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Piko has always been on the same type of food, I switch it up sometimes but this past summer he just started becoming addicted to sunflower seeds and has been neglecting almost every other seed. The good thing is that I have been able to give him fresh greens and he still eats his millet spray.

He used to love Goldenfeast foods but I saw that they got bought out and there have been a lot of complaints of the quality now so I haven’t rebought that. Right now his main brand I get is Sunburst Gourmet Blend. I’m wondering if I should go back to Volkman since I do have to buy new food for him this week and wanted to check what stuff any of you might suggest.
 

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Sunflower seeds are very good for birds until they are consuming too much. Have you just tried weaning him off them? Maybe start by giving him half of amount he normally eats, then gradually reduce the amount over time? You can also go cold turkey with him and stop giving them entirely except for treats. It would be rare for a bird to die from hunger. A bird will eventually eat if they get hungry. Maybe you can add a little of his other treats to replace the sunflower seeds, (hemp or chia) then gradually remove them.

Sorry, I am not much of a help suggesting seed mixes. I have basically used Higgin Safflower Gold, but Pugsley does not like safflower, so like you, I am needing to look for something else. Just be sure to read the ingredients when looking for another seed mix. Do not buy any seed mix with peanuts. Reports suggest that our birds should not eat peanuts due to possible aflatoxins. Have you ever thought about sprouting? You can sprout sunflower seeds. Soaking them in water starts them germinating, which uses all the fat reserves in the seeds making them healthier.
 

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Sunflower seeds are very good for birds until they are consuming too much. Have you just tried weaning him off them? Maybe start by giving him half of amount he normally eats, then gradually reduce the amount over time? You can also go cold turkey with him and stop giving them entirely except for treats. It would be rare for a bird to die from hunger. A bird will eventually eat if they get hungry. Maybe you can add a little of his other treats to replace the sunflower seeds, (hemp or chia) then gradually remove them.

Sorry, I am not much of a help suggesting seed mixes. I have basically used Higgin Safflower Gold, but Pugsley does not like safflower, so like you, I am needing to look for something else. Just be sure to read the ingredients when looking for another seed mix. Do not buy any seed mix with peanuts. Reports suggest that our birds should not eat peanuts due to possible aflatoxins. Have you ever thought about sprouting? You can sprout sunflower seeds. Soaking them in water starts them germinating, which uses all the fat reserves in the seeds making them healthier.
Yeah I did the weaning part and it did help but he still manages to not eat a lot of his food. Maybe he’s bored of this brand. So I bought Volksman food for him, so I’ll see how that goes. And WOW did prices go up!!!

Next I need to find a good place for millet spray since that’s almost done.

I really want to give him that Goldenfeast blend he loved, but the old bags aren’t around anymore and I still really have to see how their new stuff is.
 

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I know, it stinks that Goldenfeast was bought out and the new owners didn't keep the original recipes. I won't buy it anymore either. They ruined it. This morning I noticed that there were bugs in The Safflower Gold bag. That is the first time that it has ever happened to me. Ughh..I may try making my own seed mix again. So how is Piko doing? How old is he now?
 

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The good news is that you now know your training treat. Now you just need to use feed that has minimal sunflower seeds in it.

The best luck I have had has been with Lafeber Nutri-berries. They have the classic but I have the best luck my doing a bit of mixing and match between Classic, Sunny Orchard, El Paso. They have other types but that is the ones my guys like. They are also sized so make sure to get a size that your bird will like, mainly parkeet, lovebird sized.

They also have a fair pellet that my guys will eat from time to time.
 
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