Spices and Herbs That Can Benefit Parrots

Chamomile tea photo from Buzzle.com

I love to put things into my birds’ food that adds a special oomph to a meal that might be just a little too familiar – variety being the spice of life and all. It is a real plus when it brings something else to the table like extra nutrition or acts as a natural remedy to common problems or symptoms.

Here is a list of common herbs and spices that can safely be used as needed medicinally with parrots:

Ginger is often used as a preventative for ...

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Should We Share Table Food With Our Birds?

Hyacinth macaw

Q: Is it okay to feed my new blue and gold macaw the same foods as I eat at dinner?
– Devin B., Bethesda, MD

A: Yes. And no. Most of the foods we eat are good for parrots: fruits, vegetables, pastas, grains, fish and small amounts of  lean cooked meats. The term table food generally is used in reference to our preparation of these foods, at which time they begin to get unhealthy.We add salt, sugar, butter, sour cream, and dressings to make the foods more palatable ...

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Chocolate Toxicity

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As I get to know more non-bird people as I move through life, or as they get to know me, they quickly learn about my passion for parrots. I am almost always referred to as “the bird lady”.This is not a term I relish because I wonder if, when out of earshot, the word “crazy” doesn’t get added to that phrase. I’m pretty used to it and I don’t expect most people to understand my “thing” for birds.

When I do happen upon another bird owner I get very ...

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A Well Rounded Recipe For Your Birds!

Camelot macaw

I thought I’d share with you a recipe I have been working on for my birds.  It seem to be a big hit with them.  The best thing about this recipe is that it is very interchangeable with whatever ingredients you happen to have in your frige, freezer or cupboards and it contains foods from the major food groups that are most important to a parrot.
I make this in large-ish quantities so that I have plenty left over to freeze after I have separated out enough for a ...

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Sprouting For Parrots

Sprouts are the single most nutritious whole food you can feed to you parrot. The reason for this is that they are a living food. They are a plant in the progress of growth, and it just doesn’t get any fresher than that

With regards to produce, the term fresh is relative, unless they are coming straight from your garden. The vegetables and fruits we see in the supermarket are far from fresh picked. Once they are harvested, they are brought to a plant where they wait for processing and packaging.Then they wait for several ...

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