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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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Las Vegas shelter waives reclaim fees for all lost, stray pets through July 10  Fox 5 Las Vegas

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5 Pets That Are Great for Small Spaces — Best Life  Best Life

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Surrendered, abandoned pets in Minnesota see 'dramatic uptick': Here's how you can help  KARE11.com

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Preserving memories of beloved pets  Mankato Free Press

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Pets are being given up as owners struggle to pay bills  CBS News

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Pets are part of the family, survey of Oregon pet owners finds  Central Oregon Daily

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Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for July 4th, 2022  Clarksville Online

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If you bought certain Zignature® pet food products labeled as "Grain Free" or "Chicken Free," you may be eligible for benefits in a class action settlement USA - English - USA  PR Newswire

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Fire destroys home east of Cortez; two pets die  The Journal

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Howard retires from Fairview Veterinary Clinic after 42 years of helping pets, owners - The Stanly News & Press | The Stanly News & Press  Stanly News & Press

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5 Pets That Are Great for Small Spaces  Yahoo Life

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St. Joseph Animal Shelter over capacity, needs more pets adopted and fostered  KQ2.com

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What experts say about keeping your pets cool this summer  The Week

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The Complex Challenge of Transporting Pets  The Foreign Service Journal

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Global Pet Furniture Market is Projected to Reach US$ 9.2 Bn By 2032, Future Market Insights Inc.  Yahoo Finance

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4 pets killed in South Abilene house fire on 4th of July  KTAB - BigCountryHomepage.com

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Driftless Humane Society Pets of the Week  La Crosse Tribune

Update: 2 people and 3 pets rescued from burning Syracuse home, one firefighter injured - syracuse.com
Update: 2 people and 3 pets rescued from burning Syracuse home, one firefighter injured  syracuse.com

Gilmore helps find forever homes for older and sick pets - TMJ4 News
Gilmore helps find forever homes for older and sick pets  TMJ4 News

Pantry volunteer helping families keep their pets - Denver 7 Colorado News
Pantry volunteer helping families keep their pets  Denver 7 Colorado News

MLFD saves pets from Marina Dr. fire - Columbia Basin Herald
MLFD saves pets from Marina Dr. fire  Columbia Basin Herald

Letters to the editor: ‘Green’ batteries’; keep pets secured; CU’s Eastman debacle; no longer a newspaper - Boulder Daily Camera
Letters to the editor: ‘Green’ batteries’; keep pets secured; CU’s Eastman debacle; no longer a newspaper  Boulder Daily Camera

Council to consider approving changes in Mitchell's pet ordinances, allowing shock collars - Mitchell Republic
Council to consider approving changes in Mitchell's pet ordinances, allowing shock collars  Mitchell Republic

Pet beer label contest benefits Provincetown animal shelter on Cape - Cape Cod Times
Pet beer label contest benefits Provincetown animal shelter on Cape  Cape Cod Times

Louisville Metro Animal Services avoids euthanizing adoptable pets - Courier Journal
Louisville Metro Animal Services avoids euthanizing adoptable pets  Courier Journal

Want to save £240 a year? Stop leaving the central heating on for your pets - The Guardian
Want to save £240 a year? Stop leaving the central heating on for your pets  The Guardian

Marcus and White Lightning: Rescue Pets of the Week - SC Times
Marcus and White Lightning: Rescue Pets of the Week  SC Times

East Bay pets of the week for July 8 - East Bay Times
East Bay pets of the week for July 8  East Bay Times

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Pets at Home Group (LON:PETS) Lowered to "Underperform" at Royal Bank of Canada  MarketBeat

Clarendon Co. fire crews rescue several pets from blaze that displaced 4 children, 2 adults - WLTX.com
Clarendon Co. fire crews rescue several pets from blaze that displaced 4 children, 2 adults  WLTX.com

High temperatures can be too much for your pets - KELO
High temperatures can be too much for your pets  KELO

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The 3-year 'paws' is over: Bend's Fourth of July Pet Parade returns after hiatus, to the joy of many  KTVZ

