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Re: bird seed

Posted by Deborah on Fri, Mar 08 2013 at 04:57 PM CST:

In Reply to: Re: bird seed posted by Martha on Tue, Mar 05 2013 at 01:38 PM CST:

The type of seed would potentially be OK, but I'd worry both about the nutrient balance and the quality control. I don't know if the wild bird seed manufacturers are as careful as those marketing for pet parrots.

Martha is also correct about nutrition. Seeds aren't in and of themselves a complete nutritional solution. Pellets are closer to ideal, but not all pet birds will eat them. Most seed mixes marketed for pets are fortified with vitamins and minerals and typically also include some dehydrated fruits and veggies and pelleted supplemental nutrition. A GCC eating seeds alone is a little like a kid subsisting on macaroni and cheese and nothing else.

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