Treats for Both You and Your Bird


Food is a social event between family and friends, so why would it be any different between you and your bird? Add some variety and spice to your bird's life by serving treats you can both enjoy. There are many fruits and vegetables that are nutritious and stimulating for your bird, and healthy for you too! Birds love variety in their lives, and this definitely includes food and treats. Try feeding foods that vary in textures, colors, and tastes. Your bird will appreciate a new and exciting selection of fruits and vegetables, and you might be surprised that you like them too!

Fruits

The diverse and vibrant colors of fruits are sure to provide a visual treat for your bird. Plus fruits are nutritious and a great addition to your birds diet. If possible, serve them in their natural state. Here are a variety of fruits to try:
  • Mangos
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Berries – strawberries, blueberries, cranberries
  • Apples
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Kiwis
  • Pineapple
  • Pears
  • Tangerines
  • Papaya
  • Apricots
  • Peaches
  • Star Fruit
  • Honeydew
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate
  • Cantaloupe
Make sure you remove fruit pits and seeds from apples before feeding to your bird.

Vegetables

Just like us humans, our birds need a healthy alternative to sugary snacks. Many birds think veggies are just as fun as a new toy. If possible, cut vegetables like carrots and peppers into strips so your bird can easily hold onto them. Just as fun as a foot toy, but tastes delicious and is nutritious too! Try some of these veggies; hey, they're good for you too!
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Bell Peppers
  • Squash
  • Spinach
  • Corn
  • Cucumber
  • Green beans
  • Radishes
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomato
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Peas – For extra fun, try giving sugar snap peas for a great foraging experience!

A Balanced Diet

Fruits and vegetables are great treats, but make sure your bird is also taking in a diet full of the vital nutrients he needs. Because fruits are higher in sugar than vegetables, they should only make up about 5% of your bird's diet. Vegetables can make up around 15 to 30% of a bird's diet because they provide needed vitamins and minerals.

Variety is the spice of life, and your bird will love the different textures, colors, and tastes that these fruits and vegetables offer. Go ahead and have fun exploring the options together.

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