What to feed a baby galah

How to look after a Galah


This comprehensive care guide will show you how to look after a Galah in 3 easy steps

Fast Facts:

How long will my Galah live? They can live 40-60 years

How big will it grow? Approximately 36cm

What size of enclosure is recommended for my Galah? A wire enclosure of 40” X 30” X 65”

What does a Galah eat? A mix of seed and pellets with fruit and vegetables

Galah Housing

Hand raised Galahs have been raised by humans usually from 3 weeks old, making them accustomed to handling, cages and many noises that occur in everyday life. 

A thick gauge wire cage with dimensions of at least 40”(W) x 30”(D) x 65”(H) will give your Galah enough room to spread out and exercise without risk of injury from hitting the wire sides. Open top cages with perching areas are ideal for hand raised birds as they provide more freedom and interaction with their family.  

At night the cage should be covered with a sheet or cage cover to prevent drafts and reduce visual stress.

Galah Care

Galah's are predominantly a seed eating species so their captive diet should consist of a mix of pellets and seed. An appropriate seed would be a large parrot mix or fruit and nut mix, however, sunflower seed intake should be minimal. Grit assists with digestion so small amounts should be added to their daily seed.

Seed lacks important vitamins and minerals so their daily diet should be supplemented with small portions of fresh fruit and vegetables such as apple, carrot, beans, peas, corn, broccoli and spinach. Never feed your Galah lettuce or avocado, and always remove the seeds from apples. Fruit and vegetables should not be left for prolonged periods of time as they will easily spoil and this can lead to illness from the bacteria and yeasts that grow on spoilt produce.

Vitamin supplements such as Soluvite D or Multivet can be added to your Galah's water two or three times a week. Calcium and Iodine can be provided through cuttlebone and iodine bells. Fresh water should always be available and should be changed on a daily basis. Worming should be repeated every three months with a broad-spectrum bird wormer. It is essential that a good quality calcium supplement such as Calcivet is given to the bird at least 3 times a week for the first year. 

Fresh water should always be available and should be changed on a daily basis. Worming should be repeated every three months with a broad-spectrum bird wormer.

Galah Feeding

Enrichment is all about enhancing the quality of life for your Galah and generally relates back to activities they would usually perform in the wild.

Foraging plays a big part in enrichment for birds. To search for food is a natural instinct all birds possess, so it is the perfect way to exercise both their body and mind. There is a vast range of foraging toys to suit all species of birds and keep them mentally stimulated for when you are not at home. It is a good idea to have several different types of foraging toys available, and to rotate them in the cage every couple of weeks. 

Natural branches of varying lengths, shapes and thicknesses are essential for cockatoo species. There are many native branches that you could offer your Galah such as eucalyptus, gum, grevillea, bottle brush and lilly pilly, many of which have natural nuts and flowers that providing a foraging opportunity for your Galah. This also allows Galahs to properly exercise their feet and beak as they can chew and strip the bark perches.

Did You Know?

Male and female galahs look very similar until they have matured. Once matured, a female galahs eyes will change to a coppery red colour, whereas the males eyes will remain a dark brown colour.

Known as the clowns of the bird world, Galahs are adored by those who keep them. They are easy to train, highly affectionate and have been known to perform actions simply to make their owners laugh.

We have created a Shopping list to show what you need to look after a Galah:

  • Cage; 40”x30”x65” thick gauge wire
  • Water bowl
  • Food bowl
  • Perches
  • Ozpet Litter
  • Cage Tidy
  • Cage cover
  • Carry cage
  • Pellets & Seed
  • Vitamins
  • Worming
  • Avicare disinfectant
  • Cuttlefish
  • Lice & Mite spray
  • Natural perches
  • Cement perches
  • Foraging toys
  • Colourful toys
  • Ladders
  • Parrot Pad
  • Play stand

                    Common health issues in Galahs

                    Psittacosis: A type of bacterial lung infection commonly carried by wild and domesticated birds, and able to be passed onto humans.

                    Respiratory Infections: Usually caused by bacteria infecting the respiratory system of birds due to vitamin A deficiency, however can be caused by many other factors such as fungi, parasites and environmental toxins.

                    Bacterial Infections: There are many common bacterial diseases birds are susceptible to and is usually caused by lack of hygiene or stress, especially when there is another factor compromising the birds immune system.

                    Red flags

                    Is your Galah showing any of the signs of disease or illness? If yes, please contact your vet.

