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Wheatgrass: Health Food for Pet Birds

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Wheatgrass can improve the well-being and vitality of your birds

Wheatgrass Can Improve the Health, Vitality, and Fertility of Your Companion and Breeder Birds

Wheatgrass juice revitalizes and energizes humans, and it can do the same for companion birds. While humans must use a special press to extract the juice from wheatgrass, parrots have a built-in juice extractor: their beaks. They squeeze the delicious, nutritious juice from each blade, then discard the indigestible portion. Continue reading »

Are Pellets a Panacea

Or Is a Balanced, Varied Diet the Answer?

Hyacinth Macaw Eating Grapes

Many people question the quality of pelleted diets for bird. They wonder if these foods truly constitute the healthiest nutritional plan for their parrots, finches, and other pet birds. While some veterinarians have completely gone over to an all-pelleted diet, many people instinctively feel this can’t be the answer for their pets. Sometimes in answer to a client’s concerns about an all-pelleted diet, the vet will say, “Birds do not eat only seeds in the wild.” This might be true, but I know for sure that birds do not eat any pellets in the wild, so this is hardly a sound argument in favor of a totally pelleted diet. Continue reading »

Aspergillus – Are Peanuts Safe for Parrots

Double Yellow Head Amazon

Aspergillosis is a very difficult-to-treat disease that can affect parrots and other birds. Aspergillus species are a type of fungus found in the environment. Generally, birds with other underlying health problems are most susceptible to infection. However, certain foods or elements in the environment can increase the risk to even healthy birds. Continue reading »

Pumpkin Seeds – A Great Seasonal Treat

Cinammon Kakariki

Pumpkin is a type of squash and makes a great food for pet birds.  The simplest way to prepare pumpkin is to cut it into cubes and steam it for 35-40 minutes or until soft.  You can mash the cubes for smaller birds such as finches. Serve them whole to larger birds such as senegals and macaws. Continue reading »

A Healthy Diet for Parrots

Greenwing Macaw

The best diet for birds has been a subject of debate for many years now. The growing popularity of pet birds has created a market for special foods, from quick-cook pasta mixes to pellets. Many owners feel bombarded with conflicting information. Their veterinarian says feed just pellets, but a friend who breeds hundreds of beautiful parrots says seeds, fresh vegetables, and whole grains are the best diet. So what is the ideal diet for your pet birds? Continue reading »

Quinoa – A Healthy Grain for Birds

Raw Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced “kee-nwa”) is a South American grain that looks somewhat like millet, but has a lighter, more golden color. It was the favored grain of the Incas of Peru before the Conquistadors arrived in the 16th century. It was “re-discovered” in the 1980s by a couple of Americans, who proceeded to grow and study the plant in the United States. Generally, the grain is found in health food stores. You can buy the grain itself or a variety of foods that are made from it (cereals, pasta, bread). Birds relish quinoa. Continue reading »

Wheatgrass – Health Food for Parrots

If those juicebars have shown up in your town surely you’ve seen those flats of rich, green grass sitting on the counter. People have been juicing wheatgrass and drinking a small “shot” of it for many decades now. A special juicer is used for this purpose. It extracts the nutrient-rich green juice from the blades. Birds have a built-in juice extractor: their beaks. They squeeze the delicious, nutritious juice from each blade, then discard the indigestible portion. Sometimes you will also see wheatgrass sold in tiny pint-sized containers as “kitty grass.” Cats relish this grass and it is nutritious for them as well. Continue reading »

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