I have been a bird enthusiast for more than 10 years. My passion began with watching and feeding wild birds. I had 8 bird feeders out and a mesquite log drilled with holes to hold my specially made suet in the winter.
Two years ago, I found a beautiful double yellow headed amazon parrot living in deplorable conditions. The owner agreed to sell him to me. He was caged in a very small cage along with a female yellow headed amazon. The only perch in the cage was a huge log so they had no way of perching the way normal birds do. They had to continuously climb up and around all over the cage, stay moving all the time. His diet was mainly cheap sunflower seeds. He had reverted back to the wild state.
It has taken us all these years to establish trust with our BoBo and he has developed into a wonderful companion bird with a funny, energetic personality.
Our introduction to BoBo led us to investigate everything there is to know about parrots, their habits, personalities, food and nutritional requirements. I adapted a famous recipe for parrot birdie bread and found that it is the first thing our BoBo dives into when he receives his dinner tray at night. He absolutely loves birdie bread over any other item served to him.
The Avian veterinarian told me "Whatever you are feeding him, keep it up, because I have never seen a healthier bird. Most parrots I see are overweight and develop health problems because of an inappropriate diet."