AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE GLOSSARY OF FOODS FOR YOUR PARROT
THIS PAGE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION: READ MORE ABOUT IT HERE.
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Listed in alphabetical order below is a list of foods that I plan on working on to include a whole bunch of other information on every individual food. Each food name will be done in this color code: GREEN for Fresh Food, BLUE for Dry Food, PURPLE for Pellet, RED for Cooked Food (As in, should be cooked or can be cooked) and ORANGE for Other Food (Example: Wheat Germ). Some may fall into more than one category, so the name will be in two different colors.
Each food will also be rated on how healthy they are with one heart being very unhealthy, to five hearts being very healthy. This rating will be displayed beside its name, and a more detailed statement may also be included. Here is a better explanation for each rating:
♥ = Very Unhealthy
♥♥ = Unhealthy
♥♥♥ = Neutral in Health
♥♥♥♥ = Healthy
♥♥♥♥♥ = Very Healthy
I would also like to mention that there will be a few new sections added to this page later on down the road that will be a surprise until then. Also, right now I am not completely sure that all the foods on this list are safe for birds, but as I go through the list and confirm that they are, I will put a little √ mark beside the name to let you know that I checked. 🙂 Of course, some are obviously safe for birds but I will leave that up to you to decide until I check them.
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CURRENT FOOD DESCRIPTION IN PROGRESS: Broccoli
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√ Aloe Vera – ♥♥♥♥♥ – Has very useful healing properties.
This plant, also known as the medicinal aloe or burn plant, can be found growing in arid (lacking sufficient water or rainfall) climates. It can be used for a large variety of animal and human ailments, from skin to digestive problems. Just the gel alone from the inner leaf of an aloe plant can greatly enhance the healing process of a wound. It can also help prevent infection and even scars. The gel is able to soothe and relieve the pain from burns, cuts, bruises, insect bites, blisters and even blemishes. This is due to the painkilling properties of the magnesium, lupeol, and salicylic acid found in Aloe Vera plants.
In parrots, this natural healing agent is used to treat their skin problems. While some ointments may have toxic side effects after being used on our parrots, aloe is safe, natural and even hypoallergenic. Some evidence shows that it can even be effective if sprayed on some feather plucking parrots. This can be due to the soothing property in aloe gel that helps itchy skin, which may help prevent some parrots from plucking. Aloe Vera is also known to be used for digestive problems, and even to soothe the pains of arthritis.
Visit this website to read more about Aloe Vera: Parrot Pharmacy in a Leaf
You can also find more information on how Aloe Vera can help Feather plucking parrots here: Feather Destruction
Amino Acids – contains 20 of the 22 amino acids that human bodies require, and it has 8 of the essential ones that the human body cannot create on its own. These 8 essential amino acids are Tryptophan, Isoleucine, Methionine, Leucine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Lysine, and Valine.
Vitamins – A, B, C, E and Folic Acid. Aloe Vera is one of the very few plants that contain most of the B vitamins like B1, B2, B4, B6, and Vitamin B12.
Minerals – Magnesium, manganese, zinc, phosphorous copper, chromium, calcium, sodium, potassium and iron.
Read more about the properties of Aloe Vera here: Aloe Vera Properties
Preparation Methods and Ways to Serve:
Aloe Vera works best when used fresh and from the plant. It needs to be used straight after harvesting as it can break down within 20 minutes. Aloe Vera Gel comes in convenient forms these days however, and can be bought in stores all over the world. If you don’t have your own Aloe Vera plant at home, you may want to buy a bottle of some to keep handy just in case.
You can also make a solution of Aloe to put in a spray bottle for spraying on your birds. To do this, you just need to mix Aloe Vera juice and distilled water in a spray bottle. Four parts water to one part Aloe is a pretty good solution. Remember to find the purest possible juice when you go looking for it. This spray is also good for feather plucking birds because the taste of the Aloe and the dampness from being sprayed discourages them from plucking.
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F – none yet
Green Leaf Lettuce,
I – none yet J – none yet
N – none yet
Red Leaf Lettuce,
Sugar Snap Peas,
U – none yet V – none yet
Whole Wheat Pasta,
X – none yet