Parrot at home
Parrots must be periodically released from the cage, having previously secured the space. And there are many threats in a city apartment:
- Windows. they must be closed with metal gratings (welded) with small cells so that the parrot cannot stick its head;
- Sockets and electric wires. the latter are removed into a closed box, and during a walk with a parrot, the devices are disconnected from the network (the bird bites the wire in one motion);
- Items containing zinc and lead. even a tiny piece that gets into the stomach causes poisoning and death;
- Aerosols and household chemicals. they provoke allergy attacks and respiratory diseases;
- Deep containers with hot liquids, especially if the parrot roams freely in the kitchen;
- Cords and ropes (for example, from blinds). the parrot can get tangled and injured;
- Teflon coated cookware. emits gas that is deadly to birds.
Always look around when the parrot walks around the house so as not to accidentally step on it and pinch it in the door.
Owners of parrots, especially expensive and large ones, are sure that their pets are head and shoulders above other domestic animals (including dogs and cats). The snobbery of these people is based on the exceptional talent of the birds. to maintain “intellectual” conversation and imitate familiar sounds.
How to feed a parrot
Your bird must receive animal and plant food, the amount of which depends on its age, physiology, well-being and other factors.
- Granulated feed;
- Cereal mixes and seedlings;
- Nut mixes;
- Fruits, berries and leafy greens;
- Fermented milk products and eggs (occasionally);
- Branch feed;
- Insects (be careful).
In this category, undoubtedly, budgerigars have no equal. Their height limit does not exceed 20-23 cm.The small size, rapid reproduction, unpretentiousness and friendliness have brought the birds to the absolute leaders in the number of captives kept (among parrots).
They are kept one at a time, in pairs, and even in flocks, depending on the purpose of the acquisition. The male and the female are needed to obtain offspring, and the loners, rather, for entertainment, since in the absence of company they are more willing to start talking. The vocabulary of wavy people is usually not amazing, but they master simple tricks and perfectly imitate canaries, humming and whistling.
Since they do not have formidable beaks, budgerigars can have families with small children. The birds are contact and, with the right approach, do not cause inconvenience to the owner. Breeders have bred a huge number of varieties (dissimilar in plumage pattern and color), adapted for indoor living.
Medium sized parrots
Loris tree parrots are peaceful and know how to copy a person’s voice, memorizing several dozen words. These multi-colored birds are willingly tamed, but they are selective in food, moreover, they need an increased ambient temperature.
The variegated rosella and cockatoo (a relative of the cockatoo) are among the popular species due to their unpretentiousness, sociability and funny appearance: cockatiels also have small crests. Both species learn a decent set of frequently pronounced words, but differ in the timbre of their voices: Rosella plays melodies gently but loudly, while Corella is monotonous and squeaky.
Necklaces, they are ringed parrots (accustomed to cages almost 3 thousand years ago) do not require special conditions. For such a long time, the birds have completely settled down in society and quickly become familiar with the new owner. The bird has a cheerful disposition, complemented by cheerful bright colors (about 300 color options). This talker remembers / reproduces many sounds and pronounces about 250 words.
Types of parrots for home keeping
There are about 330 species in the parrot family, most of which have been successfully domesticated by humans. They say that the first parrot saw the vastness of cold Russia in 1490, arriving from sunny Italy as a gift to Sophia Paleologue, the wife of Tsar Ivan the Great.
Different parrots live in city apartments: small, larger and huge, whose cages are more like aviaries. The smaller the bird, the shorter its life span. The long-livers of the parrot kingdom are cockatoos. They also retain interest in the sexual side of life and reproduction longer than all parrots.
Care and hygiene
The bird devotes half of the daytime to the toilet. it cleans and fiddles feathers, scratches, examines the paws and claws. If your pet itches all the time, it may have a parasite.
The parrot is taught to swim, starting with daily spraying with warm water from a spray bottle and ending with a shower in the bathroom (without soap and shampoos).
The cage is cleaned of debris and systematically washed: difficulties arise with enclosures that do not fit in the bath. They are washed in the room using hot water and a brush. Accessories are washed in the bathroom, scalding with boiling water after rinsing.
