NANDAY CONURE DIET
In the wild Nanday Conures have a diet of grass seeds, berries, nuts, flowers, buds, fruits, insects and grains. Because they are not as active in captivity as they are in the wild, their diet should be slightly restricted.
There are specially formulated commercial diets available for Nanday Conures that are pelleted or extruded and seed-only diets. Small parrot mixes are a combination of pelleted diets and seed-only diets. These commercial formulated diets contain all the necessary nutritional requirements for Nanday Conures but they do not contain the phytonutrients that can be obtained from fresh fruit, vegetables and grains. Phytonutrients provide a boost to the immune system and help speed healing. It is also believed that phytonutrients can prevent disease. Besides the lack of phytonutrients, Nanday Conures can become bored with a constant commercial formulated diet.
A seed-only diet will offer more variety however fortified seeds contain a much higher fat content and less nutrition. A seed-only diet will need to be supplemented with liquid vitamin and calcium, added to the water dish.
Nanday Conures gain psychological enrichment when offered a varied diet containing a mix of commercial formulated feeds and seed supplemented with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, millet spray and mealworms. They like dark orange-colored fruit, grapes, diced apples and pomegranates. Remove the apple seeds as these are toxic. They like chopped green or orange vegetables like broccoli, which will help supply them with calcium, and carrots. They also enjoy raisins, chopped eggs and cheese. Their ideal diet should contain at least 30% fresh fruit and vegetables. Nandays prefer quality and variety in their food supply. Any fresh foods that they do not eat should be discarded after 24 hours.
As with all birds, do not feed Nanday Conures:
Chocolate and coffee contain theobromine, an alkaloid that is toxic to birds. Avocado is also toxic to birds. Foods with a high salt content are harmful to birds because they can not excrete salt.
Give your Nanday Conure a cuttlebone or oyster shells and gravel in a separate dish and provide fresh water several times a day.
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