A Carrot For Your Parrot
Just one large carrot per day provides about six times the Recommended Dietary Allowance of Vitamin A for humans. Cooking or grating carrots increases the nutritional value because it breaks down the tough cellular walls that encase the beta-carotene. To convert beta-carotene into Vitamin A the body needs a little amount of fat, because Vitamin A is one of the vitamins that is fat-soluble.
Some veterinarians say that about 70% of all pet parrots have a vitamin A deficiency. The carrot is a vegetable that can help us overcome this problem.
Calcium – The Basics
Calcium, one of the “macro” minerals – in other words, something the body needs in major amounts. African Greys and Eclectus are prone to calcium deficiencies, females laying eggs need more calcium and an insufficient supply can lead to egg binding.
Proper feather growth depends on calcium as well. So it’s much more than just the “strong bones” nutrient! It works in conjunction with phosphorus, magnesium and Vitamin D. Besides egg productivity and bone development, calcium also helps maintain the acid/base balance and regulate the balance of body fluids as well as maintaining cell membranes and muscle function. Minerals definitely work in conjunction with each other, as well as other substances in the diet
Healthy Diet for Your Parrot
Is your bird a seed only eater? Did you know in that wild seeds form only a small portion of the natural diet? While seeds are an important part of a pet parrot’s daily diet they should not comprise all of it.
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