What Kinds of Fresh & Prepared Foods Do Parrots Eat? : Exotic Pets



hi I'm dr. Dena quested with dr. quest ENCOM of a veterinarian that treats all kinds of pets including birds like my friend Grover here one of the things that folks often ask me is what are the best fresh foods that I can feed my parrot well quite honestly you can feed them almost anything that's healthy food that you yourself would eat such as melons bananas broccoli carrots sweet potatoes the only foods to avoid would be avocado onions garlic those kinds of foods are probably not appropriate but otherwise peas green beans almost anything that you can think of that's good healthy fresh food is good for you and good for your pet bird have any concerns about any of the foods that you want to feed your bird certainly check with your local avian veterinarian or good book that specifies your particular species of bird and which kind of foods they might like best and otherwise hopefully I've given you some suggestions today on what you can do to feed your bird some fresh foods on that note I'm dr. Q and the rest is up to you thanks for stopping by

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  1. IMPORTANT WARNING FOR PET BIRD OWNERS : The food that we normally give to the canaries (and other companion birds) consisting of a "complete, balanced and top-quality seeds mixture" bought in pet stores or malls, makes the owners trust that their pet is well fed, but it's not so: indeed the birds health is at imminent and serious risk.

    The owners of canaries, parrots, cockatoos, budgies, cockatiels, etc., WE MUST PAY ATTENTION TO DOMESTIC BIRD BREEDERS AND VETS and keep in mind that although we feed them with such a typical seeds mixture, our birds are very likely in danger of suffering an unexpected, painful and practically inevitable PREMATURE DEATH BY FATTY LIVER DISEASE. Canaries, for example, will surely die at 4 – 6 years of age of the more than 14 that they can live.

    It's sad that pet birds are fated to die early and painfully in so many cases. You have to warn people to avoid it!

    This deadly disease is very common in pet birds but owners usually don’t know or detect it in time. And we can’t imagine that THE CAUSE IS IN THE FOOD ITSELF that we provide to our birds, in which such a typical mixture contains low-fat seeds such as canary seed together with other VERY fatty seeds such as niger, hemp or nabine and, in addition, the birds usually prefer to eat the fatty seeds so that their REAL DIET is unbalanced by excessive fat, gradually causes the fatty infiltration of the liver and in a few years causes fatty liver hepatitis and PREMATURE DEATH to pet birds.

    Also the breeding paste and its pigments and the sunflower seeds can attack the liver if they are taken too much or for too long.

    It's a cruel disease that progresses silently and, when its unexpected symptoms begin, they are easily confused with other ailments so the owners usually postpone the visit to the vet at a time already critical for the life of the bird (besides that not all vets are trained to recognize this elusive and misleading disease, even to administer lipotropic and regenerative liver protectors in curative doses, just in case it's that and not a supposed blow). It's a process of slow and asymptomatic progression, but when their visible symptoms begin (acute phase) the disease accelerates.

    SYMPTOMS OF THE ACUTE PHASE OF FATTY LIVER DISEASE : First, emotional decay or progressive lack of interest, hard belly (in many cases, with a dark spot with a half-moon shape on the belly, which seems a "tumor", to see it you have to wet your fingers to remove the down), falls from the sticks of the cage that seem for "errors of calculation" and then lameness (that make believe that they are by the previous falls, but both symptoms are due to that it hurts the liver), lack of flight and singing, the bird fluffs up his feathers or bends more or less slowly; Then, within a few weeks or a few days, heavy breathing with open beak, remaining lying on the floor of the cage near the food, sudden spasms from time to time (which make people believe that the bird is "epileptic" but it are twinges of pain of diseased liver), abundant greenish stools (caused by biliverdin which if it's not fasting, it means hepatic harm), then black and watery (from hepatic hemorrhages), then a strange purplish color of skin and beak, an excessive appetite and the final "improvement" of a few days (in the last phase, the already degenerated liver becomes deflated by what the bird seems to ameliorate), after which it suddenly dies among seizures (which may seem a heart infarct).

    For the first symptoms the liver has already degenerated to 80% and only an urgent (and accurate) vet action can save your bird and revert the liver situation. If you simply feed your bird with the loose seeds mixture (even if you give it fresh fruits, vegetables and let it exercise, for example by letting it out of the cage at home), right now your pet's liver is degenerating, and neither you nor your bird know. Without liver protectors, it's almost certain that your bird will die early and in many cases you won’t be able to determine its real cause .

    Hepatic lipidosis it's not only deadly by itself when the visible symptoms begin (sometimes even it does not warn at all until few moments before the death). Even before the acute phase it predisposes the bird to suffer infections, as it weakens the immune system. Obese pet birds have an higher risk of many other diseases, like arthritis, heart disease and cancer. Obesity in birds it's not so apparent but it's more dangerous than in other animals like mammals.

    So in addition to giving to the birds lipotropic and detox / regenerating hepatic protectors preventively and routinely, breeders usually make their own mixtures with low fat seeds.

    PREVENTION AND/OR TREATMENT : The time to act is NOW that your pet doesn’t have yet the visible symptoms. It's necessary to ACTIVELY PREVENT THE LIVER DEGENERATION. Fortunately it's easy to do it: It's very advisable to substitute progressively (within some weeks, as per the instructions of the manufacturer) the mixture of loose seeds for some pellets compound food of seeds, fruits and vegetables (preferably those that already include liver protectors), because this prevents the bird from filtering and eating mostly the fatty seeds (but without insisting if the bird does not get accustomed to eating pellets because he could die for starvation within a few days) .

