Archive for June, 2010

Why a variety of foods in necessary for parrots

posted by Gudrun @ 16:07 PM
June 30, 2010

parrot food


In many ways parrot food is not that much different from human food, when it comes to a healthy diet. Some people think, if something is good, more of it is better. But a healthy diet consists of a variety eaten in moderation.

Consuming regularly different foods we can help the body to break them down and assimilate and absorb the nutrition.

Enzymes are very important for digestion. So, some pineapple, papaya or apple on a regular base will support that part of assimilation. Bitter foods, like dandelion, arugola, nasturtiums, etc will help the body breaking down fats. Sour foods, like lemons, grapefruit, (and yes) apples help to break down carbohydrates. Cayenne pepper and/or ginger stimulate the production of hydrochloric acid to break down food and make it easier to get the nutrition. Coconut or olive oil help the body to absorb more of beta carotene.

These are just some samples to show how a diet with great variety can help absorb the nutrition a body needs. Coming from a background where this kind of a diet is normal, I apply it to the way I feed my birds.

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Mashed sweet potatoes for humans and parrots

posted by Gudrun @ 17:52 PM
June 16, 2010

I like foods I can share with my birds. Sometimes I prepare a dish and during or after finishing it, it occurs to me that it is a perfect parrot foodperfect parrot food. A while ago I ate this delicious mashed sweet potato dish. Today I made it myself and before I added salt, thought this makes a perfect bird food. Here is what I used for 10 parrots and myself:

2 large sweet potatoes

½ can of coconut milk

2 tablespoon of coconut flakes

2 tablespoon of nut pieces ( almonds, walnuts, macadamia, filberts)perfect parrot food

¼ teaspoon of ginger root powder or 1 teaspoon of fresh grates ginger

a sprinkle of nutmeg


I baked the sweet potatoes for about 1 hour by 300 degrees. When they were really soft I pulled them out of the oven, let them sit a moment to cool. Peel them, put them in a large bowl, mashed them, add the coconut milk, ginger, nutmeg, coconut flakes and nuts and stirred it all in.

½ I set aside for the birds. To the other half I added some salt and ate it. By the time I was done the “parrot portion” was cool enough to feed it to them. It delights me to hear for a minute or so the whole bird room go: hm, hm, hm

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Converting a cockatiel to pellets

posted by Gudrun @ 11:07 AM
June 9, 2010

We all probably know many ways of offering new parrot foodparrot food to our birds. I certainly thought I know a bunch of them. And then Lisa, a customer of Totally Organics sends me the following email:

“In September we brought another tiel into our home that is older and had been on a seed diet.  We were able to get her transitioned to sprouts and cooked grains very easily but she would not eat the pellets.  Well, last month I had the idea to ground the pellets up a bit with a mortar and pestle.  I spread that around on the bottom of her cage and she immediately hopped down and start foraging around gobbling up the pellets.  I was so excited to see her having fun and it’s great to know that she is getting more variety through the pellets.”

I know cockatiels are one of the parrot species that are ground feeders. But it never occurred to me to present their food in a way like these birds would eat in their natural environment, on the ground. Talking about not seeing the forest for all the trees.

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