LisaShea Forum Logo
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3
Parakeet Food Help #391453 12/13/09 11:14 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 156
Paulina Offline OP
Companion
OP Offline
Companion
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 156
Hey Guys. I have a little problem. Not long ago, I bought this new food "Zoo Vital Keet/Canary/Finch Daily Diet w/Fruit" for Jade. She was always on a seed diet with pellets mixed and I would give her fruits and veggies. She never liked fresh fruits so much no matter how I would give it to her. (Chopped, full size, smashed.) I think Ive tried everything and she only eats it when I hand feed her but not all the time. It took her a little over a week to get used to the new food. I started out my smashing it and adding seeds to it. She liked it and I always made the amout of seeds get smaller. The last 2 days I removed all the seeds and she ate it just fine. Yesterday was a really stormy and windy day. It rained all day and there was really hard wind. She was in my room, it was warm and her cage was covered. It was also dark she she slept all day. Last night, before I went to sleep I noticed her eating that food and then about 5 minutes later she was doing something weird with her neck. She moved it up and down as if she was chocking and them she vomited. I could tell that that was the food she just ate because it was the same color. I was so worried, it was really hard for me to do anything after that. I right away cleaned everything up and it was really warm inside so I went with her cage outside to breath some fresh air and I talked to her. She calmed down and it looked like she was feeling better. I went with her back to my room and then she played with her toys like she would normaly do and then she fell asleep on her swing. This morning I cleaned her cage again, changed her water and I took out that food and gave her only seeds. Do you guys think there is something wrong with that food? Or did I take the seeds away from her to fast? I couldn't understand if maybe she was sleeping all day because of the darkness in my room and because of the bad weather made her think it was night or maybe because she didn't feel well and I never noticed? I am very mad at my self and I don't know what to do. frown

Here is a picture of what the "Zoo Vital Keet/Canary/Finch Daily Diet w/Fruit" looks like:

You can find everything about it at this site: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=18888 smile This is what it says about the food:
Nutritionally balanced bird food for parakeets, finches, and canaries. Pellet-style diet is 100% edible for less waste and mess. Fortified with vitamins for your bird's health. Also contains five different strains of beneficial probiotic bacteria for improved digestion and stomach health. Contains papaya, pineapple, banana, apples, and more to appeal to even the most finicky pet bird. Fun, colorful shapes are easy for your bird to hold and digest and add excitement to feeding time. Contains just 5% fat. 27 oz bag is packed in a resealable zipper barrier bag for added freshness.
Ingredients: Wheat, Corn, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Oat Groats, Corn Gluten Meal, Papaya, Pineapple, Banana, Diced Apples, Soybean Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Molasses, Dried Brewer's Yeast Fermentation Product, Salt, Sugar, Whey Solids, Vitamin A Palmitate, Animal Sterol (Source of Vitamin D3), Alpha Tocopherol (Source of Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate (Source of Vitamin K), Biotin, Choline Chloride, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Niacin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Chloride, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Iron Methionine, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Product, Dried Lactobacillus bulgaricus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus lactis Fermentation Product, Lecithin, Natural Mixed Tocopherol, Rosemary Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Artificial Colors and Flavors Added.

What do you guys think of it?

Re: Parakeet Food Help [Re: Paulina] #391454 12/13/09 11:37 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,663
tweetymom Offline
Best Friend
Offline
Best Friend
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 1,663
BUMP


Dinah, Tweetymom

RIP precious Merlin
7/11/1990-11/17/2009
RIP Tweetylove
5/13/2010
Rest with Merlin
Re: Parakeet Food Help [Re: tweetymom] #391457 12/13/09 12:21 PM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 156
Paulina Offline OP
Companion
OP Offline
Companion
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 156
Thanks for the bump smile

Re: Parakeet Food Help [Re: Paulina] #391458 12/13/09 04:06 PM
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,035
BLR Offline
Copper Star Soulmate
Offline
Copper Star Soulmate
Joined: Mar 2008
Posts: 4,035
I am always suspect of dried fruits. It is not a food a budgie would eat naturally. Seeds would be their normal diet. The fact of the matter is that I can't get my guys to eat fresh fruit at all. They will eat vegies and I do feed them leaf veagies both fresh and those that I have dried for them.

If it were my bird I would feed a fortified seed. Some vegies on occasion and also mine LOVE crackers. (yes, no salt and no sugar)

Re: Parakeet Food Help [Re: BLR] #391459 12/13/09 04:10 PM
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,420
Noel+Syd+Elliot Offline
Soulmate
Offline
Soulmate
Joined: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,420
My parakeets perfers that type of food over anything! That why its there treats now smile


Noel(Parakeet)- 12/26/06-7/18/10
Sydney(Cockatiel)- 5/12/07
Elliot(TAG)- 6-11-08




Re: Parakeet Food Help [Re: Noel+Syd+Elliot] #391463 12/13/09 04:33 PM
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 7,295
I
illusive Fantasy Offline
Platinum Star Soulmate
Offline
Platinum Star Soulmate
I
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 7,295
she was regurgatating..what keets do to feed their young

