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Why Parrots Need Vitamin A

Sophie explains why Parrots need Vitamin A.

Vitamin A is a fat soluble micronutrient which plays a vital role in keeping your bird healthy. Including Vitamin A in your Parrot’s diet is essential for many bodily functions, these include:

  • Building and repairing tissue
  • Eye health
  • Immune system support
  • Skin and bone health
  • Respiratory health

A diet lacking in Vitamin A can lead to infections and illness, especially respiratory infections, Vitamin A helps cells to secrete mucus which removes bacteria and other pathogens from the body. When a bird is deficient in Vitamin A, the cells are unable to secrete this mucus.

Signs and symptoms of a Vitamin A deficiency include: nasal discharge, weight loss, eye swelling or discharge, decreased appetite, a blocked preen gland and respiratory distress. This is not an exhaustive list; if you suspect that your bird is ill, take them to see an avian vet as soon as possible.

Some good sources of Vitamin A for Parrots include:

  • Chillies
  • Bell peppers
  • Pumpkin
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Mango
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potato
  • Carrots

Feeding your bird a healthy, balanced diet can help them to stay happy and healthy. You can use kabob skewers or foraging toys to provide fruits and vegetables high in Vitamin A to your bird. It can take some time to encourage your bird to eat fresh foods – the key to doing this is patience, persistence, and offering the same foods in different ways!





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