Our understanding of parrot food, including: seeds, pellets and chop or parrot mash, has come a long way since it’s early beginnings. As a point of reference, the Psittacine Nutrition field of Knowledge can be linked back to the establishment of the Association of Avian Veterinarians in 1982 and the foundation of board certification of avian veterinarians in 1993.
As parrot owners, one has more access to information and education to parrot nutrition than ever before. Fatty seeds in large amounts are a definitely “NO”. Organic pellets are “OK” when suggested by your avian vet. When it comes to the healthiest food for your parrot, preparing a wholesome chop or mash recipe from ingredients provided by mother nature cannot be beat. For that reason, we want to introduce you to some, not all, of the ingredients used in Bird Street Bistro’s blends. Below you will find each ingredient with its benefit for your avian companion.
Making your own parrot mash can be a daunting and laborious task, that’s why Bird Street Bistro is here. Bistro blends provide you all the benefits of a a well balanced parrot mash without the hard work of sourcing, prepping and long cooking times. However if you do wish you create your own mash, we support you and encourage you to only use organic or all natural ingredient. As explained in each one of our parrot handbooks.
Parrot Chop, Parrot Mash recommended ingredients to use:
ANISE SEED – While often overlooked, Anise seed contains massive benefits for your birds. To name a few it promotes digestive health, stimulates blood circulation, and eliminates congestion in the respiratory tract. Your feathered companion will be attracted to the sweet spicy aroma of anise seeds.
BLUEBERRIES – Blueberries are packed with Vitamin C and K, to help keep your bird’s feathers shiny and beautiful. These berries will provide an extra boost to your fid’s immune system. Research indicates many species of berries for birds, including blueberries, help them handle stress.
CEYLON CINNAMON – Ceylon Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits.
CAYENNE PEPPER – Cayenne is native to tropical where many of our feathered friends hail from. Cayenne is known for its blood cleansing properties, fending off disease and to also equalize blood circulation. Don’t worry, Cayenne wont “burn” birds the same way it does with us. Cayenne strengthens the heart action but at the same time it does not increase blood pressure. It is known to have antibacterial properties and to prevent heart attacks and stroke.
COCONUT – Coconut is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals and is one of natures’ most beneficial oils for the health of parrots.
CURRANTS – Currants have plenty of antioxidants and anthocyanins. These can help strength your bird’s immune system
HULLED MILLET – rich in phosphorus, iron, calcium, riboflavin, the nutritional value of cooked millet (90 calories) is only a step below wheat on the protein ladder. It is also higher in the amino acid lysine than rice, corn, or oats.
KAMUT – Kamut, known as the “energy grain”, provides protein and more vitamins than more common grains. Birds with a vitamin E deficiency will lack vigor, develop problems that are associated with the nervous system, and develop blood and vasular disorders, anemia, and muscular disorders.
KELP – Kelp is a great source of iodine, 12 vitamins, 21 amino acids and over 60 minerals and trace elements. Kelp helps birds that experience iodine deficiency and improves feather condition. Very rich source of natural vitamins and minerals, including essential trace minerals. A great source of Magnesium, Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron, Potassium, 12 vitamins (including A, B1, B2, C, D and E ), 21 amino acids and over 60 minerals and trace elements. It is particularly rich in the trace element iodine and tocopherol (Vitamin E).
MANGO – Mangos are very rich in beta-carotene which helps in the production of Vitamin A. This powerful antioxidant helps boost overall eye health by improving vision, preventing age-related macular degeneration and loss of vision. Additionally, mangos are full of vitamin C, the powerful antioxidant to help boost your fid’s immune system
PEARLED BARLEY – a cup of cooked barley offers the same amount of protein as a glass of milk, along with hearty increments of niacin, thiamine, and potassium. A substance that inhibits cholesterol production in the blood has been traced to the nonfiberous portion of the grain.
PINEAPPLE – pineapples are tropical fruit that parrots love! Rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, pineapples help boost your feathered build a solid immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion.
QUINOA – jam-packed with lysine and healthy amounts of the other amino acids that make a protein complete, besides being a repository for phosphorus, calcium, iron, vitamin E, and assorted B vitamins.
SPELT – Spelt is an ancient grain that traces its heritage back long before many wheat hybrids. Spelt features a host of different nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamin B2, a very good source of manganse, and a good source of niacin, thiamin, and copper.
TRITICALE – a hybrid grain of wheat and rye. The average protein content of wheat is about 12%, rye’s is lower, about 7%; triticale runs about 15-17%. Triticale contains a healthy balance of amino acids and twice as much lysine as wheat.
PARSLEY – Parsley contains iron, beta carotene and vitamins B1, B2 and C. This tasty herb is in many of our blends due to its much-needed minerals: potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium. Birds love it!
CARROTS – Carrots are a vitamin-rich and a favorite among many pet birds. Containing high levels of beta-carotene, carrots support optimal eye health, which is important for birds of all species.
BASIL – Basil contains very high levels of vitamin K, which is fat-soluble and essential for coagulating the blood. This herb also provides good levels of vitamins, A, B6 and C, iron, calcium, manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, potassium and fiber.
BLACK AND RED BEANS – A good source of protein! It’s important to make sure the beans you source are Non-GMO and do not contain any additives or preservatives. The potassium, fiber, folate, vitamin-B6, and phytonutrient content of black and red beans, coupled with its lack of cholesterol, all support heart health