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Healthy Diet for Your Parrot


Is your bird a seed only eater? Did you know in that wild seeds form only a small portion of the natural diet? While seeds are an important part of a pet parrot's daily diet they should not comprise all of it.

Parrots are opportunistic omnivores, which in plain English means they eat whatever they encounter in their day ("opportunistic") and, like us, eat from all the food groups - veggies & fruits, grain, and animal protein ("omnivores").

The seed based diets that have traditionally been fed to pet birds are not representative of that parrots eat in the wild. Little is actually known about exactly what comprises their daily diet, but their natural diet does include a variety of things like seeds, nuts, fruits, shoots, buds, corms, and invertebrates (insects, worms, and larvae). Wild parrots have even been observed eating dead fish that wash up from lakes and streams. Because some of the plant material they eat also contains toxins, parrots in South America flock to natural mineral beds regularly to feed on the clay and minerals available in order to detoxify their systems.

We do know that a seed only diet generally cuts your pet's potential lifespan in half, as well as leading to deficiencies in vitamins, especially vitamin A, minerals, especially calcium and protein. They also tend to be too high in fat.

While formulated diets (aka pellets) are now becoming widely used, they also do not comprise a complete diet and can lead to health problems if used exclusively, especially with the kidneys and liver. Formulated diets were originally based on research done in the poultry industry, where the focus is on rapid growth and maximum size, not longevity. While they've come a long way, and like seeds, form an important part of a complete diet, they can not do it alone. What's important for your bird's health and happiness is variety, balance, and moderation. Veggies, whole grains, and some fruit should form the basis of a well fed bird's daily diet.

A parrot's "job" in the wild is to spend the day searching for food, then working to access it. Nuts are a prime example, as getting to the nut meat involves removing not only the hard shell, but the fibrous outer husk as well. It's important to give your pet a "job" and make her have to work a little for her goodies as well. Having to peel veggies and open nuts helps offset boredom. (Just be sure the veggies are organic and not contaminated with pesticides.)

Patience, creativity and common sense will work wonders in improving your parrot's diet and overall health. The rewards are well worth the effort, resulting in a well feathered, bright-eyed, playful companion who can share your life for as long as possible.

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Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Pet briefs — Oct. 20 - Frederick News Post
Pet briefs — Oct. 20  Frederick News Post

Forget the hype: Experts say trendy pet diets can put animals' health at risk - News3LV
Forget the hype: Experts say trendy pet diets can put animals' health at risk  News3LV

ISO Pets: Skylo wants place to spend retirement years - Morning Call
ISO Pets: Skylo wants place to spend retirement years  Morning Call

Pets and Pumpkins Fall Festival shows off costumes and furry faces - KOLR - OzarksFirst.com
Pets and Pumpkins Fall Festival shows off costumes and furry faces  KOLR - OzarksFirst.com

Summit County adoptable pets: week of October 20, 2019 - Summit Daily News
Summit County adoptable pets: week of October 20, 2019  Summit Daily News

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Summit County volunteers step up to help locals find their lost pets - Summit Daily News
Summit County volunteers step up to help locals find their lost pets  Summit Daily News

Pets help ease seniors' loneliness | News, Sports, Jobs - Altoona Mirror
Pets help ease seniors' loneliness | News, Sports, Jobs  Altoona Mirror

Woman living in van with more than 300 pet rats - KTRK-TV
Woman living in van with more than 300 pet rats  KTRK-TV

Pets of the week - Montana Standard
Pets of the week  Montana Standard

How to Tell Your Colleagues They Can't Have Pets in the Office (Without Breaking Their Hearts) - Inc.
How to Tell Your Colleagues They Can't Have Pets in the Office (Without Breaking Their Hearts)  Inc.

