Daily Diet: 1/3 pellets, 1/3 fruit/veggies/flowers/egg food, 1/3 seed
- Commercial mix- I use a mixture of a parakeet mix from the big box store, and specialty mix from Lady Gouldian that I mix myself with extra seeds from the supermarket. You can read more about this on the 'Advanced Nutrition' section of this site. Here are the types:
Red millet, Niger, White millet, Red millet, German millet, Siberian millet, Canary grass, Buckwheat, Hemp, Paddy rice, Peeled oats, Wild turnip, Rolled oats, Sunflower, Sorghum, Safflower, Wheat, Linseed, Sesame, Lettuce, Flax, Chia and Poppy. For flavor there is citrus, honey and rosehips. There is added Vit A / D3, Calcium, Sodium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron, Iodine, Copper, Manganese & Zinc and Echinacea.
Egg food with crushed shell, cuddlebone and probioticsRotating items (daily- but may vary)
- beet, broccoli, kohlrabi, swiss chard, radish, mustard, watercress, alfalfa, cabbage, clover, spring greens. ONLY the greens: lentil, mung, garbanzo, pea, adzuki, kamut, fenugreek, herbs, moringa
- bok choy, swiss chard, winter squash (butternut, acorn, etc), zucchini, kohlrabi, kale, corn, collard greens, moringa, carrot, beets (blonde beets), brussel sprouts, celery, spring greens (including spinach), peppers, broccoli, pea pods, green beans, cauliflower, parsley, cilantro, turnips, yams, sweet potato, pumpkin
- apple, pear, figs, banana, cherries, blueberries, orange, coconut, papaya, dried pineapple, fresh dates, banana, mango, cantaloupe, pomegranate
- aster, carnations,
chrysanthemum, daisies, hibiscus, nasturtium, pansies, roses, lemon, lime (many fruit trees)
- see 'advanced nutrition' portion of this site
1/2 tsp hard boiled egg (13 essential vitamins and minerals, high-quality protein)
Cuddlebone is pretty easy- the squid bones provide calcium and a abrasive surface for birds to do 'self maintenance. However they sometimes do not contain enough calcium after years of sun exposure or improper processing (you can check the bone by soaking it is water and using an aquarium water testing kit for KH/GH).
The Manu mineral is actually a clay that is digestible and Macaws use it as a mineral supplement in the wild. My birds love this, and use it daily.
- Average is 6 weeks to wean
- Clutches are 4-6 eggs
- Incubation 17-21 days
- Remove babies for hand feeding at 20 days
- Brooder Temp 80-85 Degrees.... gradually decrease as they get more feathers. Always look for signs of dehydration, wings out, lethargy.
- Brooder Humidity at 55-65 degrees.