                    • Fluffed up feathers
                    • Nasal discharge
                    • Lethargy
                    • Out of character behaviour
                    • Discoloured poo or diarrhoea



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                                      CARE GUIDE © Copyright 2016 Kellyville Pets - All information found in this care guide is based upon our own experience. The information provided is not the only information available. In any medical situations,  you should always consult your vet, including questions regarding your pet's diet.

                                      What Do Galahs Eat? (Diet + Behavior)

                                      Galah Diet

                                      Foraging and feeding behavior

                                      Feeding and attracting Galahs

                                      A flock of foraging galahs (Eolophus roseicapilla) can be a formidable sight, with up to a thousand birds descending on fields, gardens and parks in search of food. But what do galahs eat? And does the diet of a galah change according to the different seasons?

                                      Keep reading as we find out all about the diet of galahs, both as pets and in the wild.

                                      Galahs are herbivores – seeds and grains they find on the ground form the largest share of their diet. They often forage in large flocks, and will eat fruits, nuts, berries, grasses, green shoots, leaves, and bark from trees.

                                      Galahs are popular pets, kept in aviaries and cages, and fed on a diet of grains, pellets and mixed fruit and vegetables.

                                      In the wild, they will eat any grains and seeds that they can find, including gathering on agricultural fields or raiding farmers’ grain stores of recently harvested crops. This has led to them being considered pests by some sectors of society, who seek ways to discourage their presence.

                                      Keep reading to find out what galahs do and don’t eat in the wild and what crops are most at risk from being targeted by large numbers of these highly active pink and grey cockatoos.

                                      Galah feeding on the ground, NSW, Australia

                                      Galah Diet

                                      What do Galahs eat in the wild?

                                      In the wild, galahs seek out grains and cereal crops, as well as fruit seeds, nuts, berries, and green leaves and shoots from trees. Occasionally they also eat insect larvae, particularly during the breeding season when they may need additional sources of protein.

                                      They have a reputation among farmers as being a major agricultural pest, boldly ravaging fields of growing cereal crops and even raiding stores and decimating supplies of harvested grain.

                                      What do pet Galahs eat?

                                      Pet galahs need a mixed and balanced diet that is not too high in fat or sugar and mimics their natural diet as closely as possible. Food that is commonly offered to galahs that are kept as pets includes millet, sprouted seeds, grasses, vegetables, greens, cooked legumes, fruits and supplements in pellet form.

                                      A pair of wild Galahs, also known as the pink and grey cockatoo or rose-breasted cockatoo, visiting a backyard feeder

                                      What fruit do Galahs eat?

                                      Fruits that are popular choices for galahs, both in captivity and in the wild include citrus fruits, bananas, berries, papaya, pears, and apples. Pomegranates are thought to be a particular favourite. Wild galahs have been observed to eat the seeds of paddy melons and wild bitter melons.

                                      What animals do Galahs eat?

                                      Galahs are almost exclusively herbivores. Their diet consists of grain, seeds, fruits and nuts, and only on the very rarest of occasions will they eat insects, especially larvae and grubs, when they need supplementary protein, for example when raising young or laying eggs.

                                      A pair of Galahs foraging on the park lawn

                                      Foraging and feeding behavior

                                      How do Galahs find food?

                                      Galahs are mainly ground-feeders, and spend prolonged periods as part of a larger flock scouring the forest floor, cultivated fields or garden lawns for seeds and grains. Galahs are quite resourceful when it comes to finding food, occasionally even picking through the dung of cattle and horses for undigested seeds to eat.

                                      Do Galahs visit feeders?

                                      Wild galahs may occasionally be spotted around backyard feeders and garden bird tables. However, as they prefer to forage at ground level, it is more common to spot them in larger, more open fields and grasslands, where they can feed on seeds that they find in natural abundance.

                                      A pair of Galahs at a feeder with a Magpie

                                      What time of day do Galahs feed?

                                      During the summer months, galahs feed twice a day: in the morning and again in the early evening. In winter months, when food supplies may be more scarce, it is not unusual to see flocks of galahs constantly grazing all day long to take advantage of any food they come across while foraging.

                                      What do Galahs eat in the winter?

                                      In winter, huge flocks of wild galahs spend long hours searching on the ground for seeds, berries and grains. Winter grasses and thistles are also eaten in colder months.

                                      What do Galahs eat in the summer?

                                      In summer, cultivated fields growing cereal crops, particularly barley, wheat and oats, are targeted by galahs. Fruits and new shoots sprouting from the seeds of trees are also eaten during the spring and summer months.