Featured pets — Oct. 20 - Frederick News Post
Featured pets — Oct. 20  Frederick News Post

Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Bluebell & Michael - Patch.com
Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Bluebell & Michael  Patch.com

Sheriff's office Pet Expo part of crackdown on animal abuse - WITN
Sheriff's office Pet Expo part of crackdown on animal abuse  WITN

You can adopt 9 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Oct. 19-20 - SILive.com
You can adopt 9 remarkable pets on Staten Island this weekend: Oct. 19-20  SILive.com

SLO County animal owners learn how to prepare pets for public safety power shutoffs - KSBY San Luis Obispo News
SLO County animal owners learn how to prepare pets for public safety power shutoffs  KSBY San Luis Obispo News

DME pet calendar returns for 2020 - Daily Mountain Eagle
DME pet calendar returns for 2020  Daily Mountain Eagle

E. coli worries in Ledgeview: Residents should keep kids, pets away from Bower Creek - Green Bay Press Gazette
E. coli worries in Ledgeview: Residents should keep kids, pets away from Bower Creek  Green Bay Press Gazette

Adoptable pets for Oct. 18-24 - Knoxville News Sentinel
Adoptable pets for Oct. 18-24  Knoxville News Sentinel

Why raw dog food could be harmful for pets and owners alike - Medical News Today
Why raw dog food could be harmful for pets and owners alike  Medical News Today

Halloween villainy and revelry, all for rescue pets! - Long Beach Post
Halloween villainy and revelry, all for rescue pets!  Long Beach Post

A car company and its continued love for pets - Moscow-Pullman Daily News
A car company and its continued love for pets  Moscow-Pullman Daily News

Local pet shelters fight to combat animal overpopulation - KTTC
Local pet shelters fight to combat animal overpopulation  KTTC

The value of pet ownership for older adults - WTOP
The value of pet ownership for older adults  WTOP

Column: Medicare for pets — it's not as crazy as you think - Los Angeles Times
Column: Medicare for pets — it's not as crazy as you think  Los Angeles Times

Pet of the Week: 10.20.19 - Tyler Morning Telegraph
Pet of the Week: 10.20.19  Tyler Morning Telegraph

Pets take planning - The Spokesman-Review
Pets take planning  The Spokesman-Review

Reality show 'Meat the Family' makes contestants eat their pets - New York Post
Reality show 'Meat the Family' makes contestants eat their pets  New York Post

You can now bring your pets on Uber rides in Nashville - WZTV
You can now bring your pets on Uber rides in Nashville  WZTV

Pets and Their People: Ashes and the Trainums - The Daily Progress
Pets and Their People: Ashes and the Trainums  The Daily Progress

How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders? - Scientific American
How Do We Prevent Pets from Becoming Exotic Invaders?  Scientific American

Hello Kitty! Halloween Safety Tips for your pets - WTAJ - www.wearecentralpa.com
Hello Kitty! Halloween Safety Tips for your pets  WTAJ - www.wearecentralpa.com

Pets in need of homes - Jacksonville Journal Courier
Pets in need of homes  Jacksonville Journal Courier

Pets of the week: Petey and Zoe want to be your new best friends - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Petey and Zoe want to be your new best friends  MLive.com

Ellwood City woman's life revolves around pets, hers and others - Ellwood City Ledger
Ellwood City woman's life revolves around pets, hers and others  Ellwood City Ledger

Woman found living with more than 300 pet rats in her van in upscale San Diego community - Fox News
Woman found living with more than 300 pet rats in her van in upscale San Diego community  Fox News

Wellesley Business Buzz: Casting pets for TV ad; new Lower Falls park pitched; For Now to pop up in old Talbots space - The Swellesley Report
Wellesley Business Buzz: Casting pets for TV ad; new Lower Falls park pitched; For Now to pop up in old Talbots space  The Swellesley Report

Meet Perfect Pet, Baby Angel! - KGO-TV
Meet Perfect Pet, Baby Angel!  KGO-TV

Animal hospital warns of potential Halloween dangers to pets - WZTV
Animal hospital warns of potential Halloween dangers to pets  WZTV

How the Victorians turned mere beasts into man’s best friends - The Guardian
How the Victorians turned mere beasts into man’s best friends  The Guardian

Adopt these pets: A cat, a terrier mix and a duck - STLtoday.com
Adopt these pets: A cat, a terrier mix and a duck  STLtoday.com

Pet of the week: Sailor - Billings Gazette
Pet of the week: Sailor  Billings Gazette

Classic FM’s Pet Sounds is back to keep your pets calm during firework season - Classic FM
Classic FM’s Pet Sounds is back to keep your pets calm during firework season  Classic FM

