Diet for Conures
Feeding a variety of foods is both enriching, enjoyable and stimulating for your pet conure.
Do not assume that your bird will choose the healthy alternatives usually as with people the opposite.
Feed the first 5 food groups EVERY SINGLE day. It is possibly negligent to feed an almost exclusively seed diet!.
- Seed – limited to 1/3 of the diet - Sprouted seed is best.
- Pellets – made for conures
- Fruit see list below
- Vegetables – especially dark green e.g: peas, corn, chili, broccoli, capsicum, carrot, spinach. NO AVOCADO!
- Low fat, Low Sugar and Low salt human foods -
- occasional Nuts
- Fresh grass especially the seed heads are enjoyed.
- Occasional small amount of boiled egg or Cooked meat
- Occasional beans
Dry seed is usually high in fats, low in vitamins like vitamin A,D,E,C low in minerals like Calcium, Low in protein
A formulated diet provides a good nutritional base, and so does usually not require the addition of vitamins or minerals. However it does not contain the nutrients that are found in fresh vegetables, fruits, grains, and seeds
A predominantly seed diet often results in a shorter life, less than ideal immunity and health, poor feathering, respiratory disease, fatty liver and diabetes. The best diet for a Conure includes pellets, fruit and vegetables and smaller amounts of nuts, seeds and cooked meat.
Your conure will enjoy a bath! The personal hygiene of a conure often includes a morning bath to keep their plumage glossy and beautiful.
Because of the conure's susceptibility to Conure Bleeding Syndrome (CBS), it is recommended that a conure's diet should contain foods high in calcium and Vitamin K.
From the green cheek conure website we have copied/adapted the following: http://greencheekconure.net/2011/12/green-cheek-conure-diet.html
A Good Green Cheek Conure Food List Includes: as a percentage basis
- Fruits making up 20 percent of diet (kiwi, mango, oranges, bananas, limes/lemon juice, strawberries, pears, wild berries, papaya, apples, and grapes)
- Vegetables upto 50 percent of diet (leafy greens, kale, broccoli, mashed potatoes, cilantro, carrots, peas, corn, green beans, pinto beans, lima beans, and celery, but NOT avocado)
- Pellets as 20 percent of diet (vetafarm pellets, Zupreme, or Harrison’s Pellets)
- Dry seed mix as 7 percent of the bird’s daily diet
- Nuts as 3 percent of a conure’s diet (nuts like peanuts, cashews, pistachios, and almonds are all high fat, but also high in protein and vitamin E – a necessary vitamin in a captive bird’s diet)
- Dairy sparingly, as a treat, or sharing.
- Boiled meat (yes, even poultry!) sparingly, for a protein supplement.