                                      What do baby Galahs eat?

                                      In the wild, baby galahs are raised and fed by both parents, with the mother or father regurgitating food they have eaten into the chick’s mouth. Foods include partly digested seeds and grains, and some small insects or larvae.

                                      Baby galahs raised in captivity can be fed with a special pellet mix, combined with finely chopped fruit or vegetables, for example carrots, corn, spinach, or apples. Weeds such as milk thistle can also be offered, and some softened grains should also be added.

                                      Close up portrait of a Galah

                                      Feeding and attracting Galahs

                                      Is it OK to feed Galahs?

                                      It is not recommended to offer commercially produced bird seed to wild galahs, as doing so may have a negative impact on their health as well as potentially attracting rodents and other pest species, and spreading weeds. Galahs will be naturally attracted by a presence of native shrubs and bushes, as well as shady mature trees, and this kind of habitat will present them with plenty of natural foods to forage for.

                                      What can you feed Galahs?

                                      Food offered to captive galahs should closely mimic what they would find in the wild, including cereal, grain, seeds, nuts and seasonal fruits. When kept as pets, galahs benefit from specially prepared pellet mixes with low fat content. Sprays of millet and other grasses are a popular supplementary treat for pet galahs.

                                      Close up of a Galah feeding on grass

                                      What not to feed Galahs?

                                      Common sense dictates some of the main foods to avoid ever feeding to galahs, including chocolate, alcohol, anything containing caffeine, and also avocado. It is best not to feed galahs too many sunflower seeds or other foods with a high fat content, foods containing refined sugars or dairy products should also never be offered.

                                      What do Galahs drink?

                                      Galahs drink water, and only water. They are observed to drink just once a day.

                                      How do you attract Galahs?

                                      If your garden is planted with native and wild grasses and shrubs, this is a good start to attracting a flurry of noisy pink-feathered visitors. Galahs nest in cavities, so a strategically placed nest box on a tall tree may offer a suitable option for nesting, particularly if suitable food sources are nearby.

                                      A water source for drinking and bathing, and the presence of mature trees and the shelter they offer may also help to attract galahs.

                                      A Galah taking a drink of water

                                      Are Galahs good to have around?

                                      Galahs are considered a good choice of bird to keep as a pet if you have plenty of time to dedicate to their care. They are sociable and intelligent and will respond to and interact with human contact, but require a high level of input and company, due to their natural tendency to live as part of a large flock.

                                      In the wild, for many, their reputation is less positive. For many farmers, galahs are not a particularly welcome sight, when they flock to forage on their fields of wheat, barley, oats and other crops. Galahs can be thought of as destructive birds, and can quickly strip crops, foliage and any new green shoots on trees and plants.

                                      However, if you have wild patches in your garden that are growing for the benefit of attracting wildlife rather than as a commercial crop, you may have a different view. The arrival of a flock of these bold, colourful parrots would certainly be a memorable sight and fascinating to watch in action!

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                                      How to feed the found chick, how many times a day

                                      If you find a chick, the first thing you need to do is determine its species. Feeding granivorous, insectivorous and predatory chicks have their own differences. But in the early stages of feeding, you can use the same feeding methods, and then, after finding out what kind of bird you found, transfer the chick to the appropriate feeding.

                                      Here is one of the most common feeding options for granivorous and insectivorous chicks. This nutrient mixture is well used for feeding for chicks and fledglings from the passerine family. To prepare our mixture, we need the following products: Boiled egg, low-fat cottage cheese, raw carrots, meat (beef, chicken, turkey), greens (lettuce, dandelion leaves, wood lice), hamarus and daphnia, Calcium gluconate (shell from boiled eggs) glycerophosphate , children's dry dairy-free porridge or boiled millet (without salt and fat on the water). nine0003

                                      Action one. Boil the egg, free from the shell. We free the shell from the shell film. Grind the egg as much as possible, you can use a grater with small holes.

                                      Second step. Boiled meat, it is better to take the pulp from the breast of a turkey or chicken and also chop or divide into fibers. The mixture will require meat 40 (for granivorous) and 60 grams (for insectivorous).

                                      Third step. Take washed carrots of a small size, grate them on a fine grater, then squeeze the juice and we will use the remaining pulp. nine0003

                                      Fourth step. We take not sour and not fatty cottage cheese. Cottage cheese should have 0% fat content, anything above is considered fat for poultry. We need 90-110 grams of cottage cheese. Sour cottage cheese must be boiled twice changing the water and then it will be suitable.

