Find Out Exactly What Is The Best Food For Parrots To Go With Their Seeds

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Food For ParrotsYou have to consider what is the best possible food for parrots in order to keep your beloved pet in tip top condition. Seed will be the mainstay of their diet, after that, parrots needs a varied diet. A general rule of thumb is if it is good for you, it’s good for them so once you decide on a pre-mixed seed mix for them, you need to think about how to supplement their diet.

 

Fruit And Vegetables

Vitamins, especially vitamin A is of the utmost importance as it keeps their feathers and skin healthy, and is good for their eyes and immune system. The best source of this is plenty of vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, peas, carrots watercress and parsley. Green and red peppers are also great food for parrots, as are sweet potatoes and pumpkin.

Many types of fruit are also a great natural source of vitamins that will help keep your pet healthy. Of particular benefit are cherries, peaches and apricots. They may also enjoy papaya and cantaloupe or any other fruit that they would consider food for parrots if they were in their natural habitat.

Protein

As well as vitamins your parrot will need a certain amount of protein, this can be obtained from a number of sources such as well-cooked turkey or chicken, lean meat, white fish and corn. Your parrot may also be keen on enriched pasta, brown rice or boiled eggs that are very hard boiled. Probably the most popular source of protein for birds is a variety of nuts, cooked beans, worms and larvae though they will also get a good amount of protein from seeds. It is important to give these other types of foods that are high in protein sparingly however because many have a high fat content.

How To Provide Food For Parrots

When you start your bird on a new food type, you may have difficulty getting him to take it at first. In the wild, they forage for food so placing it under something so they can ‘dig’ it up may help them take to the new types of food. Parrots like to live active lives so giving them something to do by making them search a little for their food will also be good for their mental health. In the wild they often eat in pairs so keeping them company at meal times will aid them in adapting or you could try varying up what time they get fed.

You may find that when you give food to parrots, they waste a large amount of it by throwing it up in the air. This does not mean they don’t like it as they also do this in the wild. There, it has the effect of replanting the forest they live in so if you do find your bird doing this, it is a sign that he is a happy bird.

There are some things that are totally inappropriate as food for parrots and should be avoided at all costs; they include:

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