Healthy Parrot Foods and Diets

We have 5 birds in our flock…..ranging from Parakeet to Umbrella Cockatoo.  Each one of our feathered friends has  their favorite foods….so it is difficult keeping all their beaks happy at meal time.

A couple of years ago I incorporated our Vet’s (Dr. Wolf in Parsippany NJ) suggested Table Food for Pet Birds diet.  Not only are parrots happy but they are healthier then they have been in years.

Our African Grey Jerry’s feathers have all come back now after years of feather plucking.  Also, Our Severe Macaw Buddy who has a history of high Uric Acid has finally reached a normal level for his Uric Acid.
** Best Choices
Mostly Vegetables

Dark Green Vegetables:
Broccoli
Kale
Cabbage
Peppers** (Any Kind)
Green beans**
Peas**
Lima Beans**
Sprouts
Zucchini**

Red or Yellow Vegetables:
Squash**
Pumpkin
Carrot
Corn
Sweet Potato
Beans** (Any Kind…kidney, navy, black etc. – Dried is also OK)
Tofu

Smaller Amounts of Fruits and Grains:
Papaya**
Kiwi
Mango
Peach (No pits)
Figs**
Bananas and Plantains**
Berries
Grapes
Dates**
Whole Wheat Bread
Pasta (Raw or Cooked)
Rice (Cooked only)
Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Filberts, Walnuts

Birds should not eat large amounts of meat, poultry, fish, cheese, dairy products or any kind of high fat foods (Crackers, snacks, cereals etc). Dried Fruit is often fried and or coated in sugar and is not healthy.

If vegetables are not in season it’s OK to use frozen vegetables as long as they have no sauces or additives.  Just add frozen vegetables with some water and heat in microwave till warm…drain water and serve.

The above foods keep our feathered friends healthy and happy.  Each night we also supplement their diet with Harrison’s Pellets.

Ann Zych – FunTime Birdy

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