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What do parrots eat?


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For years it was popular to feed parrots seed, which of course they love. However, a strict seed diet while it is high in fat is very low in calcium, protein and vitamin A. this can eventually result in health problems such as liver disease.

There are several great bird diets that are on the market today. However, you should be aware that parrots don’t like dry pellets.

If you have a parrot that won’t eat formulated food, you can feed them people food but it must be healthy. Don’t try to feed your parrot gummi bears, potato chips or quesadillas. Parrots cannot have sale, sugar are large amounts of fat.

The best diet for a parrot is half cooked grains such as oatmeal or rice, approximately 20% fresh fruit, 20% fresh vegetable and approximately 10% beans and nuts.

People foods is ok for parrots such as cooked pasta, whole kernel corn, cooked oatmeal, plain popcorn, wheat bread, barley or unsweetened no sale cereal such as Kashi. You can teach your parrot to like broccoli, spinach, squash, cooked yams, carrots or sprouts. All bird love pears, apples, orange, plums, and grapes. They also like chicken, cooked beef or fish.

If your bird has been only eating seed, you can slowly convert them to a better and healthier diet. Be sure to start this as soon as possible since developing a taste for a wide variety of food can help save their lives if they get sick and lose their appetite.

The best way is to gradually give them new food and leave the seed in the cage for several hours every day. As they learn to like the new food, they will eat less of the seed. Never take the seed completely out of the cage when introducing new foods because they will feel deprived and starve themselves.

A good tip if you have a cockatiel or budgie is to check the seed dish every day to be sure they have seed. Be sure it’s seed and not seed husks. Seed husks will be in the dish since they fall from the bird’s mouth as they eat. The best way to tell if it’s husk or seeds in the dish is by lightly blowing over the dish. This also helps the bird to find the fresh seed. Fill the cup only a third.

Never give any bird chocolate or avocados. Avocados contain persin, which is a toxic chemical. Chocolate has theobromine, which is similar to caffeine, which animals cannot digest. Also, be sure to remove seeds from any fruit you give your bird. Pits can be very toxic to birds.