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Can Cockatiels Eat Almonds? What You Need to Know!
Almond nuts are healthy and nutritious for humans. These nuts are rich in fats, protein, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E. They help lower cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, promote weight loss, and reduce blood pressure.
As a cockatiel owner, you must wonder if the same benefits apply to your pet. Can cockatiels eat almonds? Yes, they can. Almonds add beneficial nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to your bird’s diet.
Here is everything you need to know.
A Cockatiel’s Diet
The primary diet of a cockatiel should feature a blend of 75% pellets and 25% seeds. Your feathery friend also needs to consume leafy greens and fresh vegetables. However, these should not exceed 20% of their diet. In addition, include fresh fruits and clean water daily.
What about almonds? Nuts are a special treat for cockatiel and should constitute 10% of the bird’s diet.
Are Almonds Safe for Cockatiels?
Almonds have a great taste and are a delightful treat for cockatiels. They are safe to feed your pet but in moderation.
Nutritional Benefits of Almonds for Cockatiels
Almonds are high in fat, fiber, protein, and carbohydrates, which makes them highly nutritious. One ounce of almonds contains 161 calories, 14 grams of fat, 6 grams of protein, 3.5 grams of fiber, and 2.5 grams of carbohydrates.
The nuts are also rich in Vitamin E, Vitamin B2, Manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous.
How Many Almonds Should a Cockatiel Eat?
Even though almonds are safe for your cockatiel, you should serve them in moderation. An almond may appear tiny from a human’s perspective, but it has all the nutrients that your little feathered friend requires.
To illustrate this better, when a cockatiel eats one grape, it is equivalent to human eating over 360 grapes. The same applies to almonds. One small-sized almond is healthy for your small-sized pet.
Therefore, offer one or two grams of almonds a day. Keep in mind that these nuts should only constitute 10% of your bird’s diet.
Alternatively, you can cancel the daily serving and offer the nuts as a treat, once or twice a week.
How to Feed Almonds to Your Cockatiel
Almonds have a hard shell that conceals the nutritious nut. So, when feeding your cockatiel, crack the nut and throw away the hard shell. Then, check that the nut is fresh but do not clean it.
Almonds have a brown outer skin that’s safe for your cockatiel. But not all birds are willing to try it. If your pet is a picky eater, you can remove this skin to reveal the white nut. You can also crush the almond into tiny, manageable pieces to make it more appealing for your pet.
What if your cockatiel does not touch the almonds despite your efforts? Try adding crushed nuts to your bird’s seed or pellet diet. Alternatively, add the chopped nuts to the fruits and vegetable mix.
Risks of Giving Almonds to Your Cockatiel
As great as almonds are, they still pose these risks for your cockatiel.
For this reason, always store your nuts in a cool, dry area. Also, when you break the hard outer shell, confirm that the nut is fresh.
Which Other Nuts Can Cockatiels Eat?
Cockatiels can eat a variety of nuts as long as they are unsalted and human-grade. They include:
These nuts are highly nutritious but should be served in small proportions.
Cockatiels can eat almonds. These nuts add nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to the bird’s diet. However, they should be offered in moderation. One almond or two are all your pet needs daily. Consuming too much can result in health problems.
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Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts’ knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.