It’s becoming increasingly usual to locate vitamin-fortified seeds for parrots, and I’m not sure why producers do it.
I am aware that certain pellet manufacturers utilize vitamins E and C as preservatives, but I am unable to make the seed link.
We know that our birds need much more than a few vitamins in their diet, and I believe that adding fake vitamins does more damage than benefit. Some of these vitamins are illegal to consume in a number of countries.
Manufacturers, for example, require menadione users to wear protective gear, glasses, and masks while handling it. Workers should seek medical attention promptly if they come into touch with it or inhale it. Menadione does not seem like anything I want to feed my birds.
Even though synthetic vitamins have certain health-promoting characteristics, they are just one component of the nutrition scale required for birds’ overall health (and humans).
Some manufactured vitamins cannot provide the required nutrition to birds that do not consume fresh, raw food.
However, there are methods to include nourishment into the diet of a seed eater. One simple option is to soak or sprout your own seeds, which is also a great way to determine if the seeds you give to your bird are dead or alive. Throw them aside if they don’t sprout. Don’t even give them to your bird while they’re dry.
I just read about many parrot species, such as the African Gray, that pursue bigger creatures. They trail elephants and pick at their droppings. Scientists discovered that the birds consume the germinated seeds found in the elephants’ droppings, which had started to grow inside the elephants’ digestive tract.
Sprouted seeds are rich in nutritional value. My birds consume far less on a sprouted-seed diet than on a dry-seed diet. They also produce much less garbage.
Seeds are little marvels. All of the nutrients required for a plant’s survival are dormant inside them. We awaken this latent treasure via sprouting. Most seeds reach their nutritional optimum after around 48 hours of sprouting. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, chlorophyll, amino acids, fatty acids, and other nutrients that only Mother Nature can give. They are also easier for the body to use in this form.
Soaking and/or sprouting a variety of seeds and legumes provides nutrients to birds that pellets, dried seeds, and supplements cannot. Heat not only destroys most vitamins, enzymes, and fatty acids, but it also alters minerals in such a manner that they are difficult for the bird’s body to consume.
Another benefit of sprouting is that it is simple to combine dry green meals with soaked or sprouted seeds since they will attach to them and be eaten by the bird.
People I know are terrified of sprouting due to mold and germs. To avoid germs and mold, I add apple cider vinegar or citrus seed extract to my soaking water. And I often offer the seeds to my birds after soaking them overnight. Some of my birds like them merely wet, while others need them sprouted.
So, rather of boiling grains and legumes for my birds, which destroys many nutrients, I propose sprouting them to give one of the freshest and healthiest meals available. It also takes a lot less time than cooking!
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