Emerald Aviaries|Handraised  Pet Parrots and Baby Birds

Handraised Australian Parrots and Companion Birds

RECOMMENDED DIET FOR YOUR PET PARROT

  • It is really important to provide your pet bird with a diet which includes a diversified range of fruit, vegetables, nuts and sprouted seeds in order to ensure that your little mate is in top condition and receives essential vitamins and nutrients. 
  • Feel free to experiment with different food combinations or even let them try to taste what you are eating off your own plate!!!!...They will  certainly show you what they like...
  •  You'll always find birds that have great feather condition and alert and responsive are fed a well balanced fruit and vegetable diet as opposed to parrots that are just fed seed.
  • Please ensure that at the least your parrot receives good servings of fruit and veges EVERY DAY along with fresh water.  Below is a list of various foods which we feed our little mates..

SUGGESTED RANGE OF FOODS FOR MOST PET PARROTS INCLUDE: 

  • Seasonal Fruits (except avocado):   pawpaws, apple, oranges, nectarines, bananas, peaches, grapes, pears, watermelon, honeydew, rockmelon, passionfruit, soft tinned fruit salad. cherries, mango
  • Seasonal Fresh Vegetables (except lettuce): this can include cooked and uncooked veges, fresh and frozen.  Chopped vegetables, peas, beans, grated or steamed carrot, steamed sweet potato, raw spinach, celery, corn on the cob.
  • Defrosted Corn and Peas - The birds love to peel the outer skins off and eat the soft insides.
  • Dried Fruit and Nuts (please ensure nuts are not salted)
  • Fresh Nuts still in their shell - The larger birds can spend hours cracking the nuts open and devouring the tasty insides. Nuts such as pecans, walnuts, almonds pistashios etc...
  • Cooked Meat and Cheese -  Birds also like a bit of cooked meat such as chicken, steak, mince, cooked egg or a very small piece of cheese.  This is a good source of protein that substitutes the small insects which they may eat as wild birds. 
  • Grain bread....The birds will love to pick the grains out of the bread....Lorikeets love a drizzle of honey on their piece.
  • LORIKEETS: These species are NOT SEED EATERS.. Even though you will see them eating seed when offered by humans, this is not part of their natural diet. They are fruit and nectar eaters. You need to provide them with a range of the above fresh fruit and veges each day PLUS purchase a quality dry mix from your pet or produce store. This dry mix can also be mixed with warm water to create a wet mix.
  • Please make sure that you empty the wet mix out each day as it will go off. A reasonable quantity of dry mix can be left in the cage along side a fresh bowl of water. The lorikeets will hop from dry mix to water and back again to feed.

 SUGGESTED RANGE OF SEEDS, GRAINS AND FLOWERS INCLUDE:

  • Small Parrot Mix for Cockateils and Green Cheek Conures
  • Mixture of Small Parrot Mix and Large Parrot Mix for Galahs, Alexandrines, King Parrots, Eclectus and larger birds 
  • Millet Sprays:  Normally given to the baby birds which is the first type of grain we try to wean the babies onto, but most parrot seed mixes have millet included. MIllet sprays can be used as a great treat for your bird. They love to chew the millet off the stalk.....great fun.
  • Bottlebrush flowers, Hibiscus, Banksia, Gum Nuts, Gum flowers ,Nastursiums..... and other assorted Australian native flowers.
  • Palm nut seeds fresh off the palm tree 
  • Pinecones - all birds love to shred these
  • Weeds from your garden such as milk thistles, chick weed,....and herbs such as parsley, basil and chilli...etc
  • Sprouted seeds are a great source of nutrients for your birds - make sure to change the water in that the seeds are soaking in daily before they completely sprout  Wash well in Aviclens or diluted bleach before you provide them to your birds to avoid any fungal infections.
  • If you have a "seed junkie" for a pet, then reduce the dry seed provided and try providing soaked and sprouted seed which containts much more nutrients for your bird,

SUGGESTED TREATS AND TOYS

Frozen fruit icy-poles, Some of our baby birds just love to share fruity icy-poles with you.

Some of the best toys are the cheapest toys. Source some Cane Baskets from your local op-shops for about 50c...You can hang these in the cage or aviary and the birds can swing off them and then chew them to bits..You can also put pine cones and flowers into the baskets for the birds to rummage around in.

Source some of the young children's rattles and toys from op shops as well. These are very cheap.... Keep these in a basket as a special toy to play with when you bird comes out to play with you.

Happy eating and ...drinking...... Karen

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