Question category: Nutrition


my baby cockatiel will not stop crying for formula and she is 8-9 weeks. i am trying to ween her off and she will not eat her pellets and is only eating millet. i don’t know what to do anymore, and i keep feeding her when she cries because i’m worried she’s starving. i need […]


Hi I’m Ruben here regarding my pet cockatiel is not trying any new fruits or vegetables. I’m just feeding her formula she’s about 8 weeks old and she only spray millet in a week 3 times . Feeding spray millet everyday is it bad for health? Please give me some tips on how to make […]

Follow up to: hvad about the ones which has manly seed in the diet

Hello. (Own cockatiels and budgies) You answered my last question that you need to make sure the there is a sufficient amount of amino acids like lysine and methionine in the diet. I give pallets and some fresh veggies sometime IF they want it, and normally not som much. Give eggs, Deadlines, vitamin, they have […]

I am in need of better diet for my budgies

Hello, I noticed your products for budgies and I thought they were really amazing but since you can’t ship them to my country I was wondering if you can help me find a replacement even if close since I have four budgies and I want them to live long, I used to feed them a […]

Feeding eggs to parrots.

I saw on a post on the website by a person named BRENDA that she approved the feeding of eggs to parrots. Now, to my knowledge that is dangerous. Veterinarians now are NOT recommending eggs due to parrots dying from STROKES because they were routinely fed eggs. My present avian vet, Dr. Paul Welch, described […]

Green Naped Lorikeet

Hi Brenda, I have a pair of Green Naped Lorikeet, aged around 6 months ++ old. The parrots loves to munched sweet corns and red apples only. They refused to take dry food such as fruit pellets, breads or millets. I’m worried about their nutrition insufficient. What shall I do, to persuades them to take […]

How many Nutriberries tropical

Hi. I am trying to work out the cost of feeding my African grey these. If he was fed these exclusively how many a day would he need? And also how many are in a 1.36kg bag? Kind regards

Budgie diet

My budgies will only eat seed and millet. I cant get them to try any other foods. They aren’t tamed either so its much harder. How do I get them to try fruits and veggies?


The nutriberries are getting too hard. Can they be softened up somehow?

Feeding budgies

Till now my budgies only liked to eat millet, Spinach leaves, cilantro and sprouts. I tried to give them different fruits, and even seed mixtures but they didn’t seem to like it. Since monsoon begun here they are not eating their regular veggies too. What can I do?


Could u give me some advice on healthy diet for budgies I give seed and bits broccoli celery but I’ve read seeds are bad thanks

Nutriberries Allergy?

Hi. I recently adopted a rescue Senegal Parrot who has a problem with feather loss. He scratches quite a bit and has patches of only downy feathers. He was taken to a vet by prior owners and they did not find evidence of illness. The one constant in his diet, as reported by both prior […]

Pellet conversion

Hi! I got a new baby cockatiel from a breeder direct. The breeder believed in feeding seeds only, and I got her about 3 weeks after she weaned off of formula. She was initially stuck on just eating seeds, but I slowly managed to convert her. I also got her to easily eat Nutriberries. We’re […]

Fresh foods

I see birds being offered big bowls of veggies & greens, but exactly how much should be given to say an Amazon or CAG on a daily basis?


My Meyer parrots are on a Harrison’s diet. Should additional vitamins and/or minerals be added?

Cockatiel diet

What is the best food brands for cockatiels? I want to do pellets and just a few seeds, but unfortunately they reject pellets.

my cockatiel breaks his new wing feathers

Hi, as i mentioned my cockatiel breaks his new wing feathers but he doesn’t pull his other feathers so it’s not a mental issue also he’s my first cockatiel and i can’t understand why.

What to feed cockatiel parents?

