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Vegetables & Fruits For Pet Birds

Find out if fruits or vegetables are better for birds, and how you can serve them to your parrots.

Margaret A. Wissman, DVM

Q) Should I give my bird fruits and vegetables equally, or should my bird be offered more of one or the other?

A) Vegetables, for the most part, are much better to offer to your bird. Fruits are made up of primarily fiber, sugars, water and some other nutrients, so they are not as nutritionally sound as vegetables, which can contain an array of healthy nutrients. While some vegetables are not very nutrient-dense, such as celery, most are nutrient-packed. So, I recommend offering 90-percent vegetables and about 10-percent fruits, as a general rule. Think of fruits more as a treat and not a substantial source of nutrients.African grey with vegetables

Q) Can I substitute fruit juice and vegetable juice for fresh fruits and veggies?

A) As a general rule, it is always better to offer fresh, healthy vegetables for your bird to enjoy. However, in the case where a bird simply resists all attempts at being tempted into consuming fresh veggies, vegetable juice may at least provide some of the benefits of fresh produce, albeit without the fiber that helps fill up a bird, and helps keep the gastrointestinal tract ticking along at a healthy pace. Fruit juice can be offered as a treat, if a bird enjoys it, as well. Make sure that any prepared vegetable juice is low in sodium (salt) or doesn’t contain garlic or onions.

It is always best to offer a bird a diet as close to whole, natural, organic foods as is possible, but that cannot always be accomplished.

Want to learn more ways to serve your bird fruits and vegetables?

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Posted: April 25, 2014, 1:00 a.m. PDT

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I fix a Nutri Blast with my Nutri Bullet. My picky Macaw Jesse loves the one I fix most. Kale spinach and/or swiss chard frozen berries and fresh pineapple (just a chunk or two) whip it up with filtered water and ice. I love this at about 8PM and always leave some in a cup for it to get warmer for the birds. Jess loves it but will not touch any vege fixed any other way. I have tried them all. Steamed chop fresh etc.
Pat Hardy, Hannibal, MO
Posted: 5/22/2014 11:24:58 AM
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