All my birds (except Fido the canary) get the same food. That's why I have stayed away from the really exotic birds. They all get their basic seed, dried fruit (usually gets thrown on the floor), fresh fruit & vegies, mineral sand, shell grit, cuttlebone and some twigs to chew on.
It is true to a point. If you give alot of lettuce they will get runny poops. A little is fine but lettuce holds no nutritional value whatsoever (it's just water). Birds can eat chilli's. I know kakariki are particularly fond of them. But like any food, only give enough that they eat in 1 hour then throw the remainder out so it doesn't go off. Also in moderation - don't give a whole bowl of the 1 food but a variety.
My little fella likes dried chillies, and the bigger Chillie pod things. the ones where they pull apart and get the seeds. Cheeky monkey got in their food drawers, and before i realised it there were chillie seeds and bits of figs all over the floor ;D
I feel the same with pellets Kim, the only way i could get them regular is online.
Ok, now I have a nother question. How do i know when to stop feeding my Chilli with a spoon? he can eat on his own,but still ask for me to feed him. I think he is about 8-9weeks, but i dont know how to tell that either.
It is a good thing to keep bonding by giving the occasional feed. It also makes it easier when it comes time to give medication. I wouldn't give him more than 1 feed a day at this stage but for continuing bonding, I'd recommend feeding him once or twice a week.