Homemade Parrot Food

Making homemade parrot food can be good as you gain more knowledge on what’s your pet parrot is eating and letting them experience different food.

In this article, you will know add in your homemade Parrot Food.


Homemade Parrot Food

safflower, millets, buckwheat and canary seeds. Sunflower seeds can be problematic due to the fat content and are best given in moderation only.

Sprouting Seed
In the wild, many species of parrot feed on sprouting grains. These contain lots of good nutrition. In the summer and autumn Nature does some of the hard work for you, offering a ready supply of seeding grasses. Otherwise, you can sprout common seed like sunflower and canary at home.


  • Alfalf
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beet Greens (cooked)
  • Beetroot
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts (cooked)
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Chard (cooked)
  • Chicory
  • Corn (on the cob)
  • Cress and mustard
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Endive
  • Green Beans
  • Kale
  • Okra
  • Parsley
  • Peas (still in the pod)
  • Peppers (including hot ones)
  • Potato (cooked)
  • Pumpkin
  • Soy Beans
  • Spinach (in small amounts: it can prevent a parrot absorbing calcium if eaten in large amount)
  • Spring Greens (Collard Greens)
  • Squash
  • Sweet Potato
  • Turnip Greens
  • Yams

Along with fruits, vegetables are another important source of nutrients for your parrot. Safe vegetables include asparagus, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, butternut, carrots, corn on the cob, dandelion greens, collard greens, hot peppers, mushrooms, spinach, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and zucchini. Parsley is also an option. Iceberg lettuce is safe for parrots to eat but should only be given occasionally as it does not provide any vital nutrients.  Fresh vegetables are always preferable compared to their frozen counterparts, although the latter can be given from time to time in your Homemade Parrot Food.


Homemade Parrot Food

  • Apples (no seeds)
  • Apricots (no stones)
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries (stoned, and not too sweet)
  • Cranberries
  • Figs
  • Grapes (dark ones are best)
  • Guava
  • Kiwi
  • Mango (no skin)
  • Nectarines (no stones)
  • Orange (seedless)
  • Papaya
  • Peach (no stones)
  • Persimmons
  • Pineapple
  • Plantains
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates

Safe fruits include apples, mangos and peaches. Be aware that avocado should not be given in any circumstances; this is poisonous for birds.



  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Coconut shreds
  • Hazelnuts (filberts)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Peanuts (monkey nuts)
  • Pecans
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts

They should therefore be seen as more of a treat food in your homemade Parrot Food. Almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, shelled peanuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts can all be given.


Homemade Parrot Food

Quinoa – full of lysine and great amounts of the other amino acids that complete a protein, besides being a repository for phosphorus, calcium, iron, vitamin E, and assorted B vitamins. It can be stored in the freezer. For quinoa use 1 measure of quinoa to 2 measures of liquid. Boil, lower heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Leave it off heat for another 10 minutes.

Triticale – a hybrid grain of wheat and rye. The average protein content of wheat is about 12%, while the rye’s is about 7%; triticale runs about 15-17%. Triticale contains a better balance of amino acids than either of its parents, with twice as much lysine as wheat offers. For triticale use water to cover it, boil, lower heat, cover and cook until done; add water if needed.

Hulled millet – rich in phosphorus, iron, calcium, riboflavin, the nutritional value of cooked millet (90 calories) is only a step under wheat on the protein ladder. It is also higher in the amino acid lysine than oats, corn, or rice. For hulled millet use 1 measure of millet to 2 measures of liquid, boil, lower heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Leave it covered and off heat for 10 more minutes.

Cooked grains can include barley, brown rice and quinoa. Other grains that your parrot may like include oatmeal.

Buckwheat groats

The best known source of complex carbohydrates are the proteins in buckwheat. Buckwheat also contains a high proportion of all eight amino acids which the body does not manufacture but are absolutely essential for keeping it in good shape. All this makes buckwheat closer to being a complete protein than any other plant source, even soybeans. For buckwheat groats use 2 measures liquid to 1 measure of buckwheat groats, boil them, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

Pearled barley – cooked barley is very rich in proteins, 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 the production of cholesterol in the blood has been traced to the non-fibrous part of the grain. For pearled barley use 2 cups boiling liquid to 1 cup pearled barley, cover and cook for 35 to 40 minutes.

Bulgar – each quarter pound contains over 11.2 grams of protein, 75.7 grams of carbohydrates, 338 milligrams of phosphorus, and 229 milligrams of potassium, as well as healthy doses of calcium, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, and niacin. Or as many nutrients as one will find in a whole loaf of 100% whole-wheat bread! Unused bulgar can be frozen. For bulgar use 1 measure of bulgar to 2 measures liquid. Boil, lower heat, cover, and simmer for 25 minutes.

Wheat berries – they have a high content of proteins, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and 7 amino acids that give the required energy to the body: 335 units of protein per cooked half cup. It is also low in calories: 55 for the same amount. For wheat berries soak overnight and boil in soaking water for one hour or cook covered until the wheat is soft, adding water if necessary.



Offer your homemade parrot fresh food and seeds in the morning and evening. If this is not eaten within an hour or so, remove them so that they do not spoil. Pellets can then be given after the first batch of fresh food is removed in the morning for daytime snacking before the evening’s food is offered. Clean water should be available throughout the day. CLICK HERE for another homemade budget article. CLICK HERE to watch how you prepare a homemade healthy breakfast for parrot.

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