Q: I was just wondering, what’s the best pelleted diet I can feed my high-energy parrotlet? She’s already eating a good seed diet, with the addition of fresh veggies and fruit twice a week (limited because my breeder told me that too much can clog her system). She doesn’t require any egg or calcium formula diet because the seed diet already has egg biscuits. So do you know of a good, no coloring added (vitamin fortified, of course) diet that I can feed in addition to seed?
Sandee Molenda explains:
My experience has taught me that fresh, whole foods, not processed, are the best diet to feed my parrotlets.
The diet I feed is about 70-percent fresh foods including fruit, vegetables, greens, sprouted seed, cooked grains, legumes, whole-grain bread, nuts (limited) and egg food. The remainder of the diet is seed, specifically Volkman’s Parrotlet Super, which is based on the mix I have fed my parrotlets for more than 20 years. Supplements I feed several times a week are vitamins, calcium (to breeder birds) and bee pollen (pinch), which are sprinkled on the fresh food. I also feed Spirulina™ and wheat grass powder several times a week added to the egg food. I also free feed Scott’s Petamine™ and Avilife Dry Lory Powder™ for extra protein and amino acids. I recommend having a cuttlebone and mineral block in the cage at all times.