Is There A “Perfect Parrots Diet”?
Most problems with parrots have their origins in malnutrition. Since parrots are such sensitive birds it is necessary for their human companions to become well educated about the proper parrots diet.
Regardless of the fact that there are so many varied sizes and species the one thing that is most important to helping them all to live a long and happy life is a healthy diet.
While the leading experts don’t agree on what the “perfect parrots diet” is, they do agree that it is not healthy to feed your parrot meals that consist strictly of seeds. Even though some parrots seem to do well on this type of diet it is merely because they are a hardy species and are thriving despite the lack of nutritional balance.
Seeds are a high-fat food and lack many essential nutrients like Calcium and Vitamin A. A parrot’s diet should only be made up of about 10% seed.
Even with the more liberally seed eating species like cockatiels and budgies seed should only make up about 25% of their diet.
A good foundation for a healthy parrot diet is a high quality, commercially prepared pelleted food. Pelleted foods include a wide variety of foods which include seeds, grains, fruits and vegetables along with the necessary amounts of vitamins and minerals.
A parrot could physically remain very healthy on just a pelleted food but might sooner or later develop disturbing behaviors related to boredom. These highly intelligent birds crave stimulation.
Grains can provide a good source of nutrients. Feed whole grains such as oats, brown rice, whole wheat, barley and whole grain breads and pastas since these provide essential nutrients rather than the empty calories of refined carbohydrates.
Fresh fruits and vegetables are high in nutrition as well as being coveted treats! You can both chop them and feed them in larger chunks for your parrot to grab on to and gnaw on. For extra stimulation you can even hang them from the top or side of the cage.
Try feeding your parrot fruits that they would enjoy in the wild such as pineapple, melons, kiwi, mango and other tropical treats that they would find naturally in their environment in the wild.
They’ll also relish other fruits like cherries, apples, grapes, peaches, oranges and bananas. Make sure to remove the pits and seeds before eating as many of these can be toxic!
Other foods to avoid due to toxicity include chocolate, cocoa, alcohol, coffee, avocado (and of course guacamole), mushrooms, salt, sugar caffeine, grease, preservatives and food colorings.
Some of the vegetables that are healthful and will be enjoyed by your parrot include carrots, sweet potato, cucumber, eggplant, sweet pepper, green beans, corn and cauliflower.
In order to be a responsible owner you need to understand the importance of nutrition, educate yourself and be willing to supply your bird with the best possible parrots diet.