Catchy and one of the most impressive (up to a meter in length) macaw parrots are distinguished by their quarrelsome character, which, combined with a strong beak and a shrill voice, promises noticeable difficulties in keeping them at home. They have average onomatopoeia, but not bad at learning circus tricks. Small macaws are also noisy, but much easier to care for.
Jacques not only perfectly imitate speech and extraneous sounds (household appliances, bird cries), but also associate spoken words with objects. In addition, it has been proven that in directed learning, gray parrots distinguish between the concepts of color, shape and serial number.
Easy to get used to the owners and half-meter cockatoo, whose head is decorated with a colored crest, in an expanded form similar to a punk mohawk. These parrots can also repeat sounds and have a loud raspy voice. A remarkable artistic gift is manifested, in particular, and mastery of the body: cockatoos crouch and bow, straighten and fold the crest, run and spin.
Amazons, which grow up to almost 0.5 m, have also positively proved themselves in urban conditions. they are quite calm and not without abilities. These birds learn several dozen words, and some species (yellow-headed, blue-faced and white-headed) lend themselves well to training.
Choose male or female
Most parrot owners advise purchasing males. Connoisseur arguments:
- The boy quickly adapts to the new environment and owner;
- The male, as a rule, is more quick-witted and trainable, easily remembers words;
- Boys tend to have more vocabulary than girls;
- The male is more cheerful and melodious (more often he chirps, sings, whistles, talks, has fun and dances);
- The female is more aggressive than the male (especially during puberty and during laying);
- Females are jealous of the owner of each pole and yearn when the first is absent for 6-8 hours.
It is preferable to buy a young parrot. there will be less difficulties in taming and training.
Feed and grain mixtures
You can also feed your pets sesame seeds, meadow grasses, flax, Abyssinian nougat, hemp seeds, raw sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Nuts often cannot be given to a bird. they are too fatty, once every two to three weeks you can give a piece of hazelnuts, walnuts or cashews.
What to feed a budgerigar?
In order for the budgerigar to be healthy and cheerful, it is necessary not only to follow the rules of keeping and caring for the bird, but also to choose a complete diet. In their natural environment, parrots eat greens, flower seeds, herbs, grains, do not hesitate to small insects and juicy berries. What to feed the budgies that live at home? let’s figure it out.
What can you feed a parrot, except food?
Vegetables. This is a storehouse of vitamins and minerals necessary for the health of the bird. All vegetables should be fresh, thoroughly washed, if possible not treated with chemicals.
In addition to food, the budgerigar can be given:
- Carrots. they are finely crumbled or grated, they are given only raw, can be mixed with food, crackers, boiled eggs;
- Pumpkin and turnips. need to be cut into small pieces, they contain a lot of sugars, trace elements and vitamins;
- Squash, squash. they contain sugar and fiber;
- Cucumbers. source of vitamin E and trace elements, improves digestion;
- Tomatoes. they contain carotene, vitamins B and C, acids, vegetable oils. The parrot can only be given ripe fruits;
- Milk corn. it contains protein, starch, carbohydrates, fiber;
- Beets. perfect for winter feeding, they contain fiber, vitamins, sugar;
- Cabbage. you can grate the stump and finely chop the leaves, but Beijing cabbage is given only the upper part of the leaf;
- Bell pepper. it contains a lot of vitamins, acids, carbohydrates and minerals.
You can also give milk beans, green peas, lettuce, spinach, a little watermelon and melon. Do not give eggplants, potatoes, radishes, garlic, onions, spicy vegetables.
Fruit. They must be washed and peeled, put in a separate feeder. You can give pears, apples, tangerines, kiwi, grapes, plums, banana, apricots, cherries, cherries, peaches, a little pineapple, pomegranate. Berries are also useful (they can be dried and given to parrots in winter). blueberries, cranberries, rowan berries, lingonberries, strawberries, wild berries, sea buckthorn and others. Persimmons, avocado, mango, papaya should not be given. they contain substances that are not perceived by the parrot’s body.
