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 our pet parrots?

Excellent Vitamin A Source

Many parrots suffer from Vitamin A deficiency. It is a contributing factor for many parrot diseases, such as Aspergillosis, liver and skin problems. There are even a number of avian vets who as a matter of course assume that a parrot kept as . . . → Read More: Red Palm Oil – Healthy Vitamin A Source for Parrot Diet

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 birds. It contains loads of alpha-linoleic acid (1) against atherosclerosis and Pre-Vitamin A (2) which parrots require a large amount of in their diets. But the best thing is, you won’t even be thinking about how healthy it is when you taste it! 🙂

500 g (2 cups) whole grain . . . → Read More: Parrot Bread – Yummy for Humans, too

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 – and also us – to enjoy fresh and healthy greens during the entire year.

Where do you Find Chickweed? Chickweed: Healthy Nutrition for Budgerigar, Parrots and other Birds

Chickweed Healthy Nutrition for Budgies, Parrots and . . . → Read More: Chickweed – Just a Weed and Budgie Treat?

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 acceptable and won’t harm our beloved feathered companions?

At this point the is no general answer to this question. No research has been conducted that establishes the effects on our parrots that certain quantities of a particular treat over a certain amount of time will have. In the absence of . . . → Read More: Parrot Treats: Reality check

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 have the same ingredients as found in standard seed mixes: corn, millet, peanuts, sunflower seeds, etc. Thus, initially, they are neither better nor worse than seed mixes – just a lot more expensive.

2. „Cooked to death“

The manufacture of pellets requires as a rule high temperatures and pressures. Even . . . → Read More: Pellets – Food for Thought

Help! My parrot is a picky eater

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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 any bird can be convinced to try new foods. I would like to share the methods that I successfully use with our rescue birds.

Method 1. The puree trick

Start with approximately ten percent by volume – compared to the total amount in the food bowl – of the new food . . . → Read More: Help! My parrot is a picky eater

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 side effects are not required and we could help our animals and ourselves with much gentler cures.

Papageien-Shop: Leber- und Nierentee für Papageien, Sittiche und andere Vögel

Many herbs are available with which you . . . → Read More: Herbs for parrots – an introduction