A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health
Dear Parrot Lover,
Just as there are different types of parrots, so too are there just as many different types of parrot food on the market today. However, each species of parrot has its own unique nutritional needs and it is your responsibility to ensure that your parrot has a great diet. The following suggestions will help you create a very basic diet for your parrot – be sure to tweak these suggestions if your parrot has a very unique dietary need.
Throughout the history of bird-keeping, seeds have always been a staple diet. However, research now indicates that birds may not be getting adequate nutrition from seed mixes alone. To compensate, it is recommended that you feed your parrot a pellet food that has been created with your particular parrot’s species in mind. You can purchase pellet-only food, or purchase a pellet and seed mix. Parrots should only be fed small amounts of seeds as treats, rather than as a major component to their diet.
A good diet for parrots should consist of more than just seeds and pellets. It must also include fresh vegetables and fruits too. Be careful as there are some fruits and veggies that can be toxic to your parrot – so always seek veterinary advice first. Great options include carrots, broccoli, corn, apples, peaches, bananas, pears, and orange slices. You can even create a fruit or veggie kabob! Just skewer a few slices of a variety of fruits and vegetables onto a non-toxic stick, or purchase a stainless steel one made just for bird cages. Just remember to remove any uneaten fruits and veggies as soon as possible to avoid spoilage. Your parrot can become quite sick if he eats rotten food. Fruits and veggies can offer both fun and nutrition to your parrot. Give your bird corn on the cob so that he can eat the kernels right off the cob. Larger Macaws can be offered a whole peeled banana that they can hold onto while the eat it.
Some species of parrots thrive on certain types of protein, although every bird requires some form of protein in their diet on a daily basis. Offer different types of protein to your parrot at least twice a day. Preferable protein options are organic cooked or hard-boiled eggs, tofu, cooked sandwich meats, low fat cottage cheese, yoghurt, and firm cheeses. Yoghurt, in particular
contains a very healthy bacteria, acidophilus, which helps to balance out the good and bad bacteria in your parrot’s gut. Just make sure that you are only feeding low fat yoghurt that contains live cultures.
Just like with protein, grains such as cereals and breads, should also be fed at least twice per day. Here you can choose from unsweetened granola, pasta, whole grain breads, cereals, and even tortillas.
A Veterinary Perspective on Bird Health
Do You Know Who Your Veterinarian Is?
If you have ever had a dog or cat, you know that itís pretty easy to find a qualified veterinarian if your pet gets sick. Youíve got an absolute ton of choices at your discretion.
Now, if you have a pet bird, then you know that itís just not that easy. First, there arenít many avian veterinarians, and if you do find one, that may be your only choice. You donít get to be nearly as picky. Thatís why itís so very, very important that you know a lot about bird care and health so that you can hopefully prevent most diseases from happening in the first place.
A Must Have Reference Book for Bird Care
There are a lot of ways you can try to learn about the best way to care for your bird, but youíre always best to reach for an expert, if you can. In this case, the must have book comes right from a well-respected avian veterinarian, Dr. Joel Murphy who has 21 years of clinical veterinarian experience from The Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor.
How to Care for Your Pet Bird takes everything Dr. Murphy has learned in his decades of experience and puts it into an easily accessible e-book. In 22 chapters, you will learn more than you ever thought possible about important bird care subjects like:
Choosing the right bird
Pet bird nutrition
Pet bird misconceptions
Selecting a veterinarian
Infectious diseases, fungal problems, and viruses from minor to severe
You wonít find a more comprehensive e-book!
Donít Miss Out on This Book!
ďHow To Care for Your Pet Bird is the consultation you always wished you could have with an avian veterinarian. A ďmust haveĒ reference for every birdkeeper!Ē Susan Chamberlain, Contributing Editor, Bird Talk
Regards, Nathalie Roberts