Re: Parakeet Food Help [Re: Paulina] #391466 12/13/09 05:14 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 574
L
Love My Budgies Offline
Long Time Friend
Offline
Long Time Friend
L
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 574
Your bird was probably trying to feed you (which is a huge compliment-you should feel honored!) or regurgitating to a favorite toy, but some birds do this when sick. So I would keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn't do this excessively. If she does, do take her to an Avian Vet.
Second I would get a better food. It is a good idea to avoid an all seed diet, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Roudybush and Harrison's are 2 of the top of the line brands that contain solid nutrition without all the junk. Fresh, organic veggies & fruits are best for Budgies supplemented with healthy/natural pellets and some seed to avoid obesity, disease, tumors, etc. You may want to try giving her some dried organic veggies & greens & tiny bits of fresh, organic veggies & fruits on top of her seed/pellet mix to get her used to eating healthier.

Re: Parakeet Food Help [Re: Paulina] #391467 12/13/09 05:22 PM
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 574
L
Love My Budgies Offline
Long Time Friend
Offline
Long Time Friend
L
Joined: Nov 2008
Posts: 574
Also, it may take a Budgie weeks or possibly months to start eating a new food/veggies/fruit, so you need to consistently offer it everyday. They will eventually eat it.

Re: Parakeet Food Help [Re: Love My Budgies] #391470 12/13/09 05:45 PM
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 7,295
I
illusive Fantasy Offline
Platinum Star Soulmate
Offline
Platinum Star Soulmate
I
Joined: Nov 2009
Posts: 7,295
i dont believe her regurgitating was anything to do with this food which has a lot of good going on for it with their ingredients..just never ceases to amaze me why they add food coloring..especially in something like this with all the fruits etc it would have a coloring to it anyway...
In the past dr foster n smith tested everything they sold before sponsoring the product i dont know if they still do this..they even had a rating system they would put with the product..they have a number to call at least they use to..id call speak to them about the artificial coloring
But those others things in it are excellent..
When females get excited and are of breeding age they will regurgitate..sometimes quite a bit..giggle..if she is acting otherwise normal dont worry and they have their quiet days too like us and weather does also affect them like us

Re: Parakeet Food Help [Re: illusive Fantasy] #391516 12/14/09 11:51 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 156
Paulina Offline OP
Companion
OP Offline
Companion
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 156
Thanks for the help guys! =) It makes me feel much better :P I am going this week to buy her some new toys so I will get her something else. She acts very normal till now, and I am mixing that food and her old food together. It really looks like a colorful salad and I think she is enjoying it so far smile
Also, I tried once every morning to chop apples and put them on top of her seeds but she likes it when it's so small that it's the size of a seed and I even chopped of my nail once when I was cutting apples for her and the moment she comes over to her food dish and sees those apples she ignores them or if there are too much she tries it and right away leaves it and she constantly goes back and forth from the food to her perch. It's quite funny to watch her do it but after a while the apples start drying up and I need to remove them. Only then she decides to finally eat her food when she knows the apples are gone. The same thing happened with grapes but because the grapes stay fresh a little longer than apples I kept them there longer and she ended up ignoring them or she would throw them out of her food dish. How should I serve the fruits/veggies to her so she will decide to try it instead of throwing it out? I read that you can make it look like a toy and hang it from the top of her cage but I think If I would hang something she would climb all over it until she'd rip it off and then she would be proud because she would think that was what she was supposed to do :P
I have seen at petco how they just cut grapes in half and the parakeets there go down and try it and play around with it. Jade is nothing like that.
What fruits/veggies do your birds just love and how to you give it to them? I will try to take some of your guys ideas and see if Jade will like it smile

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3

Moderated by  Lisa Shea 

Search

Latest Posts
Frankie is sick again
by Tally - 09/24/20 01:27 AM
The Hand and The Knife
by EVA21SA - 09/18/20 07:00 PM
if I'm awake early, at least I've got some pals
by EVA21SA - 09/18/20 06:41 PM
What does this dream mean?
by EVA21SA - 09/17/20 07:32 PM
Parakeet kicking other one
by Lausack - 08/31/20 10:36 AM
Privacy Policy
This forum uses cookies to ensure smooth navigation from page to page of a thread. If you choose to register and provide your email, that email is solely used to get your password to you. Nothing else. Ask with any questions!
Forum Areas

* General Discussion *



Books, TV, Movies

Da Vinci Code

Dreams

Japanese Culture

Life, Universe, Everything

Online Courses

Politics

Religious Research

Show Your Own Work

Work From Home / Writing


* Parakeets and Pets *



General Parakeet Chat

Keet Stories and Photos

Parakeet Photo Gallery

Budgie Training

Health and Medical Issues

Parakeet Breeding

In Memory Of ...

Non-Budgie Pets and Animals

Non-Budgie Animal Photos

Off-Topic for Keet Owners

Games

Animal Rights

Bird / Animal Books

Subscribe
Forum Guidelines
This forum takes web safety issues very seriously. Please make sure you have read and understood our Forum Guidelines before posting.
Sponsored Link
Support Our Friends
The Animal Rescue Site
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3