I’ve been searching everywhere for a concise list, however what is the ideal food to give to cockatiel parents in order to support their babies? My pair are on a mix of good quality pellets, vegetables and some seeds, however when it’s just this food in the cage they don’t seem to feed the babies. […]

What should i feed my cockatiels

Hi I’m sivan. Can you tell me a good balanced diet for my cockatiels and fruits and greens i want to know what is good for them I bought them a sea moffin i heard it was rich in calcium if you have any suggestion please let me know

Summer Diet Plan after Breeding Season

Hello Dear Lafeber, I hope this message finds you well. I really appreciate your unconditional support for birds all over the world. I seek your guidance regarding daily diet plan of my parrots (Alexanderines and Rose-ringed Indian Parakeets (around 25 pairs) after the end of breeding season and during the off-season when birds’ nest boxes […]

Cockatiel behavior

Hi there! I recently got a new female baby cockatiel 5 months ago. There are some things I want to ask. The first is diet. The breeder I got her from feeds her mainly seeds, so she got used to it. I try to get her to eat other things, but she refuses. Is that […]

Budgies Eating Dandelion Leaves

Hello! So recently I read that budgies like to eat dandelion leaves so I’ve been giving them a handful whenever I let them sunbathe outside for the past three days bc recently it got warmer, but their droppings suddenly became very black and hard. Now I’m worried that something’s wrong and I shouldn’t have given […]

how do i make my cockatiel eat seeds

My cockatiel is over 6 months old and still doesn’t eat hard things, like seeds, pellets, and vegetables. I give him pellets that I put in water to make it soft, I’m giving him that for 4 months now I’m getting tired of the wining when he doesn’t get the pellets, I tried giving him […]

Fish oil capsules

Hello! This question is directed toward Dr. Lamb about her cardiovascular disease webinar. You mentioned that you use fish oil (from capsules) for your birds, and I was wondering if you have a specific type of fish oil (e.g., general fish oil, salmon oil, etc.) and/or brand that you recommend using. Thank you!

how to freeze avicakes and nutriberries

Do you need to take them out of the packaging and put them in a freezer bag? Or the packaging can go in a freezer bag and into freezer? And how long do they keep for in freezer? Thanks for your time.

Princess of Wales bird

We have a young male Princess of Wales and are getting another one. What type of food do you recommend for Princess of Wales? You don’t have them listed. Which other parrot would you say they are closest so we can read articles that we can associate with Princess of Wales. Our vet told us […]

Parrotlet diet

Would you please talk about the pros and cons of a pelleted diet in smaller parrots like parrotlets?

Newly hatched cockatiel chicks diet, nutrition and care

I have a male and female cockatiel. 3 eggs were laid almost 3 weeks ago. And one has hatched right now. The diet of the parent cockatiels are mainly millets and seeds. They don’t enjoy fruits or vegetables much. The male cockatiel is not friendly with us but took care of the eggs most than […]

Cockatiel health

My cockatiel is 2 months old, he still hasn’t weaned yet, we try feeding him less but he still begs for the feeding formula. He is fluffed up most of the time after I give him the feed. He eats the feeding formula well though. We have another 3 month old weaned cockatiel who eats […]


When should finches feed themselves after leaving the nest how long

My IRN is scared

I recently bought a female indian ringneck , she is around 2 years old and her story is pretty sad. She was owned by an old lady that didnt take care of her , let her out of the cage most of the time with no interactions and fed her only apples. A bird lover […]

Do I have to worry about my bird getting sour crop after he’s weaned?

My cockatiel is 4-5 weeks old and I have started to wean him and its going well, so well that I’ll say that he’s gonna start eating independently after 4 or 5 days and my bond with him also deepened and not worsen like most people said it would. But I’m confused that if I […]

5 week old green cheek Conure

I removed the babies at four weeks from his mom it’s now five weeks I’ve been hand feeding formula. How much day should I be giving it. Please note it cries most of the day or at least it sounds like it’s crying and it wants to eat a lot more than 12 mL per […]

Too much or not enough?

Our Long-Billed Corella gets through about 16 Nutri-Berries a day. Plus we give a little fruit and/or veg mid-day. I see wildly varying numbers in regards to how many Nutri-Berries people give their feathered companion. Does what I’m providing sound about right for a female Corella?

