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Similar to your own diet, a cockatiel thrives most when fed a variety of nutritious foods. Be cautious of offering too many treats and too many seeds, which are high in fat. In their place, reach for healthy and delicious fresh veggies and fruits, along with nutritionally balanced bird food designed with cockatiels in mind. Just note that when you’re switching to a new food, you’ll want to do it gradually over the course of a week so as not to upset your bird’s stomach.
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Sprouting seeds can be fed on their own or as a part of diets like Shauna’s mash or the circus diet. Sprouting turns a dry seed into a high quality growing vegetable containing fat as energy source. All seeds benefit from sprouting.
Moderation is the key word. Since the birds sometimes join us for dinner, we never serve unsuitable food.
Any fruit and vegetable can be tried. Just avoid a lot of mashes or stewed fruit because of fat and sugar.
Portion sizes for your parrot
In captivity we need to change water at least once, sometimes twice a day. Some carers use spring water; others swear by addition of a few drips of cider vinegar. That’s my choice also.
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Supplements and your parrot
In the wild, parrot’s diet can vary considerably and they like to eat fruit and fruit seeds, nuts, flowers, and corn where they can find it.
Like legumes, nuts are loaded with protein, but they are also high in fat. Feed your bird all kinds of unsalted nuts, but don’t feed more than a few a day depending on activity.