Margaret A. Wissman, DVM
Should I give my bird fruits and vegetables equally, or should my bird be offered more of one or the other?
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.
Can I substitute fruit juice and vegetable juice for fresh fruits and veggies?
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.
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