Parrot food

Parrots rely on berries, fruit and seeds in the wild to meet these needs. However, in captivity they will thrive on fruit and vegetables in season. It is not difficult to introduce new items as most parrots are opportunist and will try anything.

A varied the diet is essential for the health of parrots, especially if they live indoors. The greater variety the more likely all the essential vitamins and minerals are being provided.

An active pet parrot that is allowed freedom to fly will use up a lot of energy. Carbohydrates provide that fuel and pet sitters should see that this food is readily available.

Amino acids are also required – especially for feather production.

Parrot owners must add some animal protein to the bird’s diet.

A regular morning feeding routine should be established. It should consist of a small amount of parrot pellets or seeds mixed with fruit and vegetables.

In the evening, a little protein should be mixed with fruit or vegetables. You can share a little of your own meal to add variety as long you eat a healthy diet.

List of foods your parrot can eat on a regular basis:

  • Vegetables: Broccoli, Carrot, Sweet corn,Turnip, Celery, Peas/Beans, Swede, Sweet potato, Cabbage leaves, Potato (cooked)
  • Fruit: Apple, Banana, Melon, Plum, Apricot, Pomegranate, Grapes, Mango, Orange, Peach
  • Protein: Nuts (in small quantities), Cheese, Fish, Hard-boiled egg, Chicken (cooked)

A pet sitter should see to it that the nuts must be of the type suitable for human consumption as poorer quality may be toxic to parrots.

List of foods that can cause severe problems and should be avoided:

  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcohol
  • Salt
  • Uncooked potato

Fresh Water

If you add a multivitamin to the water keep in mind that the sugar base encourages bacteria to multiply in the water; therefore, you must change water twice a day.

A better alternative is to sprinkle powdered vitamins on your parrots soft foods.

Your avian veterinarian can help you to find the right products and assess the health of your bird through annual physical examinations and routine blood testings. However if your parrot is quite or looking unhealthy, you should take it to avian vet ASAP.