Hi. I am new to the board and just had our Groot for about a month. Groot is 3 months old, learning to talk and very active. I am currently trying to change his diet to pellets by using the 30 minute seeds in the am/pm. Not sure this is the right way. I do measure the pellets every day. Small amount are being eaten along with fresh food. Any help on this transition is greatly appreciated. Regarding fresh food, I know they cannot eat fruit seeds, what about vegetable seeds? i.e. cucumber, squash, etc?
Hi and welcome to the forum to you and Groot! Not sure where you read about seeds, I do know apple seeds have cyanide so those aren't good But when Casey gets a piece of strawberry she eats all the seeds on it first before eating some of the rest of the berry Raw pumpkin seeds are one of Casey's favourite treats and if I am cooking with red peppers and the seeds inside are white and fresh Casey gets a plate with the inside of the pepper with the seeds on the top of her cage and she devours them
On our main website there are some articles about nutrition and pellet conversion that might be helpful for you. I think on average Casey eats about a tablespoon of pellets each day along with fresh food.
Happy to have you and Groot join us on the Forum. Something that can work well with parrots who are new to eating pellets is to soften some by soaking them for a short time in water or unsweetened fruit juice. Sometimes a parrot will eat the softened pellets more readily than dry ones. My two parrots eat the dry ones, but they still enjoy a few softened pellets every day. You only need add enough liquid to moisten the pellets, and let them sit for a little while until they're soft. You can offer them on a small spoon or put some in Groot's food dish. Caseysmom has some helpful information for you about fruit and vegetable seeds. My parrots like the dried pepper seeds, though they won't eat the peppers themselves.
We are in Australia (Darwin) and we have a blue quaker called Bonnie.
As Caseysmom said, most seeds should be fine (not apple). Our Bonnie LOVES pumpkin seeds - we usually save them from the pumpkins we get at the supermarket and dry them out for a couple of days, but she will equally enjoy them straight from the vegetable. She also loves capsicum (called 'pepper' in the US) seeds and eats the seeds, but not the flesh. She also eats seeds from chillies (parrots don't have chilli receptors, so it just tastes like sweet stuff to them!). I haven't heard anything about fruit seeds not being safe...I have given Bonnie cucumber with the seeds in, and it's fine.