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Healthy Meal Ideas For You & Your Bird

Do you want to feed your bird healthy people food? Serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner with these foods that you and your bird can partake in.

Susan Chamberlain

Green-Cheeked Conure on vegetables

Even though our birds have the advantages of the latest avian diets and treats, we still enjoy supplementing their meals with people food and snacks. Many of the foods we eat make nutritious supplements to our birds’ diets. But wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to worry over every morsel? Try these healthy food choices that you and your bird can both enjoy — maybe even together!

Breakfast: A few pieces of dry cereal or granola, fruit, small piece of toasted bread or waffle, bits of well-cooked egg or egg substitute; small amount of cooked cereal, such as oatmeal or grits.

Lunch: Pasta, salad, vegetables or pasta from low-salt soup.

Dinner: Pasta, cooked meat or chicken, cornbread, potatoes, rice, vegetables, cooked beans, home-made vegetarian chili.

Snacks: Unsalted nuts: walnuts, unsalted pistachios, pine nuts in the shell or shelled version (pignoli nuts) in cooking. Unsalted popcorn, low-salt snack crackers are also okay.

Remember, a "little bit” of food is the size of a bird’s eye, not her head. Try not to overfeed your bird on healthy people food, otherwise she won’t want to eat her regular diet.

Food to Avoid
Ground meat: May be contaminated with e-coli, Salmonella or other bacteria.

Processed meats: Laden with salt, fat and preservatives.

Mozzarella or string cheese: Has a rubbery texture; anecdotal reports of crop impactions.
Chocolate: Contains theobromine, which is toxic to birds

Avocado and guacamole: Avocado is toxic to birds.

Alcoholic drinks/caffeine/carbonated beverages

Concentrated sources of sugar: Candy, S’mores, jams and jelly, syrup, marshmallows.

Salty foods: Asian food, frozen, prepared meals, store-bought pot pies, potato chips, pretzels, etc.

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Posted: January 14, 2014, 1:15 p.m. PDT

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