Help! My parrot is a picky eater

Many parrots are extremely conservative regarding new foods. This is normal. However, responsible owners who want their birds’ diet to be healthy and varied with loads of fresh produce can be driven to distraction by obstinate seed eaters. There is good news. With a few tricks and some patience . . . more

Red Palm Oil

Hahn's Macaw eats red Palm oil from spoon

Many parrots love red palm oil. But why? Obviously, they seem to like the taste. Also, there are field observations that show clearly that the fruits of the oil palm are definitely part of wild parrots’ diets. But does it make sense for us to feed red palm oil to . . . more

Parrot Bread - Yummy for Humans, too

Parrot bread and African grey

As parrot owners, we are constantly looking for healthy, but yummy foods that we can share with our feathered roommates. I have a great bread recipe that my parrots and I love and would like to share it with you.

This parrot bread is super healthy for you and your . . . more

Chickweed - Just a Weed and Budgie Treat?

Chickweed Healthy Nutrition for Budgies, Parrots and other Birds

Chickweed is loved by budgerigars and other parrots. It is also one of the most underestimated plants. Not only is chickweed more nutritious than lettuce, it may also be harvested almost throughout the whole year. You may find its tender leaves under a layer of snow allowing our feathered companions . . . more

Parrot Treats: Reality check

Shelves with gouda cheesePhoto: Kevin Connors

To eat only healthy foods is boring. Thus, many parrot owners love giving their birds treats to show their affection. Often these treats are not all that healthy. But since treats are only small amounts, they think it is acceptable? But is it? Which amounts of what treat are truly . . . more

Pellets - food for thought

I am no fan of pellets. The reasons for my critical view of this very common dietary staple for parrots are outlined, below. Of course, there are some exceptions in which pellet feeding does make sense in my opinion. These I have also outlined below.

Contra 1. Ingredients

Pellets generally . . . more

Herbs for parrots - an introduction

Long before ready made medicines were available, our ancestors helped themselves with herbs when they were physically or psychologically unwell. Wild animals have also been observed to medicate themselves with nature’s remedies. Unfortunately, much knowledge has been forgotten. This is a shame, as sometimes heavy duty medicines with all their . . . more