Ferrets are adorable, but they should not be pets - Los Angeles Times
Ferrets are adorable, but they should not be pets  Los Angeles Times

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🌱 Huntington Daily: Local Job Openings + Pets Available For Adoption  Patch

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Foxtail barley seeds present problem for Perrysburg pets, residents blame unkept field  WTOL

Fireworks warnings for pet owners to come via Service NSW app - Sydney Morning Herald
Fireworks warnings for pet owners to come via Service NSW app  Sydney Morning Herald

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SPCA Pets of the week: Athena and Scott  NorthcentralPa.com

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Oil stocks lift FTSE 100, Pets at Home slumps on rating cut  Kitco NEWS

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Pet of the Week: Zip  East Idaho News

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BBB: Lost pet scams — are you at risk?  The Union-Recorder

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Safety measures from first responders to prevent leaving child or pets in hot car  WHSV

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Family, pets displaced after central Austin duplex fire  KXAN.com

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Fire significantly damages Casper home; crew rescues multiple pets  Casper Star-Tribune

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Tips for ‘Fear Free’ pets during July 4 fireworks  KTLA Los Angeles

Preparing Your Pets for Fourth of July Fireworks - NBC 6 South Florida
Preparing Your Pets for Fourth of July Fireworks  NBC 6 South Florida

Pet parade delights in Columbiana County - WKBN.com
Pet parade delights in Columbiana County  WKBN.com

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More space for vets and pets: New 40,000-foot veterinary clinic opens at LSU  The Advocate

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10 Best Chewy Blue Box Event Pet Deals (2022): Cat and Dog Supplies  WIRED

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Do You Know How to Keep Your Pets Safe During a Disaster?  FEMA

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Pets of the week – Chicago Tribune  Chicago Tribune

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The best pets of 2022 (so far)  Mashable

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Best pet camera  KXAN.com

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Adoptable Pets in St. Petersburg  The Gabber Newspaper

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Packed Bay Area Animal Shelters Need Help Finding Homes for Pets  NBC Bay Area

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PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — July 4  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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How pets give your kids a brain boost  BBC

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Best DIY ideas to make your home pet friendly  Interesting Engineering

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Animal shelter to NRA and gun restriction foes: No pets for you  NBC News

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Global Consumer Asset Tracking Solutions Market Report 2022: Pet Tracking Sector Showing High Potential - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

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Pets of the Week  Monroe Evening News

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Huntsville Animal Services advises how to protect pets during fireworks noises | Alabama Mountains  Spot On Alabama

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Talking pets and parasites with U of M  UMN News

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Fireworks and pet safety – Action News Jax  ActionNewsJax.com

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Pets Plus Us Pet Insurance Review 2022  Investopedia

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Lunchtime Walk, Pet Party: Moorestown Manual  Patch

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PET SEGMENT: Live hoppily-ever-after when you adopt Bunny  WSBT-TV

As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them - Anchorage Daily News
As people surrender pets they can't always afford, Alaska's shelters struggle to house them  Anchorage Daily News

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Florida Man Kills Neighbor's Pet Rooster: “Chickens Die Everyday… At Churches, Popeyes, Kentucky Fried Chicken”  Whiskey Riff

Monroe County Animal Control features its Pets of the Week - Monroe Evening News
Monroe County Animal Control features its Pets of the Week  Monroe Evening News

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ElderDog Canada Highlights Importance of Relationships Between Pets and Seniors  VOCM

Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof - Seattle Met
Seattle Has the Cutest Shop Pets—Here's Proof  Seattle Met

NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business - Spectrum News
NY pet stores fear bill banning animal sales would put them out of business  Spectrum News

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Front Porch, Tumbleweed, Knock Knock: How Austin Pets Alive! names its pups  KXAN.com

Emotional support pets: experts warn of animal welfare risk - The Guardian
Emotional support pets: experts warn of animal welfare risk  The Guardian

Pets for adoption locally | Home + Life + Health | tucson.com - Arizona Daily Star
Pets for adoption locally | Home + Life + Health | tucson.com  Arizona Daily Star

