I get a lot of questions regarding what to feed my african grey so I’ve decided to put together a simple list of the kinds of foods we feed our own greys you can use as suggestions and as a guideline. If the food item is NOT on this list, chances are there’s a reason for that. Also see our articles on care and feeding your grey.
Cooked chicken, cooked chicken leg bone and occasionally a piece of cooked salmon or other cooked, fresh cold water fish.
Apples, oranges, grapes, lemons, bananas, mango, cantaloupe, pineapple
Veggies (cooked or raw)
Carrots, celery, potato, broccoli, green beans, corn, peas, peppers
Low or no salt crackers, birdie bread (see our recipe), toasted wheat bread
Cooked rice, barley, oats
Cooked eggs, low fat cheese, peanut butter, cooked beans (such as pintos), african grey kibbles/pellets
Stuff You Probably Shouldn’t Feed But They Love Anyway (only Occasionally)
Pizza crust, french fries, Frito’s, beef stew, spaghetti, enchiladas, grilled cheese sandwich, chicken noodles
Basically we feed our guys generally what we eat ourselves, with discretion of course. For example, they might get a bite of a french fry or a Frito or a small piece of a grilled cheese sandwich once in a blue moon.
Please also refer to our article on “Foods That Are Deadly To A Grey” and also read the article “WARNING, Toxins And Your Grey”.
And finally, if you have ANY question about these food items or others, it is best to ask your Avian Vet before you feed the item to your bird. Better safe, then sorry.