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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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Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets - BBC News
Why the French are 'European champions' at abandoning pets  BBC News

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of August 9, 2020 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of August 9, 2020  Summit Daily News

Commentary: The science behind pets sunning and sleeping - Moscow-Pullman Daily News
Commentary: The science behind pets sunning and sleeping  Moscow-Pullman Daily News

How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety - The New York Times
How to Help Your Pet With Post-Quarantine Separation Anxiety  The New York Times

In the aftermath of a disaster, one group looks out for Beirut's lost and hurt pets - CNN
In the aftermath of a disaster, one group looks out for Beirut's lost and hurt pets  CNN

Robotic pets used to remedy loneliness in nursing homes across Alabama - WIAT - CBS42.com
Robotic pets used to remedy loneliness in nursing homes across Alabama  WIAT - CBS42.com

Want to keep spoiling your pets during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s the latest in 'pet tech' - USA TODAY
Want to keep spoiling your pets during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s the latest in 'pet tech'  USA TODAY

Rabid bat found in Frisco; city recommends vaccinating pets - The Dallas Morning News
Rabid bat found in Frisco; city recommends vaccinating pets  The Dallas Morning News

Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Inky - nwitimes.com
Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Inky  nwitimes.com

Pet Vet: Urinary Issues in Pets - WNDU
Pet Vet: Urinary Issues in Pets  WNDU

Photos: 'Yappy Hour Yoga' combines pets with fitness - STLtoday.com
Photos: 'Yappy Hour Yoga' combines pets with fitness  STLtoday.com

Long-Term Signal Says PETS Could Run Higher - Forbes
Long-Term Signal Says PETS Could Run Higher  Forbes

Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County - The Register-Guard
Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

Erie Humane Society hosts Bark Brunch to raise funds for shelter pets - YourErie
Erie Humane Society hosts Bark Brunch to raise funds for shelter pets  YourErie

How to deal with separation anxiety in pets as pandemic restrictions ease - WTVD-TV
How to deal with separation anxiety in pets as pandemic restrictions ease  WTVD-TV

Experts: Leaving family pets behind after quarantine may cause separation anxiety - KFDA
Experts: Leaving family pets behind after quarantine may cause separation anxiety  KFDA

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

PHOTOS: NewsChannel 8 viewers have some adorable pets - KTUL
PHOTOS: NewsChannel 8 viewers have some adorable pets  KTUL

Protecting Pets From Raccoons - NBC New York
Protecting Pets From Raccoons  NBC New York

These adoptable pets will warm your heart: Aug. 8-9 - SILive.com
These adoptable pets will warm your heart: Aug. 8-9  SILive.com

Pet-friendly design tips - Morgan County Herald
Pet-friendly design tips  Morgan County Herald

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

ISO Pets: Midnight, Momma and Spartacus need homes - The Morning Call
ISO Pets: Midnight, Momma and Spartacus need homes  The Morning Call

Pets of the Week: Remi & Kaiya - County 17
Pets of the Week: Remi & Kaiya  County 17

A safe place for grieving lost pets - WLUC
A safe place for grieving lost pets  WLUC

Tips offered for traveling with a pet | Community | times-news.com - Cumberland Times-News
Tips offered for traveling with a pet | Community | times-news.com  Cumberland Times-News

FL Firefighters Rescue Two People, Pets from Apartment Blaze - Firehouse.com
FL Firefighters Rescue Two People, Pets from Apartment Blaze  Firehouse.com

Points for Pets: Chronic ear problems in dogs usually rooted in allergy or hypersensitivity - WV News
Points for Pets: Chronic ear problems in dogs usually rooted in allergy or hypersensitivity  WV News

Plugging the hole in owner's heart after the loss of a beloved pet can be hard - The Tribune - Ironton Tribune
Plugging the hole in owner's heart after the loss of a beloved pet can be hard - The Tribune  Ironton Tribune

Pandemic got you down? Here are some funny pet pics - Chron.com
Pandemic got you down? Here are some funny pet pics  Chron.com

Donation ensures Florence County firefighters equipped to save pets - SCNow
Donation ensures Florence County firefighters equipped to save pets  SCNow

Friendswood Animal Control pets of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News - Galveston County Daily News
Friendswood Animal Control pets of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News  Galveston County Daily News

Pets of the Week: Sophie, Hanselina, Cloud and Olivia are ready for adoption - Long Beach Press Telegram
Pets of the Week: Sophie, Hanselina, Cloud and Olivia are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

Pets of the week: One cat for a barn, one cat for a lap - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the week: One cat for a barn, one cat for a lap  Duluth News Tribune

PHOTOS: Three Mile Bay church holds animal blessing ceremony - NNY360
PHOTOS: Three Mile Bay church holds animal blessing ceremony  NNY360

Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August - KTRK-TV
Harris County Pets announces free adoption days in August  KTRK-TV

Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector - Nature.com
Coronavirus in pets, French research strategy and a duplication detector  Nature.com

