Preparing Dairy Products for Birds

Many parrots do not get enough calcium in their normal diets. Too much dairy products can cause a problem with digestion in birds, but a small amount can add needed nutrients. Consider adding a small amount of the following to your bird's diet on occasion.

  • Dried milk
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Cheese

Provide small amounts and remove promptly if not eaten.

Adding Meat: Protein is generally taken care of in a pelleted diet, but if you are feeding a seed diet, you may want to add some meat. A small amount of the following may be a welcome addition:

  • Steak
  • Roast beef
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Tuna
  • Crab
  • Ribs

Avoid bones. Although many people feed chicken and rib bones, some vets have found parrots with impacted crops from bone fragments. Also keep this added protein to a minimum with birds that eat pellets.

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