Fruits & Veggies in the Parrot Diet

Feed your parrot fresh fruits and vegetables for proper parrot care

One of the most important aspects of proper parrot care is providing your pet with a premium pelleted parrot diet supplemented with about 20% fresh fruits and veggies.  A premium pelleted bird food such as Harrison’s bird food or Zupreem Bird Food provides a proper amount of nutrients per bite.

Pellet eating parrots have a much better nutritional intake than seed eating parrots, by far.  But even so, avian vets recommend that 20% of a parrot diet should consist of a variety of fruits and veggies.  While fresh is best, it can be difficult to offer a huge variety of fresh foods.  Bird foods such as Goldenfeast Bird Foods are an excellent alternative due to the huge variety of human grade products  in each mix.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are recommended though.  However, your parrot needs to learn to eat them or develop a healthy bird food palate. We’ve found that parrots eat a wider variety of fresh fruits and vegetables when they are all mixed together in a bird chop or mash.  A parrot will also improve its diet if it watches you eat fresh fruits and vegetables in front of it.  Parrots are social eaters. Eat the foods you want to introduce to your parrot diet in front of your parrot Try adding some fresh fruits, vegetables and grains that are flavorful and have a crunch.  Grains like quinoa or kamut offer a burst of flavor, optimum nutrition and have a skin that parrots enjoy peeling away.

About Diane Burroughs

Diane Burroughs, founded in 1998. A bird lover who is owned by African Grey's, a Moluccan, a Parrotlet and a Red-Bellied Parrot, Diane is dedicated to improving the lives of pet birds with vet-approved parrot tested supplies and expert bird care articles.


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