Choosing the Right Diet
- Budgies and Cockatiels will eat seeds mainly but also eat fruit
- Wild parrots will eat carrion, fruit, vegetables, fish and anything
else they can find.
1. Cereal seeds – millet, corn, oat kernels, canary seed, wheat, milo (usually High in CHO, low in protein, fat, and some vitamins and minerals (Calcium))
2- Oil seeds – sunflower, peanuts, safflower, pine nuts, rape (canola), niger, maw (poppy), linseed (High CHO + Fats low protein, minerals and vitamins) Peanuts, shelled and unshelled should be examined for mold – has toxins (Mycotoxins) that will damage liver and kill bird. Make sure seeds are clean and free of dust or dirt, to avoid Infections and toxicity.
3- Germinated or sprouted seeds;
- Seeds may be soaked in water for about 24 hours and sprouted (germinated) and fed to birds.
- Sprouting will increase the protein content of the seeds.
- Wash sprouts with fresh tap water before feeding to birds.
- Sprouts not consumed in a few hours should be removed and discarded.
4- Fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs (but not avocados or rhubarb)
- Hard boiled or scrambled egg, dry beans such as black beans, lima beans, kidney beans, peas, etc. are all good for your bird.
5- Cooked vegetables should be prepared without salt or butter and lightly steamed or boiled.
- Carrots, yams, squash, spinach, kale and other greens, pumpkin, broccoli, string beans, cabbage, corn on the cob.