Parrot Chop… Pros and Cons to this CRITTER HACK

Birds need healthy, fresh food with lots of variety and chop is a great option for large animal facilities and regular pet keepers alike.

“Chop,” refers to a mixture of chopped and diced vegetables, fruits, and grains that are combined to create a healthy and well-balanced meal for your parrot. 

Prepared and frozen parrot “chop”.

This method has gained popularity in recent years as bird owners have realized the importance of providing their feathered friends with a diverse range of nutrients. 


1. Nutrition: One of the biggest advantages of feeding your parrot chop is that it provides your bird with a variety of nutrients. 

From vitamin A and C to calcium and fiber, the combination of vegetables and fruits in chop can help meet your parrot’s nutritional needs.

2. Variety: Parrots are known for their love of variety, and chop offers just that. 

Crazy Critters resident ‘Billie’ the Indian Ringnecked Parakeet

With the ability to mix and match different ingredients, you can provide your parrot with a new and exciting meal every day.  

This is only useful if your parrot is consuming all the items in the chop.

3. Bonding: Preparing chop for your bird can be a fun and bonding experience. 

Many bird owners report that their parrot becomes more affectionate and social when they participate in the feeding process.


Crazy Critters resident named Hunter, the Blue and Gold Maccaw and volunteer Mrs. Vicki

1. Prep Time: Making chop can be a time-consuming process, especially if you’re making it from scratch. 

It can take up to an hour or more to chop and dice all the ingredients, which can be a drawback for bird owners who are short on time.

2. Waste: Depending on your parrot’s appetite, chop can create a lot of waste. 

If your bird only eats certain ingredients and leaves the rest, it can create a mess and be frustrating for bird owners. 

3. Cost: Depending on the ingredients you use, chop can be more expensive than traditional bird food. 

If you’re on a tight budget, it may not be the best option for you.

Chopped up Parrot Chop

In conclusion, feeding your parrot chop can have both advantages and disadvantages. 

From a nutritional standpoint, chop offers a well-balanced meal for your bird, while also giving them the variety they crave. 

However, the prep time, waste, and cost may be too much for some bird owners. 

The ultimate decision is up to you and what you feel is best for your parrot’s dietary needs. 

Prepared baked Parrot Chop

We also do a bird bread recipe because many parrots are so picky and will only eat specific parts of the chop. 

So I find when you mix it all together and bake it into a bread they eat it a lot better.

Here is the entire recipe we use:

  • 1 c. flour – Brown, Rice or whatever type of healthy flour
  • Uncooked Oats 1/3 cup Hemp Hearts 
  • 1/4 cup Uncooked Quinoa 
Crazy Critters resident Echo the Royal Palm Turkey
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder 
  • 2 eggs, with or without shell.  
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Applesauce or Baby Food of choice 2 Mashed Bananas 1/2 cup of Almond Butter – or any other nut butter, such as peanut butter with no sugar or salt added 
  • 1 cup Mixed Veggies of your choice. 
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  • Mix the dry ingredients and then add the rest. If mixture is too dry, slowly add a little water at a time. You want this mixture to be fairly dry though – just wet enough that it will all stick together. 
  • Lightly grease small muffin tins and spoon mixture into each one. They won’t rise much, if at all, so you can fill them right up, or above the edges. 
Crazy Critters resident Rambo the Harliquin Macaw
  • Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the tops start to brown and get a little crunchy. 
  • Let cool for a few minutes then pop them out onto a cooling rack. I like to store them in a gallon Ziplock bag in the freezer, so I can take one out at a time. 
  • Substitute any sort of nut (walnuts, almonds or pecans), broken up fairly fine, or sunflower seeds, or flax or chia seeds. 
  • Use your imagination.

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