Although sunflower seeds are fattening, I want my birds to like them so I have something in good size to use for training purposes. So, during the weaning process, I introduce a limited amount of sunflower seeds along with real foods. I’ve always started with “mushy” foods since baby birds are used to eating formula. It has been very easy to get my galah’s to eat seeds – they are seed lovers! It took me three years to get Bondi to start eating real foods and she mainly did so because she saw my grey, Cressi, eating them. She always liked a few foods but not as much as now. With my youngest galah, Bandit, I introduced seeds to him with oatmeal. I pushed the sunflower seeds into the oatmeal so he would have to eat the oatmeal to eat the seeds and he really wanted to seeds! It wasn’t a lot of oatmeal, and it wasn’t a lot of seeds, but just enough he’d get a taste for both. Other mushy foods I offer my birds during the weaning process; - Mashed up berries of all kinds (Bondi’s favorite to this day!) - Boiled sweet potato (Cressi’s favorite – thanks, Susan!) - Oatmeal - Creamed corn - Banana - Apples - Organic pellet (both hard and moistened by water)
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.