Greens. The grass must be ripped outside the city, it must be fresh, washed under running water. You can give plantain leaves, grapevines, lettuce, nettles (scalded with boiling water), quinoa, spinach, oats, wheat, knotweed.
Do not give spices and aromatic herbs. celery, parsley, dill, cilantro and others.
Tree branches. Parrots sharpen their beak about them, gnaw on kidneys and bark. Freshly cut branches should not be given immediately: they are soaked for 5-7 hours in cold water, and then poured over with boiling water. You can give branches of fruit trees (but without resin), alder, mountain ash, chestnut, willow, aspen, linden, birch, currant, hawthorn, mountain ash, viburnum, beech and others.
Coniferous branches are very rare, mainly in winter, since they contain resins. Also, you can not give branches of lilac, oak, bird cherry, elderberry, acacia. Many breeders also give the leaves of some indoor plants: hibiscus, aloe, bamboo, Kalanchoe, dracaena, tradescantia, bastard and others.
Mineral components and vitamins. This group includes:
You can also give the parrot sprouted grains, cottage cheese, chicken eggs, fish oil, mealworms.
From cereals, you can recommend buckwheat, rice, peas, beans, corn, barley, pearl barley, oat, wheat groats. Do not add salt, butter, sugar, milk or seasonings to cereals. Also, the bird should always have settled water (change once a day).
What to feed budgies except food
Budgerigars are very active birds, in the wild they manage to quickly adapt to weather and territorial conditions. Therefore, the daily diet of wild wavy is extremely diverse: fresh shoots / buds of trees and shrubs, grass seeds and all kinds of grains from farm fields, fruits, berries, and as a drink, if there are no bodies of water nearby, parrots are content with dew or juicy fruits and young grass.
Wild budgerigars instinctively keep their bodies healthy, while poultry birds are completely dependent on our knowledge of the proper nutrition of parrots. It will be useful for the owner to know what to feed the budgerigar, in addition to the standard food.
At home, in the diet of a parrot, you should also adhere to variety.
Let’s consider in more detail the menu of a home budgerigar:
- Grain is the main ingredient in a parrot’s diet. For an adult, 2 teaspoons of grain a day is enough. But it happens that the bird needs a little more grain. everything is very individual.
Budgerigars peel each grain from the shell, so the appearance of a full feeder can be created, although in fact there is already empty.
- Sprouted feed is a very healthy and vitamin-rich “live” product. In this form, the grain is very well absorbed, and the bird receives a huge amount of macro- and microelements, as well as vitamins.
Unlike everyday food, the soaking mixture itself has a more complex composition by its components: chickpeas, mung bean, green and red lentils, oats, wheat, alfalfa, barley, rapeseed, safflower, millet, sunflower seeds, vetch, sorghum, sesame seeds, buckwheat. chumiza and mogar.
How many times a week to give sprouted food depends on the age of the parrot: before the first molt. 1 teaspoon 2 times a week, after that. less often, since the swollen nutritious grains stimulate the production of sex hormones.
- Mineral mixture. necessary for the proper formation of the skeleton and feathers. It is an indispensable aid in improving poultry digestion.
During molting, sulfur should be added to the mixture (for 2 teaspoons of the mineral mixture. a small pinch of sulfur).
The constant presence of the mixture in a separate feeder (2-3 teaspoons with replacement every 1-2 weeks).
- Mineral stone and sepia (cuttlefish shell). enrich the parrot’s body with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, the bird also willingly grinds its beak about them.
- Porridge. improve metabolism, a rich source of trace elements, cook in water (buckwheat / oatmeal / rolled oats / lentils. cook for 10 minutes, but you can also steam it, pearl barley. 30 min., Barley / corn / wheat / millet / rice. 20 min.). Calculation: 2 teaspoons per bird, porridge should be warm, in a separate feeder. Feed 3 times a week.
- Fruits and vegetables are an irreplaceable source of vitamins. Here is a complete list of permitted budgerigars. You can feed them several times a day.