    And, whatever the diet, it's CRUCIAL to add to the drinking water or to the food a LIPOTROPIC LIVER PROTECTOR that includes carnitine and / or choline, betaine, methionine, etc., (and it's very convenient to add a DETOX / REGENERATING LIVER PROTECTOR with thistle milk, boldo, artichoke extract) . Liver protectors are not medicine but cheap food supplements manufactured by pet bird vet laboratories that remove the fat from the liver, clean it and favor its recovery. It's essential to add them to the pet birds diet to conserve their liver. It's something that professionals as breeders and vets know, but we the owners usually don't know.

    It are appearing in the market compound feed for pet birds that don’t include fatty seeds and that already include several liver protectors. But the vast majority of owners still confidently feed their birds with the typical mixture of loose seeds with little fat and other very fatty seeds… And their birds continue dying for hepatic lipidosis in a large number of cases (likely, in most cases) . Now we know that, as fatty liver disease develops from the daily food itself, it’s most likely THE FIRST CAUSE OF DEATH OF PET BIRDS, and more so as the bird ages.

    Webs on FLD:

    https://www.beautyofbirds.com/liverdisease.html
    Liver disease is a slow, on-going progressive disease where the liver tissue is replaced with fat. When the liver disease has progressed, the bird may suddenly appear ill.

    https://www.lovinghands.com/forms/Hepatic%20Lipidosis%20-%20Fatty%20Liver%20Disease.pdf
    One of the sadder diseases many avian vets see is that of hepatic lipidosis or fatty liver disease. It's sad in a number of ways since often the birds are very ill, life-threateningly so, or possibly having died suddenly. Often the owners have been unaware of the dangers of feeding their beloved pet the seeds, peanuts, or other fatty foods the bird obviously loves to eat. These are truly cases of "loving your bird to death". Any bird can fall victim to fatty liver disease.

    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/46105643_Treating_liver_disease_in_the_avian_patient
    Dietary deficiencies of lipotrophic factors such as choline, biotin, and methionine may decrease the transport of lipids from the liver.

    http://www.veterinaria.org/revistas/redvet/n111110B/111004B.pdf
    The clinical manifestations of hepatic diseases in ornamental birds are much more frequent than people could imagine and in many cases they are not appreciated, progress in a silent way and when they are evident, vet action may (usually) arrive late.

    Most any avian symptomatology should be considered as if it was a pathology that could be serious, and not allow the disease to develop because then it will probably be too late. We must closely investigate the symptoms, take preventive measures that don’t harm (such as giving liver and intestinal protectors according to the leaflet) ask for advice from vets, breeders, etc. and procure the most appropriate treatment RAPIDLY, but without rushing in the treatment or with the doses in such small animals. If the days go by and the bird doesn’t improve, it's necessary to continue investigating and, if necessary, change the medication in an informed and contrasted manner. Doing nothing or stopping research usually ends up with the bird dead, but acting without being sure of what is done and in what dose, it likely ends the same way. It's necessary to obtain and confirm the sufficient vet experience and have the serenity to determine in each case whether it's convenient to hasten to do and / or administer what medicine and in what dose, or if it’s better not to do and let the situation evolve without medicating for the time being, or according to the medication that has already been administered.

    A limp in a bird is not always an injury caused by a blow, but the symptom of a disease of some organ (usually the liver or an intestinal disease) that needs to be discovered and treated ASAP. When in doubt, change diet to one with the lowest fat possible (only birdseed, or with other low-fat seeds such as millet, chia, fresh fruits and vegetables) and administer lipotropic and regenerating liver protectors in curative doses immediately… although nothing could foresee a fatal outcome. There are also food supplements protectors of the intestinal mucosa and stimulants of the immune system. In doses according to the leaflets do not cause damage, it will surely save the life of your bird (if it's not too late), and will keep them with a basic wellness.

  2. garlic isn't so bad. I see it in the igredients of goldenfeast. I'd say raisins are worse, pure sugar. And seasame seeds, pure fat. Both make okay treats.

  3. My peach front conure eats crackers, pistachio, nuts, bananas, seeds, cherrys, sunflower seeds, cucumber, tomato, salad, fennel
    He is very healthy

  4. Thank u for ur guidance mam I will fallow…… And she is concerntrating more on sunflower seeds, almonds,biscuit and some south Indian spicy foods she is something What active also

  5. jut do you fellow peole of thd commets know apple seeds are not good for birds so if you give them apple make sure you be careful about apple seeds

  6. can you please tell me how to react Grey Parrot inbreeding time and what is the symptoms for breathing please kindly tell me thank you

  7. Great video , If anyone else wants to teach your lovebird it's worth considering – Banfan Terrific Parrot Tips – (do a search on google)? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it from my cousin – have a nice day

  8. I will try to feed my bird fresh fruit but when i tried before she didnt touch it so i just fed her seeds and now when i look at her seed dish it dosnt look like she has eaten that much so tomorrow i will do the regular water and seed check but ill add fruit but one time i did buy a dried fruit bird food mix and she has only eaten a lil bit last week could that have been the cause of her not eating as much as usual but when she is out of the cage she does get bread crums and a nut every now and then

  9. I have a couple of chickens and wondered if they would like these things to eat too. I suppse just try them they are all from the avian family I guess so probably would be fine for other birds.

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