What Foods should my Parrot Eat to Stay Healthy

What Foods should my Parrot Eat to Stay Healthy

Getting your feathered friend to eat healthy foods can be a very daunting task. Our Cockatoo Marshmellow enjoys her pellets like Caitec’s Oven Fresh Pellets and Harrison’s Bird pellets but eating healthy vegetables and fruits….she is as picky as they come.

All I can say is that it takes time and patience……it worked with Marshemllow. She now enjoys her vegetables and fruits as much as her standard pelleted diet. Persistence was the key.

Here are some great Vegetable and Fruit choices for your feathered friend as suggested by our Avian Vet (Dr. Wolf in Parsippany NJ)

** 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

Note: 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.

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