What do parrots eat and what should they not eat?

Parrots are birds from the psittacine family, below we explain what food is right for them and what we should avoid giving them.

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What do they eat?

The correct diet for our parrot should include these foods:

Vegetables: The vegetables must be there every day, can be spinach, carrots, celery sticks, swiss chard…

Dry feed: This point is highly recommended, so that you can supplement the feeding of madmen with dry feed specially for them.

Fruit: They can eat all kinds of fruit like oranges, melons, apples, pears… But we have to remember that they need to offer a mix of 3 different fruits every day and combine them so that they don’t consume any one. excessive amounts of certain fruits (especially those high in sugar).

Seed: Seeds don’t have to be as common as vegetables and fruit, but we can offer dried and sprouted seeds.

Forbidden food for parrots

It is important to avoid certain foods that are toxic to them as they can cause dangerous side effects.

Toxic foods for them are:

Salt, avocado, chocolate, milk, alcohol, meat, soft drinks, carbonated drinks, sugar in general, coffee, raw tubers, parsley, eggplant, onions, garlic, apple or pear seeds, fried foods, foods with coloring, artificial flavours, preserves, artificial juices, spices.

Even though we shouldn’t give him milk, we can add unsalted dairy products to his diet, always in a measure. Pipes and nuts should be avoided in Amazonian species, as there is a strong tendency to obesity and these foods are very caloric.

Symptoms of poisoning

Some of the symptoms are as follows:

  • squinting
  • loss of appetite
  • Little mobility.
  • Shortness of breath and open beak.
  • Significant increase in water intake.
  • Isolation in the corner of the cage.
  • Diarrhea, weight loss.

These symptoms can be caused not only by food poisoning but also by various underlying pathologies, so it is very important to go to the vet in any case.

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What can parrots eat and what not?

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