We have three parts to our birds' diet. Each serving is equal in weight .
The first part is Veggies: Most of the birds we own do not receive much fruit other than bananas and apples. However Carrots, peas, green beans, broccoli and fresh corn are available every morning to our birds, and are usually consumed first. The carrots, beans, and the broccoli are diced but not the peas or corn. The veggies are diced up small and mixed with a small amount of water and at times with fresh sprouts.This is 1/3 of their diet.
The second is Seed: Hemp seed is 50% of the total weight of seed fed. Hemp is added to SUNSEED VITA PRIMA brand for ''Conures/Lovebird'' seed. I blend hemp at a 1:1 ratio. At times a separate dish with pure hemp seed will be offered depending on what each bird needs. The hemp seed is purchased from GOJI KING or Nuts.COM. The European hemp seed we use is of highest quality. Packaged by: Ever Trust Ltd of The United Kingdom, which is labeled as a product of Germany & France. Certified Organic by the E.U. Organic Association. We feed Millet Spray one day per month, not too much. Millet Spray can be like candy to parrotlets and can be addictive to some birds. Our seed mixture makes up for 1/3 of their diet.
The third part of our birds' diet is Mash. We feed mash to our birds every morning and serve a smaller portion to breeders in the late afternoon. This is 1/3 of their diet. Mash is Roudy Bush Soak and feed diet. Roudy Bush is a great product and was designed by a doctor for parrots based on their diet in the wild. Tom Roudybush (Ph.D.) has written many books and has, in my opinion,contributed more to the world of pet birds diet than any other person.
- The Veggies and the Mash are combined and served in a separate dish than the seed. Our birds enjoy this. ZuPreem Small Size pellets and Sesame Seeds are then sprinkled lightly into the mash for color and ensure balance in their diet. I have offered just the Roudy Bush soak and feed and found that the color is unappetizing, but with the pellets and veggies this dish is always appetizing to our birds. There is scientific data confirming that Parrotlets are attracted to green and orange colored foods, for their natural diet in the wild consists of fresh flowers and sprouts with similar colors.
We use Roudy Bush soak and feed with water heated slightly to allow mash to swell and allow absorption of other additives. Here is a brief run down of what we add to our mash:
-Calcium (Avi-Cal) is used in two forms one in powder and in a liquid.
-Seaweed (Avi-Kelp) is used as well, this is great stuff.
-Spirulina also know as AviGreens. AviGreens is a Premium Super Food Mixture and not used everyday. It is a natural source of Beta Carotene as well as over (100)-one-hundred vitamins and minerals, including: Wheat Grass Powder, Alfalfa Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella. It has beneficial enzymes loaded in this mix. We use vitamins name brand:
-Avi-Vita which is also made by AviTech...... but you must be careful, unlike humans birds can synthesis (create) their own Vitamin C, which is why I refrain from too much fruit!! We also use micro nutrients by the name Avi-Bios,
-ElectroVites which is a basic electrolyte for birds that can be added to water or food.We use this in our Kaytee Hand-feeding formula as well.
-AviAgra is a hormone and amino-acid for breeding birds.
-AviPollen Bee Pollen Granules sprinkled every other day or so depending on the bird. Bee pollen consists of 40% protein and low in fat and sodium. It is also a good supply of oils, vitamins, minerals, polypeptides, amino acids, hormones, enzymes, peptones, globulins, high concentration of nucleic acids as well as some antibiotic substances.
-Sesame Seed ( white and black) is a good source of Calcium and favorable treat. (36 grams of Sesame Seed provides 35% of humans' Daily Value.) Other nutrients include copper, manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and Vitamin B-1.
-Poppy Seed provide B-complex vitamins such as thiamine, pantothenic acid, pyridoxine, riboflavin, niacin, and folic acid. Poppy seeds contain good levels of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells. Zinc is a co-factor in many enzymes that regulate growth and development. Most of our birds enjoy this seed as a treat.
Please never use hot water from the tap. Water from a water heater or on-demand style water heater distills water. Which changes the pH as well as introduces harmful levels of heavy-metals. We take bottled water and then heat to 100*F-105*F.
The Mash formula is ever changing. This as the easiest way for us to regulate and to introduce helpful elements into our birds diet. Over dosing on any one of these Nutrients will be harmful or fatal, please use all vitamins properly and adhere to the manufacturers directions or that of your Veterinarian.