What are Good Protein Sources for Parrots?

Gabby M. relates


Hi all,


I make a chop of fresh veggies and if I can, fruit, but my guys do not seem to like fruit, since we incorporated it into the diet my Senegal Gabby does not eat any of his seed mix or his pellets or anything but the chop, I have incorporated beans and edamame into it for protein but am afraid he might not be getting enough protein.


I am putting it in twice a day at the evening change of food and in am before I head out so he has more to eat.


I am not sure if he gets enough protein in his diet with only the beans?



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What Sizes Do the Tropican Parrot Food Pellets Come in?

Linda L. would like to know:


Is the size of the Tropican Lifetime Parrot granules much bigger than the Tropican Lifetime Cockatiel granules?


Hard to tell from pictures


Dear Linda,

The Cockatiel size granule is 2 mm, the Parrot size granule is 4 mm.


The stick sized pellet is about 3/4″ x ¼”.



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What are Your Thoughts on Using Lupron to Curb Egg Laying?

Bonnie B. would like to know:


First I want to thank you for your very informative emails.


They are always filled with great information.


My question is what are your thoughts on Lupron and what effects of long term use.


I have a 30 yo female Umbrella Cockatoo that we’ve had for 11 years.


She laid an egg once or twice a year and then in 2015 after laying an egg she prolapsed on a Sunday.


Luckily we were able to get her into UC Davis.



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How Much Lighting Will I Need for my New Bird Room?

Stephanie M. needs to know:

Hi. I am building a new house with a bird room (for a 30+-year-old female Moluccan cockatoo) located in the middle of the house (where all the excitement happens).

It will have a drain and water for easy cleaning, plus doors for nighttime.

It will also have appropriate lighting.

I will need to install wet-protected light fixtures (easiest is typical shower recessed 6″ fixtures that take standard Edison base bulbs).

That’s my question…if the room is 10’2″W x 5’6″D x 8′ 4″H, how many lights do I need?

Thanks for any advice you can lend


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