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These quantities are for a pair of birds. All water and food dishes are changed daily.
1 Bowl of Clean Water
Below are put in other 2 small dishes.
4 tablespoons of Cockatiel seed
4 tablespoons of Canary seed
2 tablespoons of Pellets (Breeder Formula)
1/2 c of Black Oil Sunflower seeds
Sprinkle of Bee Pollen*
Sprinkle of Spirulina**
1 slice/piece of fresh fruit (Altered daily)
1 slice/piece of fresh veggie (Altered daily)
1 tablespoon of Birdie Bread every other day
Below is kept in the cage at all times until they use it up.
1 Cuttlebone
1 Mineral Block

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Diet for Parrotlet Breeding Pairs

Due to the tremendous amount of inquiries we've received about carrying for our breeding pairs– I wanted to take the time to let you all know EXACTLY what I feed our "kids". parrotlet breeding pair diet

Food
For a Parrotlet pair, in one bowl - 4 tablespoons of Cockatiel Seed and 4 tablespoons Canary Seed.

In the other bowl - 1/2 c Black Oil Sunflower seeds (all sunflower seeds are NOT created equal), 2 tablespoons Pellets (Size for Canary/Parakeet - Most brands carry a Breeder formula- has extra vitamins, you may have to special order this from your local pet source). I then add 1 table spoon of our baked birdie bread that has Bee Pollen* (prefer powder but granules will do), Petamine and Spirulina ** added into the baked ingredients. Keep unused birdie bread frozen and serve frozen.

ANY unused feed I store in my freezer – which minimizes spoilage and bugs. I just layer the different kinds of feed in the bowl – the birds sort out what they like just fine.

And finally - veggies and fruit. I alternate what I feed the birds every day. I’m sure you don’t have to do that – but I don’t want to eat the same thing day in and day out – I figure they don’t want to either! Fresh grated carrots, apples, lemons, tangerines, grapefruit, bananas, bean sprouts, peas, etc. We all know that avocados and chocolate are no–no’s! I’ve tried every kind of fruit and veggie known to man - the produce counter will spur your imagination! I don’t cook my vegetables – raw is better for them. But I have used frozen peas and green beans on occasion with great success. I gave them all fresh banana peppers as their veggie last week and my aviary smelled like a greek salad! They loved them! For ease, buy package of frozen mixed veggies.

Water Bowl
I’ve had great success using the glass custard bowls. They don’t break or chip easily and clean up thoroughly in hot soapy water. I never use the containers that attach to the side of the cages. My experience is that parrotlets do the best as bottom feeders. Many a parrotlet has starved when people unknowingly place the food containers on the sides of the cages when the bird is used to the containers being on
the bottom of the cage. I’m not a fan of the water bottles that are affixed to the side of the cages. Number one - they can’t be sanitized and secondly, if the opening gets plugged your baby will die of dehydration before you even realize it. These gizmos are responsible for quite a few bird deaths each year. A nice clean bowl of fresh water is much better and safer for your baby – if he or she wants to take a bath in it – so much the better. Don’t place it directly under the perch though – the water and food bowls can become quite dirty from their droppings. Use only bottled water if the quality of water is questionable in your area.

Parrotlet cuttle boneKeep a cuttlebone and a mineral block in the cage at all times.

*Since parrotlets eat flowers in the wild, some people like to feed them bee pollen. Bee pollen is high in protein and amino acids. It is believed to promote healing and energy. It may also have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Bee pollen is also believed to enhance fertility and may help with feather picking as well.

** Spirulina and wheat grass powders are two supplements recommended to be used together for optimum benefit. Primarily used by breeders and exhibitors, Spirulina(tm) is the trade name for algae that is grown in the sea. It aids in digestion,strengthens the immune system and increases fertility. Spirulina(tm) also improves feather color and condition. Wheat Grass is used in conjunction with Spirulina(tm). Wheat Grass contains all essential amino acids as well as trace minerals. Both supplements can be beneficial to pet parrotlets for their feather conditioning and immune enhancing properties,especially when they are molting. Spirulina(tm) and wheat grass powder are also used to enhance fertility in breeding pairs. Added to hand-feeding formula, chicks grow up stronger and healthier, with a beautiful sheen to their feathers.
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