9. What does he eat?

 

The first thing every morning Barney has a piece of Herb’s multi-grain toast. This is probably the high point of his day!

Barney eats a pellet mix that has a good mix of the nutrients that he needs. This is supplemented with fresh water and fruits an veggies. His favorite fruits are, banana, apple, grapes, peach, mango, pineapple, and pear. His favorite vegetables are peas in the pod, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, carrots, and his most favorite, sweet corn, best on the cob. He does not like strawberries or green beans.

Amazon parrots tend to get over weight, so you have to be careful about how many treats you give them. They love peanuts, almonds, etc, but those have lots of fat so you have to be stingy with those. They cannot have salted items like potato chips. He loves noodles, but again, too many empty calories so we are careful.

Amazon parrots are also prone to a vitamin A deficiency so we make sure that most every day has a carrot or bit of sweet potato in his treat bowl.

On the road we will give him small grapes and pieces of apple to keep him hydrated. We do not accept snacks from visitors as a general rule.

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