TOXIC NON-TOXIC FOODS FOR PARROTS
Quaker Parrots love a wide variety of food.
The best diet for your Quaker Parrot is Pellets. They are formulated to give your Quaker his Vitamin and Mineral needs. The Pellets can be supplemented with a small amount of seed, and a wide variety of Human Foods.
Here are some examples of Safe and Toxic Foods
Safe FruitsMany Fruit Seeds are Toxic to Parrots. It's best to avoid all fruit seeds and pits.
|artichoke||beans cooked well||bean sprouts|
|corn||cucumber||eggplant no greens|
|lettuce||parsley||peas and pod|
|peppers bell/hot||potatoes cooked||pumpkin|
|sweet potato cooked||turnips||yams|
Unhealthy or Toxic Foods for Your Parrot
Never allow your bird, parrot to eat from your mouth! Humans, readily have the E-coli Virus in our mouths. Humans have a natural immunity to the virus, birds have no such immunity. Our saliva can make them very sick, and possibly be Fatal.
These are foods your Parrot can not, should not have.
Your Parrots Diet Should Be Low or Absent of Fat, Sugar, and Salt. Salt can lead to circulatory, digestive, and heart problems. Sugar turns to fat. Fat leads to Fatty Liver Disease. All of which, can lead to sickness, and early death. Most fruits have a high level of sugar. Keep the portions small, and limit them to 1-3 times a week.
|apple seeds||apricot pits||asparagus|
|carbonated beverages||cherry pits||chocolate|
|dry beans||dried fruits with preservatives||eggplant|
|gatorade||milk/dairy keep to minimum, low fat, no sugar||olives|
|onions raw, cooked, green||raw peanuts||rhubarb|
|tomatoes minimum no seeds/greens|
Meats Should Always Be Low-fat and Cooked Well. Try to Keep Spices to a Minimum, although, many birds seem to love, and tolerate, hot peppers, such as, Jalapenos.
|any, and all||beef||chicken|
|pork no fat||seafood||eggs cooked well|
A Few Other Parrots Favorite FoodsParrots seem to be fond of wheat, grains, and oats. A simple rule applies here. "If It's Not Good For You, It's Bad For Your Bird"!!!!!! Keep it to a minimum.
Always avoid "WHITE". Stick with whole grains, whole wheats, rhye, etc. Dry cereals, such as, cheerios, life, and oatmeal (warm) are big favorites.
Many people use Cheerios as a training tool. Like you would use your dog's favorite food, to teach him a new trick.
Breads should always be toasted. Not burned, but dark. Pasta fully cooked. Rice, the same tenderness you like.
Low-fat yogurts and cheeses are a nice treat. Again, keep it to a minimum!!
Toxic To Birds
Some Fruit Seeds and Pits have small levels of Cyanide. Cyanide Poisoning usually begins with vomiting, and diarrhea. As the poisoning deepens, comes seizures, paralysis, and eventually death. The best policy is, avoid all fruit seeds and pits.
Chocolate is equally poisonous, with about the same symptoms, and outcome.
Onions have been found to cause a severe digestive problem in some birds. Some of the symptoms include, vomiting, diarrhea, and several other digestive situations. Some cases have resulted in anemic respiratory failure, and death.
Birds do not have the natural enzymes to break down dairy products. While a SMALL amount of Low-fat cheese, or yogurt won't harm your pet, a large amount could!!
Mushrooms are a fungus, not normal to the Parrots' diet. They can cause digestive distress, liver failure, and even death.
Tomatoes can be a nice treat for your fid. The vines, and leaves of the plant can be lethal. A small amount of meat from the tomato is a nice treat, but as always, NO FRUIT SEEDS. (just a reminder: TOMATOES ARE FRUIT)
Alcohol can cause a total shut down of internal organs. FATAL!!!!!
Tobacco/marijuana is very unhealthy for us. Imagine what it might do to those tiny lungs, and brains. BAD!!!!!!!!!!!
Caffeine can be found in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. Birds hearts already beat at hundreds of times per minute. Caffeine only accents those rates. HEART ATTACK!!!!!!!!!NO CAFEINE!!!!!!!
Some believe the avocado skin and pit are to blame, others think it's the whole fruit. Most agree, just avoid the whole thing!!!!!
Uncooked hard beans contain a lethal poison to birds. Hemaglutin can be eliminated with proper cooking, but can be lethal, if beans are fed to your pet raw.
These lists do not include all things SAFE or TOXIC to your fid. They are only meant to give you a fare start to the care of your companion.
A good rule of thumb, if you think it might be harmful, it probably is!!!!
Good Luck, and take great care of your fid!!!!!!!
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