Sunday, April 19, 2015

Ned is three weeks old!

Ned is three weeks old today!! He is doing wonderfully - he is growing and has already reached an adult weight of proud 53 grams, and started growing in feathers. He is increasingly active, alert and goes have a walk in the nest box. I caught him today sitting in front of the nest hole and peaking outside - little boy is curious!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

About pellet diet

The common misconception is that seed-based diet is often perceived as something TOTALLY different than pellet diet. Well, newsflash - pellets are made out of seeds. I know it's shocking (I'm being sarcastic), but it's not that we are giving our parrots fish and chips all of a sudden. The problem with seed-based diet, or, we should call it whole seed-based diet, is that birds pick what they like, which might result - and if often does - in an imbalanced nutrition in terms of proteins, fats, and micronutrients. Whole-seed based diet is often too low in protein, too high in fat, and lacks micronutrients such as precursors for vitamin A, iodine, iron and it contains wrong calcium-phosphorus balance.