Large Caged Birds: Larger caged birds (conures, parrots, cockatoos, macaws) should be fed as follows:
1. Seeds and seed mixes should not constitute more than 20% of what your bird consumes daily.
2. 80-100% of the daily diet should be comprised of table food items:
3. Feed junk food items in moderation. Remember: Salty foods are acceptable for pet birds as long as they are given in moderation and as long as fresh water or fruit juice is always available.
The following foods can be prepared and offered to large psittacines (conure, parrot, cockatoo, macaw) on a daily basis. This list has been compiled with consideration to ease of preparation, economy of time, and maximum nutritional value. You should offer at least one item from each of the following food groups daily.
Whole-Grain Food (Replaces seed mixes and nuts): Make up a mixture of any combination of the following ingredients (equal volumes of each) and store it in an air-tight container:
Your bird's individual preference for the various cereals may vary somewhat and depend on its body size.
These suggestions are made to accommodate bird owners who are bewildered by the apparent complexities of offering a balanced diet and who have very little time each day to prepare and offer the right foods. Bird owners who do not cook or eat at home will find these suggestions helpful because they can prepare all of these items with only moderate initial preparation and offer them daily with little effort.
Feeding Small Caged Birds:
Smaller birds (canaries, finches, parakeets, cockatiels) should be fed as follows: Every day, offer greens (spinach, broccoli, carrot tops, celery leaves, parsley, etc.), grated carrot, grated cheese, hard-boiled or scrambled egg, canned tuna fish (packed in water), dry cereals, stale or toasted whole wheat bread (crumbled or in cubes), and small bits of other vegetables and fruits. Some birds may accept soft food items, such as peanut butter, cooked cereals, applesauce, and other strained fruits and vegetables. It is wise to offer pound cake to caged birds of all sizes and get them accustomed to eating it. Once your bird begins to accept pound cake, certain liquid medications can be soaked into the cake if necessary. This makes administration of medication much easier in some cases.