Parrots in their natural environment utilise a very wide variety of plants throughout the year, ingesting fruit, seeds, berries, leaves, buds and roots. There is a common misconception that parrots can survive on a diet of sunflower seeds and peanuts. This diet is deficient in at least 32 nutrients!
May 21, 2019
Just like people, parrots would rather eat what tastes good than what is healthy for them. Think of these fatty seeds as ‘birdie chocolate’. As it is not possible to offer captive parrots the variety of food that they would eat in the wild, pelleted diets have been developed to meet their basic nutritional needs.
It is recommended that approximately 60% of the parrot’s diet should be a formulated product, with the addition of vegetables, fruit and a limited amount of high-quality seeds and nuts.
It can take some time and perseverance to convert a parrot to a healthy, balanced diet. Parrots can develop marked preferences for foods of a certain taste, texture or colour, and can be extremely resistant to trying new foodstuffs.
The following tricks can be tried during the conversion process:
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