Greens. carrot tops, peas, hedgehog, barnyard, strawberry leaves, ivan tea, canary grass, chicken millet, flax, foxtail, mung bean, woodlice, clover, bluegrass, oats, dandelion, shepherd’s purse, nasturtium, perennial chaff, plantain, bent grass marsh, millet, wheat, creeping wheatgrass, chamomile, lettuce, leaf lettuce, whitewash, knotweed, timothy, chicory, spring and autumn willow leaves, thin branches of young trees with buds and leaves. In the cold season, you can use your parrot’s food to grow fresh greens.
List of herbs that parrots shouldn’t: basil, St. John’s wort, cilantro, onion, buttercup, parsley, tansy, wormwood, celery, yarrow, dill, horsetail, celandine, sorrel, hyssop.
Branches of fruit trees. budgerigars like to gnaw on everything and this will be the best and useful option for them.
Get “nibbles” should be away from roads and industrial areas. At home, soak the branches for 4 hours in water, wash well and pour over boiling water. The use of any detergents is dangerous to the life of the bird. There should be no tree resin on the branches.
You can branches: apple, currant, mountain ash, alder, citrus, birch, linden, maple, willow, chestnut, cherry, alder, rowan, plum, viburnum, beech, hornbeam, hawthorn, sea buckthorn, red chokeberry and hazel.
You can not give branches: lilac, elderberry, conifers, bird cherry, acacia, coffee tree and oak.
Treats. it is worth pampering our pets only with natural products.
Food: Red millet with spikelets, chumiza, paiza, mogar and Senegalese millet. If you give in excess, the bird will refuse to eat food, but will only wait for treats. If this is a spikelet, then it is enough to give one small sprig-ball per day.
It is strictly forbidden: nuts, cones, seeds and grains (some of them are present in the main feed, but in minimal quantities, since they are very nutritious and contain fats and affect the liver and gastrointestinal tract to a greater extent). Also, do not buy all kinds of sticks (egg, honey, grain). they contain a lot of sugar, dyes, dry vitamins, preservatives and grain of questionable quality.
Available for: Trixie Mauser-tropfen, Beaphar Mauser Tropfen, Beaphar Lebensvitamine Vinka, or Vita Sol Multi Vitamin.
Water is the most important component of bird nutrition. The water must be clean, fresh and always present in the drinker.
Now, knowing how to feed a wavy parrot at home, you can easily make the best option for a tasty and healthy menu for the bird.
What you can’t feed budgies
List of prohibited foods: salt, sugar, loaf, nuts and seeds, milk, dairy products, cheese, sausage, meat, fish, mushrooms, coffee, chocolate, chips, alcohol, fruits, vegetables and herbs prohibited for birds, canned foods, boiled vegetables, food from the human mouth.
The diet of small chicks before the first molt (3-4 months) differs only in that boiled egg and cottage cheese are added, as well as, in much larger quantities, germinated grain.
The digestive system of the budgerigar is designed to digest grains and assimilate the bark of young trees, grass, fruits and berries, if your bird gets all these components. good health and cheerful chirping of the wavy, you are guaranteed for many years.
Care should be taken when choosing such food. The packaging must not be damaged. Try to get good quality food. If the grain has turned black and smells bad, it is better to refuse such a purchase. Remember that a parrot usually eats up to two teaspoons of the mixture per day. In addition, there are various additional delicacies, for example, spikelets of chumiza or sweet cereal sticks. These delicacies are very popular with wavy ones, however, you should not constantly pamper your pet. As a result, parrots can start to sort out their food. Porridge made from various cereals is also useful, but it is boiled in water without salt. What do budgies eat besides food?
It is from fruits that birds can get many useful and essential vitamins. They should also be rinsed well with running water and given to birds only when ripe. Among all the variety of fruits, parrots will prefer:
- Apples. birds can eat them all the time. There can be no harm from eating apples even in large quantities. However, they contain a lot of different vitamins and minerals.
- Pears are also sweet and healthy, but it is not recommended to give in large quantities.
- Citrus fruits. contain an extremely high amount of vitamin C.
- Grapes are a good antioxidant. Just a couple of berries for a week is enough for a small bird.
