The perfect parrot diet includes seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables. A healthy diet goes a long way to having a healthy parrot. For all parrots, proper nutrition is vital in maintaining a good quality of life. Most parrot diets are very similar.
Diet should be varied, with seed mix, pellet, fresh vegetables, occasional fruit, and some grains. Diets fed to the baby parrots should be fairly low in fat content with a proper balance of protein.
Parrots need variety not just because it is healthier nutritionally but because they get bored with repetition and need to be stimulated both visually and with a variety of textures.
Seeds are a great treat, but they have few nutrients and high fat content. Therefore, always limit your parrot’s seed intake. Seeds are naturally-stored packages of live energy and are prime reasons why so many parrots and parakeets have strong durable hooked bills.
Proteins are made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of life. Recommended parrot foods that are rich in protein are nonfat plain yogurt, nonfat or low-fat cheese in moderation, tofu, nonfat cottage cheese, very hard boiled eggs, well-cooked chicken, white fish, turkey, very lean meats and water packed tuna.
Vegetables are one of the most important foods you can get your parrot to eat. Although there are fruits that are higher in vitamin A than others, fruits are not generally as good a source as vegetables for this essential nutrient. Vitamin A is essential for skin and feather condition, eyesight, and helps the body fight infection by keeping the mucous membranes healthy.
Vegetables as perfect food for your parrots include collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, kale, spinach, broccoli, dandelion greens, water cress, beet greens, chicory, chard, parsley, green peppers, alfalfa, hot peppers, sweet potatoes, yams, carrots, butternut squash, acorn squash, hot peppers, red peppers, pumpkin, corn on the cob, peas in the pod, bean sprouts, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, leeks, artichokes, zucchini, green beans, okra, asparagus and tomatoes.
Vegetables can be fed raw but are probably more digestible if they are steamed or baked. However, overcooking can destroy vitamin content.
Fruits with decent Vitamin A are good foods for the parrots. These fruits include peaches, nectarines, apricots, Japanese persimmon, cantaloupe, raw plantain, papaya, apples, grapes, banana, guava, berries, pomegranates, tangerines, oranges, figs, blueberries, plums, kiwi fruit, cranberries, prickly pear, pineapple and sour red cherry.
Grains like rice if combined with foods with incomplete sources of protein can be good diet for your parrots. These grains include whole grain bread or toast, low sugar or unsweetened cereals, whole grain pastas, whole grain ‘energy bars,’ brown rice, low fat granola, wheat germ, wild rice, oat bran, amaranth, plus whole grain unsalted chips, pretzels, and crackers.
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