Question category: Nutrition

Pellet crumbles/dust

My caique pulverizes her pellets into a dust. Is she actually consuming enough when she does this and getting the nutrition that she needs? Is this common?


Hi…I have a patient that apparently is picking the seeds out of the Nutriberries and Avicakes and not eating the filler material. The owner is sure that is causing some weight loss. Any ideas or suggestions?


My cockatiel is 1 and a half months old, what should we feed him other than the original formilla, we tried to feed him cucumbers,boild eggs, fresh water with some bread, seeds, he doesnt eat it what should we do to make him eat? Thank you for reading this.


What do parakeets eat my dad is going one and I want to be prepared

Handfeeding a baby Mynah.

Hi, I’ve a few questions regarding handfeeding baby mynah. It was rescued and passed to us, but we’re quite new to this, and need some guidance. 1) It has been with us for a week now. Not sure how old it is, but it’s starting to fly (and seems to have quite complete feathers). The […]

Safe foods & teaching a parrot

I try to Google Bird safe foods and often the internet gives conflicting information. For example, some sites say radishes are safe for birds others say not to feed the birds radishes. I would love a comprehensive list of bird safe foods from a qualified avian resource. I belong to a Facebook group that shows […]


Why my 3 months parrot eating a lot and what can I do to stop him .


I buy your nutriberries for my parakeets all the time.. THEY LOVE IT! But I have noticed that there are more available for parrots than there for parakeets… Will it be ok for me to feed them the parrot berries which are more available than the parakeets nutriberries?



How Long Does the First Molt for a Cockatiel Last?

My Cockatiel is now 6 months old and has started his first molt about a month and a half ago. Although he has lost and grown a good amount of feathers, it seems as though he just stopped halfway through his molt. I bought him from a breeder and he was clipped, I notice that […]

What do I do if my cockatiel doesn’t eat fresh fruit and vegetables?

My cockatiel is now 1 year old. She eats Lafeber parakeet pellets, as well as Nutriberries. She also eats some occasional seeds, nuts, and millet spray as treats. Her favorite by far are the pellets. I read and was advised by the veterinarian that my cockatiel should also eat fresh fruits and vegetables. I made […]


What fruits and veggies are safe for my cocktail to eat? Every time we eat anything she has to try it. What foods do I need to avoid so she does not get sick?

Senegal diet

Hi, what food would you recommend for a 2 year old senegal parrot? thanks 🙂

Vitamin D

Hiii so my question is what to do when your bird has a lack of calcium and vit D ? I heard we can smash an egg and given it ! Can that work ?

eclectus baby

when do i stop feeding the eclectus baby? is it 12 weeks or more? At what age do i introduce solid foods or fruits to weaned baby? When will they try to fly? at which month?

Size food

Hello, we are picking up our 9 week old Quaker next week and I had ordered the parrot daily food (green label) and we’ll as the nutrition berries and avi cakes. Just making sure I ordered the right size of food Thanks !


My African grey eats mixed vegetables 2 times a day, some rice, calcium nutri berries and African grey pretty bird. Also just about what the family eats too. Sometimes the poop is brown and runny why can I give my bird to regulate him? I worked at Niles Animal Hospital years ago,


Hi, My cocktails doesn’t eat anything except for Foxtail millet & sunflower. I get them Mixed seeds as well while they only consume the foxtail millet leaving the rest. Can you pls suggest how to make them eat veggies, fruits & other edible items… Also the female doesn’t show any interest in mating while the […]

in shell almonds

Hi! I have a 22 yr old sun conure. He loves to eat in shell almonds as a part of a treat and foraging all day. He averages 6 almonds per day or sometimes more. Is this a safe amount? I didn’t know if almonds would affect liver function, health, etc of a bird his […]

Same nutriberries for Lovebirds, and DYH Amazon?

I want to buy a variety of nutriberries but, I can only find the garden veggie variety in “parrot food” size. Is there a difference in the sizes? Can I give my lovebirds the “parrot food” size, as well as my DYH Amazon?


I’ve got a blue fronted Amazon that is crazy about pistachio nuts, probably eats 5-6 of them a day. At 27 years (approximately) of age ir would be difficult at best to get him off of this treat.

Picky Parrot Webinar – Lovebird weight/dried veggies,fruits

How about a healthy weight for a cute lovebird, please? 🙂 Yoshi the lovebird shakes his head (literally) at any damp food, even after blotted with a papertowel. What about dehydrating fruits and veggies? Is that a good substitute for fresh chop? We have a nice dehydrator gathering dust anyway…haha! THANKS

Picky Parrot Webinar – Pellets

I feed my lovebird Lafeber’s Nutri-berries (with papaya, pineapple, & mango) on a daily basis. [In addition he receives fresh produce, oatmeal, and almonds.] Kiwi picks apart the Nutri-berry, eating all the seeds and fruit, but leaves the pellets untouched. I’ve tried fruit-flavored pellets, but he wouldn’t eat those either. Any suggestions?

Picky Parrot Webinar – toxic foods/weaning Amazon

is it true avocado can kill an Amazon parrot? what other fruits/vegetables are forbidden? how do i teach a 2 months and a half Amazon to eat pellets and other seeds? i am trying to teach her how to drink water and eat the formula by herself

Picky Parrot webinar – weight/foraging

should we try to weigh them daily to make sure they are not loosing weight if they are getting picky ? “I’ve not brought any forraging items, do you have anything there that you could show us how you hide something? (my conure is more fearful of different things)” so timothy hay is ok to […]

Picky Parrot webinar – feeding chop

Hello, I’m trying really hard to make my African Grey to eat her chop, also adding some crushed pellets and things that she likes but it doesn’t work… as she has her pellets bowl always available… should I not give her her pellets in the morning? I don’t want her to starve… thanks!

