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Question:

May 26, 2021

Picky Parrot Webinar – feeding greens


Thank you so much for these helpful and informative webinars! 🙂 Is it ok to feed raw swiss chard, raw kale and raw dandelion (all from the organic health food store) to our beloved Green Cheek Conure? She loves the raw dandelion the most? Thank you again!


Answer:

Hi Julia,

Yes greens are very good to offer. However, as with any fresh food, you need to only offer greens in limited amounts. Kale and swiss chard are extremely nutrient dense, meaning they have higher levels of each nutrient per cup than other greens. Dandelions are not as nutrient dense. But it’s still good to be aware of the vitamin levels and offer greens in moderation. Now some birds enjoy the chewing process and do not consume as much as they chew on and shred. If you find a lot on the cage floor, then he isn’t eating a lot of each green, but if there is little to none left then you need to feed small amounts. Too much of anything can be bad – Vitamin A in particular is something to be cautious about. So use Dr. Lamb’s charts as a guideline and always remember that when it comes to fresh foods or treats for parrots, less is the best way to go.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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