CAIQUE PARROTS DIET AND NUTRITION
In the wild Caiques live high in the tree tops and eat seeds, berries and fruits. Tame Caiques can be fed a commercial formulated diet of seed or pelleted food.
While a commercial formulated diet does meet most of the nutritional requirements of the Caique Parrot, it does lack the phytonutrients found in fresh vegetables, fruits, seeds and grains. A Caique can also become bored with a formulated diet. A good balanced diet for a Caique parrot will include a mixture of seed and pelleted food and a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit. Chickweed, dandelion leaves, green peas, sweet corn, carrots and carrot greens, beet greens, lettuce, watercress and sweet potatoes are excellent vegetables to offer your Caique. Caiques will also enjoy spinach and broccoli, which will have the added benefit of adding calcium to their diet. Fruits that Caiques will enjoy include, raisons, apples, bananas, peaches, pears, apricots, plums and bananas. Be sure to remove the seeds from the apples as they can be toxic. Caiques especially like walnuts and these can be offered as treats, especially during training.
Any fresh food that has not been eaten should be discarded after 24 hours.
Gravel and oyster shell can be offered as a calcium supplement and Caiques will enjoy having a cuttlebone to help keep their beaks trimmed and in good shape.
Additional vitamin supplements can be added to their drinking water or sprinkled on their food.
Offer your Caique fresh water several times a day. They do enjoy having a bath, so it is a good idea to supply a larger dish of water for bathing and a separate, smaller dish for drinking.
As with all birds, do not feed Nanday Conures, avocados, chocolate, coffee or salt. 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.