The Dos and Don’ts of Feeding a Parrot

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When it comes to feeding your parrot, it can seem like quite the challenge sometimes. Believe it or not, parrots can eat a large variety of favorite foods — but, of course, you must feed them with caution. Are you a first-time parrot owner, or looking to refresh your parrot feeding skills? Regardless of the reason, here are some simple food tips to keep in mind!

What Can I Feed my Parrot?

Known to have the diet of “champions,” parrots do indeed eat quite a healthy array of foods. Unlike some animals and pets, a parrot’s menu is more than just a heap of bird seed! Of course, the options for your feathered friend’s meal are entirely endless — but what are some of the best foods to feed them? The following are foods are deemed parrot-friendly:

  • Almonds

  • Cranberries

  • Pineapple

  • Cantaloupe

  • Green Beans

  • Strawberries

  • Bananas

  • Flax Seeds

  • Watermelon

While these are some of the most popular foods for your feathered friend, the list does go on. As always, if you’re not sure what to feed your parrot, then we highly recommend asking your veterinarian what types of snacks/meals your little buddy can have before serving them.

What Can’t I Feed my Parrot?

Of course, while the possibilities seem entirely endless when it comes to parrot-friendly meals, there are some foods/snacks that you should never feed your feathered friend. The reason being is that some of these edible items might either be bad for their digestive system or that your little buddy might have a hard time chewing/swallowing.

If you’re not sure what food you should avoid at all costs, then here’s a brief list:

  • Coffee

  • Chocolate

  • Avocados

  • Wine

  • Beer

  • Liquor

  • Fruit Pits

Sure, some of the items listed may sound a bit strange to even think about feeding your parrot — but shockingly, it does happen from time-to-time. Make sure that your feathered friend never gets a hold of any of these “terrible” foods/drinks — since it can harm them quite severely. Of course, as mentioned earlier, if you’re not sure what you can/cannot give your parrot, then it’s always best to check with your veterinarian or your local bird specialist — such as the staff at our pet store!

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