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Old 10-29-2018, 05:38 PM
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What do Amazons eat?

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What do Amazons eat? Not what they CAN eat, but what they really eat. I have a long list of what ours won't eat. Every week I try something new and by the end of the week I throw it out. Even tried fresh veggies from the garden next door. This morning I read a post about mashed potatoes, nope, and wouldn't even touch the almond next to it.

So far he'll eat Granny Smith apples, oranges, ONLY the green large Zupreem pellets, almonds, and peanuts that the wife sneaks him while I'm sleeping. Has to be something out there the green chicken can't refuse. And I thought my son was picky as a kid.
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:46 PM
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Re: What do Amazons eat?

I think most people find Amazons to be chow hounds. They will eat almost anything they see you eating.
You must have a very picky Amazon.
I had a hard time getting my YNA to eat veggies..... Until he saw one of my other birds eating it day after day. He finally gave me his signal he wanted some. ever since then he likes his veggies.
Pasta---- check.
bread --- check.
Mango --- check.
rice --- check.
I can't list all the stuff he eats.
pellets and a handful of seeds are what he gets every day.
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Re: What do Amazons eat?

Welcome to the forum! How about bird bread stuffed with veggies? How about making a veggies omlet with some pellets snuck in? How about sharing a plate if food while making yummy noises and pretend try to keep him away from it? I don't have an Amazon, but I do have a rescue who picky I get pellets into her in warm oat meal and in scrambled eggs... Lucky fir me she does eat her veggies and greens
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Re: What do Amazons eat?

My cockatoo eats a small amount of oatmeal with fruit and acorn squash mashed in lol..Kind of carb-heavy but I sneak stuff in there (like meds).


I cook the oatmeal with bananas and a tiny bit of fresh tangerine juice (too much citrus is bad for them). That is how I get her to take her probiotic...she is picky.


Anyway, I had some unseasoned butternut squash that I steamed in the microwave yesterday (originally fresh)...mashed that up and mixed it in and she ate it..she hates most new things and can tell the difference between spinach, greens, kale, romaine, nappa, iceberg, bok choy, and field greens without even trying them...She only eats (and begs for) romaine...it's amazing. I thought at least that the green cabbage/lettuce types would be hard to tell apart...


Try experimenting with cooked vs. raw.

Corn isn't great for birds either, but in a veg medley, I have noticed that mine will eat cooked corn, but she ignores raw corn...It's not the first time that cooking a vegetable or fruit has changed my bird's opinion (even without any seasoning). Sometimes I think temperature can also make a difference. Warm food can increase hormonal behaviors in a sensitive bird, but mine does like things more if they are luke-warm or cold, but not frozen...she does not like room temp lol (again, this isn't ideal, just telling you what I know). If your bird has a preference for a certain color, consider that as well. Also, try presenting new foods when your bird is most hungry.

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Re: What do Amazons eat?

They also love fingers and knuckles at certain times of the year
Amy loved a piece3 of banana,,green grapes one day and red the nevt A chicken leg bone with a piece of meat left on it on occasion. A slice of corn on the cob will catch her eye. I also make 100% organic birdie muffins. On occasion they get a piece of cheese,melted into scrambled eggs.


She get s very small piece of bread with her heart med squirted into it
And...as others have stated..anything in your fingers.lips and hands.




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Re: What do Amazons eat?

The most dangerous place to be is between an Amazon and food!

That does not mean that an Amazon that does not have a trusting /bond relationship or has only been with an individual for a short period of time, has a past of being abused, etc, etc, etc... This group will be very slow in accepting anything.

We have no idea regarding your Amazon beyond it's an Amazon and its a really picky eater!
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:56 PM
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Re: What do Amazons eat?

I should add that I recently got a new young amazon GCA at a bird fair.
He ate nothing the first day. This is not uncommon for any type of bird that is put in a new home/environment.
He is eating well and healthy now. It helps that he sees my other birds eating the same food so he is willing to give it a try.
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Re: What do Amazons eat?

As you have been reading, most Amazon parrots do not have a problem with eating almost anything in cativity. In the wild, they are opportunistic eaters, feeding on what ever is coming into ripeness as the seasons change.

In captivity, itshould not be hard to get your Amazon eating a healthy parrot diet, by using some of the methods mentioned above. What was not mentioned was chop, a slang term for a variety of vegtable, grains, and what not, all mixed together. My 'Zon, Salty, gets his chop as the main dish in the evening, eating right alongside us. We make up a large batch and freeze daily portions ( this batch was something like 150 servings) which we alternate with sweet taters, chicken bone, spagetti squash, or just a slice of acorn squash. At 305 grams,he is a chubba chub for his species, but it is all muscle according to the vet.
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Re: What do Amazons eat?

Nevermind what I offer Gonzo, this is what he actually eats, in no particular order: Green peas, garbanzo, lima, and black beans, apple, pear, pomegranate seeds, banana, edamame in the pod, cooked yams and sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, (limited serving) cooked whole grain spiral noodles, red and green bell pepper, blackeyed peas. Primary diet when chop not served is Harrison's Lifetime Course. Scattered about the week as treats are bits of whole grain bread, millet, a small piece of cheese weekly, one or two almonds weekly.
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Re: What do Amazons eat?

Mine loves all pellets. I alternate between Harrison's Coarse, Roudybush medium and occasionally Zupreem Fruit Blend medium. He gets dried corn and peas, one small spoonful of seed and some dried parrot fruits. Then, the real diet comes in. He eats almost all veggies and fruits. We alternate with what we are having, but mostly fresh or purchased frozen. He will not touch chop. If I mix and freeze it, it will go on the floor immediately. I guess he is spoiled by all the fresh stuff. We eat a lot of veggies, so he gets what we get. Loves brussels sprouts, green beans, peas, corn on the cob, carrots, cabbage, beans, blueberries, banana, apple, grapes. He also gets brown rice, oatmeal, barley and pasta occasionally. Goes crazy for peanut butter on whole wheat bread ( small pinkie nail size piece ), mashed potatoes, pizza and walnuts.

I have found that whatever we are eating is fair game. He will almost always try it. Except sweet potatoes. He hates those! Go figure.
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