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How to Feed Parrots

Feeding your parrot (scientific name, psittacine) a proper diet is essential to him leading a long and happy life. In fact, a parrot who eats a healthy, balanced diet is also more active and tends to have a better plumage than a parrot whose diet may be lacking in some areas. You probably already know that your parrot loves seeds, but bird seeds are only one component of a good parrot diet. Having a good understanding of what types of foods your parrot should eat will help you make good decisions to keep him in good health.

Feed your parrot a commercial pellet. Pellets are an important component of your parrot’s diet. They come in a variety of colors, sizes, and even flavors. Because pellets are made up of a combination of fruits, vegetables, grains, and seeds, they have a very high nutritional value.

  • When selecting pellets at your local pet store, be sure to read the ingredients label. Do not select pellets that have a lot of preservatives.
  • Since there are so many varieties of pellets, consider talking to your veterinarian to determine which pellet formulation would work best for your parrot

Include seeds in your parrot’s diet. Even though birdseed should not be a mainstay of your parrot’s diet, it still provides some nutritional value that is good for your parrot. Just like with pellets, there are many seed formulations to choose from at the pet store. It is ideal to purchase a package of seed mixture, but you could also purchase individual seed types and mix them on your own.

  • Sunflower seeds were once thought to be addictive to parrots, but this is actually not true.
  • Before purchasing the birdseed, make sure that it is fresh. It should not smell moldy or rancid, and should be free of insects and fungus. Good birdseed should also be shiny.
  • Your parrot may prefer seeds that are sprouted or germinated. To germinate seeds, soak a daily a portion of the seeds in clean, fresh water overnight, either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. After 12 to 24 hours, you will start to see the root tips of the seeds, which means that the seeds have germinated. At this stage, you can feed them to your parrot.
  • Seeds for parrots are like candy for people–they are tasty treats, but should only be eaten on occasion. You can use seeds as rewards if you are training your parrot.
Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your parrot’s diet. There are many types of fruits and vegetables that you can feed your parrot, including apples, broccoli, collard greens, and peaches. Whichever type of fruit or vegetable you choose to feed your parrot, make sure that you wash it thoroughly with fresh water before feeding it to him. Keep in mind that fruits have a relatively high sugar content, so they should not be a large part of your parrot’s diet.

  • Remember that pellets are partially made up of fruit, so your parrot will likely get the same types of nutrients from the pellet mixture as he would from the fresh fruit.
  • Chop the fruit and vegetables into smaller portions to make it easier for your parrot to eat.
  • Some fruits may stain your bird’s droppings, but this is not a cause for concern.

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