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I understand there is some stuff that’s very poisenous if you give it to your parrot, but no one can tell me exactly what it is.
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9 Responses to “What should I NOT give my African Grey parrot to eat?”
1. Veggies and Fruit – virtually all, except avocado which is toxic. Good source of many vitamins and minerals. Should be heavy on produce containing Beta Carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A. Includes dark orange flesh and deep green leafy veggies, such as carrots, yams, pumpkin, winter squash, broccoli, kale, greens, apricots, mangoes, papaya, red peppers, etc. For most birds, feed more veggies than fruit (3 – 4 veggies to 1 – 2 fruits), as fruit is higher in sugar and water and less nutrient dense. Lories in particular, and Eclectus to a lesser degree need more fruit, however. This group should provide a minimum of 30% of daily diet. Raw or cooked – on the side or combined with cooked foods, this is a big and extremely important part of every parrot’s
daily intake (finches and canaries benefit as well!)
2. Grains and Seeds – whether served as “seeds”, formulated into pellets or cooked meals, this is a group consisting of all the traditional stuff, like millet, sunflower, safflower, hemp, etc., plus whole grains like wheat, barley, oats, corn, buckwheat, rye, quinoa, etc. They tend to be high in fat, low in calcium, vitamins (especially Vitamin A), and protein. However, they do provide other important minerals, and essential fatty acids. Whole grains are also a good source of Vitamin B Complex and Vitamin E. Ground dwelling parrots, like budgies and cockatiels, can eat more seed than other species, like Eclectus or Amazons. Go heavier on cooked whole grains and sprouted seeds (more like a veggie!) than seed, per se. Forms approximately 20 – 25% of daily diet.
3. Meat/Nuts/Legumes – also called the “protein” group. Includes animal protein, like chicken, fish, lean meat, and eggs – as well as live food, like mealworms. Also includes the alternate sources, like soybeans, tofu, nuts [almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, walnuts, etc.], and legumes, such as peas, lentils, beans, and peanuts. Pellets, though they contain many grains, are also a significant protein source. This group tends to be high in fat (especially nuts) and any meats should be lean and well cooked. Only feed animal sources 1 – 2 times per week. Legumes can be included in cooked mixes, and are often a good source of iron. Macaws need more nuts, and should receive a few daily. Nuts are a good source of Vitamin E and EFA’s. Protein foods should not exceed 20 – 30% of diet (Eclectus are on the high end). Fats make up 5 – 10% of total (African Greys are on the high end).
4. Dairy – a very small part, but fine as long as it’s cultured, like yogurt, cottage cheese, and cheese. Birds lack the digestive enzymes to digest milk, per se, but can tolerate and enjoy the other products, in moderation. This group is also a significant source of protein, as well as calcium. Feed in moderation and only occasionally, especially cheese which can “lump up” in the crop, undigested, and cause problems if too much is fed. All products should be low salt, low fat. Organic nonfat yogurt can be mixed in with cooked mixes for added flavor and nutrition. Feed dairy only 1 – 2 times per week, only making up 5 – 10% of total. Supply additional calcium with cuttlebone, mineral blocks, and crushed egg shells.
As you can see, there is a lot of overlap in the groups, since most foods provide a variety of nutrients. The diet I advocate daily as a general rule of thumb is 50% fresh veggies, fruit, cooked whole grains, legumes, 30% natural pellets, and 20% seeds and nuts. What’s important is variety and a balance of all foods, with moderation overall. The base is adjusted according to things like age, species, molting, feather plucking, breeding, or raising young. I prefer “whole foods” and natural supplements to an overly processed, chemical approach [too many pellets, artificial vitamin formulations]. Watch fat if your bird is sedentary or prone to obesity. Supplements include things like alfalfa leaf, kelp, garlic, ginger, psyllium, fennel, dehydrated carrots, flax seed oil or meal, etc., based on individual needs.
Avocado’s are VERY poisonous to them, just a small bit is enought to cause death. And also stay away from bananas. Other than that you can give your birds anything that you eat, even meat! But remember, sunflower seeds are essential in their diet. Don’t ever leave it out. They also love lusern, but only freshly picked. And lots of fresh fruit and veggies.
Choclate,avacado, olives and mushrooms(hard to digest)and NEVER give them anything when it’s cold. They use bacteria in their crop to help break down food. And don’t overheat any Teflon coated pans when cooking , they give off fumes that won’t hurt us but WILL kill them. I’ve had a Yellow Nape Amazon for over 20 yrs now.
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yeah your right dont give it to him! i mean it!
Never feed any bird avacado, chocolate or rhubarb……very bad
anything fried, salty, spicy. no crisps, biscuits etc. No avocado, chocolate rhubarb. Check the link below. It is one of my favourites for good info on healthy parrot diets. Do not feed a diet with too many sunflower seeds as it hinders the absorption of calcium and african greys suffer from hypocalcaemia which can kill them.
Chocolate, avocado and rhubarb should not be fed. Of course, do not give any beverages containing caffeine or alcohol. Avoid processed meats or other foods high in nitrates, nitrites, sulfites, or monosodium glutamate (MSG). Onions, sprouted lima, fava and navy beans, fruit pits and apple seeds should also be avoided.
Stay away from junk foods and any foods high in fat, salt, or sugar. Birds are also lactose intolerant so milk products should be limited to small amounts of hard cheese and yogurt.
Some experts and owners are concerned about feeding peanuts in the shell, because they can be contaminated with Aspergillus fungus, which can cause respiratory illness as well as producing a toxin (aflatoxin, a potent carcinogen). If you feed raw peanuts, get good quality human grade peanuts and do not feed if there is any sign of mold. Shelled, blanched (unsalted, of course) peanut are fine. All food should be inspected and discarded if there is any signs of mold.
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