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Fruits And Vegetables

 Can I feed fruits and vegetables to my bird?

It is suggested that a selection of various fruits and vegetables be fed to your bird every day.  They are a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  It is recommended that 20 –30% of the diet should be fruits and vegetables.  Dark, leafy greens plus yellow and red fruits and vegetables have the best nutritional value. Although frozen-thawed or canned are acceptable, fresh fruits and vegetables are the most nutritious. Cooking can rob a food of some of its nutritive value.  If you must use canned products, remember to rinse them well as they are packed in a lot of salt. It is NOT necessary to cut things up too much.  Larger pieces of food will give the bird something to do.  Eating can be great entertainment as well.  Vary the selection continuously and try to avoid feeding the same thing every day.

 Are there any that I should avoid?

Iceberg or head lettuce is not recommended as it is mostly water and has little nutritional value.  Avocados should be avoided because of the high fat content and because some of its parts are known to be toxic.

 Will my bird get diarrhea from eating fruits and vegetables?

Because of the high water content of fruits and vegetables, owners are frequently concerned about “diarrhea”.  What you are witnessing is increased urine output, which is normal with high moisture consumption.

 Remember to feed your pet bird with the same common sense as you would for you and your family.  Wash all produce well as birds are very sensitive to pesticides and other sprays.

Organic foods are preferred.

 Are there any tips for feeding fruits and vegetables to my bird?

  • Always monitor the amount of food eaten every day by each bird.
  • Offer fresh water every day.
  • Offer fresh fruits and vegetables every day
  • Wash thoroughly all fruits and vegetables as if eating them yourself
  • Clean all food and water dishes daily.
  • NEVER place food on the bottom of the cage
  • No to a food item one day does not mean no forever – KEEP TRYING!

 What are the recommended fruits and vegetables to give my bird?

Some suggested food items include:

 alfalfa

apple

apricots

asparagus

banana

beans (cooked)

  • such as:

chic peas

kidney

lentils

lima

mung

navy

soy

beet

blackberries

blueberry

broccoli

brussel sprouts

cabbage

cantaloupe

carrot

carrot tops

cherries (not the pit)

Chinese vegetables (bok choy)

coconut

coriander

corn

cucumber

dates

dandelion leaves/flower

dates

endive

fig

grapes

grapefruit

kale

kiwi

lemon

melons

mango

mustard greens

nectarines

orange

papaya

parsley (in moderation)

parsnip

peaches

pear

peas

peppers (red/green & hot)

persimmons

pineapple

plum

pomegranate

potato

pumpkin

rappini

raspberry

rice (brown)

romaine lettuce

spinach

sprouted seeds

squash

strawberry

sweet potato

tomato

turnip

zucchini

  



  This client information sheet is based on material written by Rick Axelson, DVM & Shawn Messonnier, DVM

© Copyright 2005 Lifelearn Inc. Used with permission under license. December 12, 2011