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Other Foods for Parrots

Postby GreenWing » Sat Sep 29, 2012 5:02 pm

Continuing from the Vitamin A Fruits and Veggies list...

Vitamin A veggies and fruits should account for 30-40 percent of a parrot's diet, but listed below are other healthy foods parrots CAN have:

Veggies/fruits:

Peas in a pod
Okra
Guava
Oranges
Plums
Pineapple
Bean sprouts
Artichokes
Asparagus
Apples
Figs
Kiwi
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Beets
Grapes
Pomegranates
Cranberries
Corn on the cob
Brussel sprouts
Green beans
Banana
Pricklypear

All of these veggies/fruits are best organic.
PLEASE NOTE that parrots can have blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries but do not give them non-organic due to harmful pesticides. Blueberries/strawberries/raspberries from your garden are better than purchased organic, however.

Oranges and other citris fruits should be very limited.

Up for debate: Raw tomatoes; they are acidic. Some say it's a no-no, others say it's fine. Cooked and dried tomatoes are OK.

Quality proteins for parrots:

Lowfat yogurt
Boiled egg
Lean meats
Mealworms (ew lol)
Lowfat cheese (small amounts)
Cooked chicken
Tuna in water
Insect larvae (ew again)
Tofu
Nuts
Cottage Cheese
Turkey
Cooked beans

Carbs:

Whole grain bread (Dave's killer bread is awesome, and birdie bread is best)
Total cereal
Special K cereal
Pretzels (non salted)
Quinoa
Wheat germ
Toast
Cheerios
Oatmeal
Oat bran
Energy bars
Amaranth
Brown rice
Pasta
Seeds
Grape nuts
Muesli
Granola
Wild rice

Additions/comments appreciated :)

Happy omnomnom-ing! :D
Last edited by GreenWing on Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:51 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Other Foods for Parrots

Postby Wayne361 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 6:07 pm

Curious to why leaks are ok but onions are not....hmmmmmmm
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Re: Other Foods for Parrots

Postby GreenWing » Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:02 pm

That's a good point. It's on the list... but I should take it off to be safe
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Re: Other Foods for Parrots

Postby Mzd1959 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:47 pm

Would you share your receipe for birdie bread?

thanks!
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Re: Other Foods for Parrots

Postby Mzd1959 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:49 pm

how do you prepare Quinoa for the birds?

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Re: Other Foods for Parrots

Postby Grey_Moon » Tue Oct 16, 2012 8:12 am

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That's both the base birdie bread recipe and the veggie/fruit mash that I feed.
I have since changed the components of my birdie bread---but the basic 'flour/flour substitute' and add water/juice n egg/egg substitute is the same.

Right now (because I'm still figuring it all out to get exactly what she needs) she's eating a muffin comprised of pureed millet, amaranth, buckwheat, wild rice, quinoa, chickpeas, mung beans, aduki beans and lentils. I'll be switching this to flour (she's picking bits out right now) and adding chia seeds as egg replacer instead of applesauce because she's not maintaining muscle mass as I would like so she needs more protein and fat. I'll be adding hemp seeds as well.

Quinoa needs to be rinsed for a while very well in cold water to remove the saponin on the hulls.
Then, add 2 parts water to 1 part quinoa to a pot, boil, once it boils you simmer it for 15-20 minutes.

1 cup dry quinoa makes about 3 cups cooked quinoa.
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Re: Other Foods for Parrots

Postby GreenWing » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:44 pm

Grey_Moon, you rock my socks for posting this recipe. Thank you, thank you!

Mzd1959, you can also give your birds Quinoa pasta. They are crazy for the stuff.
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Re: Other Foods for Parrots

Postby merrymary » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:36 am

Hi! I'm newbie in taking care of parrots.. I looked through many reviews (http://www.pissedconsumer.com/consumer- ... inary.html), but still can't choose the best diet for my bird. What are the best foods for parrots?
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Re: Other Foods for Parrots

Postby GreenWing » Wed Oct 24, 2012 1:52 pm

Hello and welcome :)

Parrots need fresh and pellet food. Fresh vitamin A foods (such as carrots) are important for parrots and they need these foods; vitamin A foods should account for 30 to 40 percent of a parrot's diet. Click the above link "Vitamin A fruits and veggies list" to view.

This thread lists the "other" fresh foods that parrots can and should have, in addition to vitamin A foods and a pellet mix.

Concerning pellets, many parrot owners like Harrison's but I use Sleek and Sassy mix. I think it depends on the person as well as the type of parrot you have.
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Re: Other Foods for Parrots

Postby charlieandkiwi » Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:40 am

I'm surprised to see tomatoes are on the no feed list. I've never seen that before and have fed it to my conure many times with no problems, thinking it was a good food.

Any idea why it's on the no-feed list?
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