How And What To Feed Your Pet Bird Or Parrot

Hand Feeding King Parrot
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We are on the Keto diet which makes snacking extremely difficult.


Peaches loves almonds, we started buying roasted almonds (shelled).


She likes them as much as raw, which is good because so do we.


Feathered factoid: In the wild, hyacinth macaws forage through cow dung looking for nuts that cattle just can’t digest.


These nuts are easier to open because the the cows have “prepped” the nuts.


The bigger question is how do I get my bird to eat any of these fresh foods?



It’s a matter of trial and error.


You have to determine what vegetables your bird will like.


To keep waste and cost down start with bags of frozen vegetables that your family can enjoy as well.


Our ringneck loved semi frozen mixed vegetables.


He really loved corn so Catherine would throw a bag of frozen mixed vegetables in a bowl and add a bag of frozen corn.


Sunshine would sit on the edge of the bowl grabbing at the frozen morsels squealing with obvious brain freeze.


Peaches, our nine-year-old female Senegal wants nothing to do with frozen anything and will only eat her vegetables warm.


Our budgies love cucumber slices in food clips.



They also love lettuce in their baths although they tend to nibble the lettuce more than bathe in it.


Peaches will have nothing to with fresh cucumber slices nor fresh lettuce.


I clip large romaine lettuce leaves over her food dish.


She begrudgingly is then forced to forge through the lettuce to get her daily food which could be anything on any given week.


Feathered factoid: Humans have 9000 taste buds, birds have about 350.


It’s about sight and texture as well as taste.


If a bird chooses one pellet over another it may be because of the addition of sugar where you now have to make a decision with regards to the aforementioned calorie intake versus calorie output.


Much of this discussion thus far has not mentioned a lot about the lorikeet species.


Feathered factoid: In the wild lorikeets (weight vary from 75 to 157 grams or 2.6–5.5 oz) are nectarivores, sort of like large hummingbirds.

The giant hummingbird is the largest member of the hummingbird family, weighing 18–24 g or 0.63–0.85 oz)


Our shout out to bad food for birds:


Alcohol – Apple seeds – Avocado – Caffeine – Celery – Chocolate – Fruit pits – Junk food – Mushroom – Onions – Persimmons – Table salt – Oil


When is it a good time to feed your birds?


We do it twice a day that way their water and food are never more than 12 hours old.



There may be refreshes and/or additions like the cucumber slices we mentioned earlier which may be introduced midday or early evening.


Without diving into the technicalities of avian nutrition there are certain guidelines that we use.

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.