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#139738 - 10/19/07 02:29 PM Mixing your own seed mixture  
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I have 3 die hard amazons that will not eat the nasty pellets and will only eat seed mixtures. Even then sometimes it's hard to determine what they do and don't like. At least they will eat some fresh fruits and veggies. Just wondered if anyone ever mixes their own seed mixtures? Do you find it more economical? I was quoted $55 for a 20# bag of one brand yesterday but surely there is something better then buying little bags.

#139744 - 10/19/07 04:12 PM Re: Mixing your own seed mixture [Re: hhanse57]  
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We buy large bags and mix them together:

40lbs Zupreem
20lbs higgins dried fruit veggie
20lbs higgins fruit to nut

We also mix up pasta,rice and beans for mornings.

We have one supply store that sells in bulk bins, but it is cheaper to buy the large bags.

#139753 - 10/19/07 04:37 PM Re: Mixing your own seed mixture [Re: wildirish]  
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What kind of beans do you use? Of course they dries, but just curious how you make this mix, and how do you prepare it? I am making a birdie cook book.


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#139764 - 10/19/07 05:16 PM Re: Mixing your own seed mixture [Re: mandymmr]  
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We use whole grain rice, the tri colored pasta (wheat, tomatato amd spinach), and the standard 16 bean soup mix (minus the season pack) and cook.


#139793 - 10/19/07 07:15 PM Re: Mixing your own seed mixture [Re: wildirish]  
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I find mixing your own seed to be a p.i.t.a. Tried it and found it's not cheaper.

As for them been stubborn and wanting only seed, is more of our own doing than the birds. Seeds is like candy to them. Good and tasty but not that healthy.

A healthy bird will not starve. Try feeding more fresh and reduce the amount of seed. Add pellets to the fresh foods either on top or in a seperate bowl.

Even though I do feed some seed, I try to find the mix that has lots of variety and no sunflower. A brand that I like is called "McBrides". It has a good mix of seed, dried fruits, veggies, and even whole spices.

#139800 - 10/19/07 07:41 PM Re: Mixing your own seed mixture [Re: Elliott]  
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I do feed them fresh fruits and veggies which they eat. They will NOT eat Zupreme. I have mixed it in, put it on top, you name it. They will not eat it. I did not switch them from pellets to seed - that's how they were when I got them. I don't recall ever seeing McBrides, but will do a search.

#139868 - 10/20/07 02:02 AM Re: Mixing your own seed mixture [Re: hhanse57]  
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Every morning my birds get;

16 bean mix soup with pasta and wildlife rice with some unthawed veggies and 2 nuts (My Umbie get 6 soggy Harrison Pellets in the morning

Noon Bokka gets a nut or whatever my mom is eating then (Pua get the same without the nut and a avicake when I come home)

dinner they get veggies and whatever I eat (which is always healthy foods) and I never give seeds to Pua my RLA noor Bokka my U2

#139897 - 10/20/07 04:34 AM Re: Mixing your own seed mixture [Re: Bokka-pooh]  
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I buy a bulk safflower parrot mix with NO sunflower seeds, and mix it with a bulk parrot mix WITH sunflowers, about 1/4 sunflower mix to 3/4 safflower. Then I add dried chopped fruit bits. THEN, I mix that mix about 50/50 with Zupreem pellets. It does sound like a pain, but it doesn't take me long, then in the morning I can just scoop it into the birds "dry" food dishes. Each bird ends up with only about 3-5 sunflower seeds, the majority of their foods are fresh fruits & veggies, birdie bread, and pasta or rice. My 'tiel actually prefers pasta to seed, but we've had him since he was a baby, so it was easier to introduce. smile


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