Eggs are nutritional powerhouses. They are a complete protein, and a good source of Vitamins A and D, both of which can be lacking in our pet parrots. Vitamin A is important for healthy skin and mucus membranes, vision and immune system. Vitamin D aids absorption of calcium and phosphorus necessary for healthy bones, plus it may help regulate mood. Eggs contain calcium, more so if you include the shell, some B complex vitamins, choline, phosphorus. Eggs from free range hens tend to have higher levels of the good Omega 3 essential fatty acid. They do contain a small amount of iron, so check with your vet if your parrot has iron storage disease.
Most parrots like scrambled eggs. So take advantage of that and add some vegetables like finely chopped broccoli, red pepper and maybe some peas. Here’s a simple recipe:
Finely chop some broccoli and red pepper and put into a small saucepan with a little water.
Cook for a few minutes on low-medium until the vegetables are softened and the water has evaporated.
Add a little low fat margarine which will melt quickly without extra heat. If using peas, add some frozen ones now. Don’t cook the peas or else they will get tough. They’ll heat up just fine when cooking the egg.
Break in the eggs and include crushed egg shell if required.
Whisk with a fork on a low heat.
Eggs keep on cooking, so remove from heat when just about done. For elderly birds, it is better to cook the eggs well.
Et voila! Serve with fresh veggies, fruit, sprouts if wished, and a wholemeal toast triangle.