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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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Small Door, the OneMedical for pets, launches NYC location  TechCrunch

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Rescued pets from earthquake-ravaged Puerto Rico end up at East Coast shelters  Fox News

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Grace - 47abc  WMDT

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Pets of the Week: Benny and Minnie  Chesterfield Observer

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Pet Winter Safety  WJAC Johnstown

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Fires displace families, kill pets during past week  Taylorsville Times

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Are you leaving your pet outdoors in cold weather? These laws apply to you  WHNT News 19

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Pets 101: Care Tips For New Pet Owners  Long Island Press

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Be responsible with your pets  Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

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Marion County Pets: Meet Wiggles, Dulce and Fenway  WCJB

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Domestic abusers in Florida could lose contact with pets  Orlando Weekly

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San Gabriel Valley pets of the week: Why get 1 kitty when you can have 5?  The Pasadena Star-News

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Delta launches new airline pet travel option, feds float restrictions  WSB Atlanta

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PetMed Express Inc (PETS) Q3 2019 Earnings Call Transcript  Motley Fool

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Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (1/22/20)  ABC15 Arizona

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Pics: It's cold in Florida. Pets keeping warm with dog sweaters, blankets  TCPalm

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Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Tiger, Ellie, Matoli, Wookie, Seven  Rockville, MD Patch

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Routt County adoptable pets: Bandit the cat and Oreo the dog  Steamboat Pilot & Today

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Four pets missing after northeast Austin duplex fire  KXAN.com

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A 'Secret Life of Pets' ride is opening at Universal Studios Hollywood this spring — here's everything we know  INSIDER

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Jan 22, 2020  OregonLive

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Shelter pets could become Florida's official state pet  WCTV

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What's the Most Expensive Thing Your Pet Ruined?  khak.com

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Pets at Home delivered strong same-store revenue growth over Christmas  MarketWatch

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Bay Area preps plants, pets for cold snap  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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Popovich Comedy Pet Theater to bring animal hijinks to local stage  Springfield News Sun

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14 displaced after 2-alarm condo fire in Hilltop area  WAVY.com

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New pet food pantry opens in Stark County  WKYC.com

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Kent Humane Society hosting seminar to get babies ready for pets FOX 17 8:48 AM  Fox17

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Number of pets per household will increase as city opens negotiations with spcaLA  Long Beach Post

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8-year-old donates her birthday to P.E.T.S.  KAUZ

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Northport Adoptable Pets Of The Week: Anchovy & Mussel  Northport, NY Patch

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Banfield Pet Hospital's 4th Annual Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET)® Report Reveals Pet Obesity Still on the Rise  NBC Right Now

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Reminder: Leaving pets outside in frigid temps is a crime  wpde.com

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Smith  KCBD

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Pets and the People Who Love Them | Lifestyles  News Courier

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Buying pet food at Costco saves me over $500 a year, and my animals love it, too  Business Insider

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Animal Tales: Lewiston woman keeps pets in style  Lewiston Sun Journal

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Pet Pals: Luna  WLOS

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8 Best Pet Insurance in Maine Options for 2020 • Benzinga  Benzinga

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Pet of the Week: Ranger  KGNS.tv

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Pets of the week, Jan. 22 | Gallery  Hickory Daily Record

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NJ pets in need: Jan. 20, 2020  NJ.com

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Domestic abusers could lose contact with pets if bill in Florida legislature passes  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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Local News Fire displaces Johnson County family, kills 3 pets 41 Action News Staff 5:03  KSHB

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Five Nice Pet-Friendly Apartments for Rent in Boston  Boston magazine

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Spotify unveils playlists for pets | TheHill  The Hill

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WATCH: Fisherman pets mako shark to prove point  For The Win

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Animal advocates remind community to keep a close eye on outdoor pets this winter  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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Pets of the week: Norma Jean is a couch-cuddler who wants snuggle up with you  MLive.com

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Six pets die in Sioux Falls fire  KSFY

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Coyotes on the prowl in Seven Hills neighborhood, why pet owners are terrified  KTNV Las Vegas

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Humane Society hosting 'Love a Shelter Pet' day with animals, activities for kids  WNWO NBC 24

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Meet Klondike, this week's adoptable pet  Williamsburg Yorktown Daily

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Coyote breeding season coming soon, CPW warns pet owners  KJCT8.com

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Pet donors needed as veterinary hospitals face critical blood shortages  CBS46 News Atlanta

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Do you have a top dog? Enter your pet in TODAY's 'Best in Show' contest!  Today.com

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New Clay County weed extremely toxic to humans, pets  INFORUM

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Bellingham man accused of killing wife, pets remains hospitalized in Seattle  Seattle Times

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Pet of the Week: Ms. Waffles  WITN

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A 2nd Chance Pet of the Week  Hillsboro Times Gazette

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At-Risk Puerto Rico Shelter Pets Flown to New Jersey  NBC New York

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Frisco Leaders Approve New Pet Store Regulations After Undercover Investigation  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Pet Project: Meet Turkey and his siblings  WSAW

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Mountain Humane Animal Shelter creates happy environment for shelter pets  KMVT

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Blind woman asks public, pet owners to be aware of service animals  WTOL

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Philippines farm shelters pets rescued from volcano  Yahoo News

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Colorado lawmakers discussing banning sales of dogs and cats at pet stores  KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City

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Lafayette native’s passion paw-sitvely impacting pet lovers  Colorado Hometown Weekly

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Great Kills fire, the morning after: FDNY still on scene, pets survived  SILive.com

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Freezing Weather — Protecting Pets, Plants, Pipes And Other Tips  NorthEscambia.com

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Ohio States veterinary social worker helps pet owners cope with grief, tough choices  The Columbus Dispatch

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Pet Talk: First Aid for pets  KBTX

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Pet detective helps families track down lost pets as a community service  KGW.com

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Proposed bill would prevent Colorado pet stores from selling dogs, cats  KRDO

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Family displaced, pets killed in Westmoreland house fire  The Keene Sentinel

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Frigid temperatures can hurt your pet's health  WKYT

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Meet the Pet of the Week: Atka  Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3

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The Activists Who've Saved 1000 Pets From Syria's War Zones  OZY

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Person, two pets escape house fire in Westminster  Baltimore Sun

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Clay County using facial recognition to help reunited lost pets with owners  WJXT News4JAX

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Pet of the Week: 2020 pets  WTOP

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Family's pets don't make it out alive after home catches fire in Evansville  WMTV

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Pet food blessing box to fight animal hunger  wnky.com

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Marijuana legalization could be leading to more pets getting sick from THC  WWMT-TV

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Ultrasensitive PET enables sub-second total-body imaging  physicsworld.com

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Colorado-Based Puppy Mill Awareness Organization, Harley's Dream, Endorses Humane Pet Act  PRNewswire

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Cheetah smuggling out of Ethiopia 'fuelled by exotic pets demand'  BBC News

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Pet of the Week: Kiwi  WXII12 Winston-Salem

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14 Adoptable Cincinnati Pets Looking For Families to Snuggle With  Cincinnati CityBeat

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Pets at Home groomed for 2020 glory after record Christmas  City A.M.

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