I wish that I was given a pound (£1.00) for every time someone says to me
“I have been told not to give my parrot sunflower seeds”
I’ve read it on the internet, or a friend who knows all about parrots has told me.
I wish I got another £1.00 for taking the time talking to people, and explaining the big picture about sunflower seeds
The key, as with everything we give to our parrots, is Quality and Quantity.
So what do we know about sunflower seeds?
Why would you Not give them to your parrot?
We have all heard that we should avoid sunflower seeds because they are just full of fat. They are always blamed for causing serious health problems in parrots, such as Thyroid Dysplasia and Obesity, Fatty Liver Disease and Nutritional Disorders.
I often get told that sunflower seed has no nutritional value and is unhealthy for parrots.
Are sunflower seeds really bad for parrots?
Do you know sunflower seeds are excellent sources of various vitamins and minerals?
Sunflower seeds are actually a very good source of Vitamin B1, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Copper, Selenium, Iron, Manganese, and Zinc and a very good source of Vitamin E
Vitamin E is actually a fat soluble antioxidant and is an important element in reproductive hormones. Deficiency in Vitamin E can lead to health problems in parrots, such as poor fertility, appear lethargic, muscle disorders, poor skin and plumage conditions.
Vitamin B6 is a water soluble vitamin and helps in the break down of proteins. Deficiency in this can lead to poor growth, loss of appetite and poor egg production.
Vitamin B1 is also a water soluble vitamin in the vitamin B complex group. It helps to maintain a healthy nervous systems in parrots. Deficiency in Vitamin B1 can lead to loss of appetite, lethargy, seizures and even death.
Magnesium serves several important functions in parrots. It helps in the relaxation and contraction of the muscle. An important element for the production of proteins, and converting carbohydrates, proteins and fats into energy. Deficiency in Magnesium can lead to poor growth, lethargy and even death.
Potassium is an very important mineral for proper growth. It helps in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Deficiency in Potassium can result in poor growth rate and kidney disorders.
Phosphorous is another important mineral needed for proper growth and bone formation. Deficiency in Phosphorous can result in bone problems.
Copper is an important mineral that helps in the formation of red blood cells and also keeping the blood vessels, nerves, immune system, and bones healthy. Deficiency in Copper can lead to anemia and bone deformities.
Manganese is yet another essential mineral that helps in the formation of strong healthy bones. Deficiency in Manganese can lead to bones problems.
Selenium helps create antioxidant enzymes that helps to repair damage cells. Deficiency in Selenium may impair the reproduction system.
Iron is a very important mineral which is required to make the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin. Iron deficiency can result in anemia.
Zinc is an essential mineral. It plays a vital role in wound healing, regulation of blood-sugar and strengthening the immune system. Deficiency in Zinc can lead to slow and poor growth, and poor feather conditions.
As well as the minerals and vitamins that sunflowers contain, they are also a great source of protien and dietary fibre.
Traces of linoleic acid are also found in sunflower seeds. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid. It is an important element for proper growth, wound healing and reproduction.
Of course sunflower seeds are high in fat, we know that, however as mentioned above, the key is give a reduced amount to your parrot, and are of course a great addition to your parrots diet.
We at Midland Parrots are always aiming to give you high quality products at competitive prices.
With over 150 parrots of our own we understand the need for quality food. That’s the reason why as part of our bird’s diets we use a Johnston & Jeff Parrot Mix.
Johnston & Jeff have been producing seed mixes for well over 100 years and produce a Low Sunflower Diet for both African Greys and Larger Parrots.
We have tried to keep our prices as low as possible for you.
Large Parrot Low sunflower mix is £30.00
Low Sunflower mix for African Greys £25.00
Some parrot owners have stopped giving sunflower seeds.
Does your bird need sunflower seeds?
Whatch this space, our future blogs will let you see why you should be offering your parrot sunflower seeds.
You may be surprised !!!
Midland Parrots will be at the the Leicestershire Parrot Club this Thursday 28th April 2016.
We will have our usual table of supplies for your parrot.
Don’t forget that you don’t have to be a member to come and enjoy the fun.
