African Grey parrots are beautiful birds that make exceptional pets. In order to keep your African Grey parrot healthy and happy, you need to follow guidelines for proper care. One of the most important parts of caring for an African Grey parrot is ensuring that they have a varied, healthy diet. With the proper diet, African Grey’s can live 50 to 60 years. The African Grey is a sought after pet because of their majestic look, intelligence and level of affection towards owners.
An African Grey parrot should have a diet that consists of pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains. Each of these elements is important for the health and nutrition of the bird. While many people think that birds should be fed a lot of seed mix, the truth is that seed mix is generally high in calories and can cause your bird to put on extra weight. Limit seed mix and instead concentrate on feeding your African Grey parrot the correct proportions of pellets, fresh fruits and vegetables and other grains and proteins. The appropriate proportion for an African Grey diet is 75% pellets and other grains and proteins and 25% fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you’re unsure of what type of pellet to feed your African Grey, you should consult a veterinarian. Also consult a veterinarian if you are not sure what additional vitamins or supplements that you should be giving your bird. African Grey’s are known to have problems with calcium deficiency, so it might be advised that your bird be given calcium supplements if the vet sees this as an issue with your bird. You can also regularly feed your African Grey a variety of fruits and vegetables that are high in calcium like kale.
African Grey’s tend to be picky eaters, so transitioning your bird to a new food can be a little tricky. Start feeding your bird new fruits and vegetables at a young age so that they will develop an appetite for these types of foods. Feed your bird any new food in moderation at the start, only increasing the amount given if the bird has no adverse reaction. Also, it’s a good idea to give more vegetables than fruits when offering these selections to your African Grey, as vegetables have more of the nutrients that will keep your bird healthy. If your bird is not willing to try new foods and leaves them uneaten in the cage, try to hand feed or spoon feed your bird once a day to encourage the eating process. You can even puree some vegetables to make them easier to eat and gently offer the vegetables to your bird. Not only will this help the bird try new foods and get the nourishment they need, it will also become a bonding activity for you and the bird, helping you to have a closer relationship with your African Grey.
A poor diet and improper nutrition can cause a lot of problems for your African Grey. If not fed a proper diet, African Greys can develop hyperactivity, persistent screeching, bad health, a bad temper, biting and feather plucking and lethargy among other issues. Something as basic as not feeding your bird the proper mix of pellets and fresh vegetables can make a big difference in the health of your African Grey. Also make sure that the bird has fresh water daily and that all food and water containers are regularly cleaned to prevent the spread of bacteria.