Feed 'Em! - What We Feed Out Parrots at Parrotise

We feed out parrots fresh food every day: a variety of seeds and nuts in shell, as well as Harrison's high protein. I would say the most popular food is peanuts- the food to calm even the wildest parrot. The larger birds enjoy walnuts, almonds, filberts, Brazil nuts, peanuts, and some the macadamia nuts in their shells (impossible to break with a hammer, but some of the bigger macaws find the magic seam in the shells, and pop them open!) Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are also favored, the larger birds eating 1/4 - 1/2 cup each.

In a separate dish, each day, we put out what we call the wet foods: chopped apples, oranges, lemon pieces and peels, grapes, raisins, melons, pears, pomegranates, bananas, sweet potatoes, bits of hot peppers, veggies like broccoli, carrots, asparagus bits, hot peppers, cilantro, and corn. Corn deserves special mention for the enjoyment it brings: in the winter, I buy frozen corn in bulk, and add it to the food, and it defrosts itself in no time. In summer, I get corn on the cob from the local farmer- 6 or 7 for $1. These I whack into corn rounds, 1/2 " - 1" thick- and do they love these! I sort of keep the food themes changing- more to the veggie side some days, and fruit on others. I always start with diced oranges, because the juice of them keeps the other foods from turning brown, especially the apples or bananas. Then we add the wet starches- the chopped whole wheat bread bits soaked with various oils and orange juice, pasta, and the old time favorite - brown rice. Not just any brown rice, but organic brown with wild rice. This seems like such a natural for the birds- parts of the wild grasses that they might eat in the wild. they love it. I watch the bowls to see what was eaten the day before, and toss out the old- usually going to the chickens or peacocks if it still is good food. It seems like each of the parrots like something different- always making like more interesting!

Here is a picture of what we call "Fiesta Mix"

Most of the veggies. fruit, and bread are chopped into 1/2" pieces. Sometimes we polish off this yummy dish with a sprinkling of spirulina and/or cayenne pepper, and before breeding season I add Breeding oil or flax oil.

Looks good enough to eat, doesn't it??


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