Ask Lafeber


September 13, 2022

Mixing pellet diet and vegetables for parrots

From expert Parrot advice on 70% pellet diet 30% vegetables and fruit diet, can I feed pellets for 5 days of the week and mixed veggies/fruits for 2 days of the week? Its much easier for logistical purposes for me.


Hi Carl,

Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. Most Vets recommend 80% for their nutritionally balanced diet, such as pellets or our foraging diets. And then up to 20% of fruits and veggies. But this is a daily balance. You don’t have to offer fresh foods daily but you do need to offer the pellets or foraging diet daily. They should always have their balanced diet available to them in their dish. Parrots eat throughout the day – you don’t feed them a meal once or twice a day like a dog or cat. A parrot’s system is designed to take in calories all day long. They have a very high metabolism and need the food intake throughout the day. You can offer fresh foods a few times a week or once or twice or not at all. But they must have their nutritionally balanced diet every day, all day.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,


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