- Bananas are tasty and healthy, but don’t peel.
- Peaches, apricots. a delicious treat.
- Sweet cherries and cherries. high in fructose.
- Kiwi. let’s go skinless.
- Pineapple is also delicious, but don’t give a lot and only fresh.
You should not give a wavy pet mango, persimmon and avocado, because they lead to poisoning of the body.
It is not enough to feed the birds with food alone. You should diversify your diets with vegetables. Some vegetables can be fed to pets, while others are strictly prohibited. In any case, you need to thoroughly rinse them just before serving the bird. Also, opt for natural, fresh and ripe vegetables. You can eat the following vegetables:
- Carrots. contains carotene. Carrots should be given raw, grated or finely chopped with a boiled egg. At the same time, the eggs are crushed as much as possible.
- Melon and pumpkin. the pulp can be crushed. Also, the seeds are finely crushed and gradually added to food.
- Cucumbers. can improve metabolism. Often used if the beloved bird gained a little weight and began to lead a sedentary lifestyle.
- Tomatoes contain a lot of carotene and acids. Give only well-ripe fruits for food.
- Beets. Contains fiber, sugar and vitamins. You can easily stock up on her and give from time to time.
- Beans and green peas. give only when young.
- Cabbage is considered an essential vegetable in the diet of parrots.
- Salad. rich in vitamins, but it is given in limited quantities.
Parrots should not eat celery, onions, garlic, radishes and eggplants, as well as hot peppers and other vegetables with a sharp taste.
What do budgies eat
Everyone who wants to buy a budgerigar is simply obliged to provide poultry with everything necessary for a comfortable life. Parrots need a cage with a drinker, feeder, perches and toys. However, in addition to this, you should take care of proper nutrition. In nature, the wavy eat grains, berries, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and sometimes small insects. If you want your pet to live a long time and delight you with its cute chirps for many years, you should know what food he prefers. Let’s talk about each type of bird food separately and find out what budgerigars usually eat!
Any parrot loves to eat green food. They would rather have it in their diet every day. Unfortunately, if you live in an apartment, and not in your house, it is almost impossible to do this. Also, remember not to pick herbs near roads and close to residential buildings. You can harvest greens yourself, drying them or freezing them for the winter. Parrots will not always willingly eat it, however, it is better than nothing, especially in winter.
If we talk about what wavy ones prefer, clover, nettle leaves (scald it with boiling water), grapevine, carrot and beet tops, plantain, twigs with various young leaves and buds should be distinguished. This delicacy will be an excellent food for any bird. But remember that parrots do not eat spicy and aromatic herbs. They are extremely dangerous for them. Therefore, do not offer them parsley, cilantro, dill, etc.
What else can parrots eat?
These small mischievous birds all the time strive to gnaw something, climb somewhere and look at something. They will not give up the twigs of shrubs or trees. Naturally, it is better to give preference to fresh twigs. They need to be “prepared” correctly. Dip the branches in a container of cold water for several hours, and then scald with boiling water. This will eliminate all dangerous ticks and insects. Among the trees, an apple, pear, cherry, linden, aspen, birch, rowan tree are suitable for this. In addition, you can take currant twigs. Usually birds adore them. But acacia, poplar, lilac, oak and conifers cannot be.
For normal life, parrots, like all other birds, need a sufficient amount of minerals. Often, special feeds are added to regular feeds, but they can be purchased separately and offered to pets from time to time. Among the mineral dressings are:
- Sand. helps birds to digest grain. It is preferable to purchase a special sand for birds.
- Chalk. contains a lot of calcium.
- Eggshell. contains iron, calcium, magnesium, sulfur. The shell must be boiled and dried. Then it is ground to a powdery state and little by little given to pets.
- Charcoal. added to sand or shells. Essential to help remove toxins from the body of a small bird.
- Bone meal. contains calcium and phosphorus.
If you know how to treat these beautiful parrots, you will certainly be able to please your pet with delicious!
Greenery and twigs
Green food will enrich your bird’s diet. Greens. this is what parrots eat with special pleasure. It is recommended to collect green matter away from roads and industrial facilities.
