- Main building block
- Homemade food
- Seeds and nuts
- Pure water
- What is not included in parrot food
- Special needs of different kinds
The best food for parrots consists mainly of pellets supplemented with "homemade food". These birds need products from groups of bread, cereals, vegetables and proteins – just like humans. Dairy products are not needed, although some owners give them to their birds in small quantities. Fruits are mainly sugar, and they provide few nutrients for birds.
Main building block
Pellets made specifically for birds should make up 60 to 80 percent of most parrot foods. Packages are available in different sizes, which are specially prepared for the size of the parrot – from macaw to budgerigar.
It is necessary to feed a parrot with a large amount of granular food than seeds, because the granules are much more complete in nutrition. Seeds have too much fat and not enough vitamins, minerals and proteins. Seed-fed birds live much less, so the seeds should make up no more than 12 percent of the bird’s feed.
It is worth feeding a parrot more granular feed than seeds
Some parrots love their granules so much that they prefer to eat them instead of fresh products.
When choosing a brand of granules, always choose the best ingredients, which are usually an organic brand. If the parrot refuses them, try another until you stop at the one he likes. Some colored granules are not the best choice due to added colorants and sugars.
Serving Size for Parrot:
Some of the same homemade meals that you eat are also good for your parrot. For breakfast, try offering your parrot a few slices of plain chopped wheat or half a slice of whole grain bread. Scrambled eggs are also a healthy source of protein, but be sure to remove any seasoning or vegetable oil. Freshly prepared and chilled pasta – delicious food for a parrot; try adding a few slices of boiled potato or sweet potato for added smell and taste.
The remaining 20-40 percent of poultry nutrition should be domesticated. Most of it is made up of vegetables, such as:
- leafy greens;
- a tomato;
- green bean;
- pepper (any color).
Some of the same homemade meals you eat are also good for your parrot.
Thawed vegetables are also convenient to use and nutritious.
An important role is played by groups of bread and cereals. The parrot can eat oatmeal, pasta, rice, rye and wheat bread.
Protein is given in smaller quantities – perhaps once or twice a week. Cooked eggs, boiled chicken, even well-cooked chicken bones. But you can not overdo it: some experts believe that too much meat is hard for the buds of parrots.
Dairy products are optional. Many birds love cheese and dairy products, but they do not have the enzyme, lactase, necessary for the digestion of milk sugars. If you give dairy products to a parrot, do it rarely and in very small quantities.
Only small amounts of fruit are worth feeding, since they consist mainly of sugar and water.
Only small amounts of fruit are worth feeding, as they consist mainly of sugar and water. Many birds love fruits and eat too much of them. Fruits suitable for parrots:
Do not leave home-made food in the cage for too long, as it spoils easily.
Seeds and nuts
Since birds are much more inactive in captivity than in the wild, they do not need so much fat in their diet. Seeds and nuts contain a large amount of fat, so they should be given to the bird moderately.
Let’s parrot the seeds in small quantities, like treats. They should be shiny (not dusty) and free of mold, fungi and insects.
Let’s parrot the seeds in small quantities, like treats
Leave a nutshell on it: peeling a nut can give the bird a good brain training. Nuts should be fresh and free of mold or mildew.
Macaw parrots need a higher level of fat than other species. Hyacinth-ara needs significantly more nuts in its diet.
Budgerigars, Corellas and Amazons are prone to obesity, which leads to fatty liver disease, so they should carefully monitor the consumption of fats.
Parrots can eat these nuts:
- Brazil nuts
- cashew nuts;
The bird drinker needs to be changed at least once every day. Parrots shake out a lot of dandruff and powder from feathers, and their high level of activity, as a rule, carries them everywhere, including drinking water. Many parrots love putting seeds, granules, and vegetables in their water bowl to make them more attractive. This rather disgusting practice leads to really dirty water, which becomes a reservoir of bacteria as the day goes on. Keep an eye on the water and replenish it as needed.
The cleanliness of the drinker is just as important as the water itself. No matter how many times you pour fresh water into a contaminated bowl, the water itself will become contaminated. Wash the bowl with hot, soapy water each time you change it, making sure that any residue or mucus is removed from the inner rings, flanges, and corners.
The bird drinker must be changed at least once every day
Ideally, bottled water is the best choice, but in many cities, tap water is also good for parrots. If people can drink it, then it is normal for birds.
Distilled water is not recommended unless specifically required, such as for a toucan. On the one hand, distilled water is an excellent cleanser and detoxifier, if used in the short term. When used for a long period of time, it can deplete the body.
What is not included in parrot food
A parrot cannot be fed unhealthy foods and any foods high in fat, salt or sugar.
Some experts are worried about peanuts in the shell because it can be infected with Aspergillus, which can cause respiratory infections and also produce toxin (aflatoxin, a powerful carcinogen).
Avocados, including guacamole, are deadly for some birds
Parrots should not be given:
- Alcohol. Like humans, alcohol causes liver disease and can be toxic to death.
- Avocados, including guacamole, are deadly for some birds.
- Chocolate is toxic to many animals, including birds.
Special needs of different kinds
Formulated diets for loris and lorikeet can be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables, including pomegranates, papaya, grapes, musk, mango, pineapple, figs, apples, kiwi, pears, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, zucchini, peppers, dark leafy greens, such as cabbage and peas. Fresh vegetables and fruits can be chopped finely or even mashed. Sprouted seeds are also excellent food for loris and lorikeet. Some owners also feed them with edible flowers such as pansies, nasturtiums, hibiscus, marigolds and dandelions.
These parrots are a prime exception to the general advice on feeding parrots. In the wild, they feed mainly on nectar, and their captive diet should mimic a nectar-based diet.
Toucans, toucans and lanes need low-iron diets.