We believe very strongly in the phrase "what you eat is what you are" and believe strongly that this also relates to birds and all living creatures as well. In this world of toxicity, we believe it is very important to feed our feathered friends as non-toxic of a diet as possible. Because of this we choose to purchase oru fruits and veggies organic when at all possible.
We also believe it is very important to feed straight from "nature" with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies. Below we will try to imulate our "typical diet" that we feed on a daily basis. Please read this knowing that we don't feed the same fruits and veggies daily--- we feed depending on what is actually available seasonally... in other words as the seasons change so does our birds diet, This is the way they would eat in the wild. We do use the freezer as well as a food dehydrator to "add to" what fresh foods we can purchase", but fresh is always BEST.
The scope of this article is not to go in depth to teach you how to serve a balanced diet, but to just explain to you the diet that we feed and believe strongly in. We strongly encourage you to go to a yahoo group called feedingfeathers and read about Shauna's Mash recipe/ guidelines. This is more in depth information on how to make sure that the food you feed your parrot is providing a very balanced nutrition. You can also check out a youtube video made by Patricia Sund. She makes a "Chop" recipe that is very wholesome. We do encourage fresh food but this is just another way to make sure the birds get plenty of fruits, veggies and grains into their diets.
A typical day at the Haven would be:
carrots, sweet potatoes, brocolli, cawliflower, beets and beet greens, bell peppers (yellow, orange, red and green), jalapeno peppers, mustard greens, blueberries, apples. The goal is to try to feed "the rainbow" of colors each day when you feed. Something red, something green, something orange... etc. We also always add at least 2 different fruits to each days meal. Because some of our birds thrive on berries in the wild we always make berries one of our fruit choices. We also use apples, peaches, cherries, pears, melons, pomegranate, grapes, kiwi..... and more. Please do not feed fruit seeds from apples, cherries, peaches, etc to the birds. They are toxic. Also be sure and read the "clean 15 and dirty dozen" list article on our website. We try to feed organic when possible but if not... there are definitely some traditional fruits and veggies that are not safe to feed unless they are organic. Become aware of these foods and avoid them if you can't always buy organic. I have a friend from another rescue who said that a volunteer had brought in non-organic grapes and passed them out among the flock. Within minutes birds were getting sick. Many of them died. These grapes were from either Chili or Mexico (can't remember) and had toxic chemicals sprayed on them.
We feed the different colors because each of these different colors provide different vitamins necessary to make the diet balanced. This above makes up about 60% of our birds diet. To this we add legumes and grains- alternating between sprouted and cooked. We always have a jar of sprouts sprouting- and then feed the cooked mixes (usually by Crazy Corn) when the sprouts aren't ready yet. This usually works out to sprouting about 4 days a week and cooked mix about 3 days a week. We purchase our sprouts from a few different places- depending on the availability. You can find sprouting blends at www.chinaprairie.com or www.sproutpeople.com or others. The sprouts make up about 25 %of the birds diet.
The rest is varied from day to day. We feed organic eggs about once a week. We also feed a few peices of nuts daily as well as a natural organic pellet. Our pellet of choice is Totally Organics. We are retailers for this wonderful product so we can make it available to to our customers.
We, for example have an organic peach farm not too far from us. They occasionally have other foods such as squash. They have donated cases of these foods at a time to us. We have to work fast to get it cut, dried and vacuum sealed so that we can use it throughout the years. Anytime our "mash" or "chop" is a bit too moist we will add these dried foods to the mix. It not only absorbs extra moisture but give a different distinct flavor to their food. Variety is the "spice of life- even for the birds. 🙂