Avoid Feeding These Foods To Your Pet Bird

In spite of the rumor that you "should" feed your parrot grit, do not do so. They do not need this, and grit can cause crop impaction, so he'll be unable to digest his food properly. Excess grit in the gut can lead to death.


Never feed peanuts to your pet bird. Peanuts contain aflatoxins that are harmful to birds, and fungus can grow inside the shell, that can make your bird ill if he is exposed to it. This includes peanut butter. (The Umbrella Cockatoo in the photo is eating an almond.)

Here's a list of other things not to feed birds:

  • chocolate
  • apple seeds
  • avocado
  • onions (raw)
  • alcohol
  • mushrooms
  • tomato leaves
  • salt (birds cannot excrete salt like humans can)
  • caffeine
  • sulphites
  • rhubarb
  • peach, nectarine, and plum pits
  • sugar
  • uncooked dried beans
  • old seeds
  • mayonnaise products
  • dairy products
  • food dyes
  • unwashed fruits and vegetables
  • bird grit

Source: Parrots For Dummies and other sources.

By one.of.a.kind from AL


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