Your QUAKER’s Diet
The Diet For Your QUAKER PARROT Is Very Important.
The Quaker Parrot, in it's natural habitat, generally eats fruits, vegies, seeds, berries, nuts, and insects. In captivity, your QUAKER PARROT's diet should be pellets (24-7), fresh vegies, fresh fruits, and fresh water. Millet, and seeds should be considered treats.
Your Quaker will eat about 2-3 tablespoons of pellets per day.
Supplement the pellets with about a tablespoon of fresh vegies, around the same time each day, and a small amount of fruit 2-3 times a week. Uneaten, fresh foods should be removed after an hour, or so. We don't want to get him sick with Healthy Foods gone bad.
Always change your QUAKER's food, and water, daily. A clean environment, is a healthy environment.
Quaker Parrots love a wide variety of Human foods. Take a look at my chart of healthy foods.
Pellets can be found at your local pet store, and on my FOOD page. The varieties are pretty simple. SMALL BIRDS, MEDIUM BIRDS, LARGE BIRDS. The dietary needs for your QUAKER, are basically summed up here. Talk to your local specialist, about which is best for your bird. Hand fed BIRDS are raised on a very specific diet, gradually weening them into the "pellet program". Once your QUAKER is weened, he may take to "people food" (fruits, vegies, meats, pastas, etc.) quickly. Some QUAKERS seem to not be interested in people food at all. "Just give me the pellets"!!!!!
Encourage your QUAKER to move on. Place small samples of vegies, fruits, etc., in the food dish. Nibble on the food, directly in front of him. Make it seem "fun", "exciting", "enticing". Rub a little of the juices on his beak, so he can get a taste. Caution: Don't do this in a pushy manor!!!!! Your QUAKER loves to play. Turn it into a "GAME". If your too pushy, you will be taking steps back, instead of forward.
Vegeies should be provided morning, and evening. Remove left overs after about an hour , or so, to prevent bacterial contamination. Fruits are generally high in sugar content. Keep the fruits down to a couple times a week, and small quantities.
QUAKERS are prone to "fatty liver disease". This can greatly reduce your QUAKER's lifespan. Avoid fatty foods, including, bird seed, and high sugar content foods. Sugar turns into fat!!!! ( your QUAKER gets most of his nutritional needs from pellets)
While QUAKERS love dairy products, they don't suckle, as young. Mammals have the natural enzymes, to break down, and digest dairy. This is not a natural thing for Birds, Parrots. A tiny peace of cheese, or a little dab of plain, no sugar, yogurt, is a nice treat on occasion, but too much can get backed up in the crop, and cause serious bacterial infections, and even death.
Chocolate, and avocado are extremely TOXIC to PARROTS. No coffee, tea, soda, or alcohol. Many fruit seeds, such as, apples, and peaches, contain cyanide. Don't try to guess which are good. Avoid all fruit seeds.
"JUNK FOOD",..... Do I need to say any more???
Remember, "YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT". A healthy diet, and clean environment, add up to a healthy QUAKER.
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