Everything you ever wanted to know about AFRICAN GREY Diets





African Greys are highly prone to catching the disease PBFD (Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease).  It is essential to have a new African Grey tested for this disease as soon as possible.  It is also important to treat a new African Grey for tapeworms, even though they may not be identified in a fecal sample. 


At the same time that you have your African Grey Parrot tested for PBFD and tapeworms, you should discuss diet with your avian vet. African Greys have very specific calcium needs that may not be met by simply feeding foods that are high in calcium.  Adding a calcium supplement to the water supply without balancing the calcium dosage with phosphorus can be harmful to the birdbs health.


African Grey parrots need a varied diet that includes as many fresh foods as possible.  While the commercial pelleted diets do contain many all the necessary nutritional requirements African Greys, but they do not contain the phytonutrients that can be obtained from fresh fruit, vegetables and grains.  Phytonutrients will provide a boost to the immune system and they also help speed healing.  Nutritionists also believe that phytonutrients can prevent disease. 


African Greys will not only gain nutritional benefit but psychological enrichment as well when offered a varied diet containing a mix of commercial formulated feeds and seed supplemented with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and protein.  Feed your African Grey a variety of chopped leafy green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, which will help supply them with calcium.  They will also enjoy carrots, squash, corn on the cob and chili peppers.  Include fruit such as apples, grapes, bananas and oranges.  In addition, an African Grey will need additional protein.  Add small portions of cooked meat, a cooked rice and bean mixture, and boiled eggs to their daily diet.  You can mix a few crushed eggs shells into the rice and beans or boiled eggs for another boost of calcium.  Also, include a variety of fresh nuts to your African Greybs diet.  Any fresh foods that they do not eat should be discarded after 24 hours.


Offer your African Grey two meals each day, being sure to leave plenty for him to nibble on between meals.


As with all birds, do not feed your African Grey parrot avocados, chocolate, coffee or salt.  Chocolate and coffee contain theobromine, an alkaloid that is toxic to birds.  Avocado is also toxic to birds.  Foods with a high salt content are harmful to birds because they can not excrete salt.


Offer your parrot fresh water several times a day.

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