                                      Step five. You can use greens to add the mixture, but you can do without it for the chicks. And so you can take the greens listed above, chop and add 1.5 teaspoons to the mixture.

                                      Action six. To the above ingredients, add 1.5 -2 tsp. dairy-free porridge or boiled millet (well boiled, without salt and fat in the water). nine0003

                                      Step seven. To the mixture we add the shell from the boiled egg, which must first be ground in a coffee grinder, plus one fourth of the crushed tablet of glycerophosphate. If it is not possible to find glycerophosphate, then you can purchase bone meal and add one fourth tsp. in powder form. At the very least, the shells are enough for now.

                                      Step eight. We take chopped hamarus and daphnia and add about 1 tsp to the resulting mixture. Then we mix everything, it turns out a very thick, crumbly porridge, it should not stick to the fingers. If the mixture is sticky, you can add dairy-free porridge or powdered cereals. nine0003

                                      From the resulting mixture we roll small balls no larger than a small pea, focus on the size of the chick's beak. You can feed 2-5 balls at a time and after each feeding drink plain water from an insulin syringe with a removable needle (without a needle) 4-6 drops. A week-old chick should be fed every 1-1.5 hours, older than two weeks of age every 2-4 hours, at three and four weeks of age you can feed 3-4 times a day. Do not forget that the chick is growing and, accordingly, one-time portions of food are growing. A very important point, do not forget to warm the chicks, because at their age they themselves cannot maintain normal body temperature. Warming up promotes better assimilation of feed. Don't forget to control your chick's weight. If possible, show the chick to a specialist. To control the work of the intestines, you can take the litter from the chick for a coprogram, this is an analysis of the digestibility of the feed. nine0003

                                      Take care and love your feathered friends and they will love you back.

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                                      Where will Kratos go in God of War 6? — Games on DTF

                                      Beware, spoilers!


                                      Friends! Recently I went through God of War Ragnarok and, like everyone else, I asked myself a reasonable question: "What will happen next?". It is obvious to everyone that the Scandinavian saga has ended and the sixth part of the cult franchise will unfold in a new setting. And the Internet immediately rushed to theorize and look for clues with hints of where the new game will take place. nine0003

                                      Someone has turned to Barlog's old ideas that Ancient Egypt is power! Corey Barlog wanted to make the fourth game in Egypt, even a short teaser was made a test. But, according to rumors, his acquaintances from Ubisoft whispered to him that Egyptian Assassin: Origins was being made, so Santa Monica hastily relocated the game to Scandinavia. In addition, immediately after the third part, there were rumors that the Egyptian gods would attack the weakened Greece, and that's when Kratos would have to give them all Lyuli.

                                      Needless to say, this information has never been confirmed?

                                      However, after Ragnarok, many people started talking about Egypt with a vengeance. They support their thoughts with arguments from the category: "The comic was about the fact that Kratos had already been to Egypt, even if he did not know about it!". In addition, Tyr (the real one), in their opinion, performs some stances that refer to the Egyptian gods or looks towards Egypt. In short, if you ask me, this is all rubbish, powerfully far-fetched. nine0003

                                      Don't get me wrong, I'm not against Egypt. I love deserts, I enjoyed playing Origins, and as a child, I was very interested in Egyptian mythology with the help of Age of Mythology. But now it seems to me that there are no prerequisites for Egypt, in addition, the fairly mundane (for some reason) Scandinavian setting contrasts vividly with the Egyptian phantasmagoria.

                                      Therefore, I can't agree with those who say that Kratos will go to Ancient Egypt in the sixth game. Yes, we were hinted at the Egyptian gods a couple of times directly in the games, they showed us the symbol of war, the ankh and the crown of the pharaoh - pshent, and even mentioned the kingdom itself - Mimir called it the River Empire or the Empire of the River. But there were no more significant hints, so we are sleeping. nine0003

                                      Speaking of Mimir. If in the game of 2018 we were boldly and thickly hinted that Mimir could be not only a character of the Scandinavian pantheon, then in Ragnarok we are absolutely straight, firmly and clearly they say that Mimir is Pak. Yes, the same forest spirit-prankster from the Celtic myths on which the comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Shakespeare was based.

