Is People Granola Healthy for Birds?

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Cissy Writes:


I have a 5yr old Scarlet Macaw.


Custom Macaw Flying fb Is People Granola Healthy for Birds?


Instead of seed, so much unwanted in the bags, I have started buying people’s granola and mixing it with fresh fruits and vegetables.


The question, is this healthy for her, she seems content with the mixture?


Dear Cissy


You have decided to substitute sugar-sweetened cereal in place of formulated blends created by years of research and experience by major bird food manufacturers.


What is your reasoning for this?


Why do you feel that this is a good substitute?



Human granola mixes are very heavy with sugar and are not good for humans, much less for parrots.

There are some bird food mixes that do contain a bit of granola, but it is not meant to be a complete diet.


You can purchase bird foods that are made up of most large seeds, nuts, veggies and fruits, pellets, etc.


But it will be more expensive.


Pre-made mixes that are lower priced will have more sunflower seeds, corn, peanuts, and other less expensive ingredients.


This is an inexpensive mix with a lot of Sunflower Seeds
Higgins Vita Parrot 25 lb


This is a pricier mix but it has better ingredients with more Safflower Seeds than Sunflower Seeds
Higgins Sunburst Macaw 25 lb.


This mix is better yet with zero Sunflower Seeds in favor of Safflower Seeds – Volkman Macaw 20 lb.


There will be waste from every blend.


Including your granola mix.


There will always be waste.


Parrots were put on this earth to replant it with their uneaten foods, they don’t care they are in our living rooms and on our carpeting.


I hope you will rethink your feeding and get your bird on a good bird mix.


Thank you.


Does My Budgie Have Fatty Liver Disease?

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Jeanne Writes:


I have an adorable budgie named Peanut. 


His beak started to grow about a  year ago and I wanted to know what I could do to reverse this if it is possible, I know that means he has a fatty liver.

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Are Peanuts Making My Blue Crown Conure Itch?

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Ward asks


My blue crown conure of at least 25yrs is acting odd.


He seems to be scratching and bobbing as well as if his just very uncomfortable.


I recently ordered some peanuts in the shell and would give him 3-4 each day as a treat.


I started noticing very small moths in my home that lead back to the bag of peanuts that was teaming with larvae.


Do you think my conure is in danger from eating these peanuts?


Any advice is greatly appreciated.


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What Kind of Bird Should I Get at 60?

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Darla S asks:


Can you suggest a few medium-sized parrot species for a 1st-time owner about to turn 60y?


I am interested in moderation (moderate affection, playfulness, independence, friendliness, and noise) ability to talk would be a plus.


I still work full time, and live alone in my own house.


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Is Zupreem a Good Bird Food Brand for a Green Cheek Conure?

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Kimberly asks


Is Zupreem a good brand for a GCC?


What brands of pellets do you recommend?


Dear Kimberly


Zupreem is a very popular bird food pellet.


It is a commonly found variety found almost everywhere.


It is puffed and contains sweeteners which cause the birds to take to it easier than many other pellets.


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Readers Respond to What is The True Lifespan of Parrots

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I have a Rosella parrot, whose feathers are not clipped.


He is not the type of bird to interact with but none the less he is a cherished member of the household.


He has a large cage 7 ft by 5 ft long where he is able to fly from branch to branch and a 9 ft x 5 outdoor cage used only on mild days weather permitting.


I think all owners of birds should consider the living quarters of their pet birds especially if they do not allow them out of their cages or rarely.


It is a commitment to give the best quality of life we can to our feathers friends.


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Re: 🐦Hi Laura What is The True Lifespan of Parrots in Captivity?


Well, I don’t agree with the first 2 comments.


Keto is not long term healthy and you have to know what you are doing to feed a parrot chop to make it balanced.


Pellet is dead food.


It has some nutritional value.


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Re: 🐦Hi Jennifer What is The True Lifespan of Parrots in Captivity?



Thanks for the blog post about life-span and chop.


Chop was (and maybe is?) still kind of hot in the parrot community.


Two things: my birds aren’t nuts about it and it’s quite labor-intensive.


And, one of the parrot rescues I like showed us the same info you put up–that birds should only be given a pretty darn small amount of it.


I was shocked only a tablespoon or so ( for greys, ‘zons) was what they should be offered.’

I see that protein would be deficient from the research you did.


I do like to offer my birds some fresh foods (carrots, bananas, green beans, peas, chickpeas) for foraging activities.


They waste most of it but they seem to enjoy sifting through it as an activity.


As always they get pellets and Nutri-berries.


And thanks for the discussion about Higgins Intune.
My Amazon loves it in particular.


He likes the red ones the best lol.


Not mentioned is that InTune has no fake dyes—I like that they use vegetables and fruit to color it.


My Grey and Meyers like Harrison’s and sometimes TOPS Organic.


I tried Hagen Tropican but was unable to get them to transition. It looks like a great pellet though.


Anyway, thanks for your blog. 


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Re: 🐦Hi Laura What is The True Lifespan of Parrots in Captivity?


It depends on the type macaws live to the ripe old age of about 75 yrs!


Rule of thumb/the smaller the parrot the shorter the life span.


My Red Lored Amazon should have lived to the age of 70/75.


Pivot – a new subject


Re: Hi Sue – Do You Think That Birds Are Unhappy in a Bird Cage? (Published 10/10/2020)


Once a bird learns to Respect his freedom, he loves it. 


BUT, every 🐦 must have his own personal space available at all times. 


I do frequently change the set up inside the cage.


That’s critical for mental stability.


If you want a pet playmate, do the work. 


Otherwise, clean the cage, buy quality food and enjoy your caged socially clueless bird.