NUTRITION

 

                                        

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HANDFEEDING FORMULA FOR BIRDS:

DO NOT use any human baby formula or any other formula containing milk products for baby birds, birds cannot digest milk products the sane as humans.

NOTE: in a YOUTUBE video I saw a man from a foreign country feeding baby birds Nestle Cerelac which is NOT for baby birds! Use common sense and feed the correct formula/food !!!

 

SEED MIX FOR LOVEBIRDS

Recently, seeds have been going up in prices almost weekly where a 50 lbs bag of white millet was $17.00 in 2012 is now $47.00. The seed companies have suggested to some breeders to change their recipes and substitute certain seeds for others. The problem is that the birds do not like the substitution and they don’t eat it, thus a waste of money for the breeder. It’s not just that it is a new item they do not recognize but they do not like it. Humans have taste in food, why not birds too? Below you will find samples of seeds and seed mixes, scroll down to see pictures.

SPANISH – MEZCLA DE SEMILLAS PARA AGAPORNIS

Recientemente, ciertas semillas han estado subiendo en precio semanalmente. Por ejemplo, un saco de 50 lbs de mijo costaba $17.00 en el 2012 ahora cuesta $47.00. Algunas compañías que mezclan semillas les sugieren a los criadores que cambien sus recetas y agreguen otras semillas menos costosas pero lo que pasa es que las aves no se quieren comer la nueva mezcla. No es solamente porque es nueva y las aves no las conocen sino es que no les gustan. Nosotros los humanos tenemos gustos, porque tambien no las aves? Esto es un gasto de dinero para el criador si no se comen la nueva mezcla. Debajo encontrareis fotos de varias mezclas y semillas.

 

Seed mix from Spain by Versele Laga

Seed mix from Spain by Versele Laga

 

 

 

 

Seed mix from Spain by Versele Laga

Seed mix from Spain by Versele Laga

 

 

 

 

This lovebird mix is from a pet shop in Puerto Rico, it seems like it contains Monkey Chow. The breeder says his birds don’t want to eat this. This is a sample of what certain feed companies are suggesting to substitute to avoid the astronomical price increase in certain seeds.
Las companias de semillas en USA estan sugeriendo un cambio de receta en la dieta de los agapornis ya que el precio de ciertas semillas han subido astronomicamente pero las aves no quieren comerse estas mezclas nuevas. Esta que veais aqui parace tener las bolas de comida de mono cuales es costumbre de dar a las cotorras para dar proteina.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a sample of a mix for lovebirds available in Puerto Rico. Due to the great price increase recently in certain seeds, the recipe for lovebird mix is changing for the worse and birds don’t want to eat what’s available such as this mix pictured here.
Esto es un ejemplo de una mezcla de semillas disponible en Puerto Rico para los agapornis. A causa de como a subido los precios de ciertas semillas estan cambiando las recetas de ciertas comidas y las aves no las quieren comer.

Granosa Brand Lovebird mix available in Puerto Rico.
Mezcla para agapornis marca Granosa de Puerto Rico.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovebird mix available in Puerto Rico which is one of the many traditional mixes used by many breeders.
Una mezcla de semillas para agapornis en Puerto Rico cual muchos de los criadores en Puerto Rico usan. Esta mezcla es una de las muchas que hay disponible.

A lovebird mix available in Puerto Rico which has too much White Millet and some breeders do not like to feed their birds.
Una mezcla de semillas para los agapornis que contiene mucho mijo blanco y que algunos criadores no les gustan ofrecer a sus aves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16% Protein Pellets

Dried Fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protein Powder: Abba 92A with seed. Feed dry in separate container. there are many types of egg powders such Quiko, etc.
Crude protein – (min) 15%
Crude fat – (min) 5%
Crude fiber – (max) 10%
Ash (max) – 6%

There are many lovebird mixes, this is one example. Esta mezcla de semillas es un ejemplo de las muchas mezclas que hay para agapornis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is another Lovebird Mix available in the USA. Mixed by a feed company customized by breeder.
Esta es otra mezcla para agapornis mezclada especial de una receta de un criador..

Oat Groats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Millet

Canary Seed

 

 

 

White Proso Millet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovebird Seed Mix which includes the Fruit Blend pellets. The breeder mixes the Fruit Blend with the seed mix.

Another Lovebird Mix which includes whole corn.
Otra mezcla de semillas para los agapornis cual incluye maiz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zupreem Pellets Fruit Blend – Cockatiel size

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovebird mix from another breeder.

Sweet Bell Peppers – chopped green, yellow, red, orange

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovebird mix with dried fruit.

Lovebird Mix with Safflower seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spray Millet - Lovebirds love this treat, offer plenty of spray millet when they are breeding and rearing chicks. Offer to chicks when they are about to be weaned.

Spray Millet – Lovebirds love this treat, offer plenty of spray millet when they are breeding and rearing chicks. Offer to chicks when they are about to be weaned.

