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November 6, 2020

Grey nutrition

I have a Congo African Gray. Are there certain fruits that have too much sugar for him?
I had read in one guide that African Grays can be prone to yeast infections.
My CAG has had very watery fecies with some white & green solidarity within. He has always been on pellets with very few seeds, just nutriberries. He does get scrambled egg with crushed pellets, millet, & carrot added – daily.


We are sorry for the delay in replying to your questions from the Webinar What Should I Feed? Nutritionally Balanced Diets are For the Birds! Presented by Kara Burns. There was a death in Kara’s family and she understandably needed some personal time.

Hi Karen,

It is more about moderation – mangoes and oranges (with skins removed), cored apples are fine, but will have more sugar in them. Fruits should account for 10% of their diets.

Bananas can be given as it is a good source of fiber.

Fruits, vegetables and greens (together) should account for approximately 20% of your bird’s daily diet. Orange, red and yellow vegetables, such as squash, peppers, carrots, and sweet potatoes, contain vitamin A—a nutrient essential to birds’ immune system, kidneys, skin, and feathers—and are ideal choices

A variety of species can develop yeast infections. The best prevention is proper husbandry and good nutrition – which it sounds like you are already doing!

Your nutritional feeding regimen is perfect!

Thank you,

Kara Burns

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