ENTER HERE: All 4 Pets 'Put Your Pet in a Promo' contest - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
ENTER HERE: All 4 Pets 'Put Your Pet in a Promo' contest  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Pups compete in pet costume contest for Malloween On The Boolvd Pawchella - 13newsnow.com WVEC
Pups compete in pet costume contest for Malloween On The Boolvd Pawchella  13newsnow.com WVEC

Pet Wise: A guide to finding safe toys for dogs and cats - Baltimore Sun
Pet Wise: A guide to finding safe toys for dogs and cats  Baltimore Sun

Pets being abandoned by owners facing money problems - BBC News
Pets being abandoned by owners facing money problems  BBC News

Pet of the week | Pets - NNY360
Pet of the week | Pets  NNY360

Pets with Potential: Meet Honey - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Honey  WCAX

Rats as pets: Some people say absolutely. - The - The Washington Post
Rats as pets: Some people say absolutely. - The  The Washington Post

Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Oct. 16, 2019 - OregonLive
Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Oct. 16, 2019  OregonLive

Exotic Pets: Sugar Gliders - WBOY.com
Exotic Pets: Sugar Gliders  WBOY.com

Vet warns against feeding your pets alternative diets - WAFF
Vet warns against feeding your pets alternative diets  WAFF

Fin is Pinellas’ Pet of the Week - Tampa Bay Times
Fin is Pinellas’ Pet of the Week  Tampa Bay Times

Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride - TechCrunch
Uber’s newest feature alerts drivers that pets will be joining the ride  TechCrunch

Adoptable Pet of the Weekend: Meet Puff Daddy! - WBTW
Adoptable Pet of the Weekend: Meet Puff Daddy!  WBTW

Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Oliver, Daisy, & Leah - SweetwaterNOW.com
Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Oliver, Daisy, & Leah  SweetwaterNOW.com

Maddie's Saving Nevada's Pets Conference to take place this week in Reno - KRNV My News 4
Maddie's Saving Nevada's Pets Conference to take place this week in Reno  KRNV My News 4

Pets available for adoption at Virginia Beach SPCA - Virginian-Pilot
Pets available for adoption at Virginia Beach SPCA  Virginian-Pilot

8 Pets to Get If You're Allergic to Cats and Dogs - Reader's Digest
8 Pets to Get If You're Allergic to Cats and Dogs  Reader's Digest

Roanoke Valley SPCA in need of cat food for PET program - WSLS 10
Roanoke Valley SPCA in need of cat food for PET program  WSLS 10

NJ pets in need: Oct. 14, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Oct. 14, 2019  NJ.com

In blessing pets, Hull pastor seeks to help the homeless - SouthCoastToday.com
In blessing pets, Hull pastor seeks to help the homeless  SouthCoastToday.com

Got photos of your pets in Halloween costumes? We’d like to see them - AL.com
Got photos of your pets in Halloween costumes? We’d like to see them  AL.com

Eight Not-So-Great Pet Peeves And Travel Problems - Forbes
Eight Not-So-Great Pet Peeves And Travel Problems  Forbes

Webkinz prepares to kill off dormant pets starting next week - The Verge
Webkinz prepares to kill off dormant pets starting next week  The Verge

Matching Holiday Pajamas for You and Your Pet Have Arrived! Here's Where to Find Them - PEOPLE.com
Matching Holiday Pajamas for You and Your Pet Have Arrived! Here's Where to Find Them  PEOPLE.com

Uber Will Let You Bring Your Pet Along for the Ride, if You Pay Up - Thrillist
Uber Will Let You Bring Your Pet Along for the Ride, if You Pay Up  Thrillist

Oregon veterinarian with checkered past is treating pets again in Beaverton – and getting more complaints - OregonLive
Oregon veterinarian with checkered past is treating pets again in Beaverton – and getting more complaints  OregonLive

Pet Project 2019: Animals available for adoption in Massachusetts on Oct. 18 - MassLive.com
Pet Project 2019: Animals available for adoption in Massachusetts on Oct. 18  MassLive.com

Residents worry about pets near littered home - WOWT
Residents worry about pets near littered home  WOWT

Local pet campaign aims to increase animal welfare - KOLO
Local pet campaign aims to increase animal welfare  KOLO

