. I just need to keep the food in the dishes long enough to get her to eat it! LOL

Hagen Tropimix Premium Large Parrot Bird Food Review

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80664 Hagen Tropimix Premium Large Parrot Bird Food 20 lb Bag
Product Name: 80664 Hagen Tropimix Premium Large Parrot Bird Food 20 lb Bag
Headline: Owner, Blue Line Kennel
Name: Heidi
Location: Waxhaw, NC

Review: For the larger birds that I own that need more than just pellets, this is the most cost effective food I have found. There is no waste from shells and it fills their need for more than pellets.

My birds are healthy and happy on this feed, and their feathers shine. Windy City is by far the cheapest place I have found to purchase this food, which I have been feeding for years.
Rating: 5

Island Fruit Treat Stick for Bourke’s parakeets

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Click for info on Higgins Island Food Treat Stick for Birds

Dear Windy City Parrot,

Overall, I was happy with the order. My only concern is the treat sticks I redeemed my points for are made for large hookbills and we have Bourke’s parakeets. If memory serves me correctly they were listed under the small birds section. Are these safe to give to our ‘keets? You may also want to check and see what section they are listed under. As always, love the customer service and follow-up!




Dear Amy 

I am back in the office and able to answer your question now. 

The treat stick. Island Fruit. 

It is indeed for larger birds and I checked and it is not shown in any categories for small birds. 

More than likely you clicked on a link to it from another treat and it took you to it, but it was not in a small bird category. The listing description states for medium to large birds as does the packaging for the treat stick.

 Yes, it is safe for your Bourke’s parakeets, but they may not eat all the pieces, you can smash it up for them and feed in a dish, they will enjoy picking out the bits they can, or you can give the stick to a friend with a larger bird. 

We will look at the titles for the sticks and see if we can add bird size to it to help those who click on it without reading the listing. 

Thank you for the heads up and the review. 

Catherine Tobsing
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique
906 N. Western Ave

Human Nuts vs Bird Food Nuts

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What is the difference between nuts & seeds for Parrots and Humans?
If I buy a bag of nuts for myself in the grocery store, can I not feed it to my macaw?


Hi Steve

Thanx for the email

Short answer – nothing

That said – chances are if you looked at the quality of pet nuts vs. human, human grade would look better, less flaws, prettier if you will. Chances are your Macaw parrot will like your personal selection of snacking nuts more than you will like what is available as a bird snack or bird food.

Lastly many of the nuts we human like to snack on are salted which is not encouraged for bird diets. I have seen people suck the salt off a peanut for their bird which does remove the salt but adds bacteria which is not good for your bird.

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Reformulated Higgins Sunburst Delight Food for Parrots

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I am writing because I wanted you to know that Higgins has reformulated their Sunburst mixes. 

They used to be only in 3 sizes but they devided up the large size into two sizes. 
The Large size now is in two formulas Parrot (for greys, amazons, etc – more loose meats and pieces and not the large nuts in shells)
and Macaw (for largest birds, Macaws, Large Cockatoos which contains more large nuts and large fruits and veggies etc. 
The whole mix is improved for the 4 types now. The current ingredient panels are in all the Sunburst listings.

Should I Change My Conure’s Nekton S bird vitamins?

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I’d like to order Nekton supplement for birds. I currently use Nekton-S (green band) for my conure mixed in daily water supply.

Do you recommend the Nekton-S or the Hagen Prime for Conures. Should I continue with Nekton or switch?

Let me know if you have Nekton – or if you have something better. I mix the dry powder in the birds water. Thanks. Thanks for all the help on the phone, too.


If you are already using Nekton products it is best to use the vitamins made by the same company.I feel, don’t fix what works – that said

Hagen PRIME and Lafeber vitamins, are both very popular.
If you are feeding pellets only, you should not add vitamins.
Otherwise, the choice is yours Nekton, Hagen & Lafeber are all very good.


Good No Sunflower Bird Food Mix for Birds

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Good Morning Catherine,

Debra here with a concern as to my past orders. I noticed that you did not advertise my African Grey’s Bulk Food (20lb) in

the Volkman Avian Science Parrot Food-“No Sunflower Seeds”. Are you still selling this item as you know my parrot has become

quite the fan of the Volkman No Sunflower Seed brand.

At your earliest convenience, please get back to me with a response. I know the seed was being shipped from another destination.

Thank you.



We love this food too but Volkman is having a production problem and has not supplied any of my distributors with this product lately and all of us are flat out in any size package.

It is scheduled to be in stock with suppliers and hopefully us within 2 weeks.

We have this item turned off so we do not oversell.

Meanwhile Higgins Safflower Gold Large is a good NO Sunflower mix that can fill in at this time.

If you would like us to let you know when the Volkman Hookbill is available again, let me know and we will contact you.

Thank you for asking.



Crazy Corn vs Bean Cuisine – Cooked Food for Birds

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Crazy Corn vs Bean Cusine – Cooked Food for Birds

I have been feeding my parrots Crazy Corn for the past 20 odd years.

Question – Would L’Avian Plus Bean Cuisine be similar where it could be used for about 50% of the birds diet? Or it really considered more a treat?

Please advise – Thank you – Steven

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Repacked Bird Food Can Be Bad for Your Bird’s Health

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It has come to our attention that some of our retail outlets have been re-packaging our small animal and bird food products to suit to their market needs.

For whatever reason our retailers choose to repackage these products, please note that we at ROLF C. HAGEN, Inc. take extensive measures to protect our premium food products with specialized packaging and we advise our retail customers of these attributes so they know we take great pride in presenting a product they can trust for their pets.

  1. Each air barrier bag is sealed to protect the contents from environmental and or pest pathogenic contamination.
  2. Each air Barrier bag is also CO2 flushed to prevent degradation of nutrients and to prevent seed moth or seed weevil infestation or activity.
  3. We also utilize a micro ingredient mixing method to ensure the same ratio of each ingredient is consistent with each bag of product packaged.
  4. Each bag is stamped with an expiration date for “best used by” status.
  5. Each bag is also stamped with an assigned production lot number for identification purposes.

Additionally, should a consumer purchase our product in a repackaged state, we would find it very difficult to assist them should they have concerns about the product, which means the burden of product satisfaction and quality assurance and liability issues may fall back on said retailer without assistance from us.

We appreciate your efforts in supporting this issue. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our packaging of Bird Food and Small Animal Food, please feel free to contact your sales representative.

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