A few years ago they changed the ingredients in Monkey Chow, it is now NOT good for birds. From everything I've heard you should not feed Monkey Chow to birds. One good thing to help put weight on a bird is fresh corn on the cob. Also try feeding your bird Sunbutter. Sunbutter is like peanut butter only its made from sunflower seeds. Give your bird a small portion every day. If you can't find any in your local grocery store you will find it in a health food store. When your bird is at its proper weight make Sunbutter and jelly sandwiches and eat them for lunch.
Thank you! Definately will try that. Guess I'll stay away from that monkey chow then. Thanks again!
Willist is 100% correct. Monkey chow or biscuits are a no-no for birds. Very bad stuff made with low quality ingredients and incredibly high in protein (always a killer for birds).
He is also right on the corn on the cob (you can also use the frozen or canned corn -just make sure it has no salt) but, instead of the sunflower butter (too high in protein) I would go with something high in carbohydrates like birdy bread, rice (I would normally recommend brown rice but, for fattening, use the white one), sweet fruits (like banana, mango, papaya), and fruit juices mixed with water for its drink (don't get the ones with a lot of coloring -like carrot, strawberry or tomato, for example, birds distrust 'colored' drinks and need to be slowly taught to accept them but you can try the regular white grape one and, if you are going to give him apple juice, it needs to be the organic one).
Also, if you haven't done it already, have a blood test done on the bird because, usually, when a bird is thin and eats very well but doesn't gain weight, the problem is the liver and, for that, you need a special diet with special supplements.
Thank you for responding. I offer everything you suggested & more. My question to you is about birdy bread? What kind? Where can I get it? Can I make it? How? Sorry for all the questions! I just want to do the best thing for her. I've had a complete check up done on her except for the dna to prove she is a she (will have that done in near future.) She checked out fine for all diseases, just under weight & malnourished. What I mean't by she eats everything offered & very well is because I don't think she was fed very well by previous owner. I think she was somewhat deprived of food due to he was in the beginning stages of alzheimers, on top of that it was a mixed seed diet he offerered, I think she was excited about the food offered to her by me. Thats why I think she is a good eater. In every other aspect she is coming along fine. You can tell by the feathering of the bird if the nutrition is good. My other two greys are really beautiful birds, her feathering compared to theirs is a big difference. But she will get there to! Thank you for your help & I'm sure Millie will appreciate it to!
Well, she sure is lucky to have found you and I thank you for the good care you are giving her.
You are correct as to the relationship between plumage and diet but don't get impatient because it has taken me up to two years to get a bird that was previously in a bad diet for a long time to look good. Birds don't replace all their feathers on each molt so you need two whole years to get all the ugly feathers replaced by good looking ones. Also, a bad diet for a long time takes a huge toll on their bodies and it takes a while for it to correct problems and replenish reserves. So, arm yourself of patience and, when you get impatient about the way she looks, remember it's just a matter of time and that it will happen in its own good time.
As to a birdy bread recipe, there are many on the net. I have to admit that I make one in a bread machine because, that way, I don't have to do anything but dump the ingredients in there before I go to sleep and, in the morning, the bread is ready and waiting. I use the whole wheat recipe and reduce the amount of wheat flour so I can substitute it with corn and oatmeal. I also put less yeast so it's denser, use pureed veggies or fruits instead of water (like pumpkin or apple sauce) and add things like oat groats, coarsely chopped nuts, grated carrots and/or zucchini, dry apple chips, raisins or currants, etc. I sweeten it with honey, molasses or turbinado. Just experiment, the birds will eat it every time regardless of what you think abou it :D But, if you like this type of bread, it's real good -my husband doesn't like it because he is the white bread type but I love it with sweet butter spread on it.
Thank you for your help. I will find a birdy bread & use some of your suggestions.
As for the patience, I have plenty of it.She may not be the prettiest thing rite now, ( in my eyes she's beautiful) but with time & care I know she'll get there. My only concern is that she's getting healthy! Thanks again! Hope you have a great day!