Some fruits and vegetables are excellent and recommended for our birds, while others should be avoided. We help you sort it out.
Fruits and vegetables are an integral part of the diet of our pet birds. Which ones to give them?
Why are fruits and vegetables important for our pet birds?
Fruits and vegetables are first and foremost foods that birds, in the wild and in their natural environment, instinctively consume. They also know exactly which to choose and stay away from those that are harmful to them. They are therefore a natural part of their diet.
Then, fruits and vegetables are essential for the birds that we keep in cages and aviaries because they supplement their diet. Indeed, the seeds are not sufficient to guarantee them all the nutritional contributions they need to be in good health. This need is all the greater as our birds cannot fetch food themselves to supplement their menus as they would in their natural habitat.
Without fruits and vegetables, birds are exposed to deficiencies that can quickly cause damage to their bodies.
It is these foods that provide essential vitamins and minerals, allowing the various components and functions of the bird’s body to “run” normally and in good condition.
In some cases, the veterinarian may also prescribe food supplements to prevent deficiencies.
So, let’s take a look at the fruits to give to your pet birds, as well as the vegetables that can be incorporated into their diet.
What fruits can we give to our feathered friends?
Here is a non-exhaustive list of fruits that we can feed our birds and which are even recommended:
What vegetables and greens to include in their diet?
In the vegetable garden, there are also foods that are beneficial for our birds and that we can therefore offer them regularly. Here are a few examples:
- Baked sweet potato
Fruits and vegetables not to be given, because they are dangerous
There is also a list of fruits and vegetables to be avoided or to be avoided altogether, because of their dangerousness for the health of our birds.
Among them is the avocado, which is harmful for two reasons. First, it is too fat for our winged companions. Second, it contains a toxin called persin, which causes various disorders and even death.
The raw potato is also dangerous for our birds. It contains solanine, an alkaloid that is toxic to their organism.
Garlic, onion and shallot, which are part of the allium genus, have sulfur compounds that destroy red blood cells when chewed and digested.
Care should also be taken to remove the seeds and stones from some fruits, as they contain a cyanide derivative that can cause digestive problems in birds.