Hi all,I have a lineolated parakeet who's a year and a half. He's a wonderful bird, healthy and all, but I can't get him to eat fruit and I don't think his diet is balanced enough. He will eat banana (absolutely loves it), but that's the only fruit he'll eat. I've tried apples, peaches, mangoes, broccoli (which he'll play with but not eat), lettuce... He also loves the raspberry juice I drink all the time, but I won't let him have it because there's way too much sugar in there.

So basically, his diet consists of Tropican egg granules, bananas and the occasional treat (a "garden mix" I take the sunflower seeds out of). I know he should be eating more fruit and veggies, but he doesn't like any... Any suggestions on how to get him to eat fruit? Or is there any supplement that someone could recommend? There's nothing like the fresh stuff, but if it doesn't work...
Thanks in advance,
NL
Hi all, I have a lineolated parakeet who's a year and a half. He's a wonderful bird, healthy and all, ... supplement that someone could recommend? There's nothing like the fresh stuff, but if it doesn't work... Thanks in advance, NL

Mix the banana in or smear it on food you would like to introduce. Cut the banana and the new food into tiny pieces.

Sincerely,
Joanne
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Hi all, I have a lineolated parakeet who's a year ... him to eat fruit > > Thanks in advance, NL

Mix the banana in or smear it on food you would like to introduce. Cutthe banana and the new food into tiny pieces. Sincerely, Joanne

Birds and their diet is a constant worry. If the first suggestion does not help you can try this.
Let the bird eat his fill an hour or so before bed time, then take his food. In the morning offer the fresh fruit. After an hour or so take it since you don't want to leave it out. Then later that day offer more, then about an hour before bed offer the regular food again so the bird does not go to bed hungry. Try this for a while and the bird should at least be willing to try the foods you are trying to get him to eat. He may discover he likes it and will be more willing to eat it.

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How can you make fruit fun?
If your bird likes peanut butter, perhaps you could spread a little on the fruit.
I usually put new foods in my bird's cage in the morning, before his gourmet food.
He's eager to eat then and is willing to try, and fling, anything. Good luck!
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Hi all, I have a lineolated parakeet who's a year and a half. He's a wonderful bird, healthy and all, ... fruit or veg, to eating a wide range now.She simply loves having my undivided attention and sharing food with me.

I also found some birdy kebob things. I put small bits of colourful fruit on it and hang it in the cage, try a bit of apple, tomato, green bell pepper, banana, peach, carrot to make it look nice and attractive.
I have also linnies. DO you know exist a group of lineolated parakeet's owners? You can find a lot of help specifically for linnies

Paulo
No, I didn't know about the group. Is it on Yahoo?

And thanks to all for your replies, there's a lot of great ideas I will definitely try! I'll get that bird to eat his fruit, dammit Emotion: wink

NL