For the diet of budgies to be complete, it must be varied. You need to teach a bird to fruits from a young age, because parrots are conservatives, therefore they can be distrustful of unfamiliar food. If the parrot does not want to try fruit, there are tricks here:
- Offer him berries and fruits regularly, every day;
- Try experimenting with the presentation form: someone likes grated fruits, someone slices, and someone whole fruits. You can mix them with grains or porridge;
- It is very convenient to fix fruit slices to the cell grids using special holders, but you should not use clothespins – parrots can injure their beak about them;
- You can not give frozen and cold fruits, various preservation;
- Before giving the bird fruit, it must be washed and peeled (some also from seeds and skins);
- Try to pamper your pet with seasonal treats – they have less harmful substances, it is best if they are grown in your country house, and not bought in a supermarket.
What kind of fruit can be given to parrots
- Citrus fruits are a powerful source of microelements (magnesium, potassium), essential oils, acids, vitamins, carbohydrates and fiber. They are first peeled and then cut into pieces. A couple of drops of lemon juice can be added to water – it improves immunity and protects against infections;
- Apples – it is better to peel them and give them in slices, it is possible with seeds. They contain vitamins, acids, plant fibers, tannins. Also give dried apple slices (soaked or stewed);
- Pears – they have a rich composition: vitamins, fats, carbohydrates, sugars, organic acids, trace elements (iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, fluorine and others). Give slices, imported and non-seasonal fruits pre-peeled;
- Melons and watermelons – the so-called false berries, watermelons are not recommended to be given much, since they produce a laxative effect. Melons are nutritious, they contain vitamins A, B, C, minerals (phosphorus, sodium, iron and others). Gourds have a beneficial effect on digestion, the cardiovascular system. Since cases of poisoning have recently become more frequent, it is better to give these goodies only in season;
- You can give stone fruit plants – peaches, cherries, plums, apricots, but you must first take out the seeds – they have hydrocyanic acid. It is a source of fiber, sugars, vitamins and minerals;
- Berries – lingonberries, blueberries, gooseberries, hawthorn, currants, raspberries, strawberries, strawberries, mountain ash (plain and aronia) and so on. They can be frozen in reserve for the winter and given dried, but pre-soaked. Guelder-rose can be given only to birds that do not have kidney problems;
- Pineapple – contains a lot of vitamins, fiber, trace elements, healthy sugars. It is necessary to first clean the core and thoroughly peel;
- Grapes – 2-3 berries per day, the seeds can not be removed. It contains carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, sugars;
- Pomegranate – first start with a few grains, as it affects blood formation, then the portion can be increased to 1/6 of a small fruit per day;
- Bananas – give slices only ripe fruits. They contain fiber, trace elements (potassium, magnesium, calcium and others), sugars, vitamins, starch, organic acids.
What can not give parrots?
Papaya, mango, pomelo, persimmon, avocado should not be given, as they ripen on the way, and their milky juice is saturated with harmful alkaloids, glycosides and papain, they can provoke poisoning of the bird. Dried fruits can be given, it is also advisable to pre-soak them. Candied fruits are also contraindicated for birds, but dried fruits (dates, prunes, dried apricots, figs, apples, raisins) can be given, but before that they are thoroughly washed or steamed with boiling water.