Meet other parrot owners and discuss problems that you may have with your bird or indeed give advice to other members.
Leicestershire Parrot Club meets on the last Thursday of each month so put the date in your Diary and come along
If you requre anything special from our shop then please do give Heather a call on 01530 263399
We have some fantastic offers during the month of March.
Palm Oil is on a Buy ONE get ONE FREE
Liberta Cages are on Special, SO if your bird needs a new cage n0w is the time to buy
Quiko Classic Egg food, comes with an extra 1kg and also a free 400g Quiko rusk
We are looking forward to the opening of our new outlet at Coalville Indoor Market, Work has started on this unit today and we hope to be moving in fully by Mid February. the Midland Pets Shop at the Coalville Market will be move further into the Pet side of the business, The Parrot side of the business will be kept at our main shop at Sunnyside Garden Centre.
We have been trading at the market now for a couple of months and are looking forward to the new shop unit being ready for us.
With the Help of Claire Laxton and Larry Dean we have increased our business every week at the market stall, so the move to the new area it give us much more selling space
The expansion into the coalville town centre will bring more competition to the area and of course lots of new and exciting products.
The Opening days at the Market Shop will be Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. and will include local deliveries for Bulk Items.
Woodie’s Wings Parrot Club Meeting is on the 12th November this month. Please bring along all your sold Raffle Tickets for Claire.
The Raffle will be drawn at the Christmas Meeting in December. First prize is an I Pad , and other prizes include a parrot cage plus lots of other prizes. You need to be in it to win it, so get your raffle ticket Now!!
You can bring your parrot along to the meeting and enjoy a great night out.
Last week we had a lady contact us with a very sad story.
She had purchased two baby African Grey Parrots fro a supposedly reputable breeder just north of Manchester. Would you believe that these birds were only 4 weeks old, yes!!! I repeat only 4 Weeks old.
The lady had told the breeder that she had not had a bird before, but still he decided that the money was more important than the birds, she was given a bowl of egg food and a feeding spoon. No advice , nothing at all.
On her return home she spoke to a friend who knows a little about birds and asked her where her brooder was, What’s a brooder the lady asked. she was unaware that the birds had to be kept at a certain temperature. Her friend managed to borrow a brooder for her, but sadly it was too late.
One of the birds died after a couple of days.
She started doing her research and contacted a vet who kindly suggested she have a chat with ourselves.
The lady had spent hours on the internet starting to learn what she needed to do but of course there is nothing better than experience, something which she had had to gain very quickly. She was totally green and didn’t have a clue and now wishes that she had come to someone like ourselves and bought a baby that was fully weaned. She regrets very much that she was mislead by this particular breeder and blames herself for the death of the baby grey, because, in her own words, she never did enough research.
She had telephoned the breeder to tell him that one of the birds had died, his answer, ‘They were both alive when they left here’
Whilst there are some very good and dedicated breeders out there, there are also some that don’t give a monkey who they sell too, or care if the bird survives or gets sold on or, as in this case dies.
This breeder has taken no responsibility for his action. All he is interested in is the cash, once he has got the money, that’s it.
It is against the law to sell a bird that has not been fully weaned, and yet we still see people buying them. What do we do?
We have spoken at great length to this lady and also the Parrot Society who have advised her to write everything down, send it to them and they will follow it up.
It is always very sad when any parrot dies, but this, sort of cruelty should not happen, the lady is now blaming herself because she feels that she should have done more research before she jumped in.
The second baby is growing and of course the lady has taken a lot of advice and is now a lot wise. isn’t it a shame that a baby grey had to be sacrificed in order to learn the lesson.
During June and July we here at Midland Parrots had a Massive Toy sale. Our Sales Representative Claire did a sterling job promoting the toys, providing customers with help and advice on which toy to have for their individual bird
We still have a number of toys left at silly prices, some at more than 50% Off the recommended retail price. so come along and grab a bargain.
Our aim is not only to give you quality at the right price, but we are also there to help and offer advice and opinions to help with your parrot, aviary bird or pet
We are base at Sunnyside Garden Centre in Ibstock, LE67 6HL
Come along and see us