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The complete diet of most parrots consists of 75-90% high quality pellets; the remainder consists of raw vegetables, fruit and seeds, except for eclectus parrots and lories, which need a much higher proportion of fruit and vegetables. Pellets are described here, and this time on the remaining 25%.

For parrots, feel free to give:

Vegetables – cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, peas, lettuce, cabbage, celery, spinach, peppers, sprouted seeds, radishes and their leaves. Broccoli can be fed infrequently, but never continuously, as prolonged feeding of broccoli will disrupt the activity of the thyroid gland. Hot peppers are ideal for parrots, as parrots do not feel spicy. This characteristic has evolved in the course of evolution in order for birds to successfully distribute pepper seeds.

All Lithuanian fruits – pears, apricots, apples, plumsFruits – strawberries, grapes, currants, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, chokeberries, sloes, and rose hips. Exotic fruits – papayas, nectarines, mangoes, bananas, grapefruit, oranges, figs, pomegranates (daua bunch of parrots go crazy over pomegranates).

However, there have been cases of parrots being poisoned by exotic fruit from the grocery store due to pesticide and herbicide residues. It is therefore better to give home-grown fruit rather than exotic fruit, or to buy organic fruit.Dried fruit – avoid dried fruit that has been dried with sulphur dioxide or other sulphur-containing substances (labels say so).

Do not give parrots dried fruit that has been candied.Lithuanian herbs – dandelion, yarrow, plantain, salsify, three-leaved sumac, ryegrass, rocket, arugula, and barnyardgrass.The branches of the fruit trees, oak and willow are a great activity and a good source of vitamins.

Offer the parrot a boiled egg once a week. Honey, pollen, bee bread.Milkweed larvae are high in protein. It is recommended that larvae be given only when needed (for feather replacement, hatching, rearing), and that the additional protein source be provided from a high quality no need.Nuts – unroasted, unsweetened and without salt. But remember that nuts are high in calories, so nuts must be rationed.Pollen is an excellent food supplement for parrots.

Wash all fruit and vegetables and do not give them if they are spoiled or overripe. When a parrot consumes more fruit and vegetables, its faeces become more liquid, which is normal.

Some parrots do not want fruit and vegetables at all, but drink smoothies with them.

Sand for parrots

Sand improves digestion and is particularly favoured by small and medium parrots. Parrots also regularly lick clay and feed on sand in the wild. It turns out that sand binds dietary toxins and prevents them from entering the bloodstream. It is the clay and sand in the gut that protects the parrot from dietary toxins.

Although home-reared parrots do not get high levels of toxins, sand feeding is an innate behaviour, so a separate container should always contain sand for parrots. It is up to the parrots to choose how much and how often they eat it.

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