- What is included in the menu
- Succulent feed
- Cereal Mealy Meals
- Oilseed feed
- The role of mineral supplements
The successful maintenance of parrots depends on the right nutrition. Food for lovebirds must include seeds of wild herbs and agricultural plants. It is important to add mineral additives and succulent food to grain mixtures. A complete balanced feed contains proteins, fats and carbohydrates necessary for the normal growth and development of lovebird parrots at home.
What is included in the menu
In birds living in natural habitats, the main part of the daily diet consists of seeds of cereal and wild plants. They contain all the vitamins, nutrients and trace elements.
Before buying a lovebird, you should purchase several grain mixtures in advance, from which subsequently make up the feed, which the birds will eat daily.
It is important to pay attention to feed composition and shelf life. A quality mixture can be determined even by appearance, because rotten grain is dull, with an unpleasant odor. Fresh grains are shiny, without plaque on the surface and no visible damage.
On the packaging of ready-made mixtures, it is usually indicated for which types of parrots they are intended. Lovebirds are medium-sized birds, so you can’t buy food intended for budgies.
How much grain does a lovebird need per day? When keeping this type of parrot you need to remember: they can eat all day. This will adversely affect their health, therefore, they should not be allowed to overeat. As a result of uncontrolled food intake, the lovebird will become clumsy, lose physical shape.
For a large individual, 2 tbsp is enough. finished feed for the day. Feed the lovebirds in the cage in portions throughout the day, stretching the norm. If you teach the lovebird to eat clockwise, you need to keep track of the time and not miss the moment of feeding, otherwise the birds will scream and fuss.
Is it possible to use succulent feed as a food? The diet of lovebirds should be full. Parrots should not be given only one ready-made food. Such food can annoy the birds, and they will refuse to eat. To diversify the menu of lovebirds, it is recommended to include juicy food in the diet:
Lemons. Every day, you can give parrots a small piece of citrus fruit along with the skin, sprinkling it with sugar.
Greenery. Dill, aromatic parsley, lettuce, onion feathers, spinach contain vitamins that increase overall well-being, increase appetite and improve the activity of the gastrointestinal tract.
Cucumbers Lovebirds just love to feast on fresh cucumbers.
Rowan. Dried and frozen is recommended. Dry berries are poured with boiling water and wait until they become soft, and allowed to thaw frozen ones.
Pears and green apples. Juicy fruits are essential in the daily diet. You need to cut into slices and fix them among the rods.
Gourds – juicy pumpkin, sugar melon, watermelon – give along with the peel. Of particular benefit are pumpkin seeds.
Herb based flour. For its preparation, a currant leaf, a spring primrose leaf, fluffy clover, dioica nettle (young bushes) are collected, dried and ground into flour. Dosage – 3% of the basic daily diet.
Young twigs. They play an important role in the life of a bird: lovebirds with their help grind off the beak.
In addition, the birds are given slices of loaf soaked in milk, boiled and finely chopped chicken eggs, cherries, strawberries, cottage cheese.
Cereal Mealy Meals
When choosing food for lovebird parrots, many dwell on ready-made mixtures. This is very convenient, because their composition is completely balanced, and a test for product quality has been conducted. When choosing food, you need to pay attention to the expiration date, because the grain can also deteriorate.
Attention! Note! It must be remembered that food intended for budgies is not suitable for lovebirds.
What is the composition of production mixes?
Oat is an easily digestible cereal that contains a number of amino acids that are not found in other crops. In oats, 60% starch, 6% fat, 15% protein, phosphorus, calcium, sugar, sodium are present. It is better for birds to give not oat flakes, but feed oats, because whole grains have more useful substances, and peeling helps to grind the beak to certain acceptable sizes.
Millet or millet with peeled shell. Is it possible? The culture contains a lot of protein. The lovebird is given porridge from millet with the addition of beets or carrots.
Attention! Millet itself is bitter, so before cooking, it must be thoroughly washed.
Millet is the main component of any feed. Due to the lack of grain, the bird can become ill and die. In cereal crops are present:
For optimal balance, multi-colored millet is included in the same proportion in the pet food that they eat.
Corn contains carotene, minerals, vitamin K, amino acids. The cereal has a hard shell, so the grain is first crushed, and then birds are fed. But young shoots of sprouted corn are considered more useful.
There is practically no fat in wheat, but the content of complex carbohydrates, vitamins of group B, vitamin E, and protein is high. It is not recommended to give grain in its pure form, wheat must be germinated.
If you watch the lovebirds, then they spend almost all the time at the meal, constantly eat, but you should not allow overeating.
What food do parrots like? How to feed lovebird parrots to ensure their normal existence? Most of all they like nuts and sunflower seeds. But daily eating undoubted goodies leads to serious violations and malfunctions of the internal organs and systems. Therefore, the content in the diet of seeds and nuts should not exceed 10% of the total.
The complex composition of hazelnuts contains proteins, healthy fats, sugars. The last element is needed during the mating period.
Sunflower seeds contain fats and fatty acids, linolenic and linoleic acid, oils, vitamins and minerals. When included in the diet, it is necessary to observe the norm – 15% of the daily amount of food.
Walnuts have the required mineral salts and fats, vitamins.
Flax seeds – a storehouse of trace elements. This is not only a delicious treat, but also a medicine for birds. The introduction of flaxseeds in the diet of lovebirds prevents damage to the intestines with hard fibers. If the parrot has caught a cold, sneezes and has wheezing, he is given a drink of flaxseed decoction.
Be careful! The drug has a laxative effect, so include flaxseed in the daily diet should be in the amount of 2% of the usual diet.
Pets like hemp seed. But it contains narcotic and toxic substances. Excessive consumption of food leads to gastrointestinal tract disorders, so hemp seed is given little by little.
What are the benefits of legumes? They have a positive effect on the health of lovebirds, so it is recommended to include boiled peas in the diet.
The role of mineral supplements
How to feed a lovebird to provide it with all the useful substances? The main addition to the diet of parrots will be mineral fertilizing. Deficiency of beneficial microelements can be filled with crushed eggshells. However, before chopping and adding to the feed, it must be boiled or calcined in the oven.
Chalk can be given as additional mineral elements. It contains calcium.
Attention! Parrots are contraindicated in adding construction chalk to the feed, because the building material contains many toxic substances.
When caring for lovebirds, it is important to pay attention to their well-being in order to notice any deviations in time and review their diet, including food rich in vitamins and minerals. This is the only way to understand how to feed parrots with the benefit to their health.
If the question is about the norm of water consumption, then it should always be in a drinker. It is recommended to boil tap water and pour fresh daily. Parrots like juices from fresh berries and fruits, so sometimes they can be given freshly squeezed juice, but in small doses.