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Not all seed is fattening.
Birds eat seed in the wild so it's a fair assumption it's a natural diet.

It is. The problem with seed, the vet explained to me, is that it's fattening. Birds in the wild get ... afraid of human food; I could get him to eat white rice in chicken soup but that's about it). Linda

Just like us (we're all animals) it's not the same from one body to the next obviously. It depends on the bird/seed combination. My budgie became a little chubby on one kind of seed, so I switched him to another and he slimmed down to a perfect weight, and his activity level went up. Lived to
11 on an all seed diet (with occasional veggies).

Dave
My parakeet doesn't seem to have an obestiy problem. He eats seeds and pellets an occasional dark green lettuce and kale. Our vet told us to get him off seeds and try all pellets. I don't see why he can't have both if he likes seeds and still eats pellets.
Also, I recall that a very long time ago like about 45 years ago ( I'm an old geezer) that my grandmother had a parrakeet and he ate only seeds, and these were simply seeds with no added vitamins like they have now. This guy lived for about 12 years. I remember the glass feeding container attached to the side of that tiny cage.

Also, I wonder if the preservatives that are currently being used in bird seeds and other foods are a cause for all these diseases that I hear about like liver tumors etc. Anyone have any thoghts on that?

M
My parakeet doesn't seem to have an obestiy problem. He eats seeds and pellets an occasional dark green lettuce and ... cause for all these diseases that I hear about like liver tumors etc. Anyone have any thoghts on that? M

Preservatives in bird seed? I've never heard of it, pellet's yes.
Preservatives, artificial colors, inbreeding, IMO, contribute greatly to all these health problems.
Regards
Preservatives, artificial colors, inbreeding, IMO, contribute greatly to all these health problems. Regards

I agree.
I'm an old geezer) that my grandmother had a parrakeet and he ateonly seeds, and these were simply seeds with no added vitamins like they have now. This guy lived for about 12 years.

My mom had a "big green parrot" when she was growing up, had a HUGE vocabulary and was quite tame. It died when she was seventeen. Her mom had taken the bird in when her own mother died, it had been a WEDDING present from my mom's grandfather to her grandmother. It was in the family for 65 years. It's entire diet was sunflower seeds and potatoes.
XXgizzieXX
(whose vet recently told her to get her 28 year old C2 off of seed, "before it kills him")
And we have all heard of the old bloke who smoked 100 cigarettes a day since he was 7 years old and is now 103 years old. That doesn't mean that science hasn't proved that smoking tobacco is bad for you and can kill. A diet of sunflower and potatoes only isn't something to boast about or advocate.
Preservatives, artificial colors, inbreeding, IMO, contribute greatly to all these health problems. Regards

I never had a bird come down with any diseases. Three parakeets lived 14 years which is quite a long time for a parakeet. IMHO it's much like worrying about nitrates in bacon or cholesterol from eggs - Suddenly the Atkins diet is extolling eating a pound of bacon and all the eggs you want. Just wait a day and the news will change.
Meanwhile, feed your birds what they will eat. Encourage greens and fruit but don't get overly worried about seed.
Jill
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