diet for wild Amazon

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Feb 24, 2013
wild parrots
by: Anon

I do not wish to offend Sandra Singh, but am horrified that she feels it is O.K. to catch wild birds even as babies and keep them as pets.

I cannot believe what I read.

Feb 23, 2013
Vitamins in water - Sandra
by: Tracie

Sorry to post this on the other person's thread, but Tropican is pretty good in that they don't have food coloring, but our avian vet does not have clients using that so he can't say he has seen birds eating for 20 years and are really healthy. He only recommends what he has SEEN work and says to stay clear of LeFebers and ZuPreem. If you can find Harrison's or Roudybush where you live, I suggest switching them to that.

I killed my first parrot because a pet store employee said they needed them. Our avian vet says NOT to use vitamins, just feed them properly. If they have deficiency, then they probably have a health issue if they are eating Harrison's already.

Just for the record, because people write me angry I sell the "bad" food, I sell the other food because some birds have not been converted and you have to let the bird eat the bad WITH the good until they are fully converted.

Feb 23, 2013
diet for wild Amazon
by: Sandra D Singh

Dear Editor,
I forgot to mention that from today I've stopped giving my birds vitamins. Thank you again for the info and God bless.

Sandra D Singh, Toronto.

Feb 23, 2013
diet for wild Amazon
by: Sandra D Singh

Dear Editor,
I would like to thank you for the information you've given me. As I said, I've NEVER given my birds any vitamins or pellets before. I bought my Amazon from PJ's in Toronto; they were giving him Tropican Pellets and I continued. Before I left PJ's I was advised by one of their staffs that I could also give my bird some vitamins. Sometime later I bought vitamins and have been giving him AND my other birds the vitamins in their water.

I would like to know if the Tropican Pellets are good? Pet Value in Toronto ONLY carries that brand of pellets; PJ's weaned my Amazon on that also. Thank you so much for the information and God bless.
Sandra D Singh.

Feb 23, 2013
diet for wild Amazon
by: Sandra D Singh

Hello Mckenzie, I can help you a bit here. My family and I've never bought parrots in Trinidad; we caught them ourselves. We catch them young in the forest, without feathers; bring them home and cared for them. They lived for OVER 40 and 50 years; my mom had her's for 58 years, and that's a long time.
When they were babies we fed them on white bread soaked in a LIGHT mixture of milk and water. When they got older, they were fed on cooked rice, corn, beans, potatoes and macaroni etc. We also gave them fruits, hot peppers, vegetables and clean water everyday. Our parrots NEVER had any seeds or pellets in all their lives; NOT ONE DAY! Almost anything we eat, they can eat, except very few; NO sugary or salty stuff, NO chocolates, NO avocados and NO alcohol. Bread and milk "mixed with water" is fed to babies only.
The first time I bought a parrot IN MY LIFE is in Toronto and the first time I've ever given a bird pellets and vitamins too. My Amazon was only 3 MONTHS old when I bought him from Pj's, now he's 4 YEARS and soon he'll be 5. He eats everything that I said above plus pellets and vitamins. Because of the weather in Toronto (Winter)I give my birds vitamins.
Take good care of your bird and give him or her plenty of love and attention everyday. Birds need daily interaction, speak to him softly, play soft music for your bird and do fun things together. Take him or her to an Avian Vet for once in a while for check-ups. Place a shallow bowl of water in the cage so he or she can take a bath. Let your bird out to fly into your home where it is safe and you can see your bird at ALL times.

Mckenzie, you can take my advice if you wish; you cannot go wrong. I'll be very happy to know if I was of any help to you and your bird. Take care of your lovely bird and God bless.
Sandra D Singh, Toronto.

Editor's note: I posted this for those who live in countries that do not have access to pellets, but remember they probably fed them food that was fresh from the market and NOT sprayed with chemicals, NOT genetically modified foods etc.

Also, a caution Sandra, if you are feeding high quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush then supplementing vitamins may cause kidney or liver failure due to toxicity. Make sure your vitamins are only prescribed by your avian vet after blood work is done and they see some health issue.

Feeding 80% high quality pellets provides all the nutrition a healthy bird needs.

Feb 22, 2013
diet for wild Amazon
by: Linda

Both of my Amazons are wild though they do live in captivity. They eat Harrisons Course Grind pellets in both Regular and Pepper flavored. Any bird, whether outside in the wild or inside as a companion will do very well eating the high quality organic pellets made by Harrisons. They do have to be kept refrigerated as they contain no dangerous preservatives, so would have to be set out to warm up to room temp for about 30 minutes before feeding. Also, if pet bird is on a diet of all seeds, it will take time to change over. An outside wild bird will probably take to them immediately since it's pretty hard to find quality food out there in the world at large.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

Feb 22, 2013
Wild Amazon parrot diet
by: Tracie

I don't know, because I don't need to know what wild birds eat. I only study companion parrots, sorry. Wild birds eat differently because they live in all kinds of weather, exercise all day searching for food and socializing and probably having lots of fun.

Captive parrots do not need to keep warm at night or day, cool off night or day because we keep the temperature within a short range. They don't fly around in head winds etc., avoiding predators and such and don't burn a ton of calories. We can't feed them much seeds or high fat foods or they will have health problems and die an early death.

For captive parrots, we fee most parrots 80% high quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush pellets and only 20% seeds and healthy treats. Parakeets can have more seeds.

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