Parrots & Cockatoos
Parrots & Cockatoos have a mainly granivorous (seed) and frugivorous (fruit) diet. However in the breeding season they supplement their diet with additional protein, vitamins & minerals from fresh green plant material, mineral grit, insects and sometimes even meat. Our parrot foods include nutritionally-balanced Crumbles and Pellets for everyday diet. For breeding birds we recommend supplementing with Parrot Soft Food or Egg & Biscuit to cater for the increased nutritional demands. For hand-raising young birds we have developed Passwell Hand Rearing Food and Wombaroo Granivore Rearing Mix to supply the elevated protein, vitamin & mineral requirements of growing chicks. We also make a range of treats and dietary supplements that can enhance the health & well-being of cage and aviary birds.
Passwell Parrot Pellets are a low-fat, balanced diet for parrots & cockatoos. Feed to cage & aviary birds including cockatiels, ringnecks, conures, macaws, rosellas, eclectus, galahs, sulphur-crests & black cockatoos. Use pellets to replace the dry seed component of the diet.
- Provides excellent nutrition compared to seed-based diets.
- Improved health through elevated levels of essential amino acids, omega-3&6, vitamins and minerals.
- Low fat formula helps with weight control in pet birds.
- Totally edible to reduce waste and mess.
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Ground grains including triticale, wheat, barley, maize and oats, whey and soy proteins, meat meal, lysine, methionine, mannan oligosaccharides, β-glucans, vegetable oils, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (including EPA & DHA), carotenoids, vitamins A, B1,B2,B6, B12,C,D3,E,K, nicotinamide, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acid, choline, inositol, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese, copper, iodine, selenium.
Protein (min) 15% Fat (min) 5% Carbohydrate (min) 72% Fibre (max) 7% Calcium 0.7% Metabolisable Energy (ME)
330g, 1kg, 5kg, 10kg & 20kg.
Feed as a dry pellet, replacing the seed proportion of the bird's diet:
Birds that are accustomed to eating seed need to modify their feeding technique to eat Pellets:
- Initially they will disintegrate the food, but they should soon learn to totally consume the Pellets and even eat any powder produced during feeding.
- Avoid changing the diet on days that are either very hot or very cold, or during times of stress on the bird.
- Observe the birds regularly to ensure they are eating the Pellets.
- Don't over-fill the feed bowl, as birds will tend to scatter the Pellets in search of their normal food
- Have at most two layers of Pellets in the feed bowl.
Changing to Pellets
Direct Change to Pellets: Applies to companion birds, large parrots and pigeons. Remove all seed and treats and provide only Parrot Pellets. Observe the birds closely. If the birds do not eat during the day then provide some seed before nightfall and try again the next day. If this is not successful try "Introducing Pellets"
Introducing Pellets: Applies to small parrots and aviary birds. Start with a 50:50 mix of Pellets and seed. Over the next few days, slowly increase the proportion of Crumbles. Remove all the seed once the birds begin to eat the Pellets.
Caged birds tend to over-eat and become obese when offered an unlimited supply of food. It is a healthier, and more economical practice to establish your birds' daily food requirement and feed that amount.
Species Parrot Pellets
per bird day
(1 tablespoon = 10g approx.)
grams tablespoons Cockatiels & Small Parrots
(80-120g body weight)
10 - 15 1 - 1.5 Medium Parrots & Pigeons
(150 - 350g body weight)
15 - 25 1.5 - 2.5 Large Parrots & Cockatoos
(400g -1kg body weight)
25 - 40 2.5 - 4
Note that these feeding estimates are for non-breeding birds and can vary depending on the size of the bird, nutritional value of other foods eaten, cage size, activity levels and daily temperature.
What to feed with Parrot Pellets
Passwell Parrot Pellets are a complete diet. Limit the use of supplements and treats. Offer up to 25% of the diet as fruit (apple, pear, kiwifruit, orange) or vegetables (corn cob, silver beet, kale, asian greens, carrot, capsicum, broccoli) as well as fresh seeding grasses and sprouted seed.
Feed 50% more than the non-breeding requirement of Pellets plus prepared Passwell Finch Soft Food or Parrot Soft Food, depending on species. This provides the additional protein and nutrient requirements for breeding birds.