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Date:7/30/2014 6:13:10 AM
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HI PUFFIN!!!
So nice of you to stop by and thanks for your vote...Just pecked a vote for you....Today my campaign blog will start about "Food for your Cockatiel"...Since there is a lot to talk about I will continue it in tomorrows blog....First starting with a balanced diet...Both cereal and oil-based seeds contain proteins, which are made up of individual amino-acid residues.Some of these are recognized as 'essential' because they cannot be manufactured in the body and must be supplied via the cockatiels' food.Although the protein level of a seed may be high,this does not necessarily mean that all the amino-acids are present in adequate quantities.Therefore, it is important to be aware of the value of individual amino-acids.The amino-acid lysine has been known to be vital, especially for breeding cockatiels.Chicks receiving a diet deficient in lysine fail to thrive,and often die.Lysine is also known to be important for feather pigmentation in some parrots, and any dietary shortage can,therefore,be detected easily in them, but this does not apply to cockatiels.There are various ways of ensuring that your cockatiels do not suffer from a lysine deficiency and that they also receive other nutritional ingredients.You can obtain balanced supplements in the form of powders that contain a full range of amino-acids, including lysine, as well as vitamins and minerals.Check the labeling if you are unsure, because the more traditional brands still offer simply a vitamin and mineral powder and are often cheaper.You can sprinkle the recommended daily dose pf powder over the cockatiel's seed,but,it is rather wasteful and ineffective.Cockatiels dehusk seed to obtain the inner kernel and any powder sticking to the seed will probably be discarded.A much more efficient way of offering the supplement is to mix it with fresh foods that have moist surfaces and are eaten in their entirely.Tomorrow I will talk about "Pellet and Complete foods".... Here is a list of their dried foods: Millet spray, Panicum Millet,Canary Seed,Mixed Seed W/Sunflower,Pelleted Food...List of Fresh Foods and Supplements: Carrots,Apples,Cuttle Bone, Iodine Nibble,Conditioning and rearing food, Grit, Vitamin supplement...Hope you are enjoying today...Many birdie wing hugs...Sam :o)
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