ZuPreem Learning Center - Conures Food Q&A - Answers Section
I have a small conure. Should I give him cockatiel-sized food or African-grey-sized food?
A lot of companies now make pellets that are easily manageable for conure-sized birds. Pyrhurra conures could probably mange cockatiel food and, in some cases, softer foods for larger birds wouldn’t present a challenge for them. Seed should be offered as a treat, and most conures can handle both small and larger seeds. Even the littlest beaks can make short work of fresh foods like vegetables and cook-and-serve mixes.
Where should I place my conure’s food bowl? Do they like to eat up high or down below?
Most conures are more tree-top species than they are birds that spend a lot of time on the ground, so I recommend placing their bowls at the mid-level of their cages or a little higher.
What's the best diet for my conure?
Your conure will thrive on a diet consisting mainly of a high-quality pellet, as well as some dark green or orange vegetables, such as chard or broccoli, sweet potato, carrots, and so on. In general, the deeper the color, the healthier the vegetable. A smaller percentage of your conure's diet should include fresh fruits, such as mango or banana. Larger conures will probably enjoy holding a more sizeable pellet, as well as treats such as baby carrots, but their nutritional needs are similar to their smaller cousins.
If your conure is not used to pellets, you'll need a strategy to win it over. Suddenly removing the seeds and offering pellets alone is not likely to be successful. Instead, you can begin with intervals, brief at first, when you replace your bird's seed dish with pellets. If your bird enjoys soft foods like rice, you can start out by mixing the pellets in, and then slowly changing the proportion of rice to pellets. Be patient, and don't give up. Your bird might refuse a particular brand of formulated diet and favor another. Spicy pellets are a hit with some birds. Sometimes a smaller bird enjoys the flavor of larger pellets, even if you need to crush the pellets slightly so your bird can handle them.
Are there any diet deficiencies for conures?
These birds can be prone to Conure Bleeding Syndrome, in which the birds quickly become weak and may bleed from the mouth and cloaca. While the exact cause is yet to be established, some experts suspect a deficiency of calcium, vitamin K, or other nutrients. In the long term, your best strategy is to provide your bird with a healthy, balanced diet. Pellets should provide plenty of calcium and vitamin K, and other good sources include green, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach. But if you suspect Conure Bleeding Syndrome, get your conure to an avian veterinarian as soon as possible.
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