Can macaws eat meat?
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July 9th, 2006 14:43
Avocadoes ARE toxic to birds..never give them to them! Also, remember if you are giving insects you risk loading your bird with parasites and bacteria and I do not think the benefit is worth the risk. Most wild birds that eat insects carry a high load of intestinal parasites that take a toll on their health. Re. other meat, a little chicken is probably ok but beef is high in fat, and most of our domestic birds have a tendency to get overweight in captivity, so it really is not good to feed them any high fat food. A parrot would never eat beef or chicken in the wild. Sunflower seeds are in this category also (high fat, low nutritional content) and should be eliminated from all bird diets. What parrots should eat is a good quality pelleted diet such as Zupreem, Harrison's or Roudybush which has the correct balance of all nutrients plus HEALTHY table foods such as vegetables and whole grains. Pellets need to be about 60% of the diet. Feed table foods in VERY SMALL quantities, remembering the weight of the bird is usually under 1-2 lbs at most. One grape for a cockatiel equals over 100 grapes for a human. Don't fill your bird up on junk or table foods or he will liekly end up dead from fatty liver disease. It is a good idea to have a blood chemistry done by your vet to see what the condition of his liver is, as this is directly connected to his diet. All this information is from my avian vet, Dr. Ken Welle in Urbana IL, so it isn't just a bird owner's opinion...
Oct 4th, 2006 22:49
When I bought my African Ringneck Parakeet Dianne The owner Of Just Us Birds In Missouri told me that Birds can eat any thing we cook/eat EXCEPT CHOCOLATE, AVACODOS,AND CAFFEINE THEY ARE TOXIC TO BIRDS. The things that we eat that expand when wet like pasta, beans, and rice should be cooked. Relic loves twinkes, french fries, dried carnberries, chicken, mashed potatoes, and most of all blueberry buckle baby food. Just try different things out Dianne's blue and gold macaw loves hush puppies and chicken strips she even likes small bites of hamburger once in a while, and no twizzler is safe around that bird.
Oct 4th, 2006 22:53
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