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Eclectus Parrot Feedings (a list)

Postby GreenWing » Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:04 pm

I've obtained lists over the years, such as the Vitamin A list of foods for parrots .
In a similar way, I grabbed this list for Ekkies.

I think the list is very useful and I hope it is helpful for others, as well. Whether you have input to add or not, please be respectful to the fact that I typed this all out to help others learn about Eclectus nutrition. I'm not the author.



FRUITS

Cantaloupe
Apricots
Cranberries
Blueberries
Sweet and sour cherries
Pomegranates
Papaya

OTHER

Cooked brown or white rice
Cooked dried peas
Beans
Lentils
Cooked beets
Baked potatoes
Defrosted green peas
Cantaloupe seeds
Dried unsalted pumpkin seeds
Cooked or dried uncooked pasta
Sprouted seeds of all kinds
Corn
Softened popcorn seeds (soaked overnight)
Popped popcorn with no butter or salt

*Scrambled eggs and chopped hard boiled eggs, shells included
Spray millet (as a low fat treat)
Nuts removed from shells
Eggplant - cooked or raw

VEGGIES

Carrots - cooked as well as raw, grated, diced, whole
Sweet potatoes
Yams
Winter squash
Pumpkin (baked in microwave in skins)
Dark green lettuce

TREAT JAR

Unsweetened breakfast cereal (cherrios or Rice Chex), dried banana chips, uncooked dried vegetable pasta; small, dried hot red peppers; popcorn - popped without butter or salt; almonds - whole in the shell or chopped or silvered; millet seed or a budgie/cockatiel seed mix. Raisins are unsuitable (moisture level too high)

*asterisk provided to note this is up for debate due to protein content

DO NOT FEED AN ECLECTUS PELLETS.
Additional no-feed in follow up post.
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Re: Eclectus Parrot Feedings (a list)

Postby GreenWing » Mon Jun 17, 2019 3:06 pm

DO NOT FEED chocolate and caffeine, avocados, alcohol, peanuts, apple seeds and fruit pits, milk products, sugar, salt and fat (such as potato chips), no artificial food colors and dyes.

AND NO PELLETS!
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Re: Eclectus Parrot Feedings (a list)

Postby Pajarita » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:17 am

Also NO ANIMAL PROTEIN so no eggs! And no white rice (just simple carbs and nothting else in there), apricots are OK as long as they are not dried and not fed often at all (waayy to high in oxalates) and one needs to be VERY careful with protein with them so, although the sources of protein on the list (seeds, nuts, beans -which should only be white and never colored, lentils, etc) are not bad per se, they have to be closely measured and in very small portions. I would also never feed a parrot dried corn whether it was soaked or even cooked... And you can add lots of other fruits to the list, like oranges, grapes, apples, bananas, starfruit, kiwis, etc. as well as veggies like corn on the cob, zucchini, tomatoes, etc.

The important thing with ekkies is VERY low protein, almost no fat, high moisture, high fiber and no 'nutrition bombs' - they do better on a poor diet than on a rich one. Oh, and careful with veggies that are high in salycilates, they seem to have a particular intolerance for them.
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Re: Eclectus Parrot Feedings (a list)

Postby Pajarita » Wed Jun 19, 2019 8:10 am

Believe it or not, I woke up last night, in the middle of the night, remembering (in my sleep, I guess) that I had not mentioned that human cereal, ANY human cereal, is a complete NO-NO for any parrot so add that to the list of things that need to be expunged from this list.
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