Domestic birds: which foods to ban?
Many birds are omnivorous. It is therefore not uncommon to see our birds, even domesticated ones, feasting on anything we could give them. Like all animals, however, some of the food we might be tempted to give them can be toxic to them. Therefore, you will have to be particularly vigilant about the food you give your pet.
Commercially available food suitable for domestic birds :
There are many commercially available bird mixes that you should choose according to the species of your bird. These mixtures are designed to meet all of our birds’ needs. However, the quality of this food may vary depending on the brand chosen. For example, for large parrots, you will have to prefer a mix of small and large seeds. Do not hesitate to change brands until you are satisfied.
You also have the possibility to create your own mix using seeds that you will have bought at the pet store. This way, you are sure not to give your birds certain foods that they could not eat.
As a general rule, all foods sold in pet stores are suitable for the consumption of our domestic birds.
Hazardous foods for our domestic birds :
Certain foods are toxic and cannot be given to our domestic birds. We will draw up a list of the main foods that you will have to ban in order to preserve the health of your pets.
Concerning the fruits that our birds love, all can be given to them. There are indeed no fruits that are forbidden for birds. On the other hand, you will have to remove the seeds from apples, pears and other fruits in containers. The digestion of the seeds creates a cyanide derivative that can cause terrible harm to your bird, even death. Again, make sure to always clean the fruit you give your birds to remove all pesticides. Also, do not give fruit or vegetable peelings to your pets.
Concerning vegetables, ban certain vegetables such as raw potatoes or avocados completely. Raw potatoes contain small amounts of cyanide, making them unsuitable for birds to eat. These doses, although very small, could indeed be a nuisance to our birds. Avocados are particularly fatty and should not be used in any way.
Other foods, which we love, should also be banned. Chocolate, for example, should be banned. Chocolate contains caffeine, in very small quantities, but it can permanently harm your bird. Milk chocolate is not as bad as dark chocolate, although it should be used with great care. In other proportions, caffeine is also to be banned. This includes both coffee and soft drinks containing caffeine.
Even though these foods can be given in very small amounts, care should be taken not to overdo it, as your birds’ metabolism may have difficulty digesting them. Other foods, however, such as dairy products, cannot be digested by birds. Their bodies do not develop the enzymes needed to digest these products. The same applies to meat or alcohol, which is not part of the diet of these species.
These foods, apart from the last three, can be given in very small quantities. Respecting these few recommendations will allow your bird to stay healthy. Don’t forget that your pet does not have to share your food, and will certainly not enjoy it as much as you do.