G'day all, I would like to chat a bit about companion parrot diets.
There is as many "recommended" diets as there is people to recommend them, so I would just like to share a bit of common sense here and I hope it travels far and wide.
Parrots in the wild are similar to marathon athletes, eating a high energy seed and fruit diet. This diet provides the ready energy needed to fly long distances in a split second. On the other hand, the companion parrot is similar to (saying this as nice as I can) many other types of pampered pets. Some never fly and need merely to hop up on the nearest food dish for a feast with not a predator in sight.
Now if the pampered pets are fed the high-energy diet of the birds in the wild, where does all that "ready energy" go? What happens if you you eat a high-caloric diet and do not exercise? What happens to the marathon athlete if fed (day-after-day) a high carb diet and not allowed to run? Obesity, diabetes, liver disease, renal failure, heart disease, infections, depression, aggression, and among other things dull skin (feathers).
It is no different for a bird. Feeding a body, is just that, regardless whether it is a human or bird body. It is imperative that you eat (or feed) a body comparable to the energy it expends. So, if you are feeling you MUST feed your companion bird the diet he would naturally eat in the wild, then know you are also required to provide him the needed activity (flying) he would expend in the wild so he can burn up this high energy to avoid fat being stored around the liver and heart disease.
Please do not think I am using this post to scare you into feeding a pelleted diet, I am not. We advocate LOW ENERGY feeding: 70% low energy dark green leafy and Vitamin A packed red and yellow veggies; 20% LOW ENERGY, quality pellet like ZuPreem or Roudybush; and finally 10% fruit and tree nuts for the treats.
Now look at it like this, you have 10 little dishes, in 7 of them is a healthy low energy veggie, in 2 is a low energy pellet, and in 1 is a fruit and a few tree nuts. That is the percentages you want to feed your bird. The purpose today's chat is that I have been made aware (more than once) that people are afraid of pellets and that we here are pushing pellets. Well if you want (or need) to substitute dark green veggies in the small percentage that we recommend for the pellets, then by all means please do. We are recommending a low energy, healthy feeding plan that covers the nutritional needs of MOST birds.
Go to the Diet 101 section on this page and read on all the recommendations we offer for a healthier and better behaved bird.