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Foods To Avoid Feeding Birds

Here is a quick list of foods to avoid feeding to your pet birds

By Nikki Moustaki
First Published in 2007 (Birds USA)

Your pet bird can eat most of the foods that you eat, but there are a few things you should avoid feeding:

  • Chocolate
  • Caffeine
  • Avocado
  • Alcohol
  • Peanuts
  • Apple seeds
  • Stone fruit pits
  • Raw dairy (milk, fresh cheese, ice cream)
  • Raw onions
  • Rhubarb
  • Raw mushrooms
  • Salty items
  • Junk food
  • Beef

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There seem to be a lot of people questioning peanuts in bird food. Peanuts as an occasional treat, I was told is OK but not great. As for bird foods, not all are necessarily good for your bird. Pet food industry is a business meant to make money. If it looks good to the buyer, it sells. So please educate yourselves and choose wisely for your birds sake
Diana, International
Posted: 2/25/2015 1:30:56 PM
Peanuts aren't bad for birds!
Sam, Stroudsburg, PA
Posted: 2/14/2015 3:05:55 PM
I do NOT feed my Parrot any of the items you have listed to NOT feed your Parrot... except p-nuts.. but I buy only bags of Raw Unsalted p-nuts.. I have just given her some gently cracked pecans, as she couldn't or didn't try to crack them herself. we also offer her any fresh fruits or veggies that we have on hand.. she loves eggs, but not very often. I would love some other suggestions for her to eat..
Peggy, Griffin, GA
Posted: 1/27/2015 11:02:32 PM
My bird loves to eat chips even though he shouldn't have them.
Christina, Blue Springs, MO
Posted: 9/20/2014 10:49:14 AM
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