VIVA Pet of the Week: Molly - Lompoc Record
VIVA Pet of the Week: Molly  Lompoc Record

Pets with Potential: Abby - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Abby  WCAX

Pet advocate indicted for felony animal abuse, theft - Massillon Independent
Pet advocate indicted for felony animal abuse, theft  Massillon Independent

Meet our pets of the week: Two dogs and a horse - STLtoday.com
Meet our pets of the week: Two dogs and a horse  STLtoday.com

Florida ranks fourth for pet shelter deaths, but local facilities are more successful at keeping animals alive - yoursun.com
Florida ranks fourth for pet shelter deaths, but local facilities are more successful at keeping animals alive  yoursun.com

How dogs and cats can ease the loneliness and stress of the pandemic - LA Daily News
How dogs and cats can ease the loneliness and stress of the pandemic  LA Daily News

Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.' - National Geographic
Alligators make terrible pets: 'You're basically dealing with a dinosaur.'  National Geographic

Cleveland APL pets of the weekend: Senor Bob, Six Horse and Cleo - News 5 Cleveland
Cleveland APL pets of the weekend: Senor Bob, Six Horse and Cleo  News 5 Cleveland

This Clever Seat Belt Keeps Your Pets Safe in the Car - autoevolution
This Clever Seat Belt Keeps Your Pets Safe in the Car  autoevolution

Adopt-a-pets: Aug. 9 | News | carolinacoastonline.com - Carolinacoastonline
Adopt-a-pets: Aug. 9 | News | carolinacoastonline.com  Carolinacoastonline

Pet Tales: Land donated to end flood threat at Orphans of the Storm shelter - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pet Tales: Land donated to end flood threat at Orphans of the Storm shelter  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PETS OF THE WEEK - Urbana Daily Citizen
PETS OF THE WEEK  Urbana Daily Citizen

Pets and playthings … | Other Opinions - Aitkin Independent Age
Pets and playthings … | Other Opinions  Aitkin Independent Age

COLD NOSES: Adoptable Pets of the Week - The Florida Times-Union
COLD NOSES: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

Summertime safety for your pet - MSUToday
Summertime safety for your pet  MSUToday

Tampa named most pet-friendly city in WalletHub survey - Frederick News Post
Tampa named most pet-friendly city in WalletHub survey  Frederick News Post

Two Ocala residents and four family pets rescued from apartment fire - Ocala News
Two Ocala residents and four family pets rescued from apartment fire  Ocala News

Philadelphia Ranked Among Top 50 Most Pet-Friendly Cities In United States - CBS Philly
Philadelphia Ranked Among Top 50 Most Pet-Friendly Cities In United States  CBS Philly

‘Raise a Pint for Pets’ to help raise money for local animal shelters - fox2now.com
‘Raise a Pint for Pets’ to help raise money for local animal shelters  fox2now.com

Craven-Pamlico pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Craven-Pamlico pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

Workshop offers chance to make mini needle felted sculptures of pets - The Robesonian
Workshop offers chance to make mini needle felted sculptures of pets  The Robesonian

San Antonio Pets Alive! places two dogs up for adoption after owner dies of COVID-19 complications - KSAT San Antonio
San Antonio Pets Alive! places two dogs up for adoption after owner dies of COVID-19 complications  KSAT San Antonio

Pets can get nails trimmed, microchips at FurEver Home drive-thru event - Fremont Tribune
Pets can get nails trimmed, microchips at FurEver Home drive-thru event  Fremont Tribune

Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes - ArmyTimes.com
Army vet finds peace fostering pets, finding them homes  ArmyTimes.com

Volusia County to offer free pet food, microchipping - WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando
Volusia County to offer free pet food, microchipping  WKMG News 6 & ClickOrlando

Learn Pet Care From Rue McClanahan in These Instructional Videos from 1990 - Lifehacker
Learn Pet Care From Rue McClanahan in These Instructional Videos from 1990  Lifehacker

The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues - Psychology Today
The Problem of Loving Pets With Behavior Issues  Psychology Today

AI-Powered Smart Cameras Help You Maintain a Long-Distance Relationship …With Your Pet - Synced
AI-Powered Smart Cameras Help You Maintain a Long-Distance Relationship …With Your Pet  Synced

Pets of the week: Swiss and Bean are the missing ingredients in your life - Bucks County Courier Times
Pets of the week: Swiss and Bean are the missing ingredients in your life  Bucks County Courier Times

Pets of the Week: Aug. 9, 2020 | Lifestyle - Longview News-Journal
Pets of the Week: Aug. 9, 2020 | Lifestyle  Longview News-Journal

App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets - Bay News 9
App Uses Pet Selfies to ID Shelter Pets  Bay News 9

Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Huckleberry - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Huckleberry  WATE 6 On Your Side

How to help pets dealing with anxiety - WWLP.com
How to help pets dealing with anxiety  WWLP.com

