What are the chunky bits in parrot seed? Are they edible? by Ava Teresa
Answer by Ava Teresa:
Are they colorful? Or perhaps brownish, with a texture similar to dog food? Is your parrot eating them? In this case they are most likely supplements meant to enhance flavor, texture, or nutrients (or all three). Parrots both enjoy and need varied diets—it mimics the kind of mixed shapes/fruits/senses they would experience in the wild, and it helps combat boredom. They have very good vision and enjoy eating flavorful, textured things.
That being said, make sure these “chunky” bits are not the packets used to keep food fresh. Bird food usually has at least one of these little packets floating around in there. It helps prevent maggots, mold, etc, but is toxic! Always make sure to check their bowl for these packets.
Still, it is pretty clear these packets are inedible, and most are marked with a warning or poison sign, so I doubt these are the things you are referring to. Hope this helped!
P.S. Make sure you do good research into the food you buy for your parrot. Parrot food depends on the breed of bird in size, texture, color, shape and type of seed. Also look up fruits or other fresh foods safe for the type of parrot you have, and mix them into their regular store bought food occasionally, or use them as treats. This will be even more enjoyable to them than the packaged stuff.