JoJo’s Perch – Fruits and Vegetables

Perch time again! And this time we have a requested topic. There’s a cute little African Grey girl (you know who you are ) out there who wants to know more about what fruits and veggies that she can add to her diet. A good pellet diet is the best balanced diet that your human can buy for you. Just make sure that the bag reads “Complete diet.” There are diets that are “part of a complete diet” that are missing
vital nutrients. A complete avian diet has all the vitamins and nutrients you need in the correct ratio.
But even a balance diet can be boring and it’s nice to mix it up with a little fresh produce.
Safe Fruits:
Apple
Apricot
Banana
Blackberry
Blueberry
Cantaloupe/Honeydew melon
Cherry
Cranberry
Dried dates
Grapes
Kiwifruit
Mango
Melon
Nectarine
Orange/Mandarin/Tangerine
Papaya
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Plum
Pomegranate
Raspberry
Strawberry

Safe Vegetables:
Artichoke
Beans, cooked only
Bell Peppers
Broccoli
Brussels sprouts
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery stalks
Corn
Cucumber
Green Beans
Hot Peppers
Kale
Lettuce
Peas (unshelled for added entertainment)
Potato (cooked)
Pumpkin (and seeds)
Radish Red Beet (fresh)
Romain Lettuce
Spinach
Sprouts
Squash
Sweet Potato
Zucchini
When on a complete, balanced diet make sure that you don’t throw off the balance with too much supplementation. Treats only! Make sure your humans wash all produce well before you eat it and stay away from seeds and pits. Some seeds and pits are poisonous. Stay away from
apple/pear seeds and cherry/peach pits. Have your human remove them before giving them to you.
Remember to be picky and only eat it when the food is presented just right – sliced vs. diced, cooked vs. raw, in the bowl vs. on a skewer. I spent months keeping my human busy with thrown, cooked sweet potato before I let her know that I wanted it uncooked and cubed. Give
dried fruit a try too, but remember that without the juice in it the sugar content is higher, so eat it only as a sometime treat. Dried fruit makes a great mess when dipped in water. Enjoy your variety and remember, the further you throw your food the more the humans enjoy it!
About me…
I’m a 22 year old Senegal parrot. As with any creature as small as I am, I have a big attitude and know how to get what I want. I share my home with my human servant Megan and her Australian Shepherds, whom I torment to my heart’s content. Coming from a rescue, my history is a little bit of a mystery. My early life has caused me to be a picker, but it doesn’t matter too
much – I know I’m gorgeous!
Have a question for me? You can contact me through my secretary, Megan at
meganvd@santarosavet.com      Or you can call one of my staff members at your friendly Veterinary Hospital – the Santa Rosa Veterinary Hospital