Contrary to popular belief, the dietary requirements of parrots are not a precise science. Parrots in the wild have an astounding variety of food sources to select from, each of which meets a different component of their nutritional needs. Different species will consume varying items in different amounts, and the fact that parrots may be found all over the globe complicates matters even further. What a conure consumes in South America does not exist in Africa, thus the senegal, like the cockatiel in Australia, survives on completely different diet. However, with a few simple principles and a common sense approach, you can give a very nutritious food for your parrot. This is critical since malnutrition is the leading cause of mortality and sickness in companion parrots.
The seeds vs. pellets issue is one of the most heated in aviculture. Both sides make good reasons that are too tempting to dismiss. Over time, I’ve come to feel that the optimal diet contains a variety of food sources, including pellets, seeds, veggies, fruits, and grains. Everything in balance and nothing in excess, as the Romans recognized two thousand years ago. The specific composition of the food should be determined by the individual, which is where a skilled avian vet comes in.
Diets based only on seeds are lethal. Period. “Vitamin Enriched” mixes are akin to sprinkling a crushed multivitamin on a brownie and stating it’s a fantastic source of nourishment.
Rule 2: Pelted feeds are preferable to seeds, but they are not a complete answer. Put your bird on a high-quality pelleted feed. When selecting a brand, keep in mind that just because it’s a pellet doesn’t imply it’s any good.
Rule 3: Always use fresh vegetables. These should be included in your bird’s daily diet! To keep their immune systems functioning properly, parrots need vitamin A and carotenes. Carrots and dark leafy vegetables like spinach are high in this. Other vegetables, such as beans and legumes, are high in nutrients that are important for a healthy diet. Always use fresh or frozen vegetables; canned vegetables contain a lot of salt. Avocados should be avoided because some sections of the fruit are very harmful to parrots.
Rule 4- It is becoming more clear that parrots have a very limited tolerance for pesticides and preservatives. Limit your intake of processed foods.
Rule 5: Never, ever, ever offer chocolates or candy.
Rule 6: Never give coffee to the parrot.
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