 

Treats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lovebird mix - Courtesy Manny Berdecia

Lovebird mix – Courtesy Manny Berdecia

 

Kaytee Supreme for agapornis

Kaytee Supreme for agapornis

 

Kaytee fruit blend

Kaytee fruit blend

 

Oat cereal, no sugar. This can be added to the seed mix or offer in a separate cup. Puede agregarse a la comida o se puede ofrecer separado.

Oat cereal, no sugar. This can be added to the seed mix or offer in a separate cup.
Puede agregarse a la comida o se puede ofrecer separado.

 

Monkey Chow, offer as a treat.

Monkey Chow, offer as a treat.

 

Cuttlebone - Courtesy Fabio Tarazona

Cuttlebone – Courtesy Fabio Tarazona

 

 

Exact Handfeeding Formula - store in freezer for up to one year. Mix with water, can be reheated in microwave while feeding to keep formula warm. Discard leftovers.

Exact Handfeeding Formula – store in freezer for up to one year. Mix with water, can be reheated in microwave while feeding to keep the formula warm. Discard leftovers.

Kaytee Exact handfeeding formula and bags of seeds.

Kaytee Exact handfeeding formula and bags of seeds.

 

 

 

Kaytee pellets and treat sticks.

Kaytee pellets and treat sticks

Kaytee Products - Pellets, seeds, handfeeding formula, fruit treats, treat sticks, etc.

Kaytee Products – Pellets, seeds, handfeeding formula, fruit treats, treat sticks, etc.

Kaytee Healthy Toppings Dry Fruit treats, seeds and pellets.

Kaytee Healthy Toppings Dry Fruit treats, seeds and pellets.

Kaytee Healthy Topings dry fruit blend.

Kaytee Healthy Topings dry fruit blend.

Round seed treats - can be given to lovebirds as a treat.

Round seed treats – can be given to lovebirds as a treat.

 

Probios® Probiotic Powder Supplement Provides live, naturally occurring microorganisms. Useful in newborns, at weaning, during stress, and antibiotic use, to maintain appetite and health. Establishes beneficial intestinal bacteria, and contains probiotic yeast cultures. Can be added to the handfeeding formula. INGREDIENTS: Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, and Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product.

Probios® Probiotic Powder Supplement
Provides live, naturally occurring microorganisms. Useful in newborns, at weaning, during stress, and antibiotic use, to maintain appetite and health. Establishes beneficial intestinal bacteria, and contains probiotic yeast cultures.
Can be added to the handfeeding formula.
INGREDIENTS:
Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, and Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product.

 

 

Instant Ounces

Instant OuncesEmergency Food for Birds.
High Calories, Low FatInstant Ounces is a high calorie, low fat powder, which supplies the much needed energy and nutrition for hand feeding babies, injured, sick or debilitated birds. Instant Ounces contains vitamins, minerals, high quality protiens and digestive enzymes. May be mixed to desired consistency or added to any foods or medications. When time counts, be ready with Instant Ounces.Instant Ounces contains essential nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, calories and electrolytes. You can use Instant Ounces as an addition to any handfeeding formula to aid babies having problems. Instant Ounces will help with the weight gain.Instant Ounces is essential for very young or underweight babies or sick adult birds. Instant ounces gives extra nutrition and energy to birds. use Instant Ounces in combination with hand feeding formula. It comes in powder form.Ingredients: Fructose, soy protien isolae, maltodextrin, vegetable oil, silicon dioxide, whey, banana flavor, choline bitartrate, pepsin (stomach lining), bromelain (pinealle source), ascorbic acid, ferrous fumerate, d1 alpha tocopherol acetate, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine HCL, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, biotin, potassium iodide, cyanocobalamin and lactobacillus acidophilus.Instant Ounces is great for putting weight on to baby birds or sick birds.(All Bird Products)

 

Spirulina Powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spirulina (see picture) is a cyanobacterium that can be consumed by humans and other animals. It can be given to birds in a powder form as a nutritional supplement. Dried Spirulina contains about 60% protein containing amino acids. To use with birds, mix a very small amount in the seed mix or in vegetable/fruit. Some breeders use a salt shaker to put the Spirulina for easy mixing.

SPANISH

Spirulina (ver foto arriba) es una cianobacteria que puede ser consumida por los seres humanos y otros animales. Se le puede administrar a las aves en forma de polvo como un suplemento nutricional. La Spirulina en polvo contiene aproximadamente 60% de proteína y contiene aminoácidos. Para utilizar con aves, puede mezclar una cantidad muy pequeña en la mezcla de semillas o en verduras / frutas. Algunos criadores utilizan un salero para poner la Spirulina en polvo y facilitar su forma de mezclar.

