How To Feed A Parrot

How To Feed A Parrot

V. – Is it possible to give parrots fruit bones? Is it dangerous?

A. – It is possible and necessary, the bones contain a large number of nutrients useful for parrots. In nature, parrots eat large amounts of fruit bones, unripe fruits, unripe nuts. The sweet pulp of fruits, the most useful from the point of view of a person, is of little interest to parrots. Concerns about hydrocyanic acid – are groundless, it is too few in the bones to harm the body of the bird.

Q. – How many seeds can a parrot give?

A. – The fruit bones must be given to the parrot without restriction. In summer, you can make stocks of cherry seeds and sweet cherry seeds. Ask your acquaintances and friends not to throw out seeds of fruit, but to dry and give to you. In winter, your parrots will appreciate this concern). The seeds of apples, pears, grapes, apricots, plums, cherry plums and other fruits are also useful.

Gnawing fruit seeds is a natural exercise on the beak of birds. In excess, the parrots provided with such food do not need to trim or grind the beak, since it "itself" naturally maintains its shape.

In this video, a yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) eats fruit bones. Please note that the parrot chooses the bones, and throws the flesh of the fruit.

V. – Is it possible to give almonds to a parrot?

A. — Almonds are very useful for all parrots. Parrots especially like unripe almonds. Birds should be given both sweet almonds and bitter ones.

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In this video, the Australian Royal Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) feeds on unripe almonds.

Q. – For what types of parrots are fruit bones useful?

A. – Fruit seeds for almost all types of parrots are a natural food. Not all small parrots, such as budgerigars, will be able to independently crack the bones of large fruits, but if they pierce the bone, then the parrots themselves can get the core. Large and medium-sized parrots easily cope with fruit bones, although sometimes they also have to bite mature bones until the birds have the required dexterity.

Q. Can parrots give mango bones?

A. Mango pits not only can be given to parrots, but also very necessary. This is a wonderful natural simulator for both small parrots (cockatiels, budgies and lovebirds), and even more so for medium and large parrots: necklaces, Alexandrians, aratinges, Amazons, Jaco, Macaw, cockatoos and others. Mango bones are very convenient in that they can be strung on a skewer or rope (from sisal or hemp), several at a time, and the bird will be busy busy cracking such a toy for a long time. If several fresh mango seeds are strung on a skewer at once, make sure that everything is eaten completely the next day, since fresh mango seeds can become moldy at the points of contact with each other, so you must either string already dried seeds or do not keep fresh (wet) seeds mango on a skew for more than a day.

Q. — Do parrots need to be given clay if the parrot is fed with fruit seeds?

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O. – Clay need to provide parrots on an ongoing basis. You can read more about this in the article "Clay in the diets of parrots and other birds." The potential toxic effects of fruit seeds on parrots are, in my opinion, a myth that scares many generations of bird owners. Fresh fruit bones are safe!

There are publications about the death of a group of parrots that have eaten fruit bones in nature – about mycotoxins (mycotoxins are mold toxins that develop on food). Fruit seeds contain a large amount of fat and protein, which makes them a good breeding ground for the development of molds. Therefore, it is important to observe the rules for storing fat-containing products – store them in a cool, dry place so that they do not rancid or mold.

It is also important to observe the simple rule of the owner of the birds – try a few kernels of bones to taste yourself to be sure that the bones are not rancid and that they do not have mold.

Do not store peeled seed kernels for more than a few months, and do not give parrots seeds that are stored for more than a year.