Healthy diet for Ringneck Parakeets
In the wild, Ringneck parakeets eat a variety of foods like seeds, fruits, vegetables, nuts, berries, grains, and many others.
Similarly, In captivity, we should need to feed them different things. A nutritional diet is important for enjoying a good life. We need to give them fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, pellets, and many more things (read detailed below). Clean and fresh water for drinking and bathing should also be provided. In the winter season, a sunlight bath is too important for birds, as it keeps birds healthy and active and also provides Vitamin D.
Fruits and vegetables are more important for parrots than seeds. There is no perfect ratio, it is up to you. Yet, there’s should be 50-60% fruits, veggies, and sprouts.
All Asiatic parakeet eats a seed-based diet. Seeds must be included in a healthy parrot diet. They should not be removed completely because these birds naturally eat seeds in the wild. Seeds alone are fatty and can cause serious complications for birds and it also decreases the life-span of your Ringneck Parrot. So, you have to give them in moderation which will help you to keep birds perfectly safe and healthy.
Seeds based diet contains:
- Pearl millet, Foxtail millet, White Proso millet, Panicum red millet
- Paddy rice, canary seeds, sunflower seeds, Hemp seeds, Safflower seeds.
You can use any good company mixed diet for your Ringneck Parrot. But I will recommend consulting with your avian vet before giving and seeds diet.
Pellets are a nutritionally balanced diet that is made especially for the need of each parrot. They contain a mixture of different foods according to the need of the pet bird. It also has the correct ratio of nutrients that a Rose-ringed parakeet needs. Parrots eat equal nutrients in every bite of pellets. Pet birds on pelleted diets still need their different favorite food. You can use and Good brands pellets for Ringneck Parrots.
Fruits and Vegetables:
Fruits and vegetables are the favorites and healthy diet for Ringneck Parakeets. Always give fresh fruits and veggies to pet birds on daily basis. They need their favourite diet to live happily. It keeps birds healthy and energetic.
A wide variety of seasonal fruits should be provided to birds. These parakeets like Apples, Guava, Apricots, very much. Jujubes are also must be provided to birds. Serve fresh and different fruits on daily basis. These parakeets mostly hold fruits in their hands and take small bites. Give all fruits Apple, Mangos, melon, Watermelon, Strawberry, Pineapple, Grapes, Peach (no seed) … etc
Cucumber, Cabbage, Carrots, Peas, Spinach, Tomatoes, and other seasonal vegetables must give to the parakeets. You can give other vegetables also that you have. Before giving vegetables to parrots, must wash and dry.
Sprouts are very beneficial for pet birds. They are a great source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Sprouts are seeds that have germinated. Moong Beans, chickpeas, lentils, sesame seeds, and grains can be given in sprouts.
Parrots eat soft corn delightedly. Sweets fresh corns must be provided during the season. It can be given two to three times a week
Egg-bread or Egg-biscuit should also be given on daily basis. In Egg-bread you can also add eggshell powder. It is also a good source of calcium. Cuttlefish bone powder can also be used. Give 3 to 4 tablespoons on daily basis.
You also need to provide those items which are rich in protein. Beans, Wheat, Black chickpeas, mung beans, mung beans all things mix in equal quantity as for birds need and soaked them overnight and on next day morning wash with Apple vinegar, dry it and then serve. Give two times in a week to Rose-ringed parakeets. Just be insured to remove it after 2hours from the cage. This will ensure it does not spoil.
Remember/ Unhealthy food:
These parrots will eat everything you cook just be sure to avoid oils, salts, and preservatives. Never feed dairy products like butter, cheese, milk, etc. Never feed tea and coffee. It is not good for birds. Remove uneaten food to prevent spoilage.
Food and water pots should be consumed, cleaned, and refilled daily to reduce the risk of bacterial growth and infection.
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