Frequently Asked Questions (F. A. Q.)

Q: I'm confused. I was told that seeds are a bird's natural food and that they are all a bird needs to live on. Isn't that true?

A: In the late 1800's and early 1900's it was believed that parrots didn't drink water! The "all seed" diet for parrots falls into the same false myth category. While wild seeds do form a PART of some parrots' diet in the wild, dry seed diets fed in captivity are dangerously lacking in many essential nutritional elements. Dry seeds lack certain essential amino acids (meaning they are not complete proteins), are low in vitamins A and D3, are low in calcium and very high in phosphorous and fat, to name but a FEW problem areas. These deficiencies will result in poor feathering, incomplete moulting, poor breeding results, egg binding and greatly reduced life span. Malnutrition is the single greatest cause of death in parrots today, and there is no need for it!

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