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December 2, 2022

What food should I wean Lorikeet onto?


I have a rainbow loirikeet that is approx 9 weeks old and is pretty much ready for weaning. He has eaten some solid food, and isn’t unfamiliar to it. I was wondering whether it be better to have his final diet composed of pellets, liquid formula, or a combination of both?


Answer:

Hi,

Lorys & Lorikeets have very different nutritional requirements from other parrots. While they should not be fed seeds, they can eat semi-solid foods like fruits & veggies, cooked pasta & rice and other healthy foods. They should not have too much iron. You need to give him a commercial diet that is formulated for Lorikeets as at least 80% of his diet. I recommend a combination of a lory powder, pellets and nectar. I had Lorys for over 30 years and this is what I fed mine. There are a lot of companies that make the nectar and powders, but many are mostly sugar. Look for one that uses natural sugars and no artificial colors or ingredients. The same goes for pellets. Rainbow colored pellets are pretty, but most are loaded with artificial colors which aren’t good for your bird. I believe Scenic by Marion Zoological makes a naturally colored lory pellet and powder. This company makes diets for Zoo animals, and Lory/Lorikeet exhibits are popular zoo exhibits. Lory/Lorikeet powders are easy to find, pellets are much harder. But they do better if their diet is varied in texture and not just liquid because in the wild they eat flowers, nectar, pollen, fruits and small insects. You can also buy edible flowers for them, and some flowering trees are safe, such as crape myrtle, as long as they have not been treated with pesticides.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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