What eat such, quite small creatures like these exotic birds? The most natural food for parrots is the unripe seeds of plants and trees that birds feed in the natural environment of Africa and Australia. Our homegrown parrots will also be happy with the ready-made grain mixture, which may contain yellow, white and red millet, sunflower, flax, oats, hemp and canary seeds. In addition, such feed, as a rule, is additionally enriched with vitamins and minerals necessary for the bird. But caring owners of parrots very often ask themselves how to diversify this meager, in their opinion, pet diet, and what other treats to treat the bird. There are foods that a parrot needs to feed from time to time, and there are foods that will only harm him. So, when starting a bird, immediately find out what can and cannot be given to parrots.
Parrot Fruit Vitamins
There are also several vegetable crops that should not be given to parrots. These are avocados, eggplant, celery, radish and radish. In case you are considering whether it is possible to test a pet for strength by slipping onions or garlic, no, absolutely not. For other vegetables there are such rules:
- All vegetables, like fruits, should be thoroughly washed with running water. You can even reduce the amount of nitrates in them in the same way as you do when preparing vegetables for your table, i.e. leaving them for a couple of hours in the water.
- You can experiment with the form of serving vegetables to a parrot – maybe he will like peeling off a small piece more, or maybe your feathered friend will be happy to enjoy a small vegetable “salad”.
- Scald cabbage with boiling water, and in general, give it to the parrot with great care. There are known cases of digestive problems in pets feasting on cabbage.
- Do not give the parrot the unripe tomatoes – the solanine, which they are rich in, is poison for parrots, and in large doses for people, by the way. For the same reason, tomato leaves are not suitable for the feathered.
- Corn and legumes (green peas, beans) can be given to parrots only in a slightly unripe form, in the growing season of these crops. The ripened specimens poorly digest the tender stomach of parrots.
Never give the budgerigar spicy greens! Leave dill with parsley for your fortification, as well as cilantro with celery, lovage and others like them. Parrots will be delighted with green salad, beetroot and carrot tops, leaves of dandelion, burdock, various herbs – quinoa, nettle, doused with boiling water, plantain, clover. Green shoots of cereals will also be useful. All of them, offered in a moderate dose, will saturate your pet with natural vitamins and minerals.
For a change, in addition to the main grain mix of the pet, which is always based on millet, it can sometimes be given cooked or sprouted cereals. It is necessary to boil or steam with boiling water millet, rice, buckwheat, barley, barley or oatmeal. No seasoning in the form of salt, sugar, milk, etc. no need to add. Do not over-cook porridge; it must be crumbly. You can crush boiled egg, vegetables, fruits into it. Do not feed the parrot with cereals too often, otherwise it will become obese. And remove boiled or sprouted cereals in time to prevent poisoning of the bird with spoiled food. Raw cereals should not be given to a parrot at all.
What can not feed a parrot
In addition to the above fruits, vegetables and herbs, there is another food that is absolutely contraindicated for parrots. Never give your bird the following foods:
- bread, dough products;
- milk and dairy products (except low-fat cottage cheese);
- salt and sugar;
- seeds and seeds of fruit;
- smoked and fatty foods.
Some owners are confused by the presence of bread on this list. We dare to assure you, white bread, or any other, is not good for poultry, because it contains not only cereal base, but also all kinds of substances harmful to pets (and their owners). Do not follow the path of a bird begging for bread from your sandwich. Better give the parrot a boiled egg or offer him low-fat cottage cheese. These protein products in moderation (no more than twice a week) will not harm the bird. By the way, the egg must be hard boiled. Other options are not useful for parrots.
Do not let the bird eat from your table. Believe me, a bird that flies into a plate of greasy borsch or Olivier salad will not touch you like this in a few hours, when it starts diarrhea or vomiting, or all at once. This is too heavy and harmful food for such a small creature, eating in the wild completely different delicacies. Even any permitted product can be poison for a parrot if, for example, it is salted. Not always a curious bird can distinguish between useful and poison in your plate.
Many bird lovers do not know whether it is possible to give meat to a parrot. Pork and beef seem like overfood for parrots, but what about chicken meat? Before answering this question, ask yourself the opposite – and what chicken is now grown without the use of antibiotics and other harmful substances? If you are a happy owner of a household and know that any of your chickens will be completely harmless to humans and animals, then think about how often chicken meat is found in the natural habitat of parrots as food. Specialists do not unequivocally affirm it about the benefits in the diet of parrots. If you are confident in the quality of the meat, offer this product (naturally, pre-cooked) to your pet, but certainly not every feeding. You can ask it only occasionally, chicken meat is not the most necessary food for a parrot.
Do not be discouraged if the parrot does not want to eat healthy food offered. Perhaps your idea of the taste preferences of a parrot does not coincide with it. Or at the moment the feathered one does not feel the need for this particular product. It happens that over time, and the tastes of a parrot change. From time to time, offer the bird a once-rejected treat. Perhaps your parrot already likes apple taste, and your pet does not twist from a piece of apple, as it once did.
What else should not be given to a parrot is too hot or cold food or water. Do not save on a bird and never give it grain or cereals of dubious quality or with an expired shelf life. Unfortunately, there are such cases. And carefully wash the feeders and the drinker of the parrot, regularly change their contents, even if the parrot has eaten little, and it seems to you that you can leave the same food for another day. It is impossible. The parrot needs to be fed so that he will live all the 15-16 years put to him. Do not forget that the diet for parrots needs to be selected in accordance with the time of year, age, and the state of the parrot. Love your birds and feed them only useful products for them!