What grass can be given to budgies:
- Tops of carrots, beets;
- Grape leaves;
Birds need to sharpen their beak. Wallpaper often becomes the object of their attention. An alternative option is tree branches that can be given to parrots after pre-treatment. They are placed in cold water for five hours, then poured over with boiling water.
For birds, branches of deciduous trees and shrubs are cut:
Before feeding your parrot, make sure that there are no drops of tree resin.
Dangerous are the branches of poplar, lilac, oak, pear. The bird can be poisoned by a houseplant. Sometimes birds, exploring the space of the apartment, taste the green leaves of flowers.
Water should be given in small portions. It should always be fresh. For birds, do not pour tap water into the drinker. Much safer is bottled baby liquid or filtered water.
What to feed a budgerigar besides food?
Inexperienced breeders, purchasing a budgie, wonder what budgerigars eat in addition to the usual food. It is important that the activity and brightness of the feathered friend directly depends on the balance of his diet. It is enough to choose it correctly, observe the feeding regime and the pet will not have any health problems. In addition, it should be borne in mind that the diet of “wavy” in natural conditions may differ at home.
Do not forget to pamper the budgerigar with vitamins B and E, which are contained in the sprouted grain. Experts point out that this type of grain is absorbed better by parrots than in the case of dry food. It will be good to germinate millet or special mixtures designed for germination.
Keep in mind that sprouts begin to ferment at high temperatures, so it’s best to keep them in the refrigerator for no longer than two days. It is recommended to give wavy sprouted grains with green ears, the length of which is 1 mm. The owner of the parrot can spoil the pet with such additives twice a week. It is recommended to leave the grain in the feeder for no more than 3-4 hours, and then wash the feeder.
It will turn out to prepare grains for a parrot, following this simple scheme:
- Pour the cereal mixture into a flat container and pour lightly with water so that the liquid covers the grains slightly on top.
- Rinse the mixture with water at intervals of 3-4 hours.
- After a couple of days, the grains should have time to swell.
- When sprouts appear, they must be washed, dried, and then given to a wavy.
Another easy way to prepare the sprouts is to use the steam method. It is enough to pour boiling water over the grains, and then leave them in a thermos overnight or put them in a warm place. Before giving food to wavy sprouts, rinse with water.
Vegetables and fruits
Vegetables and fruits are a valuable source of vitamins. Seeds and grains are not all plant foods that parrots eat. A healthy treat is grated carrots with chopped croutons. For birds that move little, it is recommended to replace heavy food with succulent food:
Cabbage leaves and cabbage stumps can also be fed to a parrot. Chop the cabbage finely before use. Beans, green peas, and corn can be part of the diet. When buying, you should prefer unripe ears with soft grains.
What else can you feed budgies, besides food:
Small servings of pears and citrus fruits are also good for birds. In addition, birds do not mind eating raspberries, blueberries, rose hips and currants.
Groats are what you can feed your parrot if you run out of food. Cook them in water without adding sugar or salt. Cereals contain essential trace elements that normalize metabolism.
Birds can be given oatmeal and other cereals:
Porridge when feeding parrots can be of any consistency, but only at room temperature. If desired, you can add grated fruit to it. The finished product is stored in the refrigerator for no more than two days.
The main diet of budgerigars
It is known that the basis of the diet of a feathered pet is grain. However, it is important to diversify it with vegetables, fruits, herbs. Do not forget that “wavy”, like any other living creature, needs vitamins and minerals for normal life.
It is a well-known fact that sprouted grains saturate the feathered organism with energy. They are enriched with vitamins, minerals, fiber. It is important to enrich the bird’s diet with such food in the winter. It is best to germinate grains of crops such as:
The shelf life of germinated feed is only two days. Storage place. refrigerator. For this reason, it is not worth harvesting large quantities of beans. For germination, you will need a shallow dish in which they will be placed, wrapped in gauze. In order for the grains to germinate, they must be constantly moistened.
Is it permissible to use “wavy” fruits and berries?
