Parrot Food FAQS – The Biggest Collection of Parrot Food Questions and Answers Online

laura2Laura Russell is an ex-parrot breeder who has been in love with parrots and has provided parrot care for over 20 years now and regards them as part of her family. On Ultimate Parrot Guide Laura shares her expertise in her articles and is also happy to answer your parrot care questions.

Parrot Feeding

What food does a parrot eat?

Your parrot will become your most trusted friend so you will obviously want to make sure it is eating a healthy and varied diet.

Parrots are very much like humans, and if they do not eat the right foods, there is a very big chance they will end up overweight, unhealthy or even die a premature death.

A very good example is the parrot species called the parakeet. In captivity, it is said that the life span of this parrot is ten years old however in the wild it is known to live up to the age of 25 years.

An improper and unhealthy diet contributes towards an early death. In years gone by, there was a common misconception that parrots only needed a diet consisting of seeds to survive.

However thanks to animal and bird scientists, we now know that a diet consisting of seeds only makes an unhappy and unhealthy bird. In the wild, a parrot has access to several foods that give it all the nutrients it needs.

Nuts, seeds, fruits and berries. Sprouts, green leaves, shoots and blossoms. When we put a bird into captivity, we are taking away the ability to search for these foods, therefore it is up to us, as parrots owners to make sure they eat these foods and have a healthy diet.

Why do parrots need calcium?

A very important component that parrots need is calcium. This helps to make the muscles work properly, prevent clotting of the blood, and for females it helps with the laying of eggs. To absorb all the above nutrients properly, the parrots body needs magnesium, however this component also helps to relieve stress from your parrot.

Is lettuce good for parrots?

Any one of the lettuce family is good for parrots but Romaine lettuce is considered the most nutritious. You may even find that your parrot will grow a preference for one type of lettuce over the other. Make sure it has been washed first and don’t be alarmed if you see a change in your parrots droppings after it has consumed it. Lettuce has a lot of water and this will affect the consistency of the droppings. Lettuce has calcium, sodium and potassium.

Is spinach good for parrots?

Spinach is one of the best foods that you can give to your parrot. Spinach has a high content of calcium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, potassium and minerals. Spinach is great for the condition of your parrots feathers and it will prevent damage to your parrots eyes from direct sunlight.

Are Brussels sprouts good for parrots?

Yes, Brussels sprouts are very good for parrots. Try to give these to your parrot raw. However, if it won’t eat  them  raw,  then  cook  them.  Brussels  sprouts  are  high  in  Vitamin  A  and  Beta Carotene  and  these  two  nutrients  help  to  reproductive  and  digestive  problems.  They also maintain healthy tissue lining and a good respiratory system.

Is Broccoli good for parrots?

Broccoli is swimming in  many healthy nutrients for your parrot – These include calcium, Vitamin C, B vitamins, vitamin A and Beta Carotene are all present. These nutrients will help to keep up a healthy digestive system, promote cell growth, present stress and help towards strong bones.

Is fruit good for parrots?

Fruits are another great choice to give your parrot. Remember that fruit naturally has a lot of sugar so you should limit how much you feed your parrot. If you do not have the chance to grow your own fruit then remember to wash it thoroughly first, so that all pesticides are washed off. There are many different types of fruit that you can feed your parrot, however the favourites are:

* Oranges, tangerines, nectarines and grapefruit

* Bananas either mashed or whole

* Any of the berry fruits

* Melon with the seeds and rind taken off

* cherries with the stone taken out

* Apples and pears

* Exotic fruits such as kiwis and mango.

Remember to make sure all seeds are removed from fruit as sometimes they can prove toxic to a parrot. If your parrot appears not to like a fruit, then just move on and try another one until you find one that they like. Sometimes parrots are very fussy.

You also need to make sure that the fruit is as fresh as possible and served to the parrot at room temperature. Fruit that is straight out from the fridge can see your parrot throwing up within a matter of hours.

If you are struggling to find a fruit that your parrot likes, then do not hesitate to try dry fruit. While it does not have the same number of nutrients, it is still healthy and is kept in the parrots cage for longer. Sometimes parrots will even emerge the dry fruit in water and eat it when it has inflated.

Does a parrot need fibre?

Your parrot needs fiber. Feel free to let your parrot sample a slice of whole wheat bread. If you eat natural healthy cereal flakes for breakfast then put a little on a side dish for your parrot. Grains and rice can also be introduced, but providing your parrot is eating plenty of fresh greens and vegetables, he should be getting enough fibre.

Can a parrot eat meat?

Meats and eggs can be given as a treat. Egg should never be given raw, instead hard boil them for ten minutes and let your parrot decides whether it likes the yolk or the white section. It may be a case of it likes them both, however the egg yolk provides more nutrients.

Meat should also be cooked thoroughly and preferably should be white meat like chicken. Red meat is often too tough for a parrot and they don’t tend to experience a likeness for it.

Can a parrot eat dairy products?

Parrots do not need dairy products as much as the other groups of food, so aim to feed it dairy products two to three times a week. This could include
yogurt, cheese and milk. Make sure they are fresh as even birds can catch salmonella poisoning.

laura2Laura Russell is an ex-parrot breeder who has been in love with parrots and has provided parrot care for over 20 years now and regards them as part of her family. On Ultimate Parrot Guide Laura shares her expertise in her articles and is also happy to answer your parrot care questions.