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Parrotlet Diet

My experience has taught me that fresh, whole foods, not processed, are the best diet to feed my parrotlets.

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?

Linda RubinSandee 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. 


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Sandee, when it comes to Parrotlets, I always consider your word to be final. I read everything you write and am very careful to follow your guidance when it comes to everything regarding the care of my Parrotlet.

He is a Forpus coelestis medium blue mutation and I feed him a whole foods diet supplemented (currently) with Goldenfeast Australian Blend. The ingredients delight him but the contain quite a bit of dried (organic) fruits and spinach- both of which concern me a bit. I have heard from my breeder that fruit can cause bacterial infections in Pacific mutation babies?? Peekalow is only 3.5 months old; am I putting him at risk?

I have also heard that spinach should be fed infrequently due to the high oxalic acid content, which can lead to binding of calcium and trace minerals, potentially causing Hypocalcemia or even liver problems. YIKES- I read your IPS Journal and research Parrotlet nutrient requirements in great detail and was hoping spinach fit under the 'green leafy vegetables' category but now I am not so sure.

I never feed him pellets, I never feed him anything with artificial ANYTHING. My primary two questions are regarding the fruit in the diet of a baby pacific mutation, and the concern re:spinach.

About 95% of his diet is organic but certain items that I peel and cook are NOT.

Sorry to be all over the place with this question. I really respect what you do and appreciate your time and concern. If there is ANYTHING I can do better for my little guy, let me know.

Average diet:
Whole wheat pasta, black and pinto beans (cooked), sweet potato (cooked), butternut squash (cooked), carrots, broccoli, quinoa, egg shell appx 1 time/wk, apple appx 1 time/wk, SPINACH appx 1-3 times/wk, lettuce 3 times/wk (he gets really runny if daily), couscous, all the good stuff in Goldenfeast Austrailian Blend which includes probiotics, egg, bee pollen, and just about every kind of seed and fruit that Parrotlets love...and some cockatiel blend on the side w/sunflower seeds (striped and oilers), safflower, other millets...

Thank you, Sandee, for all of the time and love you put into what you do!

P.S. A separate topic: I am not a breeder (I have cannot handle the emotional roller coaster of losing a baby or parent), but I will do anything within my capabilities to help bring back the Spectacle Parrotlets. I can make websites, do marketing, etc...help raise awareness and get the word out to folks who are not in the IPS.
Rachel, Dearborn, MI
Posted: 9/12/2012 6:11:34 AM
I recently bought a Pacific Blue Parrotlet after spending a lot of time researching.I was disappointed in the article because of the lack of detail.A little too general for new parrotlet caregivers.I was hoping for a list of vegitables, grains and fruits...how much, how often? I also have Budgies, Canaries and Finches.I need specifics for my Parrotlet...all are healthy and I want it to remain that way. Ron Lindsey
Ron, Akron, OH
Posted: 5/18/2012 6:31:34 PM
My 7 mo old male parrotlet gets sprouted seeds and fresh veggies with Lefeber Nutriberries and dried papaya treats for special occasions. He loves lettuce and carrots, and also enjoys strawberries. He also occasionally joins us for a meal
Maiya, Grand Haven, MI
Posted: 2/26/2012 10:38:57 AM
Good to know!
Kim, South Bend, IN
Posted: 12/28/2010 5:58:00 AM
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