Food & Recipes

Featured image: Bananas, Blueberries & Cherries (Provide pitted cherries sparingly with a variety of foods.  Too many cherries can cause frightening red diarrhea.)

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Daily Supplements:

1-4 Nuts in Shell (Walnuts, Brazil Nuts, Almonds, Hazelnuts)
Few bites of your food (within diet requirements)

Weekly Protein Supplements: (2-3 times per week)

Egg* (hard boiled or scrambled with shell) – wash eggshell with soap & water
Meat (well done) – Chicken, Lean Beef, Lean pork

*If bird shows sign of ovulation, provide eggs with shells & nuts to supplement calcium daily for approximately 2 weeks. Calcium for a developing egg is drawn from the hen’s bones, causing them to become brittle.

Other sources of daily calcium:

Recommended staples to add to any dish:

Harrison’s Adult Lifetime Course
Bird Trick’s All Natural Pellets
Flax Seeds (1 tsp)
Chia Seeds (1/2 tsp)
Sweet Potato (baked, boiled or steamed) – Key source of Vitamin A

Sunflower seeds & millet also contain essential minerals. Serve in small quantities for sedentary birds because they are high in calories and fat.

Parrot Topper Recipe:
(add to shaker jar in equal parts)

Flax Seeds
Chia Seeds
Hemp Seeds
Raw Oats
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Almond meal
Crushed/Powdered pellets
Cinnamon (sparingly)

Shake over meals.

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Toxic to Birds: Avocado, Chocolate, Caffeine, Alcohol, Carbonation
Limit: Salt, Fat & Sugar
Use Sparingly (as seasoning only,  unable to digest whole): Garlic, Onion, Honey
With Caution: Legumes (cooked or sprouted only) and Nuts in Shell especially Peanuts (check for black fungus on nut shells – it is toxic and causes Aspergillosis, which can be fatal)

Always use human grade foods.