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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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6 ways you and your pets can help save the planet  Mashable

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How to get more pets to the vet  dvm360

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New Book Exposes Pet Food Secrets That Are Damaging Our Pets And Planet  PRNewswire

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Man says puppy saved his life but she, 2 other pets lost in house fire  WJXT News4JAX

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Bringing your pet to Lee County airport terminals could land you up to 60 days in jail under new pet rules  News-Press

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Alabama’s Motel for Pets kept dogs and cats in luxury for 28 years  AL.com

Florida jail's animal farm hosts 150 'pets' - Miami Herald
Florida jail's animal farm hosts 150 'pets'  Miami Herald

Americans are spending almost half a billion dollars on Halloween costumes for their pets - MarketWatch
Americans are spending almost half a billion dollars on Halloween costumes for their pets  MarketWatch

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Why some homeless people refuse shelter: Pets, possessions and partners  KVUE.com

Local shelter using facial recognition technology to reunite lost pets - WGME
Local shelter using facial recognition technology to reunite lost pets  WGME

Helping the Homeless and Their Pets - WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
Helping the Homeless and Their Pets  WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

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The anti-vaccine movement has spread, and now pets are the ones going unprotected  WXYZ

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“Cat Daddy” Shares Insight Into Cats As Pets To Help You Have A More Purr-fect Pet Cat Experience  WEMU

Collier County DAS cancels low-cost program to vaccinate, microchip pets - Wink News
Collier County DAS cancels low-cost program to vaccinate, microchip pets  Wink News

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of the Week: Oct. 23, 2019 | Pikes Peak Courier | gazette.com  Colorado Springs Gazette

Pet Improvement: Disasters and pet preparedness - Newport News Times
Pet Improvement: Disasters and pet preparedness  Newport News Times

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Anti-vaccine movement has spread, and now pets are the ones going unprotected  News 5 Cleveland

Mountain View PetSmart To Host Halloween Party For Pets - Mountain View, CA Patch
Mountain View PetSmart To Host Halloween Party For Pets  Mountain View, CA Patch

Pets of the week, Oct. 23 - Hickory Daily Record
Pets of the week, Oct. 23  Hickory Daily Record

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Countdown to the winner of Cobb Life Magazine's pets issue cover contest: Meet Cocoa!  MDJOnline.com

Pets of the Week for Oct. 23, 2019 - WKRN News 2
Pets of the Week for Oct. 23, 2019  WKRN News 2

PetSmart doubles funding for classroom pets - Bizwomen - The Business Journals
PetSmart doubles funding for classroom pets - Bizwomen  The Business Journals

Marion County Pets: Jo, Missy and Scrappy Doo - WCJB
Marion County Pets: Jo, Missy and Scrappy Doo  WCJB

Innovative NYC Program PALS Helps Victims of Domestic Violence With Pets Escape - NBC New York
Innovative NYC Program PALS Helps Victims of Domestic Violence With Pets Escape  NBC New York

Nail trimming for pets: pro and DIY options - NOLA.com
Nail trimming for pets: pro and DIY options  NOLA.com

PHOTOS: Pets of the Week - Statesville Record & Landmark
PHOTOS: Pets of the Week  Statesville Record & Landmark

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Spay and neuter your pets -- and then bank their stem cells  Engadget

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Number of lost, stray pets continues to rise at KC shelter  northeastnews.net

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Local News Analysts predict CBD for pets sales to reach $125 million Olivia Levada 5:43  KXXV News Channel 25

Maine shelter turns to facial recognition to get lost pets home - WGME
Maine shelter turns to facial recognition to get lost pets home  WGME

The power of owning a pet - The Volante
The power of owning a pet  The Volante

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Helping outdoor pets when it gets cold  13abc Action News

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Wallace Subaru of Bristol to cover cost of adopting pets Tuesday  WCYB

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What to Know About a Chinchilla Pet — How to Care For a Chinchilla  WomansDay.com

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Lost And Found Pets In Metro Denver, Boulder: Week Of Oct. 21  Patch.com

Pets of the Week for Oct. 22, 2019 - Duluth News Tribune
Pets of the Week for Oct. 22, 2019  Duluth News Tribune

Facial recognition for pets? App helps reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners - Tacoma News Tribune
Facial recognition for pets? App helps reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners  Tacoma News Tribune

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Aston Martin's first-ever SUV will have outrageously luxurious options like a portable pet washer  INSIDER

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Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this Halloween  WTHR

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3 Kids, Hundreds of Pets Removed from Volusia Home  News 13

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Check out this week’s adoptable pets  ArkLaTexHomepage

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Autumn and Halloween can be scary times for pets  The Daily Journal