                                      Mimir tells us that he was not averse to playing pranks in the forests and making fun of people in every possible way. And after meeting with the Maiden of the Forge, he recalls a "mermaid" from his homeland, who was "very good with a sword. " There is no doubt that this is a reference to Nimue - the Lady of the Lake and the creator of Excalibur from the Arthurian myth. nine0003

                                      And here I can say with great certainty that Foggy Albion of Celtic mythology is Kratos' next destination. I personally would very much like this particular setting and now I will give several arguments in favor of the fact that it will be chosen in the future.

                                      • Mimir, aka Pak. Being a Scottish forest spirit (judging by the accent), Mimir will be able to return home, become for us an ideal talking head with an exposition (after all, who, if not he, knows more about these lands?) and visit a bunch of interesting and unusual situations. Maybe even get a couple of side quests and maybe get your body back. nine0061
                                      • Sign of the Celtic myths from God of War 2018. I know, the clue is weak, because there were other signs, but this means that the Celtic setting was one of the serious contenders for future games, and other hints and references only confirm its established position on the setting for God of War 6.
                                      • Nimue, Excalibur, Arthurian myth. I'm not sure that the developers inserted such bold references purely for the sake of rofl and the idea that somewhere in the world there is also a country of elves. Well, there is and is, purely for fun. No, I'm sure that this was told for a reason. nine0061
                                      • Stylistic similarity of Celtic myths. This is where the fun begins. In the Scandinavian saga, there was an emphasis on some kind of "realistic fantasy", if it can be called that at all. That is, there, of course, mythology, gods, monsters, trolls. But at the same time, there is no hellish madness of Edda and Loki does not give birth to a horse, for example. And therefore, no one will dive from here into the fierce game of the mythologies of Egypt or Asia. The contrast will be too bright.
                                        Of course, it is always possible to specifically rewrite and "ground" myths, but for this, again, the Celts are better suited, because there is the least need to ground something. nine0061
                                      • There are giants in Celtic mythology. Everything.

                                      Okay, let's move on. Game director Eric Williams stated that the poses of the real Tyr hinted at the setting of the next part of the game. And the fans started yelling, "He's doing tai chi! Next year in China/Japan/Asia!" And this is where I got my doubts. Firstly, in the near future there are too many projects of this kind that involve an Asian setting.

                                      Here you have an Assassin in Japan, Tsushima 2, a remake of Yakuza Ishin and several games about China, with and without mythology. Therefore, I'm not sure that the guys who did not want to compete with one game in the Egyptian setting, will boldly enter the slippery slope of such wild competition. And, although the Monkey King is one of my favorite characters and my favorite trickster in principle, I don’t think he really needs a meeting with Kratos.

                                      However, if you think about it, in Asia it would really be possible to turn the fucking degree to the maximum and show the very wildest contrast with everything that we have seen before, fortunately, myths allow this.

                                      And then confidently enters the stage... drum roll ... India!

                                      The fan community didn't give up on what I thought was a crazy theory that Kratos would go to India in the sixth game. To be honest, I don't even know what to think. I am not very familiar with Indian mythology, but I know that there was enough madness there. On par with Japanese-Chinese mythology, if not cooler.

                                      But against India, the fact that we did not see its symbol in God of War 2018, did not find artifacts, and in general, as far as I remember, the country was not mentioned in any way in the games speaks against India. nine0003

                                      The same applies to the ancient Sumerians. Individuals would very much like to see Kratos in Mesopotamia, but there were no prerequisites, and I don’t think that the majority will appreciate it.

                                      Finally, for dessert, so to speak, for dessert, we have good old Greece. According to the idea of ​​those who strongly advocate a return to the roots, Kratos should come to the country to correct the sins of youth and restore everything there. To be perfectly frank, I am not a fan of this theory.

                                      In the very essence of the last God of War lies the idea that you cannot correct your sins, you cannot simply take to cross out all the bad things that you did, especially if you destroyed an entire country / world with a pantheon of its gods and all (?) inhabitants. nine0003

                                      Conceptually, it is certainly interesting. See how Kratos returns to where destroyed all . On the attitude of people towards him and on an attempt to change this attitude and help correct the mistakes of dashing youth. Perhaps even the emergence of a new pantheon of gods. But I don't think developers would want to deprive themselves of the fun of working with something new. I'm sorry, Greece, but you are in the past.

                                      Well, in general, that's all! I poured you a little of my thoughts and, I hope, gave you food for thought. Join the discussion in the comments and the poll, I am extremely curious to read your thoughts, theories, arguments and arguments.

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