Parrots in the wild love fresh greens, but it can be difficult to get our birds to eat enough greens in our homes. Greens are a healthy and nutritious addition to any parrot diet and are full of vitamins and minerals. Presentation can be everything, so here’s a fun way to get your birds interested in foraging for greens.
Many of you are familiar with wheatgrass, which is commonly used for juicing based on claims of health benefits for humans. In fact wheatgrass has been grown for its health effects since the ancient Egyptians and possibly even earlier. But you may not know that wheatgrass is great for birds too! Wheatgrass is the freshly sprouted first leaves of the common wheat plant, a worldwide staple cereal grain. As with other sprouts, wheatgrass is high in healthy nutrients such as protein, vitamins, and minerals, and low in fat. Many animals love fresh wheatgrass, including cats, dogs, rabbits, rodents, and birds. I observed many parrots in Australia eating freshly sprouted plants and grasses, which is the bulk of their diet. Having wheatgrass available for your birds is a great way to bring this experience to your own birds! Not only is it nutritious, but it’s also fun and fulfills their need to forage for their own food.
Read @Tiellover ‘s superb article on providing nutritious and fun wheatgrass for your birbs here!