 

 

Avilina - Natural Spirulina Courtesy Rafael Colon

Avilina – Natural Spirulina
Courtesy Rafael Colon

 

Natural Spirulina - Courtesy Rafael Colon

Natural Spirulina – Courtesy Rafael Colon

 

CeDe Eggfood - egg protein is highly digestable and one of the most valuable sources of protein for the birds. CeDe Alimento a base de huevo - la proteina de huevo es muy digestible y la mas valiosa fuente de proteina para las aves. Photograph courtesy Rafael Colon

CeDe Eggfood – egg protein is highly digestable and one of the most valuable sources of protein for the birds.
CeDe Alimento a base de huevo – la proteina de huevo es muy digestible y la mas valiosa fuente de proteina para las aves.
Courtesy Rafael Colon

 

Another type of eggfood

Another type of eggfood

 

CeDe - eggfood, offer when rearing young or when getting ready to breed. CeDe - alimento a base de huevo, ofrezca cuando estan criando o antes de comenzar a criar. Picture courtesy Rafael Colon

CeDe – eggfood, offer when rearing young or when getting ready to breed.
CeDe – alimento a base de huevo, ofrezca cuando estan criando o antes de comenzar a criar.
Courtesy Rafael Colon

 

Quiko Eggfood – extra nutritious egg protein for birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Things you should NOT feed your birds:

Avocado
Chocolate
Alcohol
Onions
Garlic
Caffeine
Tomatoes
Celery
Mushrooms

Avocado – contains an oil called persin which can be fatal to birds.

Chocolate – contains stimulants which can cause seizures, heart and liver damage and death.

Alcohol – can cause seizures and death.

Onion – contains sulfur compounds which can cause blood cells to rupture. Onions can irritate the mouth, digestive tract, crop and can cause ulcers.

Garlic – contains compounds that can cause anemia in birds.

Caffeine – is a stimulant and can be fatal to birds.

Tomatoes (fresh) – it’s acidic and can cause ulcers. Fruits that are acidic can cause ulcers.

Celery – the string bits from the celery can cause crop problems.

Mushroom – are fungus that only some types are safe for human consumption. Birds can suffer digestive problems if they consume mushrooms and may cause liver failure.

Certain foods like meat and eggs have bacteria so they need to be cooked very well if you are going to offer it to birds. Other types of foods like shellfish have toxins which can be fatal to birds.
Even cooked eggs can become poisonous to a bird after 24 hours. Some species like finches will hide hard boiled egg in a nest and after 24 hours it can have bacteria which is harmful. If you feed hard boiled egg make sure all crumbs are picked up after they are finished eating.

Humans can tolerate certain toxins and bacteria but birds digestive system is different.
To be safe stay away from complicated human food items.

* Reference – Bird Talk

 

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SCALES, FEEDERS, WATER CONTAINERS, NEST BOXES, ETC.

Digital scale to weigh birds. Pesa para pesar aves.

Digital scale to weigh birds.
Pesa para pesar aves.

 

Feeder - courtesy Manny Berdecia

Feeder – courtesy Manny Berdecia

 

Feeder - courtesy Manny Berdecia

Feeder – courtesy Manny Berdecia

 

Feeder made from PVC Pipe. Top must be kept on especially with fischeri. Courtesy Marilena Salmones

Feeder made from PVC Pipe. Top must be kept on especially with fischeri. Courtesy Marilena Salmones

 

Acrylic and wood nests - courtesy Manny Berdecia

Acrylic and wood nests – courtesy Manny Berdecia

 

Acrylic and wood nests - courtesy Manny Berdecia

Acrylic and wood nests – courtesy Manny Berdecia

 

Acrylic and wood nest - courtesy Manny Berdecia

Acrylic and wood nest – courtesy Manny Berdecia

 

Breeder cages with nests made of acrylic and wood - courtesy Manny Berdecia

Breeder cages with nests made of acrylic and wood – courtesy Manny Berdecia

 

Cages - Courtesy Manny Berdecia

Cages – Courtesy Manny Berdecia

 

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Vegetable protein bags

Carrots (shredded)
Corn
Peas
Broccoli (chopped)
Green leaf lettuce (chopped)
Spinach leaves (chopped)
Millet sprays (chopped)

Egg shells
Bell peppers, chopped (red, yellow and green)
Dried egg food
Cooked rice
Cooked beans (chick pea, black, white, pinto, red, etc.)

Sprinkle Spirulina powder

Mix well and bag in small ziplock bags, store in freezer. Feed once or twice per week.

 

 

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Seminar on Nutrition

Agapornis Breeders & Exhibitors has a seminar available on Nutrition for Agapornis. This is a comprehensive presentation on several aspects of nutrition which includes different types of food (seed and pellets), fruits, vegetables, grain, treats, minerals, vitamins, etc. This information also includes feeding schedules for breeding season and the off-breeding season, what to feed your birds to prepare them for breeding and what to feed after the breeding season.

It is part of our goal to provide educational information on certain aspects of the various needs for the different species of agapornis.

 

SPANISH

Agapornis Breeders & Exhibitors tiene para ofrecer un seminario acerca de las necesidades nutricionales de los agapornis. Es una presentación enfocada a varios temas como: diferentes tipos de comidas (semillas y “pellets”), uso de frutas y vegetales, granos, golosinas, vitaminas y minerales, etc. También pone atención a los requerimientos nutricionales de nuestras aves durante la temporada de reproducción y fuera de la temporada de reproducción

Parte de nuestras metas es proveer información sobre las necesidades de las distintas especies de los agapornis, es parte esencial para mantener nuestras aves saludable en cautiverio.

 

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