The Proper Feeding of
There is a
lot to be said about this, but in short: birds cannot live by seeds
alone. The thing
to feed parrots is a nutritionally complete pellet, supplemented by fresh
fruits and vegetables (never avocado) and cooked pasta and
My vet said
no more than 10% of a bird's diet should be seed.
Some people quite
religiously (and with an air of self-righteousness) feed their birds
of the talk about the importance of mental stimulation for parrots, I can't
imagine feeding my bird nothing but pellets, pellets, pellets. I think he would
become as bored as I would be if I were fed nothing but
Furthermore, I once heard someone say that no one knows exactly
what parrots need, and that they should have their diet varied because it would help add mystery nutrients
that weren't in the pellets.
I wholeheartedly agree with this statement,
since parrots have not received that much scientific attention over the years, although this situation is
I don't think even the most sanctimonious
pellet-feeder would deny that it is good to feed your bird fresh fruits and veggies. I work hard to keep up on what
is poisonous to birds (avoid any kind of fruit seeds as a rule of thumb, and no rhubarb).
Remember to not mix wet food with the dry food:
use two separate dishes. Remove the wet stuff before you put the bird to sleep ... or, in the hot summer months, as
soon as it starts to seem off in any way. Don't let being cheap do your expensive (and, hopefully, well-loved)
Finally, keep an eye on the bottom of the bird
cage. Wet food scattered a la conure grows mold really quickly. Be sure to keep the cage extra clean so you don't
do your bird's health any damage through neglect.