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April 3, 2020

Feeding one year old African grey

How much should I feed a one year African Grey? I am changing from seed to pellets. Should I keep a mix of both?


Hi Laurene,

It is important to always have some food available to your bird. In most cases, if a bird’s nutritional needs are met, they are not likely to overeat. In your case you are working to get him on a nutritionally balanced diet rather than a loose seed mix. While pellets are a balanced food, the good news is they are not the only solution to a nutritionally balanced daily diet. African Greys are very smart and tend to get bored with a pelleted diet. Our foraging diets are nutritionally balanced the same as a pellet, but they are not ground up so they contain the whole ingredients and foraging exercise that are natural for a parrot. And any of our foraging diets can be fed alone or along with pellets. Birds that are used to loose seeds will generally begin eating our Nutri-Berries, Avi-Cakes and Pellet-Berries very quickly compared to trying to convert to just pellets. If your preference is to change to only pellets, then you will need to mix some of his regular seeds with them and gradually reduce the amount until he is eating the pellets. At that point, just make sure he always has some pellets available. Regardless of what you decide, we still recommend offer fruits, veggies and dark, leafy greens as part of his diet. Here is a link to out feeding guide to give you more information.

Bird Food Guide

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