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Letters to the Editor, PETS: Some food for thought  Coeur d'Alene Press

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Customizable Cat and Dog Puzzles Are the Perfect Gifts for the Obsessed Pet Lovers in Your Life  PEOPLE.com

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Pet detective Babs Fry helps find missing dogs for free  Today.com

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Chinese cafe paints dogs to look like giant pandas  CNN

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Say hello to Scout, our Pet of the Week!  FOX 29

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Flagler Pets of the Week: Oct. 23  Daytona Beach News-Journal

Pet pantry helps promote spay, neuter program - The Herald Bulletin
Pet pantry helps promote spay, neuter program  The Herald Bulletin

NJ pets in need: Oct. 21, 2019 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Oct. 21, 2019  NJ.com

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Pet of the Week: 2019 pets  WTOP

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Pet-owner horror! He allegedly threw dog out window to death; tossed pet rodents too  SILive.com

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Florida inmate charged with feeding jail's pet iguana 'Mojo' to alligator  WFTV Orlando

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Oct 26 | Free Halloween Kids and Pets Photo Booth | Newton, MA  Patch.com

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Is This Surging Online Pet Retailer Stock Still a Buy?  Motley Fool

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Pets on Parade Holiday Drive to Save Lives to air Nov. 2 on 3TV  AZFamily

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Animal Tales: Lewiston shelter turns to facial recognition to get lost pets home  Lewiston Sun Journal

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

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Here's exactly how much it costs to own 12 common household pets  Business Insider

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As Billings schools crack down on pets in class, West High learns new tricks  Billings Gazette

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The value of pet ownership for older adults  WTOP

Edinboro University goes pet-friendly - News - GoErie.com
Edinboro University goes pet-friendly - News  GoErie.com

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

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

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Scheme which is giving pets a new lease of life  Belfast Telegraph

Chinese 'panda' pet cafe raises eyebrows - BBC News
Chinese 'panda' pet cafe raises eyebrows  BBC News

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The Best GPS Trackers For Pets  Forbes

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PET TALK: You CAN teach an older dog new tricks  Aiken Standard

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Pets of the Week | Community News  Journalscene.com

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

Dorchester County is considering new rules for pets - WCBD News 2
Dorchester County is considering new rules for pets  WCBD News 2

Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Poochie - RADIO.COM
Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Poochie  RADIO.COM

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Wet Nose Wednesday Pet: Beyonce  RADIO.COM

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

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

Firefighters honored, used pet masks to save animals - Lexington Dispatch
Firefighters honored, used pet masks to save animals  Lexington Dispatch

The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels In Orlando - Forbes
The Best Pet-Friendly Hotels In Orlando  Forbes

Furfest, Pet Costume Parade Coming To Manahawkin - Barnegat-Manahawkin, NJ Patch
Furfest, Pet Costume Parade Coming To Manahawkin  Barnegat-Manahawkin, NJ Patch

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

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

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

Mojo the iguana was a jail pet. Then an inmate fed him alive to a gator, police said - Miami Herald
Mojo the iguana was a jail pet. Then an inmate fed him alive to a gator, police said  Miami Herald

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

Add to Cart: These are Amazon's best pet products for your furry friend - AOL
Add to Cart: These are Amazon's best pet products for your furry friend  AOL

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

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

Forget Medicare For All, Now This Lefty Wants Medicare For Pets - The Federalist
Forget Medicare For All, Now This Lefty Wants Medicare For Pets  The Federalist

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

Pet Tunes Holiday: This Seasons Best Gift for Dogs and Cats - Oneida Dispatch
Pet Tunes Holiday: This Seasons Best Gift for Dogs and Cats  Oneida Dispatch

14 animals that are surprisingly legal to own as pets in the US - Business Insider
14 animals that are surprisingly legal to own as pets in the US  Business Insider

Owners present pets to Philippines priest for blessing - Reuters
Owners present pets to Philippines priest for blessing  Reuters

Meet Mika, FOX8’s Pet of the Week - WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro
Meet Mika, FOX8’s Pet of the Week  WGHP FOX 8 Greensboro

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

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

Austin among cities testing Uber Pets pilot program - Austin American-Statesman
Austin among cities testing Uber Pets pilot program  Austin American-Statesman

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

San Diego Woman Found Living in Van With 320 Pet Rats - TooFab
San Diego Woman Found Living in Van With 320 Pet Rats  TooFab

Edgewell Personal Care to sell baby and pet care businesses - CTPost
Edgewell Personal Care to sell baby and pet care businesses  CTPost

The Curious Tale Of The Stolen Pets Release Date Confirmed - UploadVR
The Curious Tale Of The Stolen Pets Release Date Confirmed  UploadVR

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

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