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Old 12-31-2016, 11:37 AM
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Default Do our pet birds need to combine their proteins for complete nutrition?

If you're a vegetarian, or know any vegetarians, you'll know about combining proteins to complete them -- neither legumes nor grains provide all the amino acids we require by themselves but eaten together their aminos complement each other and complete the protein. Humans who choose a vegetarian or especially a vegan diet have to combine their plant proteins or risk ill health and dietary deficiencies

Of course we bird keepers feed our pets mixed seed grains and legumes, especially if we cook any of their chow at home. For instance, last night i cooked up a big mess of "birdie beans" which was lentils, and emmerwheat, with a batch of cooked quinoa added (and a great big double handful of 'tiel pellets, and another one of grated carrots, thrown in). I serve this concoction to Maggie and the 'keets on alternating days (other days, Maggie eats pre-soaked soggy fruit flavored pellets) in addition to their pellets-and-seeds mix and sprouts ,which they get every day.

I got to wondering -- do our feathered friends actually need the completed proteins the same way humans do? I'm aware that our nutritional needs aren't the same at all; should I be making sure my birds are eating a proper combination of beans and grains to complete their proteins?
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http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=27479 this sticky is going to best answer your question as that's not something I know anything about.
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Thanks a zillion; I'm re-reading that thread right now. It seems that I've already worked up a pretty good diet and feeding regimen without worrying about the completed protein thing specifically.
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I don't know if anyone will know the answer to that. There's unfortunately not a lot of info out there on parrots - most is based on research done based on poultry, such as this -

http://lafeber.com/vet/expert-panel-...ird-nutrition/
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I'm not sure either, but I think as long as we offer them a wide variety of foods, that will pretty much ensure there are no deficiencies, especially if they are getting a high quality pellet.
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