Human Baby Food For Parrot?

by Mica
(Houston, Texas)

My friend and I are having a discussion. She feeds her Parrot human baby food (vegetables, fruits, cereal). She does add fresh vegetables, beans and fruit to the diet. She said she also puts ground up pellets in the food.

Is this safe for her parrot to eat? I told her I was concerned with the amount of zinc in the baby food. She said she only uses foods that are low in zinc and sugars.

Thank you.

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Apr 04, 2016
Human Baby food for Parrots
by: K&M Breeding

Well some people who comment really shouldn't! because they do not know what they're talking about

Baby food is OK for birds as long as it's low in sugar (or no sugar is better), low in iron, zinc etc, and has no added spices like garlic salt (a bit of garlic powder for birds is OK but not the garlic Salt!)

I have been mixing in baby food fruits, and veggie variety into my baby birds formula for many years, I do start doing it about 2 weeks before they start weaning, this way they get the taste for fruits and veggies, and are more prone to eat the real deal when I start weaning them from hand feeding formula to ''big kid'' foods.

Would it be okay to feed a bird baby food and nothing else all the time? NO! They need a variety of food, Pellets (does NOT HAVE TO BE HARRISONS - which I see a lot of people boasting that brand it's not as high quality as most people think and my birds threw it OUT of their dishes onto the floor they hated it.), I personally use Zupreem Natural Pellets, They also need a good quality seed mix - depending on species if it's cockatiels and up try your best to get one without sunflowers or at least very little, if you get a scoop of seed out and you see more sun flowers than anything else, that's a horrible seed mix, none of the birds need a bunch of sunflowers not even macaws! sunflowers seeds are extremely high in fat and is the main cause of fatty liver!. They also need fresh foods, Fruit, veggies, greens, Along with COOKED foods, beans, whole wheat noodles and brown rice (these are better for them than regular noodles and white rice), Eggs - hard boiled , mashed, shell and all but be sure to crush the shell into dust, otherwise they could find a sharp piece and this can cut them on the inside (just like cuttle bones can). the shell is for calcium.

yams (Sweet potatoes) are 100xs better than normal baked potatoes - don't add butter, sour cream, salt pepper etc. Just boil the yam until its soft, mash it up, feed it on its own or mix it with all or any of the above.

My birds have a few favorite home cooked meals - one is their veggie salad. ( do not used canned veggies!) either fresh or frozen - I take a mix of different greens for the base of the salad such as Romaine Lettuce (iceberg is more water than anything else, so best not to be fed to the birds as it has no nutritional value at all), Spinach (only to those birds who are not breeding, as Spinach will absorb their calcium intake, and breeders need that calcium), and some darker types of lettuce one I can't recall the name at the moment but it's dark green with a dark red top to it. I break those up (just like I would to make a salad for us humans), then I use either Fresh or Frozen (thawed - either use a bag of mixed veggies, or single bags the amount is determined by the amount of birds you have, so if you only have 1 or just a couple you wouldn't use as much as I would having (18 birds).. If I am using each veggie from its own bag(not a mixed veggie bag), I just put a handful of each veggie in when I buy in single bags I try to always get at the very least, green beans, peas, corn, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower , after I toss in a hand full of each, I will either just toss it together to mix and feed it like that or I'll add the mashed eggs to it sometimes as well.

Another favorite of theirs is Cooked noodles, Cooked Rice, Cooked beans, drained mixed together with the hard boiled egg mixed in.

There are tons of recipes on line to use human food to feed our birds. It's the variety that counts in their diet. they need more than just seed, or just pellets, or just seed and pellets.

Apr 02, 2015
Baby Foods
by: michelle

Hello
My name is michelle and I raised my grey with a little bit of baby Food in with her baby Bird Formula and she did great I am about to get a Quaker and I am going to follow suit on it because it helps to put them on a Schedule of every 4 hours it keeps them fuller so if you have to leave it for a while it will be ok. I am not saying to totally use Baby food and not give them bird food no no no but I am saying that you can use things such as Baby rice Cereal it also allows them to have a taste of what foods taste Like. I love baby food as well and I get some from time to time because it has something I need in it. Do I eat baby food all the time no I don't the Same thing applies with the birds it is totally Ok to give them baby food mixed into their formula. Shalom

Feb 23, 2015
Baby Food
by: Pecan Acres Pets

We have been raising Greys and Quakers for about 25 years now and our home made baby formula for the last 10 years consists of Gerber 2nd baby foods, ground pellets and other organic ingredients. Anyone who knows us knows our babies. Yes, if you would feed it to your baby, it is probably ok for your birds. Just the thoughts of me and my Avian Vets.

Mar 18, 2011
Baby Food
by: Michelle

I raised my grey on baby Food along with mixing the formula in with th baby food and she did just Fine using baby on its own is not good but you can give them baby Food as long as you mix it with the Formula that you are giving them Shalom Michelle

Jul 30, 2009
Human baby food tor parrots
by: The Vet

Human baby food is not going to be harmful, but should not make up more than 5% of the diet. 80% of the diet should be pellets, preferably Harrison's, the other 20% can be any treats, such as vegetables, fruits, cooked foods, rice, pasta, etc.

Dr B

Jul 29, 2009
Human Food not Good
by: Linda

No, it is not recommended to feed human baby food to a parrot unless bird is very young and is a rescue. Baby parrots have to eat handfeeding formula, and adults need to eat adult food only. Bird needs to be eating a pelleted diet supplemented with fresh organic dark leaf lettuce, dark orange and yellow squash and some baked sweet potato. No more than 10% of the diet should be treat foods like fruit and veggies. Harrison's is a wonderful organic pelleted diet, and they also have a fantastic Birdy Bread mix that is readily accepted and will help with weaning bird from the unhealthy diet.

Basically human baby food is not as healthy for even human babies than normally thought. For one thing, the mixture is cooked and heat destroys at least 50% or more of vitamins and minerals needed for baby humans. Homemade baby food using organic veggies and fruits is recommended for babies, and the stuff in jars is just EASY to feed so a lot of people use it.

The type of diet she has bird on will cause many problems in the future resulting in many trips to the vet. When using the Harrison's diets, no vitamin and mineral supplements are needed because they use a cold extrusion method--they do not use heat to cook the food and all ingredients are certified organic so you know birds are getting everything they need with a few additions of organic veggies and fruit as treats only.The Birdy Bread adds some variety to the diet. Also use the organic red palm oil, Sunshine Factor in it that is also out here. Use just the egg whites in the mix and do not add other ingredients. Left plain like this, they can eat up to 30% of their diet in Birdy Bread.

So, you were correct in your assumption that the baby food diet is wrong for bird. Birds are like children and will eat whatever we give them, like kids with candy. They don't know what is good for them, and so it is our job to feed our pets and children nutritious foods to help build strong, healthy bodies.

Thanks for writing and welcome to our site where we try and support each other in taking better care of our birds.

Linda

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