Parrots are amazing creatures known officially as psittacines and there are around 400 different species out there! Cockatiels and cockatoos are perhaps the most common to be kept as pets and they have a very particular diet. So, whether you’re planning to be a vet nurse or have one as a pet, you need to know exactly what nourishment they need.
As is the case with many animals, there are some foods parrots can eat, many foods they should eat and others that will just make them ill. So, knowing which categories are which is important. So, to help you in this regard, we’re here to give you the lowdown on what kind of diet you should be providing.
Pellets & Seeds:
As you’ll find out on any good vet nurse course, around of your parrot’s diet should be made up of pellets and seeds. This means feeding them things like millet, oats, canary seeds and safflower seeds, but this particular food group should not be a staple. They’re relatively high in fat and not terribly rich in nutrients, so should be viewed as more of a treat.
Another good thing to give your parrot is grains, which can include things like oatmeal, quinoa and brown rice. Offering a nice blend of different textures and tastes, adding grains will help to provide them with necessary nutrients like calcium, iron and vitamin E.
If you want to add even more variety into your parrot’s diet, a good way to do so is with some fruit, which should ideally be organic. Good choices include peaches, mangos and apples, but absolutely never give them any avocado, as this is known to be toxic to birds in general.
sLike fruit, vegetables provide birds with lots of lovely nutrients and there’s a wide range that is safe for parrots to eat. We’re talking about bell peppers, carrots, beets, asparagus and even tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Fresh is usually better because of the high nutrient content, but it won’t hurt if frozen veg is given from time to time.
What Never to Feed Your Parrot:
As you’ll learn when becoming a professional vet nurse, there are also a number of foods that can be deadly to your parrot. In addition to the aforementioned avocado, you should avoid giving your parrot anything with either chocolate or salt contained within. Both are highly toxic to birds, so should never be given, even in minute quantities.
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