Picky Parrot Webinar – feeding greens

Thank you so much for these helpful and informative webinars! 🙂 Is it ok to feed raw swiss chard, raw kale and raw dandelion (all from the organic health food store) to our beloved Green Cheek Conure? She loves the raw dandelion the most? Thank you again!

Picky Parrot Webinar – Grit

Do parrots need grit with their food? Either mineral (sand/gravel) or animal sourced (cuttlebone, eggshell, oyster, snail shell etc) and how often?

How do i get my bird to eat veggies

Hello guys. Hope you are well. Ive had my english budgie for nearly two months. When we first got him, he was eating a bit of carrot and lettuce but nothing major, those were the only two veggies he tried. Just eating and ripping it. Now these days he wont eat any fruit and veggies […]

Pellet Food for Conure

I feel my rescued conure Nutri-Berries I feed the red pepper one and she likes it as well as Avi Cakes. As their staple diet. If I added one of your pellet brand daily Maintenence food can you tell me if that is a waste with what I am feeding already.

Feed of a Mother Cockatiel bird

Sir, I am Khaja, from Tanuku, AP, India. I have pair of Cockatiel birds. The female has laid 4 eggs, and one of them hatched yesterday. So I am very much confused on the food of the mother bird, because the mother feeds the chick. Plz suggest me all the food that I need to […]

cockatiel diet

my cockateil does not have a specific diet. he likes alot of carbs like pasta, rice potatoes. he eats thi, and seeds often. he also loves papayas, apples, bananas, mango, watermelon, etc and other greens. i know i need incorporate more vegetables in his diet but my queston is how much carb a day is […]

Lovebird nutrition

One more question please. 🙂 Yoshi the lovebird is always offered his healthy chop full of a various nutritious veggie and a sprinkle of tempting millet seeds. Nope. If it’s slightly damp, he acts like I’m trying to poison him. I’ve tried absorbing the moisture with a papertowel but still nope. Spoiled punk. I do […]


How do you as a vet and companies like Lafeber decide what is the proper diet with changing seasons and age of the bird, particularly budgies (I have two about 2 years old)

Canary liver tonic.

Hi, I wish to know please if I can supplement my canary a liver tonic for maintaining it in good health and if so what’s the frequency and dose I can supplement my canary? Thanks and regards

cockatiel diet

“Hi Dr. Lamb, I’m from India. I’ve 2 cocktail one is 3months and another is 6months. What are the best food and medicine for them”

Best food type for canary and amount.

Hi,I’m interested in buying a canary and I’m more orientated on feeding the granules due the size. What’s your opinion please and how much amount every day for 1 canary? Thanks and best regards.

Senior birds

I have a male parrolett and is 13 year this March. Some times he flys low and he does eat well. Will it work will for him and will he eat it. I gave him braccoli for greens but he stoped eating it. I do mix my own bird seed for him and with vit. […]

Yogurt or kefir for parrots, hormonal Eclectus, alternative supplements

I’ve heard Parrots in general can have yogurt or greek yogurt. Can they have kefir? I make BOTH my own and do know you HAVE to make them different, but can they have kefir since kefir doesn’t really have lactose. Are female eclectus more or less hormonal caged with a male? Do you feel it […]

Senegal nutrition and wing trim

HI have a 14 month old male Senegal that I recently rescued. He is a picky eater but eats sugar snap peas, baked sweet potatoes and almonds plus nibbles on pellets. I’m trying to get him to eat organic pellets but he isn’t interested. He won’t even eat nutriberries! He does like scrambled eggs & […]

Wild bird seed

what is the difference between wild bird seed and seed for parrots comparing the package ingredients they appear to be the same but the price is so much higher for parrots

Dove food

I have Ring-necked doves. Does LeFeber have any special foods for doves? If not, will they ever have a diet for them?


Do you need calcium supplement for non laying female? my conure has never laid eggs, I don’t give her extra calcium now

African grey parrot 2 month old -diets

I am new to African grey parrot, We have just brought an 2 month old african grey, We have some of the questions. 1. What is the main diet? If it’s seeds and nuts, do I need to grind it to powder for feeding many times I need to feed it perday?prefer timings 3.i […]

Conure laying eggs

Hi so my sun conure laid 2 eggs. 1 of which I know she laid today as it was on the cage floor and broken as if she pecked at it. I removed the broken egg. The other I took out of her bed but put it back…I didn’t know she was nesting and took […]

Grey diet

What is the best diet for CAGs? Gilbert gets both Harrison’s & LaFeber pellets (which are his favorite!j, tropical nutriberries, fruit & veggie babyfoods, & birdiemuffins beginning with Jiffy Corn muffin mix & adding veggies, pomegranates, etc. & pellet dregs.

Conure Nutrition

Thank you so much for having this helpful Webinar. We want to be sure that we are doing everything right for our beloved Green Cheek Conure. We have purchased the Zoo Med Avian lamp for her. We want to be sure that she is absorbing vitamin D. Do you recommend the Zoo Med Avian Lamp […]

Subscribe to our newsletter