By Dr Colin Walker  BSc, BVSc, MRCVS, MACVSc (Avian health)

At least 60% of the diet should be fruit, vegetables, sprouted seed, cooked meat and hard-boiled egg.

The rest of the diet should be pellets and dry seed.

Dry seed mix:-2 parts canary, 1 part mixed millet (pannicum, red pannicum, Japanese and French millet), ¾ part sunflower and ¼ part oats.

Suitable vegetables include carrots, broccoli, capsicum, celery, peas, beetroot, endives, silverbeet, squash, pumpkin and corn on the cob.

Suitable fruits include paw paws, mangoes, bananas, oranges, apples, pears, grapes and dried fruit (sultanas, raisins and figs).

Animal protein:- Hard boiled egg (shell and all), cooked chicken bones, including meat and sinews.

Sprouted seeds and legumes (such as peas and mung beans)

Sprouting procedure
Soak seeds for 12 hours (preferably in a glass or stainless steel container).
After 12 hours rinse seed until the water runs clean.
Leave seed in a warm place (repeat step 2 every 12 hours)
By third day seed should be sprouted and is ready to feed.
Rinse seed in household bleach diluted 1:100 for 10 minutes followed by a final rinsing and feed.
If seed becomes sour at any time during this procedure it should not be fed.

A vitamin/mineral supplement eg PVM powder can be sprinkled over soft foods 2-3 times weekly.

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