Feeding pets is not an easy task. Our pets require a careful attitude and, sometimes, they are as capricious and picky as people. This statement is equivalent for both mammals and birds.
The parrot is one of the most beloved and popular birds. They are equally loved by both children and adults. Still, parrots are distinguished by outstanding ingenuity and very often become real family members. But what is the best food for parrots? The mass of various reference books and manuals sometimes contradict themselves. In this matter, it is important to rely on your own knowledge, the knowledge of more experienced "colleagues." Therefore, in order for the pet to remain alive, healthy and cheerful as long as possible, it is necessary to persistently and meticulously collect all the necessary information, without forgetting about common sense.
Novice lovers may be surprised by the information that parrots in their natural habitat throughout the year feed on plant buds. These birds hardly consume dry grains. According to many venerable scientists, up to 60% of the diet of large parrots should be vegetables and fruits, and only 40% can be left on the seeds. However, a logical question arises, what kind of vegetables and fruits should these be? It is unlikely that under domestic conditions most people will be able to provide pets with those, sometimes exotic plants that they feed on the outside.
Domestic parrot feed is still poor. And to date, there are no technologies for the proper fortification of feed. That is, in two seemingly identical packs of food, there may be a different amount of vitamins – from zero to a surplus of excess. Sometimes they are generally dirty and infected with all kinds of bacteria, so feeding parrots with them is simply dangerous.
However, in the domestic market there is food for parrots of foreign production.
8 in 1, Vitakraft, Padovan, Wittemolen, Prestige – all these mixtures have proven themselves very well. Also, these manufacturers offer food for various types of parrots. In addition to the main ones, additional types of feed are also produced: mixtures of nuts and vitamins, additives for the period of molting in birds, etc. Slices of dried fruits, nuts, as well as various mineral additives are mandatory in the mixture for daily feeding.
These feeds are strictly balanced, that is, they already contain a certain amount of nutrients. But, one way or another, experts recommend a special additional vitamin course once every two months. On the market, Vita-sol from the manufacturer 8 in 1 is considered one of the best such preparations. It is necessary to dose such a preparation taking into account the size of the bird. For a parrot of the jaco type, this dose is 6 drops per 2.5 tablespoons of the feed mixture. Or 8 drops per 100 ml of water.
These vitamins are stored in the refrigerator at a temperature level of 2 to 15 degrees. But medicinal feeds are only needed from time to time. They should not be used as staple food for poultry, but only as an additive. In addition, before applying this or that course, the consultation of a qualified veterinarian is necessary.
It should be remembered that all specially fortified feeds have a special labeling, which must be paid attention to. On ordinary feed for daily use, the amount of vitamins and other components contained in the mixtures is simply indicated.
You can offer the bird and slightly soaked dried fruits. But it is best to refuse candied fruits once and for all. Vegetables from the human table are very harmful for parrots. Do not feed pets with vegetables from stews or soup.
When buying, you should carefully examine the integrity of the container, as well as the expiration date. All branded mixtures must have an annotation or instructions in Russian. It will be useful to double-check yourself. That is, before direct feeding, carefully inspect the mixture again. and whether it is moldy, whether it does not contain foreign objects or impurities. In no case should you feed such a bird.
However, germinated grain should also be included in the food for large parrots. This grain should also not contain any impurities or additives. It should be thoroughly washed with cold water, and then pour a little warm water at approximately room temperature. Such a grain should be left for 4-5 hours, then draining the water, rinse the grains again and leave for 8-9 hours. After this, the sprouts are washed again and sent to the refrigerator.
Such actions will help to suspend growth and protect the grain from mold. Before feeding the seedlings, they must again be washed. Many large parrots do not like wet grain, so it can be pre-dried with a hairdryer or on a battery before serving. In extreme cases, you can just thoroughly get them wet with a napkin or gauze.
As mentioned above, fruits and vegetables must necessarily be in the diet of a parrot. They must also be washed thoroughly before serving, especially those that are difficult to clean. Fruits and vegetables should only be fresh, because boiled almost devoid of vitamins. Fruit seeds containing hydrocyanic acid (cherry, plum, apricot) should not be given. Dried fruits are also very useful for parrots – dried apricots, prunes, raisins, dates, figs. They should also be washed thoroughly.
After all, they contain a lot of salt, as well as various spices, which are simply harmful to parrots. You can give the bird ready-made fruit and vegetable purees for baby food. But they should not include cream, milk, sugar, as well as meat or fish.