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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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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
My Double Yellow LOVES this a no no??
Karl, Manchester, TN
Posted: 8/27/2014 5:03:37 PM
Dairy is meant for infant mammals. It's difficult for older mammals to digest, so you can imagine it can't be very digestable for non mammal species. My avian vet told me birds don't digest it at all - it passes right through their system.

That said, my parrot loves dairy products - especially ice cream. We will very occassionally give him a teaspoon sized portion of ice cream ( melted - cold is not good for parrots) or yogurt. It's not caused him any harm in 29 years. He is a picky eater, and veyr texture sensitive. He likes crunch in sauce. so I make him biscuits, which he will only eat if we add something - anything goopy - so the search is always on for something he likes that is good for him. I puree fruit, meat, almond butter, etc with yogurt, plop a little in his dish and add the crumbled biscuit ( made up of everything I want him eating) and mix it so the biscuit is covered and he has to eat both to get what he wants. I use yogurt, not because it is good for birds, but because it is the lesser of evils.
Lulu, Atlanta, GA
Posted: 11/4/2013 8:37:45 PM
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