A healthy, nutritious diet is essential in order for a parrot to live a long, healthy and happy life. Essentially, a bird who is part of the parrot family that eats a nutritious, balanced diet tends to be happier and more active, with a richer plumage than a parrot whose diet is deficient in some areas.
For instance, just because parrots are known to love seeds, they are used by many as the only part of the bird’s diet. This is wrong, and really bad for the bird. Seeds make up a single component of a good parrot diet, and really shouldn’t make up more than 50 percent of your bird’s diet. This is because they have too much fat, not enough protein and are virtually vitamin-free.
Here are 9 ways to protect your bird from illness and disease and help them live a long, happy and healthy life.
Parrots love birdseed, and it should form at least 50% of your bird’s diet because it does provide some nutritional value that would be beneficial for your parrot. You need to ensure that the seeds you purchase for your parrot are not mouldering, and are free of insects and fungus. Keep in mind that good birdseeds have a shine to them.
Do not let your bird have any contact with wild or free-living birds. Those birds are carriers of diseases and infections that would be potentially deadly for domesticated birds as well as humans.
A balanced diet is critically important for the bird’s health. Feed your bird healthy foods that contain pasta, whole grains and pretzels. Poultry and dairy products are also good for them, including food like yoghurt, low-fat cheese and chicken. However, keep them away from foods that are high in fat and avocados as they are really bad for birds. Furthermore, avoid overfeeding the bird with proteins of animal origin. This can be deadly for the bird.
Beans and legumes as well as fresh fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of nutrition for birds. It may take as long as a year to get the bird to accept these types of foods, but ultimately, it will be the foods for them, and ultimately they will live a long and healthy life.
Make gradual changes to the bird’s diet. Feed him the fresh foods twice a day for about an hour at each feeding. Don’t leave fresh food in the cage for much longer as it can develop bacteria and become deadly for the bird.
Feeding your bird twice a day is a good option. This will make it very active because it will tend to become hungry in between meals. As long as it has a healthy appetite, it is more likely to try new foods. It is also important to keep an eye on the amount of food your bird is actually consuming. If the bird is unwell, procreating, taking care of their young or nesting, there should always be food available for them. When the amount of food they consume drops, the bird is generally feeling unwell.
If your bird is finding the new diet hard to get used to, try to warm the food or cook the vegetables. You’ll need some time to find out exactly what works for your bird. Give it seeds at meal time only, and along with other foods until it is clear that your bird is consuming enough food to stay healthy. There is some evidence that shows that birds often tend to do better with new diets as long as they are fed outside the cage.
Fresh water is the last link to the nutritional success of your bird. It is essential that the water is fresh, and all of the bowls you use need to be cleaned thoroughly every day with detergent and hot water. Bacteria is deadly for birds, so make sure that you use disinfectant such as bleach to clean the bowls on a weekly basis. Make sure to rince away all the bleach from the bowls.
It is important to include a multivitamin in your bird’s water bowl every day until you are sure that the bird is obtaining sufficient vitamins from the fruit and vegetables you’re giving him. Doing this can extend their life span.