FEEDING PARROTS AND PARAKEETS

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Parrots are particularly fascinating because they’re clever, and therefore get bored easily, they can be noisy and destructive, and they don’t take kindly to being caged up all day without interest or companionship. Food is therefore important to them and should stimulate as well as nourish. So complex recipes using many different ingredients suits them and is equally a part of their sensory stimulation as using climbing frames, cotton ropes and other such in their living quarters [larger birds such as Macaws benefit from having natural perches using eg. sycamore or fruit tree branches of varying sizes to flex the foot bones]. But be aware that they can also develop addictions [such as to sunflower].

 

SUPPORTING THE WORK OF THE PARROT SOCIETY

SUPPORTING THE WORK OF THE PARROT SOCIETY

The basic foods which form part of a Parrot’s diet - talking generally - are mixed millets, hemp, wheat, maize, safflower, sunflower, oats, buckwheat, paddy rice, niger, linseed and groats;. plus fruits such as oranges, sweet apples, grapes, pears, cherries and bananas, and vegetables such as carrots, celery, spinach, and, peas. Nuts are a key part of the menu for larger birds such as Macaws.

Every Parrot owner knows that these long-lived, special and intelligent birds need more than just a standard bland mix, plus they need the sort of foods which suit the conditions in which they are kept. The high fat and oil seeds such as black sunflower should only be fed to wild birds which need the protection such seeds give - but our Parrots and Parakeets have no need for such high fat foods. To thrive, they need the right and balanced levels of nutrients, richness and variety, and interest. Their foods should provide a diversity of tastes, textures and smells, should be palatable and nourishing, should feed the bird and feed its brain - every time they eat. The ingredients need to be not only the right ones but top class, and they need to be cleaned. Properly. And freshly produced.

 

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The result is phenomenal condition, and a deeply contented bird. And that’s what matters to us. So we don’t ever compromise on the quality of ingredients, all our fruits and specialist nuts are human consumption grade, and we never, ever compromise on how we clean and prepare our blends. When we say pure nourishment, we mean it.

SOME TIPS...

  • all birds will appreciate fresh fruit and green food - also try grated carrot and apples
  • DO NOT FEED avocados and chocolate [these are poisonous] - and don't feed scraps from the table [bad manners often result]
  • changing diets - it is generally better to change a Parrot's diet gradually over a number of days by replacing part of the old diet with some of the new - shy or fussy birds, who are wary of new things, respond much better if fed like this, and it stops greedy birds over-doing it
  • during the moult, the energy needed to produce new feathers means birds must increase their protein intake