Pets of the Week, Meet the Coffee kittens - Fort Leavenworth Lamp
Pets of the Week, Meet the Coffee kittens  Fort Leavenworth Lamp

A luxurious new pet resort and market, Royal Pets, is opening in Midtown Tampa - thatssotampa.com
A luxurious new pet resort and market, Royal Pets, is opening in Midtown Tampa  thatssotampa.com

Animal shelters face overcrowding as more people turnover their pets - Dayton 24/7 Now
Animal shelters face overcrowding as more people turnover their pets  Dayton 24/7 Now

(Guest editorial) Adopting pets makes most sense | Opinion | cullmantimes.com - Cullman Times Online
(Guest editorial) Adopting pets makes most sense | Opinion | cullmantimes.com  Cullman Times Online

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Ready to save a life? Here’s why fostering animals is a ‘critical component’ for local shelters  WJXT News4JAX

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Pet Monitoring Camera Market Size And Forecast | Guardzilla, Motorola, Petzila, PetChatz, Ezviz, Petcube, Furbo, Pawbo, Blink Home, Zmodo – Designer Women  Designer Women

How to protect your pets during Fourth of July fireworks - WSB Radio
How to protect your pets during Fourth of July fireworks  WSB Radio

Petlibro's Wi-Fi-Enabled Automatic Feeder Helps You Monitor Pets - Bustle
Petlibro's Wi-Fi-Enabled Automatic Feeder Helps You Monitor Pets  Bustle

Pet Care E-Commerce Market Report 2022 Market SWOT Analysis, Key Indicators, Forecast 2028 – Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., Chewy, Inc., PETstock, Nestlé, Ancol Pet Products Limited, Blue Buffalo Co., Ltd – Designer Women - Designer Women
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US Pet Insurance Market Size, Scope and Forecast | ASPCA Pet Insurance, FigoPet Insurance, Pet Plan Insurance, Trupanion Inc., Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, Embrace Pet Insurance, EnviroServ Waste Management Ltd., Healthy Paws Pet Insu - Designer Women
US Pet Insurance Market Size, Scope and Forecast | ASPCA Pet Insurance, FigoPet Insurance, Pet Plan Insurance, Trupanion Inc., Progressive Casualty Insurance Company, Embrace Pet Insurance, EnviroServ Waste Management Ltd., Healthy Paws Pet Insu  Designer Women

Pet of the Week: Eevee - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Pet of the Week: Eevee  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Pet of the Day: Bronco - KCTV 5
Pet of the Day: Bronco  KCTV 5

Pets can boost your brain power, study says - CNN
Pets can boost your brain power, study says  CNN

How to prepare for a smooth PCS with your pets - United States Army
How to prepare for a smooth PCS with your pets  United States Army

Prepare for Your Pets this Hurricane Season - American Humane
Prepare for Your Pets this Hurricane Season  American Humane

Pet-friendly recreation - Michigan (.gov)
Pet-friendly recreation  Michigan (.gov)

Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for April 18th, 2022 - Clarksville Online
Clarksville Area Pets of the Week for April 18th, 2022  Clarksville Online

Playing for Pets is Thursday and Friday - SIU News
Playing for Pets is Thursday and Friday  SIU News

Editors’ picks: 27 pet products we’ve tried and absolutely love - CNN Underscored
Editors’ picks: 27 pet products we’ve tried and absolutely love  CNN Underscored

Pet Ownership Statistics: 78% of Pet Owners Acquired Pets During Pandemic - Forbes
Pet Ownership Statistics: 78% of Pet Owners Acquired Pets During Pandemic  Forbes

Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons - PsychCentral.com
Why Should Kids Have Pets: 8 Evidence-Based Reasons  PsychCentral.com

National Pet Day: Here are the most searched pets (besides cats and dogs) in Ohio, KY - The Cincinnati Enquirer
National Pet Day: Here are the most searched pets (besides cats and dogs) in Ohio, KY  The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Best Air Purifiers for Pets of 2022 | US News  U.S. News & World Report

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Unusual Pets  WHYY

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