Too often, bird owners think that a little bird seed and fresh water are all that is needed to sustain their bird. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the Eclectus parrot. In fact, if an Eclectus parrot has to survive only on bird seed and water, he won’t live a very long life.
First, there is a choice to make between regular bird seed and bird pellets. Experts agree that pellets are healthier for the Eclectus parrot than bird seed. You should select a high quality pellet that contains numerous nutrients and minerals, particularly vitamin A.
As mentioned, however, seed or pellets aren’t nearly enough. Your Eclectus parrot also needs fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as a source of calcium. The calcium is easily supplied by hanging a calcium block in the cage, and replacing it when it gets too small. The fruit and vegetables, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated.
First, you should know that avocados are toxic to your Eclectus parrot. Of all fruits and vegetables, this is the one thing that he should not have. Also note that parrots should not have junk food designed for human consumption, as this can not only lead to obesity, but can also cause additional health problems, which may be life threatening.
As for the fruits and vegetables that your Eclectus parrot will enjoy, he should be fed apples, cucumbers, carrots, dandelions, tomatoes, oranges, melon, broccoli, sweet potatoes, mustard greens, spinach, raisins, plums, pears, apricots, bananas, peaches, green peppers, sorrel, chickweed, lettuce, beets, sweet corn, green peas, eggplant, and zucchini. Most fruits and vegetables should be served raw, with the exception of any grains, such as rice, which absolutely must be cooked before being eaten by the bird.
Cooked rice and beans are also a favorite of Eclectus parrots. Fiber is very important, because Eclectus parrots have a longer intestinal tract than what is considered normal. Fiber is needed to keep this long intestinal tract clear.
Fresh fruits and vegetables that are made available to your Eclectus parrot should not remain available for more than twenty-four hours, as they may spoil. Remove the old food and replace it with fresh food. Overtime, you will get a sense of exactly how much your parrot will eat, so that you don’t waste food.
Finally, make sure that water is always accessible to your Eclectus parrot. Instead of providing tap water, however, you should provide bottled water, with no added minerals or nutrients. If possible, stick with the same water brand throughout your Eclectus parrots life.
It is important that you keep an eye on your Eclectus parrots weight. These birds are usually pretty good eaters, and they can easily become obese if you aren’t careful. If your bird appears to be gaining too much weight, you should consult your veterinarian, and determine a proper amount of food to feed the bird in order to get his weight back down.