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The Benefits of Fresh Food for Parrots

A Parrot’s diet should consist of a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and healthy seeds, nuts and pellets. A diet rich in fresh foods has many benefits for parrots including improved digestion, stronger immunity, and increased energy levels.

A healthy diet is important for all pets, but it is especially important for parrots. This is because they are susceptible to a number of health problems due to their sensitive digestive system. A diet rich in fresh foods can help improve digestion and prevent problems such as diarrhea and GI tract infections.

 The Benefits of Fresh Food for Parrots

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In addition, fresh foods are packed with nutrients that can help boost a parrot’s immune system. This is important because parrots are prone to respiratory infections. (caused by deficiency in vitamin A) Fresh foods are also a great source of energy for parrots. This is important because parrots are very active birds that need a lot of energy to stay healthy and happy.

If you are looking for ways to improve your parrot’s diet, then adding fresh foods is a great place to start. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of fresh food for parrots!

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Parrots are natural foragers

Parrots are naturally drawn to fresh and varied foods, much like their wild cousins. This is because, in nature, parrots survive by foraging for fresh foods such as fruit, nuts, and insects. In their domesticated environment, parrots will naturally seek out fresh foods and create a balanced diet from their foraging. As such, providing them with fresh fruits and vegetables is an important part of creating a healthy diet for parrots. Knowing that parrots are natural foragers, it is important to create a diet that is reminiscent of the natural environment. This means offering them a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as seeds, nuts, and pellets. The best way to do this is to provide fresh foods in addition to fulfill their natural instinct to forage.

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Parrots need a varied diet

Just like humans, parrots need a varied diet in order to get all the essential nutrients they need to stay healthy. A balanced diet should include fruits, vegetables, and other healthy snacks such as pellets, nuts and seeds. Pellets are a great way to ensure that parrots get all the vitamins and minerals they need, but fresh fruits and vegetables can provide most of the vitamins and minerals that are found in pellets, naturally. By offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are packed with essential vitamins and minerals that are essential for a parrot’s health and wellbeing. Fruits and vegetables come in a variety of colors, which can help provide an interesting and colorful diet for your parrot. This variety of color will also help provide a balanced diet, as different colored fruits and vegetables will offer different nutritional benefits. 


A diet rich in fresh foods is essential for parrots to stay healthy and happy. Fresh fruits and vegetables are packed with nutrients that can help improve digestion and boost a parrot’s immune system. In addition, feeding fresh foods can be easy and fun, and your parrot will love the taste of these foods. Fresh foods are the best way to ensure that your parrot gets all the nutrients they need to stay healthy and happy.

PDS parrot shop created a chop mix with healthy grains, seeds and spices which creates a great base for fresh veggies and fruits. This chop is served to every parrot in our sanctuary.


Need help going shopping for fresh food? Check out our Shopping List for Bird Chop


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Author: Monika Sangar
Co-founder of Prego Dalliance Sanctuary, Artisan of PDS Parrot Shop

PDS Blog presented by PDS Parrot Shop

Monika Sangar, the co-founder of Prego Dalliance Sanctuary, a 501c3 non-profit organization, uses these blogs to share her hands-on experience with parrots.

She is a designer and artisan at PDS Parrot Shop, and her craft can be viewed below. (click on logo)
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PDS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization (tax id #46-2470926) PDS parrot shop makes parrot toys to help fund our sanctuary, Prego Dalliance sanctuary, 501c3, non-profit. 
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1 comment

My Red-Sided Eclectus male, Gizmo, was very sick indeed with a growth in his abdomen that pressed up against the lungs of his tiny air sacks, which also had a fungus. This caused his feathers to go black in places all over his body and he became sad and weak. He was more prone to infections and his grip was very poor and he would vomit after every meal. He was having far too many sunflower seeds. I hadn’t given it a second thought because supermarkets sell them in large packets, diabolically, as parrot food with happy, bright coloured parrots printed on their packages. Simply criminal! This also caused him to quickly develop Fatty Liver Disease where the liver swells and pushes up against their lungs, and the liver can fail altogether, of course, killing the bird or cutting it’s life very short. I had fiercely expensive avien vet bills and had to take him to a parrot rehabilitation centre called Brainy Birds. He has been there for nine months on 20% fresh fruit and 80% fresh vegetables and the occasional helping of seeds and nuts. It took him all of six months to start looking and behaving appreciably better and the black in his feathers have still not disappeared completely. I also fed him with Pronutro porridge through a syringe when he was three weeks old and had no feathers yet and that was a terribly thing to do. Specially designed pellets and special parrot porridge are designed for their diets. After nine months of consistent care and attention there he is finally starting to look and feel the way he ought to have in the first place. Washing hands before touching them is also vitally important and so is allowing them to sleep from dust to dawn as they would in the wild. Please think of your parrot’s happiness when you play with him or her and leave them be. Be sure to take them out of their cages and be loving and gentle with them and ask a professional for what diet is optimal for your species of parrot. They all require different proportions and never give them avocados or onions!

Warren Grant Gishen

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