What else can you give budgies besides food? Fruits and berries are permitted foods used to enrich the wavy diet. It is best to give preference to the following crops:
- Garden and forest berries;
A small amount of fruits and berries is given to the bird at one time. They must be cleanly washed, peeled. “Volnistik” can be given both dried foods and fresh.
Birds living in the wild and in the home environment love green food. This category of food includes green plants that can please the bird in the warm season. Those who do not know what their budgies are eating may look at grass sprouts, dandelions, and clover. To please the wavy will turn out to be spinach, radish tops, lettuce and stellate. It is best to collect budgerigar treats away from roads and areas where pesticides hazardous to animal health may be used.
You can please your pet with branches of fruit trees. Budgerigars love to gnaw their buds and sharpen their beak on the bark. It is undesirable to pamper the wavy with coniferous branches, as they contain resin
Fruits and vegetables
Giving the budgerigar as an addition to the main food is topical vegetables and fruits that are rich in vitamins. The bird will gladly enjoy a melon or watermelon. In the cold season, budgerigars eat what is in the house. A favorite will gladly eat carrots, cabbage or beets.
The use of cucumber is beneficial for digestion. Tomatoes are best served ripe. The budgerigar will like zucchini, turnip and pumpkin, as well as green peas. Before giving the wavy vegetables, they are pre-washed under water, and grated or finely chopped.
You can put finely chopped fruits in a separate bird feeder. Wavy people love apples, pears, grapes, tangerines. The animal will like kiwi, banana, plum, peaches, pineapples. The use of berries has a beneficial effect on the well-being of the feathered. Give the parrot topical cherries, strawberries, lingonberries, sea buckthorn and cranberries. For winter, a small amount of berries can be dried.
How to feed a parrot.
The food of the budgerigar at home must be varied and each owner should know what to feed the parrot in addition to food. As soon as you put your parrot in the cage, you need to provide the parrot with drinking water and pour food into the feeder. There are times when a bird starts eating from stress on the very first day.
The question of food is very serious, because the health, appearance and well-being of your little pet depends on it.
- Grain feed should be included in the budgerigars’ diet daily. When buying food, pay attention to quality and appearance. It shouldn’t smell musty and shouldn’t be moldy. Grains should have a smooth glossy surface and natural color.
Mainly the main feed is grain mixtures. All other feeds can be considered simply as additives to grain mixes or treats. The cereal mixture is mainly composed of a mixture of millet and oats. Pay attention to the fact that millet should be in the husk, which blocks the air access to the grain itself, thereby preventing fats from spoiling. Oats are a complex of amino acids that your parrot needs for health every day.
Also, the cereal mixture may contain sunflower seeds. It contains a large amount of vegetable fats. Be careful with this supplement, it should not be too much, as an excess of these fats can have the opposite effect on the parrot’s body. Excess fat leads to the production of a lot of gastric juice and bile in the body, which cause inflammation of the intestinal mucosa and cause diarrhea. So watch your diet carefully.
What to feed a parrot other than food.
In addition to the main food, the parrot’s diet must include fruits. apples, pears, bananas. All fruits must be cut into slices.
You can also give a parrot berries. strawberries, strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries.
Fruits and berries are very beneficial for all birds. But not all parrots will eat them. If you took a small chick, it is better to accustom you to such a delicacy from childhood.
Vegetables. cabbage, carrots, cucumber. All vegetables must also be cut into slices.
The stems, twigs and leaves of green plants like dandelion, clover, lettuce are good food for parrots. They also make green flour. To do this, collect the leaves of plants, dry and grind into pollen. This pollen can be added to regular feed.
Mineral mixtures. eggshells, chalk, sand. Very useful for parrots. You can fix a piece of chalk on the cage and the parrot can grind its beak on it.
Also, do not forget about nutritional supplements that contain vitamins and minerals.
Porridge. cook only in water without salt and additives. Porridge made from buckwheat, rice, millet will do. You can add pieces of fruit or vegetables to the porridge.
Nuts and seeds can be given to the parrot in small quantities.
Water should be in the drinker of the parrot every day.
