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.
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 immulate 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 50%- 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 grain/legume mix any time 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 grains/legumes 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 pieces 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.
Anytime our "mash" or "chop" is a bit too moist we will add varied dried foods to the mix to absorb the excess liquid. We use things such as whole grain pasta, rolled oats and dried sometimes dried fruits that we have dried ourselves. It is very important to not use any dried fruits that have been sweetened or had added preservatives used on them. Variety is the "spice of life- even for the birds.:)