Thursday, 26 August 2010

Juicing For Parrots

Many parrot owners struggle to get their parrots to eat healthy vegetables and leafy greens. There are a few ways of offering this type of food - all sorts of vegetables and greens can be cut up and hung up on skewers, chopped up in large chunks and served in bowls, minced into sunflower seed size pieces, stuffed into foraging toys or turned into foraging toys, clipped to the cage bars or to the playstand.
There is another way to get your parrot to benefit from all sorts of seasonal vegetables, greens, fruit and berries - by offering him or her delicious juice! It can be given from a spoon or diluted with a little bit of water and given in a regular water bowl for a couple of hours each day. It has to be removed in about two hours (or less in hotter climates) before bacteria starts to grow rapidly.
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The juice made of a variety of vegetables will offer a nutrient-dense cocktail full of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. The pulp left after juicing can be also fed to your birds or added to a batch of birdie bread.
It is best to juice vegetables and fruit whole where possible without peeling, because the skin contains a high concentration of the beneficial compounds. For this reason, it is best to choose organic produce whenever possible.
Some of the vegetables which can be used for juicing include celery, cucumber, carrot, broccoli, beetroot, etc.
Greens and herbs: kale, chard, spinach, cavolo nero, cabbage, dandelion leaves, wheatgrass, barley grass, parsley, coriander, thyme etc.
Fruit: oranges (no peel), clementines (no peel), mandarins (no peel), satsumas (no peel), lemons (no peel), apples, pears, plums, peaches, apricots, ripe mangoes, pomegranates, etc.
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Berries: blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, gooseberries, cranberries, etc.
For more info and some great recipes visit the website of Dr. Dave Mccluggage, a holistic veterinarian and an expert in avian medicine.
There is a wide variety of books available on juicing with a variety of recipes, suitable for both humans and parrots alike (just watch out for the suitability of the suggested in books produce for parrots!).
Suggested read:
Juice Lady's Guide to Juicing for Health: Unleashing The Healing Power of Whole Fruits and Vegetables by Cherie Calbom
The Big Book Of Juices and Smoothies: 365 Blends for Health and Vitality Every Day by Natalie Savona
New Pyramid Miracle Juices: Over 40 Juices for a Healthy Life by Charmaine Yabsley and Amanda Cross

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