In no case should you feed the parrot salty food, salt, loaf, milk! This can adversely affect the health of the bird and lead to death.
In addition to food, do not forget about drinking water! Do not pour cold water immediately from the tap, it contains chlorine, and because of the cold water, the bird can get sick. Take tap water into a container and let it brew for 24 hours at room temperature. Change the water in the cage at least once a day.
You can add lemon juice to the water at the rate of 1-2 drops per tablespoon. There are vitamin drops for drinking water. But remember to follow the instructions on the packaging.
Remember that the daily food requirement for each parrot is different. Depending on the weight and size of the bird. For large individuals up to 50 grams of feed is calculated, for small ones up to 20 grams.
Do not change the composition of the feed more than once a month.
What do parrots eat
The diet of parrots in the wild is so diverse that it is sometimes difficult to create such a menu at home. The reason lies in the habitat of these beautiful and unusual birds. Such territories are not famous for cold winters or other dramatic climatic changes. Droughts and rainy seasons are what separates seasons in latitudes where parrots live.
Free access to tropical fruits, berries, flowers and trees directly affects the health of the bird and its appearance. In search of food, parrots travel long distances, taking into account the season. They adapt to the seasonal ripening of certain fruits and plants, which is also an important point in nutrition.
When many fruits and seeds rich in vitamins appear, the breeding season begins, which coincides with the rainy season.
Due to the destruction of the habitat of birds, their extermination by local residents (birds often cause damage to farm fields or their bright feathers serve as decoration in rituals), catching birds by poachers. some species of parrots are on the verge of extinction.
Also, having lost their habitual diet, not all of them adapt to the changed conditions. Not receiving the required amount of useful and nutritious substances, even if offspring arise, it can be weakened and more susceptible to disease. The survival rate of chicks decreases, which cannot but affect the number of birds in the flock.
What do parrots eat in the wild
Large species of parrots in the wild prefer to feed on fruits and seeds of a wide variety of fruit trees. These fruits can be of different degrees of ripeness. Nuts (palm and Brazilian) also occupy a significant part of the diet of birds, like berries, flowers, young shoots of plants, insect larvae and even snails.
Many parrots, even within their own species, differ in their preferred food. This is again related to habitat.
The African Gray Parrot has some interesting eating habits in the wild. The main product on his menu is the fruit of the red oil palm.
Also, African parrots love to feast on the fruits of papaya (melon tree), berries, nuts and flowers.
Average species of parrots are very fond of fruits, seeds, plants and insects. The long-billed emerald parrot deftly digs out roots, plant bulbs and tubers. Lori (nectarivorous species) primarily feed on nectar, flowers, ripe fruit pulp and juice.
Because budgerigars eat a large number of different grains, they are considered granivorous birds. In the wild, their diet is very varied and well balanced. At home, in addition to grain feed, the birds’ menus must include fruits, vegetables and herbs.
In nature, birds eat grains of various degrees of maturity, they especially love young milk seeds of plants. Therefore, one dry food, at home, is detrimental to the health of the bird! What can you give a parrot besides food, you will read in this article.
In captivity, it is very difficult to bring a bird’s nutrition closer to that which it receives in the wild. And this is not always possible. The food of wild parrots is very nutritious and is most often fatty and high-calorie foods. But birds, while searching for food, spend a colossal amount of energy, their flights stretch for more than a dozen kilometers, so obesity and imbalance do not threaten handsome men.
Of course, this does not mean at all that you need to transfer it completely to diet food.
Nuts are necessary for some species of parrots, but the frequency of intake should be strictly regulated by the owner.
You also need to carefully monitor what kind of grain your parrot prefers, as they often choose the most delicious grains for their taste, and the rest are scattered. In this case, the bird does not receive enough nutrients, which is fraught with deterioration in health.
In the wild, parrots self-regulate their diet. But it also depends on the yield and human intervention in the bird’s habitat. At home, responsibility for the health of a feathered pet lies with its owner. A properly balanced menu, taking into account the geographical homeland of the parrot and home conditions, will be the key to its health and longevity.