feeding amount ?

Tonifrax

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I had issues with Ollie eating. At first would only nibble bits of veg i handed to him but most of the time it would just be a bite then get thrown away. I was feeding him 2 meals of veg a day because he was barely eating any of it. I spent 2 hours every evening for 3 months feeding him different veg in different forms, was wasting so much. Sometimes he would just sit on his stand and fall asleep in front of the bowl unless i actually fed it to him usually via a spoon. Otherwise he just wouldn't bother. There had to be a lot of interaction over it. I tried sharing and eating in front of him but unless i was feeding him he would just take a nap. I then noticed he would eat a lot more if it was on a plate 🤔 wouldn't eat out his bowl but if i put veg on a plate he would actually be quick to investigate. I used that to get him to try things. He didnt used to touch sweet potato and now its his favourite thing. He actually eats a lot more this way. I can also now put stuff in his bowl too and he will eat it. I have a sneaking suspicion that he only ate veg in his last home off of his owners plate because I know they let him and their other birds on the dinner table when they all ate. Hes still has his moments but its an improvement.

I give him the recommended amount of harrisons(as per the packet) in the evening. He only has 2 meals now because he is eating more veg. He has chop in the morning, pellet at night, plus a couple pistachios and a couple pieces of fruit during the day and no food in the cage overnight. He gets seed instead of pellet sometimes but not very often, maybe once a week. Sometimes he has some steamed veg in the evening if im having in which case i give him the lower end of the recommendation for pellet. I check his weight 1-2 times a week as well just to be on the safe side. I can understand your frustrations though. In your case id want to know more from the vet too in terms of his diet
 

DizzyBlue

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Grapes two or three are not going to raise his sugar levels as it's natural unrefined sugars grapes are liver friendly as are blueberries
If he doesn't like mushy have you tried some dried fruits? But as the water content is removed it does make it higher in fibre so would have to be monitored as to amount eaten. Get bird dried fruit rather than human stuff unless your prepared to sit reading labels and be careful of sulphides
Cranberries are also liver friendly and are fresh available in shops at the moment they are dry to the touch and dry inside.
Brown rice is also beneficial.
 

Scott199

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thank you both, I've tried veg on a plate, he does go straight down and loves to throw the plate around, but completely ignores the veg.

ill give him a few more grapes and also not dried cranberries and not tried blueberries for a while.

Will certainly give these a go.
 

Scott199

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Just spoken to the vets.

they have said to give him an extra 10-20g, so 5-10g am and 5-10g pm but they like me to do it in small portions and add a midday meal in the mix so extra 2-3g, then 3-5 and so on and try to find a point he's still slightly hungry but not searching, once i find that point back it off a gram or two.

i feel like a chemist not a pet owner or actually it really is owned by bird now :)
and then to very slightly pending his weight.

That would mean he's technically on 35-45g a day, basically its a balancing game.
 

MellyM

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Hi,
unfortunetly I have been massively over feeding Gulliver which I became aware of a couple months ago.
I can not weigh him as he can not be handled and is very fearful. He is an older senegal (27). Not active, sleeps a lot.
I would be really interested to see other sennie/meyers diets.

Gulliver gets a large tablespoon of chop in the morning, roudybush seinor pellets OR tidymix in the evening (alternate days) and a pistashio.
 

dianaT

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I can only tell you about my Sennies, we did breed them many years ago and still have one we hand reared Boxer who will be 26 Boxing day, we also have Glossop who is in his late 20s is not tame but comes out out his cage a couple of times daily, always has, we have a good routine. Anyway, they (and my Moustached Parakeets now aged 27 and 11) all have Tidymix parrot mix, and another dish with various fruits & veg in daily. None of them will eat chop, sprouted or pellets. They also have unsalted various nuts too. Whether this is of any help I don't know. But those dishes are left in their cages with their water dish all day and of course changed each morning.
 

MellyM

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I can only tell you about my Sennies, we did breed them many years ago and still have one we hand reared Boxer who will be 26 Boxing day, we also have Glossop who is in his late 20s is not tame but comes out out his cage a couple of times daily, always has, we have a good routine. Anyway, they (and my Moustached Parakeets now aged 27 and 11) all have Tidymix parrot mix, and another dish with various fruits & veg in daily. None of them will eat chop, sprouted or pellets. They also have unsalted various nuts too. Whether this is of any help I don't know. But those dishes are left in their cages with their water dish all day and of course changed each morning.
That is very interesting, Glossop sounds like he has the same personality as Gulliver. I have notice he prefers to 'pick away' at his food over time, same as your flock. Gulliver has a play stand that he absolutely loves, he spends a lot of time on it now. He gets to it using a perch as a bridge.
 

dianaT

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Glossop never was a tame bird, think he came from an aviary and was bought many years ago at a PS Show but our then young hen our late Gussie disliked him. He will attack Boxer given half a chance so I am always in the room when he is out.....like now!
 

Scott199

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Do you weigh his food, maybe be helpful, I weigh all of Berts and it makes it easier to determine if he can have more or less.

Berts not highly tame but I put a scale in the bottom of his cage, I used to put a flat piece of wood in when he had a grill and put scales on that, now his bottom is flat I just put it on their and I put a nut on it, then I started to target to it and now as soon as I put the scale in he goes and stands on it waiting for his nut.
 
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