Overweight Galah

I have recently (6 months) acquired a Galah, a bird I have always dreamed of having. Altho aware of their propensity to fatty tumors I have apparently overfed her and she has gained considerable weight. I feed Nutri-berries and pellets to my birds along with other healthy “stuff.” My question now is how to safely […]

Can I feed different berries out of one bowl for different birds?

Hi! I have two cocktails and an IRN. All of them are under three, so I’ve been feeding Harrisons until switching to y’all a few months ago per vet recommendation. They LOVE the nutriberris. Since they’re used to eating out of the same bowl so I was wondering if I could put the Parrot and […]

Feeding a baby cockatiel

Feeding baby cockatiel I read your article on the person who was feeding a three month old cocktail, I have never had to feed baby cockatiels over eight weeks old, they walk away from it. But I have one who is 10 weeks old who wants it I give her 12 ml is the morning […]

Zebra finch beak

I have a male zebra finch and his beak is growing at the tip top and bottom – looks like 2 little spikes growing out – they are pale in color. He doesn’t seem to be having any trouble eating. I put a cuttle bone and some natural bark perches in his cage but I […]

Wrong hi fat hand feeding given to cockatiel

I got my new albino cockatiel. Approx four months but it still hand feeds and I learned the breeder took him at one week and gave him a21 which is for African greys and has 15 percent fat versus 9 which is right for cockatiel chicks. So he doesn’t fly well like not enough muscle […]

weight gain

I have a 25 year old female lilac crown amazon parrot and she has gained weight in the last year. We’ve had her on a diet but she seems to cycle with the weight even though we’ve been feeding her about the same amount of food and diet. Is this normal?

Health Nutrition

What’s a good food to feed cocktails. Is there certain kinds not to feed them

Baby Lovebird

Hi, My 4 weeks old Lovebird babies reluctant to take the hand feed formula. If I forced to feed it, the babies vomit out the formula. What shall I do now?

Conure hatchling

First time parents for both humans and birds. The first egg has hatched. What are the next steps? Do I need to change their diet? Is there something else I need to get to help the birds and babies? They do have a nesting box


Hi. Thank you for all your knowledge and help. I have a question about millet. Like any birds, ours absolutely love millet. We only give it to them to train and reward. They are on a pellet/veggie/seed diet. We love our tiels very very much. For Christmas, we would love for them to just pig […]

Sunflower Seeds

Is it safe to give our cockatiels sunflower seeds? I’ve read yes in moderation and I’ve no not safe.

Parrot lorry feeding

I give a lory 3 different pieces every day, such as a piece of apple, a piece of pear, and a piece of cauliflower. Is this adequate nutrition for him or is it too much? With the presence of food Almhss him.

Unsure when and how much

I am unsure when to feed my cockatiel and how much of the formula to feed him. I am not sure how old he is but the person I purchased him from said I should feed him with formula for about two weeks more and then give him seed and water. How much of the […]

Grey nutrition

Is there a major difference nutrition wise between a Timneh and a Congo? We now have both

Honey Wheat Bread

Hi, I had previously asked if our cockatiels could have whole wheat bread. I was told they could in a moderate amount. We tried and now realize they don’t like whole wheat. I have compared the nutrition chart of whole wheat and honey wheat. Carbs and Cholesterol are identical. Our tiels love honey wheat(which is […]

Cockatiel baby

My one month cockatiel baby is not taking feed….not eating anything. Pls suggest.

Chamomile Tea

Is it safe to give our cockatiel chamomile tea and if so how much and how often. Thank you

Scrambled Eggs

Can tiels have scrambled eggs with their pellet/vegetable/seed diet?

Pellets – Lamb webinar

I keep hearing about how heat treated pellets cause inflammation, but cannot find a good source to explain that. Thoughts?


Will bloodwork indicate if the bird’s diet is nutritionally complete?

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