FEEDING INDIAN RINGNECKS
This applies also to Alexandrine parrots.
In addition to a seed mix for medium sized parrots they have a wide range of things they like to eat. They will eat your dinner and desert but do not allow it.
NO AVOCADO... IT KILLS FAST. No chocolate, garlic or onions. This includes shallots and chives.
NO SALT. NO CAFFINE!!!
The above NO NO’s apply to all birds.
Never feed nuts in the shell or any nuts not HUMAN GRADE. If you wouldn’t eat it neither should they.
The reason for no nuts in shell especially peanuts.
There are certain fungi and toxins that can form inside nut shells that can and will make your birds very sick and possibly kill them. It is more complex than this and you can Google it.
Make sure there is NO ADDED SALT.
I am not a ‘pellet’ fan I think it is the lazy way to feed, most parrots I have owned HATE them and they are boring. Oh yeah I will cop some criticism for that but this is my experience. If you choose a pellet diet that’s fine but I do not. I do for the poultry however since they are not fussy and they also get to free range when not breeding.
Parrots get bored and destructive and upset and they enjoy a range of food.
As for budgies I add powders to the seed mix. Nuts, legumes, lentils, (tip... get the dry soup mixes and either soak the mix overnight in the fridge and warm it in the morning or grind in food processor and feed dry mixed with seed.)
Fresh vegetables. Vegetables in a parrot’s diet are better than fruit. Fruit is good but not too much. Leafy greens as for budgies, kale, spinach, rocket, celery, beetroot leaves, broccoli leaves head and stems. The leaves have the most calcium and are good for them especially in breeding season. Cabbage, not too much lettuce in fact I don’t bother with lettuce it doesn’t have much in it and can cause runny poo.
Chopped carrot. CHILLIS Asiatic parrots LOVE CHILLI and the HOT ONES TOO. They don’t get the burn like we do and they are packed with vitamins, anti oxidants etc. Capsicums, peppino (I grow it and will sell and post cuttings to any state in AUSTRALIA WHERE LEGAL. I cannot post to WA or TAS. $10 for a post bag full of cuttings. Very easy to grow I send instructions with it and will add a garden section to the site soon. I will be selling other plants and mixes for birds. Just email me.
They also like boiled rice, jasmine, brown etc and chopped up baby potatoes or mashed potato take care there are no green bits!
Coconut is great in summer. What I do for those hot days is the bird equivalent to an ice-cream cone.
Smash a fresh coconut to pieces with a hammer and freeze them. Take a piece out on a hot day and give it to the birds. They like to play with the shell and eat the cold coconut and play with it.
Paw paw, beetroot, pasta (but not too much) and when breeding a little boiled egg, boiled chicken or beef is good, but not too much.
Thick natural branches of gum trees are great in the cage I use them as perches and leave the bark on and insects etc. They eat the insects, rip the bark it is good for the beak and nails. Who wants to try cutting nails and beak tip on a bird that can rip you to the bone? I don’t... they will take care of things themselves with the right perches and some grit. A dish of smashed shells, sand and cuttlefish in a terracotta dish is good.
Sometimes the best parrot toys are FREE.
Banksia cones, sea shells (washed of course) twigs and branches tied up on ropes that don’t fray around the cage provide a lot of amusement and help with keeping their nails and beak filed naturally.