Nutrients for parrots
One of the most frequent shortages in parrots is vitamin A. In the USA, on the other hand, a surplus of vitamin A is frequently noted. By offering vitamin A in the form of bètacaroteen (vegatable origin) both a shortage and a surplus can be prevented. Bètacaroteen is only taken in when there is a need for it.
Two other nutrients which regularly cause problems are vitamin D and calcium. Vitamin D3 comes from animal sources and becomes active by UV light in the skin. Vitamin D2, which comes from vegetable sources, is far less effective in birds. The shortage of calcium can indirectly be caused by seeds with a high phosphor level. As these two minerals form a compound, they will both be badly admitted. A possible solution to these problems is to offer complete feeding.
(More attention will be paid to the subject in our next newsletter)