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Simple and Nutritious Rice and Tropimix

November 24, 2015 Blog, Recipes for Birds

Can parrots eat rice? Quite simply yes, when it’s cooked up just right!

Delicious on its own or served up with a tasty helping of fresh fruits and veggies (we like spinach, cucumber, apple, pear, banana, grape and pumpkin).


  • 1 to 2 cups Tropimix (Small Parrot or Large Parrot)
  • Equal portion of rice, preferably whole brown or wild rice


Prepare rice according to package directions, but before the water is completely absorbed by the rice, add Tropimix. Stir well and cover to allow the Tropimix ingredients to absorb the water and soften. Once cooled, serve to your bird.

Plan ahead: Once the Tropimix rice mixture is cooled, scoop individual servings into an ice-cube tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze. Individual portions can be thawed and served to bird as needed.

Variations for small birds such as parrotlets, cockatiels and parakeets: Substitute couscous for rice and use Tropimix Egg Food.
Follow the above directions.

Remember: Soft foods offered to your birds need to be consumed within a short time and should be removed before spoiling can occur! Approximately 1 hour in cooler temperatures and 30 minutes in warm temperatures. Ceramic or stainless dishes are preferred for soft foods.

Don’t forget, softened enrichment food as mentioned above make the perfect  “vehicle” in administering Prime Vitamins or Clay-Cal!

Melanie Allen

About Melanie Allen

Melanie got her start with Parrots in the 1980's with her first parrot, a purchased yellow-naped amazon - who suffered from chronic health issues that stemmed from poor nutrition and inadequate care. Melanie also served as president of Florida Federation of Aviculture, Inc., as a Board Member for National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation, and on the American Federation of Aviculture Nomination Committee. Today, she works closely with aviculturists, retail stores, and companion pet owners, and attends all U.S. “Avi-Industry” conventions, including the American Federation of Aviculture, Avicultural Society of America, and Parrot Festival, on behalf of The Hagen Group.

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