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#28039 - 08/23/03 11:41 PM Cereal  
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Does anyone offer their flock cereal? If so, what brand is good?

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#28040 - 08/24/03 01:09 AM Re: Cereal  
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Hey, Joe. We give ours the Chex cereals and some puffed cereals, unsugared, mixed in with her pellets and seeds. She seems to eats it pretty well, too.

#28041 - 08/24/03 01:11 AM Re: Cereal  
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My birds get any of the cereals not loaded with sugar, like cheerios, wheat chex etc. They make good snacks, easy for them to hold in their feet.

#28042 - 08/24/03 02:41 AM Re: Cereal  
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At breakfast time my birds get their bean diet first of all and as a desert they have a mix of plain cheerios, Ancient Grains (organic) Supreme Muesli which has dried fruit, raisins, oats, whole almonds and more in it. They get 2 whole Almonds in this and sliced organic banana. One of my Greys skips her bean diet and waits for the cereal instead, LOL.
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#28043 - 08/24/03 03:59 AM Re: Cereal  
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I feed the flock beans every afternoon, Dr. Beex every other day, and frozen veggies (I am lazy!!) every other day.

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#28044 - 08/24/03 01:58 PM Re: Cereal  

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Ollie gets cereal occasionally. He loves getting the little single serve packets and will work his way through them to get the reward on the inside. He also loves soaked Total. I'll soak it in soymilk or plain water for him.

Cheers!

Karen&Ollie smile

#28045 - 08/24/03 04:41 PM Re: Cereal  
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:p smile <img border="0" alt="[laughing]" title="" src="graemlins/laugh[1].gif" /> We cook oatmeal cereal and spread it out on a cookie sheet and let it cool, then cut it into small pieces that Mojo is going to get and layer it with wax paper into containers and freeze it.This way we have some on hand for when ever he wants it. He loves oatmeal and cheerios and bran flakes(no sugar)JohnK

#28046 - 08/24/03 05:05 PM Re: Cereal  
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All my birds get cornflakes in a morning(not sugar or milk). They love it.

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Karen & Ollie: Boy, that's a great idea about the individual serving boxes. They get something good and will have fun working for it! Thanks! laugh

#28048 - 08/25/03 04:06 AM Re: Cereal  
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Hi All!

I wholeheartedly agree that the grain-based cereals (hot and cold) are great for our birds!

I would just like to add that neither sugar nor milk are toxic. TINY amounts of each are no more problem for them than they are for most of us.
IMO, it is a myth that birds are lactose intolerant and that milk gives them diarrhea. All the supposed cases I have seen turned out to just be extra urine from drinking more liquid (the milk).

Remember, true diarrhea in a bird results in a completely homogenous dropping - no separation between urine and feces. A bird with extra urine will have a large wet dropping, but there will be at least some solid feces in it.

Keep in mind that moderation is the key here. I do not recommend feeding any of the "sugar frosted" brands, but if you have sprinkled a tiny amount on your bowl of cereal that includes milk, it is ok to give your bird a spoonful.

I think there is a lot of unnecessary paranoia amonst people who don't understand or practice moderation and common sense when measuring proportions when it comes to these foods.

Having said that, I also agree that soy milk is healthier because it provides some valuable protein and other micronutrients.

Dr. Mike (who hopes this post won't be considered too politically incorrect) smile

#28049 - 08/25/03 04:39 AM Re: Cereal  
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JoeMadness,

I give Hummer granola or something like it with a tiny dash of milk (no fat) in a saucer. Hummer eats well and is calm for a bit longer. We get a chance to eat too. Also, funny as it sounds. Hummer eats much better if I feed her from a saucer, (a small version of our plates) and if she can see us at dinner time. Since I started feeding her from a dish like ours and in the same room as us she is quiet and eats her food while we eat ours. Meal time is much nicer around our household now.
Barbara

#28050 - 08/25/03 05:22 AM Re: Cereal  
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Hi Barbara

You have hit on a very natural behavior and are taking advantage of it with excellent results!

Allowing Hummer to have a similar plate and having her eat at the same time and near where you are when you are eating is following the natural flock pattern. I'm not at all surprised she is calmer - translate this to less physiologic stress and know that this will surely go a long way to avoiding behavior problems and poor health!

Keep up the great work!

Dr. Mike, who preaches this kind of Natural Birdsmanship! smile

#28051 - 08/25/03 11:23 PM Re: Cereal  
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Dr Mike,

Great to have you back and I'm happy your are doing well. Glad to hear your insight on milk since my Daisy loves to share my morning ceral with me. She loves Cheerios because she can play with them on the tip of her beak. She also likes Chex and Corn Flakes. We usually have oatmeal for all the birds in the morning and I have found that they prefer it more on the solid side. I also mix in fruits, dry ceral, nuts, and other goodies. I use the oatmeal as a means to introduce new foods and administer meds.

Lei

#28052 - 08/27/03 03:49 PM Re: Cereal  
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Princess gets cereal treats for when she is good such as going back into her cage to go potty and then as a special treat in her food every now and then. Its great that they like treats that are good for them sometimes...When I sit down on the living room floor for breakfast she is usually on my knee picking through my cereal bowl for something to eat...she is quite happy when I sit with her for breakfast:)

#28053 - 09/12/03 12:12 AM Re: Cereal  
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Snowy my U2 loves to eat out of her small plate when we're having dinner. I tried buying a plastic dish for her so that it won't break if she flings it off the table, but she won't even go near it. Luckily she doesn't fling the dishes anymore when she's done. smile The only problem is that if what's in her plate doesn't exactly look like our food, she'll come over and give us the look while we're eating! Unfortunately it happens most of the time, since we give her the "good" stuff and we eat the more "bad" stuff, LOL. Binky my cockatiel will only eat out of my hand, never from a plate, I think I spoiled him!

Great idea about cereal in the morning, I'm going to offer it in addition to the veggies in the morning! smile

#28054 - 09/12/03 01:03 AM Re: Cereal  
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Greetings Joe go to your grocery store most have an organic section look for a whole grain cereal birds love these as a treat. laugh Become a reader though some of the major cereal manufacturers add things like preservatives, artifical color, added sugars, and way too much sodium. Also watch out for cereals sweetened with honey it can add unwanted weight to your bird. Cheerios are good we feed these to our birds as a treat but go with an organic type and feel much safer. smile

#28055 - 09/12/03 02:24 AM Re: Cereal  
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I have preached "almost anything in moderation" for years. The problem is that those who love their birds often spoil them by going well over moderation. For instance, some cereals are very high in iron. I personally don't mind giving some.. but not much and not often. This goes for cheese and many other things that we don't ordinarily don't consider "parrot food".

#28056 - 09/12/03 06:36 AM Re: Cereal  
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Moderation is indeed the key and some people forget that if they give the same amount of that treat every single day it is a) no longer a treat and b) is no longer in moderation. I find that if I give my galahs any kind of seed or nut that they will simply refuse to eat anything else for days, so they get them very rarely and only a few at a time.


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