Tails Blog

Feeding Parrots

Steve Coppell - Wednesday, December 30, 2009

About Seed Mixes
Seed mixes are wasteful and a potential source of poor nutrition.

Parrots don`t eat the husk and select only favourite seeds wasting up to 40 % of the seed mix.
Commercial seed mixes are made to a price and often contain grain that parrots wont eat.

Poor Nutrition
Seeds in seed mixes are either deficient in essential nutrients or have them poorly proportioned.
Storage time and conditions will reduce the nutritional value of seed.
Most packaged seed does not have an expiry date so it is difficult to know its age or quality.

Passwell Pellets
Passwell pellets are totally edible and contain all essential nutrients in a balanced formula.
Your birds get excellent nutrition while you save money.
They also have a best before date so the quality is guaranteed.

Changing to Pellets
Parrots need to modify their feeding technique to eat pellets.
Initially they will disintegrate the food trying to remove the husk, but they soon learn to consume the pellets and will even eat any powder produced during feeding.
Begin change over early in the morning on a mild day. Observe birds regularly during the day to ensure that they are eating the pellets.
Avoid changing over on days that are either very hot or cold.

Direct change to pellets
Applys to pigeons, companion birds, cockatiels and larger parrots. Remove all seed and provide only pellets.
If the birds do not eat during the day then replace the seed before nightfall and try again the next day. If this is not successful then try introducing pellets.

Introducting pellets
For parrots smaller than cockatiels start with a 50-50 mix of pellets and seed then slowly increase the proportion of pellets. Remove all seed once birds begin to eat pellets.

How much to feed
Depends on temperature size of bird and cage size. Never fill the feed bowl as birds will scatter the pellets in search of other food. At most have two layers of pellets in the feed bowl.

Non Breeding Birds
Cockatiels,parrots and pigeons 5 to 15grams per bird per day.
Large parrots and cockatoos 25 to 40grams per bird per day.

Breeding Birds
Feed 50 per cent more than the non breeding requirement of pellets.

What to feed with pellets
Pellets are a complete diet. Limit the use of supplements and treats.

Non breeding birds
Feed any three of the following each day.
Small Parrots an eighth of an apple, pear, kiwifruit, banana, orange, corn cob or silverbeet leaf.
Large Parrots a quarter of an apple, pear, kiwifruit, banana, orange, corn cob or silverbeet leaf.
Cockatoos half an apple, pear, kiwifruit, banana, orange, corn cob or silverbeet leaf.

Breeding Birds
Double the amount suggested for non breeding birds and also feed an egg and biscuit mix.