Pets: Feeding Your Parrot

Society | October 17, 2003, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

To keep a good healthy parrot you must have the proper feed available for the bird from the first day. Buy sunflower seed from your pet shop or farm supply. Some pet shops offer special parrot mix, with peanuts, peppers and dried corn. Buy raw corn on the cob, bananas, apples and oranges at the market and feed these on a daily basis.

A variety of fruits and vegetables can be given. Have some raw peanuts to add to the seed, unless you are using parrot mix. You should provide a gravel mixture periodically although it is not necessary to have it in the cage at all times. A mineral block or cuttlebone should be present at all time in the cage. Supplements to the diet should be given daily.

Water-soluble vitamins are manufactured specially for birds and can be bought at the bird shop. A powdered supplement adds important minerals to the diet when sprinkled on the bird's fruit and vegetables.

Always let fruit and vegetables warm to room temperature before giving them to the parrot. Vegetables that your parrot may enjoy are squash, boiled potato, peas, beans, carrots, and celery to name a few. A good formula is one green and one yellow vegetable, one fruit and a slice of citrus daily. These will balance the diet.

Smaller seeds including oats, hemp, and safflower can be given to parrots. Some even enjoy white millet or the spray millet that is marketed for smaller birds. Put a squirt of oil on the seed every other day. This is not to suggest that any form of oil or fat is good for your parrot. Use only the recommended oils: wheat germ or cod liver.

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