Bark-b-ques and dog spas: More central Ohio apartments welcoming pets - The Columbus Dispatch
Bark-b-ques and dog spas: More central Ohio apartments welcoming pets  The Columbus Dispatch

Pet of the Week: five-month-old lab mix Korra - KERO 23ABC News
Pet of the Week: five-month-old lab mix Korra  KERO 23ABC News

Man Attacked by His Boss's Pet Lion After Asking for Back Pay - Newsweek
Man Attacked by His Boss's Pet Lion After Asking for Back Pay  Newsweek

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (10/16/19) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (10/16/19)  ABC15 Arizona

Are pets really good for us – or just hairy health hazards? - The Guardian
Are pets really good for us – or just hairy health hazards?  The Guardian

Thousand expected for major pet expo in Des Moines | 1040 WHO - KFI AM 640
Thousand expected for major pet expo in Des Moines | 1040 WHO  KFI AM 640

North County News Del Mar neighbors aid woman living in car with 300 pet rats Mark - 10News
North County News Del Mar neighbors aid woman living in car with 300 pet rats Mark  10News

Oklahoma veterinarian warns against disease contagious to pets, humans - KOCO Oklahoma City
Oklahoma veterinarian warns against disease contagious to pets, humans  KOCO Oklahoma City

No 24-hour emergency pet care in Las Cruces? Officials attribute it to lack of ER vets - Las Cruces Sun-News
No 24-hour emergency pet care in Las Cruces? Officials attribute it to lack of ER vets  Las Cruces Sun-News

‘He’s My World’: Family Worries About Missing Pets During Sandalwood Fire - KTLA Los Angeles
‘He’s My World’: Family Worries About Missing Pets During Sandalwood Fire  KTLA Los Angeles

How pets improve our health - CNN
How pets improve our health  CNN

Kent woman says her dog died under watch of Rover pet sitter - KING5.com
Kent woman says her dog died under watch of Rover pet sitter  KING5.com

Pet Pampering - The New York Times
Pet Pampering  The New York Times

Can owners legally shoot their pets? DA wants Pennsylvania to clarify the law. - lehighvalleylive.com
Can owners legally shoot their pets? DA wants Pennsylvania to clarify the law.  lehighvalleylive.com

These adorable pets need new homes! - WCVB Boston
These adorable pets need new homes!  WCVB Boston

Challenges of pet travel and tips to make it easier - Fox Baltimore
Challenges of pet travel and tips to make it easier  Fox Baltimore

Do you really need pet insurance? How to tell whether it's worth it - Chicago Tribune
Do you really need pet insurance? How to tell whether it's worth it  Chicago Tribune

Man sets pet lion on electrician who tried to collect pay, police say - CNN
Man sets pet lion on electrician who tried to collect pay, police say  CNN

Giant dog appears to pet small rescue kitten in adorable viral video - Fox News
Giant dog appears to pet small rescue kitten in adorable viral video  Fox News

16 Funny Pet Slang Words You Never Realized Existed - Reader's Digest
16 Funny Pet Slang Words You Never Realized Existed  Reader's Digest

20 Animals Dressed Up — Pets In Halloween Costumes - WomansDay.com
20 Animals Dressed Up — Pets In Halloween Costumes  WomansDay.com

Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Oct. 14 - Frankfort, IL Patch
Lost And Found Pets Of Will County: Week of Oct. 14  Frankfort, IL Patch

Pets of the week: Leroy & Hugo can’t bear to be separated - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Leroy & Hugo can’t bear to be separated  MLive.com

Here's how to protect yourself (and your pets) from EEE, the deadly mosquito-borne virus - CNN
Here's how to protect yourself (and your pets) from EEE, the deadly mosquito-borne virus  CNN

Affordable pet washes offered to public at Pierpont Community and Technical College - WDTV
Affordable pet washes offered to public at Pierpont Community and Technical College  WDTV

Fancy Goldfish Affected By Tariffs In The Trade War With China - NPR
Fancy Goldfish Affected By Tariffs In The Trade War With China  NPR

Temperatures take a nose dive; Here’s how to protect your pets - FOX 31 Denver
Temperatures take a nose dive; Here’s how to protect your pets  FOX 31 Denver

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