The color of seeds | Manvel, Texas Photographer

Our pet birds Kiwi a nanday conure and Lemon a cockatiel waste a lot of seed.

Rather than just throw it out we save it up and then toss it next to the fence in the pasture. This is our way of feeding the wild birds a little something extra.

You really never know what might come up because the wild birds eat some of the seeds before they make new plants.

This past week I spent some time with my macro lens taking a few pictures of some of the seeds. I love the colors of these milo seeds.

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11 thoughts on “The color of seeds | Manvel, Texas Photographer

  1. Awesome shots, Sonya. 🙂

    Not to preach, but I don’t feed my parrots any seeds (except once in a great while as treats), since 99% of all of the vets say that they are the cause of a lot of problems with pet birds… like fatty liver disease and vitamin deficiencies… and other problematical things also. Pet birds are easy to convert, by first feeding them Lafeber’s Pellet-Berries (for the size of birds you have). Then, if you want, they can be further converted to Roudybush or Roudybush California Blend (for the size of birds you have). Mixed veggies and fruits are given daily by me too. Avocado and chocolate are very poisonous to birds.

    • I wish these two would eat something else besides seeds. I do buy them the more expensive stuff. The conure hates the big parrot sized stuff he likes the cockatiel size seed. I might see about trying this. These two have never had any health issues and Kiwi is 13 yrs old and Lemon is about 7. I have tried them on fruits and a few veggies but they ignore them.

  2. Yes, the thing is that pet birds (on a diet of seeds) can appear to be very healthy for a long time; birds are experts at hiding their problems; then they drop dead suddenly (way before they’ve lived the long life that they could have lived). I would definitely try the Lafeber’s Pellet-Berries (not the Nutri-berries) for your size of birds. Offer nothing else. They will eat them. Then, if you want, you can convert to Roudybush of the proper size. The California Blend variety of Roudybush has dried vegetables and fruits mixed in with the pellets. I feed mine Roudybush, and give them a Lafeber Nutri-berry each (every day) as a treat. If yours don’t like fresh fruits and veggies, you can try giving them microwaved (frozen) green peas by hand as a treat; they usually go nuts for those!
    If you offer them seeds, they won’t eat anything else… and seeds will cut their life short.

  3. Excellent! I was going to suggest Amazon or Drs. Foster and Smith (online); the Drs. mostly have free shipping also. My suggestion would be to go with the Lafeber’s first; then (after a week of eating or so) give just one or two with mostly the California Blend. If you got the Nutriberries and not the Pelletberries, the Nutriberries do have some seed in with them; but there are a lot of pellets too… which they will eat. So glad that you are switching them over! They may starve themselves for a day or two (or three), but they will transition over. Make sure that none of their regular seed is around or in their visual field. 🙂

  4. It’s best to get rid of the seed completely. They are creatures of habit… and if you give them a choice, they will see their old seed as their old friend and the Nutriberries as an unwelcome newcomer; don’t give them that opportunity to choose. They’ll eat the Nutriberries, no problem. If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comment sections of my postings.

    Once they eat the Nutriberries, keep them on them for a couple of weeks, then transition over to the Roudybush. Don’t even try giving them Roudybush as first, as they won’t eat it. Giving them Roudybush, from the start (by hand, as a “treat”) may be a good thing too! 🙂

  5. It might take time since they were on the seed diet for so long; birds are creatures of habit. Follow the directions on the Roudybush site. Also, with the Nutriberries, it may be a good idea to break them up a bit to expose the contents inside. Then gradually break them up less and less. I used to breed all kinds of birds in the past (for many years), from lovebirds to macaws… and i can tell you that all the good avian vets say to get them off of a seed diet as soon as possible.

  6. Keep an eye on their droppings as per the Roudybush site information. After still waiting, and if they do not eat any of the Lafeber’s, i think it would be best to put some of their regular seed in a little dish or inverted lid at the bottom of their cage (against a side and where they will not dump droppings on it). Or you can choose to do one of the other suggestions on the Roudybush site. You may also want to put in a little of the Roudybush in the regular bowls too, though they likely wouldn’t go for those first.

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