'He don't talk back to me!' Seniors receive robot pets to help with quarantine loneliness - WCVB Boston
'He don't talk back to me!' Seniors receive robot pets to help with quarantine loneliness  WCVB Boston

Pets of the week: Chance, Smudge ready for a summer staycation in their new homes - Burlington County Times
Pets of the week: Chance, Smudge ready for a summer staycation in their new homes  Burlington County Times

Carson City Humane Society's Pets of the Week: Sir Newton, Lord Leonard, and Lord Rock of Rochester - Carson Now
Carson City Humane Society's Pets of the Week: Sir Newton, Lord Leonard, and Lord Rock of Rochester  Carson Now

Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats - Tampa Bay Times
Pasco to end retail pet store sales of dogs and cats  Tampa Bay Times

Clear the Shelters: Senior pets make wonderful companions - KTVZ
Clear the Shelters: Senior pets make wonderful companions  KTVZ

Pet parade held at Evansville assisted living facility - Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)
Pet parade held at Evansville assisted living facility  Eyewitness News (WEHT/WTVW)

Arnold Schwarzenegger describes quarantine life with pet donkey and mini horse - FOX 11 Los Angeles
Arnold Schwarzenegger describes quarantine life with pet donkey and mini horse  FOX 11 Los Angeles

Lufkin police remind parents not to leave children, pets inside hot vehicles - CBS19.tv KYTX
Lufkin police remind parents not to leave children, pets inside hot vehicles  CBS19.tv KYTX

CELEBRATE COMMUNITY: Okaloosa artist paints shelter pets, offers artwork to new owner - The Northwest Florida Daily News
CELEBRATE COMMUNITY: Okaloosa artist paints shelter pets, offers artwork to new owner  The Northwest Florida Daily News

BARK IN THE PARK: Stakeholders gather to push forward project for pets - Tahlequah Daily Press
BARK IN THE PARK: Stakeholders gather to push forward project for pets  Tahlequah Daily Press

Clear The Shelters: Keeping Your Pets Out of Hot Cars - NBC 6 South Florida
Clear The Shelters: Keeping Your Pets Out of Hot Cars  NBC 6 South Florida

The Midland Humane Coalition’s pets of the week: Skulls & Pineapple - KMID - Local 2 News
The Midland Humane Coalition’s pets of the week: Skulls & Pineapple  KMID - Local 2 News

COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today - AgriLife Today
COVID-19 can affect pets; cases confirmed | AgriLife Today  AgriLife Today

Colonial Capital pets of the week - New Bern Sun Journal
Colonial Capital pets of the week  New Bern Sun Journal

Pet stores in Kitsap can no longer sell animals from large-scale commercial breeders - Kitsap Sun
Pet stores in Kitsap can no longer sell animals from large-scale commercial breeders  Kitsap Sun

From Our Readers: Cats of Napa County 2020 | Pets - Napa Valley Register
From Our Readers: Cats of Napa County 2020 | Pets  Napa Valley Register

A Paws for Pets : The trouble with Charley - York News-Times
A Paws for Pets : The trouble with Charley  York News-Times

Pets of the week: A couple of cute kittens are looking for homes - MLive.com
Pets of the week: A couple of cute kittens are looking for homes  MLive.com

Majority of Pet Owners Give Their Pets Some Homemade Food - The Bark
Majority of Pet Owners Give Their Pets Some Homemade Food  The Bark

Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners - NPR
Homeward Bound: Pets' Incredible COVID-19 Journeys To Reunite With Owners  NPR

Nominate Your Pet For Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week - Clark, NJ Patch
Nominate Your Pet For Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week  Clark, NJ Patch

Watch now: Meet the Tazewell County couple fighting to change city rules banning their pet pig - Bloomington Pantagraph
Watch now: Meet the Tazewell County couple fighting to change city rules banning their pet pig  Bloomington Pantagraph

People Escape Burning Home, 3 Pets Inside Die In Fire - CBS Denver
People Escape Burning Home, 3 Pets Inside Die In Fire  CBS Denver

Clear the Shelters 2020: How you can help pets find their forever home - WKYC.com
Clear the Shelters 2020: How you can help pets find their forever home  WKYC.com

Pets - Anti Aging News
Pets  Anti Aging News

Toxic algae growing in Rock Creek Regional Park harmful to humans and pets - WJLA
Toxic algae growing in Rock Creek Regional Park harmful to humans and pets  WJLA

Red Paw, Philly's emergency response team for pets, shutting down - WPVI-TV
Red Paw, Philly's emergency response team for pets, shutting down  WPVI-TV

Demand for cheetahs as pets is leading to their extinction - NBC News
Demand for cheetahs as pets is leading to their extinction  NBC News

3 Hot Pet Stocks to Buy in August - Motley Fool
3 Hot Pet Stocks to Buy in August  Motley Fool

Adopt a Pet: Boo - Ellwood City Ledger
Adopt a Pet: Boo  Ellwood City Ledger

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