Bird vet - Diet for Eclectus parrots -
Eclectus parrots have a diverse and varied Diet more so than most Australian Cockatoos.
Avian Vet Dr Phil Recommends feeding the following six food to your Eclectus parrot. The first four food groups should be fed EVERY SINGLE DAY!.
- Limited seed and nuts -
- Dark green vegetables
- Fruits - Make up a good portion of their diets
- Parrot pellets - Harrisons - Zupreem and Vetpharm have Eccy specific pellets
- Low fat low sugar low salt human foods- Sharing your healthy human foods with your pet Eclectus parrot - has many positive psychological benefits and is a great bonding flock activity.
- Animal protein -like occasional egg, meat or a bone is often relished.
- sprouted seeds
- Fresh Grass and grass seed heads - eg Milk thistle - seeds and flowers from native Australian trees also provide the pet Eccy with enrichment and stimulation.
Bird specialist vets do not recommend as all seed or predominantly seed diet. Melbourne bird vets see problems in Eclectus parrots associated with high fat seed diets. Dry seed has often been stored for long periods and is low in vitamins, minerals and amino acid and low in nutrition..
Eckies love fruit and quite literally can't get enough of it. Some prefer vegetables but I know all of ours choose fruits over their veggies any day. Parrots like their fruit ripe, but not overly ripe to the point of being spoilt. Never give your parrot 'seconds' from produce stores or farmers markets. Always buy your Eckie human grade fruit, which you yourself would be happy to eat. Ensure that you thoroughly wash all fruits and vegetables to remove potential pesticides or harmful chemicals.
We provide each Eclectus with stainless steel bowls 12.5 cm wide and 6 cm deep. This is filled to the brim with fresh fruit and vegetables every day and it always polished off come nightfall.
We feed our own Eckies the following food ratios
- 60% of their diet is made up of fresh fruit and vegetables
- 20% sprouted seed/legumes/pulses
- The remaining 20% constitutes their hot meal
Always ensure you feed your Eckie more vegetables than fruit. Fruit is high in sugar and if consumed in too larger quantities can lead to unwanted weight gain. We always feed our kids 2/3 vegetables to 1/3 fruit.
Your Eckie's appetite will fluctuate throughout the year. moulting, the onset of winter, growth phases and even hormonal changes will increase your Eckies appetite. I know our feathered kids eat us out of house and home when they are moulting. It is quite normal for juvenile Eckies to eat like teenage boys until they are approximately 8 months old. Their appetite starts to settle down after this time. Our clients are often amazed at just how much their new babies can consume.
Safe foods include Apple, Apricot
Banana, Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry
Currant, Cherry, Coconut, Cantaloupe
Date, Dragonfruit, Fig, Gooseberry, Grape, Grapefruit, Guava
Huckleberry, Honeydew, Kiwi fruit, Lychee ,Mandarin, Mango, Melon
Watermelon, Rock melon, Nectarine, Orange, Paw Paw, Peach, Pear
Plum/prune (dried plum), Pineapple, Pomegranate. Purple Mangosteen
Raspberry, Rambutan, Redcurrant, Star fruit, Strawberry, Tangerine
Tomato (fruit only not the leaves or stem), Watermelon-see melon, Pumpkin
Celery. Zucchini, Beans, ,Carrots, Red chilies (parrots don't have capsaicin receptors. This means they do not feel heat from chilies)
Broccoli, Sweet potato (raw or cooked), Sweet corn, Spinach
Peas, Cauliflower, Mushrooms, Asian vegetables, Snow peas, Asparagus, Berlotti beans, Black-eyed peas, Broad beans, Chickpeas, Common bean, Garbanzo, Green bean, Lentil, Lima bean, Mung bean, Navy beans, Peas, Peanut, Pinto beans, Runner bean - Raw, Span peas, Snow , peas - Raw
Amaranth - raw or cooked
Brussels sprout, Celery, Ceylon spinach, Collards, Dandelion, Endive, Garden rocket, Kale, Lettuce, Pak Choy, Pea sprouts/leaves, Sorrel, Spinach, Watercress, Wheatgrass,
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