What You Should Be Feeding Your Parrot With His Seeds

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Feeding ParrotsWhen it comes to feeding parrots, the right diet is of the upmost importance in order to keep them healthy and happy. Exactly what a parrot eats depends on the species and where they originate from but their general consists largely of seeds. It is best to buy your seeds from specialist bird shops or pet superstores that will be able to advise you on the best pre-packaged mix for your particular bird. Fruit, vegetables, meat and manufactured pellets are amongst other food types that should be given to your parrot in varying degrees.

Feeding Parrots Fruit And Veg

Generally speaking, anything that is healthy for a human will be also healthy for your pet though when feeding parrots fruit and veg, you should ensure they are washed well and if possible that they are organic. In particular your parrot needs vitamin A which is very good for its skin, feathers, eyesight and immune system. Vegetables are a great source of this and other vitamins, your parrot will particularly benefit from:

  • Parsley
  • Watercress
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Peppers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin

Fruits that are a great source of the vitamins your parrot needs include:

  • Papaya
  • Peaches
  • Apricots
  • Cantaloupe
  • Sour Red Cherry

Feeding Parrots For Protein Intake

You parrot will also need a certain amount of protein in their diet and there are several ways in which you can provide it, including:

  • Very Hardboiled Eggs
  • Well-Cooked Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Very Lean Meat
  • White Fish
  • Brown Rice
  • Enriched Pasta
  • Corn
  • Nuts
  • Various Cooked Beans
  • Commercially Produced Meal Worms
  • Insect Larvae

These high in protein foods should be given sparsely as they are also high in fat. Manufactured parrot food can be a great source of protein, but should be considered as a part of the diet, not all of it.

Other Foods That Are Good For Feeding Parrots

Your parrot will need a certain amount of carbohydrates in their diet and there are several foods that can provide this including:

  • Pasta
  • Grains
  • Bran
  • Potatoes
  • Peas

Foods that are high in salt or sugar should be avoided, in particular foods that should not be fed to your bird include:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Rhubarb
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Uncooked Potato
  • Avocado

How To Feed A Parrot

But it’s not only what food you give them that counts, but also how you give it to them. Parrots like to be active and one way you can help them do this is to try to present their food in ways that will make them simulate foraging, as they would do in the wild.

When trying to introduce a parrot to a new type of food, you should have patients as it may take several attempts. If you have difficulty, you should try feeding your bird at different times of the day and in different ways.

If you find that when feeding parrots, they seem to waste a lot of food, do not be discouraged.

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.

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