Diet & Nutrition for Cockatoos
Cockatoos need a balanced diet of high quality parrot food and vegetables with a small quantity of fruits, nuts, proteins, cooked rice, bean mixture and table food, such as cheese, corn, cereal, pasta, meat etc.
Vegetables: The vegetables should be colorful, with green, dark green, orange, yellow or red vegetables being provided - for maximum nutrition. Vegetables typically fed are: carrots,beetroot, broccoli, green peppers, asparagus, ripe tomatoes and spinach.
Fruits: apples, pears, peaches, bananas, berries, plums, oranges, kiwi, citrus fruits, grapes, raisins etc.
Nuts: Nuts make great treats, as cockatoos really like them. If given whole nuts, they love to crack open the shell to extract the seed. This is good exercise for their beak and also provided entertainment.
Proteins: Food items high in proteins are cooked eggs, grated cheese, sprouts, ripe tomatoes, cooked beans and spinach. They can also be fed with freshly cooked lean beef, chicken or fish in small quantities. Occasionally, you can give them cooked meat bones.
Water: Cockatoos should always have access to clean, fresh water. Don't use tap water that is likely to be contaminated with heavy metals and chloride, or may even contain a bacteria and parasites. Recommended is distilled or purified / filtered water.
Vitamins and Minerals: If the bird's diet has a variety of all the nutrients, then supplementation is not required.
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