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Dairy Products and Eggs

If your bird tolerates them, these products are good sources of nutrition.

Although there is much controversy over feeding birds these products, they are an excellent source of nutrition. The controversy comes from the idea that birds lack the enzymes necessary to digest dairy products. If the products are not fed in excessive amounts, most birds will tolerate them well. Though the feces changes as to what you feed, in this situation the color will be paler green and have a slimy consistency.

The idea of using eggs in the diet should be common sense. We have egg-laying creatures that often exhaust their nutritional supplies by the egg-laying process. What would be more natural than replacing the demand with the product? There is some controversy that this will encourage egg eating, though this argument is largely unfounded.

2-25-2004


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Thank you for being fair and presenting both sides. While there has been controversy on many fronts regarding bird diet and nutrition, I fail to see how this one has managed to remain afloat. If you were to research what used to be considered a good diet for birds which included not allowing them to drink much water, you would be appalled. So we have all come a long way! My motto is simple: Keep it fresh,(or fresh frozen) keep it appealing and widely varied. A little of everything goes a long way in attempting to provide a wide spectrum of nutrients. Lean heavily on vegetables (green and orange) and learn to sprout seeds. Make sure the food is nutrient packed and don't forget that a bit of a treat food now and then will only enhance your relationship with them. If a small smear of fat-free salad dressing gets them to eat an entire bowl of vegetables, I doubt that the dressing will discount the main diet. Eggs are only one source of good solid nutrition and they happen to be something they will eat. Load up the eggs with vegetables and sprouts and you will get them to eat that as well! Eggs can be the vehicle for a wide variety of good food they may learn to love.
Patricia, Hollywood, FL
Posted: 4/5/2008 11:40:33 AM
I think some finely chopped boiled eggwhite is really good as a protein boost during molting, and my cockatiels like it.
Toni, Nacogdoches, TX
Posted: 11/8/2007 6:16:17 PM
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