Specific diet recommendations may vary depending upon the species you chose. For the majority of parrots fresh 'chop' should make up the majority of the bird's diet.
A commercially prepared, balanced pellet should suppliment this diet while seeds and nuts should be fed sparingly or as training treats.
Traditiona high seed diets are high in fat and low in vitamins and minerals. They lead to health problems such as fatty liver disease and vitamin A deficiency.
Great chop contains legumes/beans/pulses (2 varieties), grains ( 2-3 varieties) and vegetables ( at least 1 of which is orange, at least 1 leafy). Ideally feeding all vegies raw (except for sweet potato!) so that no nutrients are lost in the cooking process.
Bird safe fresh foods include: spinach, silverbeet, pumpkin, okra, brussel sprouts, bok choy, broccoli, capsicum, chili, carrot, cauliflour, cucumber, zuccini, kale, green beans, snow peas, peas, corn, squash, sprouts, sugar snap peas, parsnip, carrot, sweet potato.
Fruits should be fed sparingly (except for toucans and eclectus parrots). Bird safe fruits include: apple, banana, pawpaw, blueberries, kiwi fruit, mango, nectarine, peach, raspberry, strawberry, rock mello and watermellon.
Boiled egg may be fed in small volumes as an occasional treat
Birds should never be fed: avocado, chocolate, alcohol, caffine, salt and processed sugar.
When feeding chop your parrot may appreciate different textures and varying sizes of vegetables.
If you blend up your chop in a food processor they can't pick out the 'good' bits and leave the healthy stuff behind. With every bite they get the good stuff and the taste stuff in every mouthful!
If you need tips on coverting your bird to chop see BirdTricks videos on Youtube or speak to an avian vet.