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Can Parakeets Eat Blueberries? What You Need to Know!
Parakeets are curious birds that get intrigued by anything new in their cages, especially if it’s something to eat. However, they have a sensitive digestive system and shouldn’t eat anything they lay their claws on.
Yes, parakeets can eat blueberries. The berries are ideal for parakeets because they are sweet, and their size is suitable for parakeets. That means you don’t have to slice them in small sizes. Besides, they are healthy full of antioxidants and vitamins, which is good for them.
But, if it’s the first time you are feeding your parakeets with blueberries, take some extra caution. First, start giving small chunks and increase as they get used. Then, if you notice they love the blueberries, you can continue feeding them.
Nutritional Value of Blueberries
The blueberries are rich in nutrients and antioxidants and low in calories. Here are some of the nutritional values found in blueberries.
Vitamin K found in blueberries is used to transport all the calcium in the body. That means parakeet’s bones and beaks will get the required calcium in their bodies.
Manganese is a high nutrient that you will get in blueberries. The nutrient helps to strengthen beaks and bones. In addition, it helps in developing feathers, especially after molting, which leaves parakeets with fewer feathers.
Vitamin C found in blueberries is very vital in the parakeet’s body. It helps in building a robust immune system which is good in fighting infections. That ensures the parakeets are healthy and oxidative stress is minimal.
Further, vitamin C is used to stabilize sugar and the cholesterol level in the blood, develop bones and muscles, and control the heartbeat rate. That ensures the overall health of parakeets is good.
Among vegetables and fruits, blueberries are the highest rich in antioxidants. When you feed your parakeets with blueberries, they get the benefits of the antioxidant—removing free radicals from the blood stream.
Benefits of Blueberry Seeds
Blueberry seeds are small enough that you don’t need to worry about a choking hazard. Also, they are easy to digest, so no stomach upset for your feathery friend. However, when you feed your parakeets blueberries, you will discover that they pluck the seeds and start picking on them.
That means they enjoy the seeds and find them suitable for eating. In addition, the blueberries seeds have minerals that make the feathers and wings of the parakeets grow.
So whenever you feed the parakeets with blueberries, don’t remove the seeds but let them enjoy as a whole.
How Many Blueberries Should You to Feed Your Parakeets?
Just like any other fruit, parakeets require other foods for them to flourish and stay healthy. Blueberries are fruits, and the number of fruits given should consist 30% of the diet. So, make sure you feed the blueberries with other foods.
The recommended amount should be one to two berries at least thrice per week. As we noted, they have their nutritional benefit, but they also have their downside. That’s why it is essential to limit the consumption rate for them to enjoy while reaping the benefits.
How to Feed Blueberries to Parakeets
There is no method you can use when feeding your parakeets. But there are some things you need to put into considerations. These will help you give your parakeets blueberries in the best way possible. Here are some procedures to follow;
The blueberries are usually sprayed with pesticides to eliminate small insects. Washing to remove the pesticide may seem difficult because they are tiny.
You may have trouble washing one after another. In that case, consider soaking the berries in baking soda for around 15 minutes to remove the pesticide. That way, you will be sure your parakeets are consuming safe blueberries.
Once you are sure the blueberries are clean, you can feed your parakeets. It’s either you hand-feed or let the parakeets feed on their own. As many people have observed, they enjoy being fed occasionally. So, you can opt to do that as a way of treating your parakeets.
Also, you can mix with vegetables or parakeets pellet foods. They also enjoy eating the blueberries while they are mixed with other foods or fruits.
Are Blueberries Suitable for Parakeets?
There is nothing wrong if your parakeets consume blueberries. But don’t overdo it because there are underlying conditions that can harm your feathery friend. One notable fact is that blueberries have loads of fructose (sugar), which isn’t good for parakeets because it can cause diabetes and obesity. Here’s how these two diseases come about:
Obesity, whether in people or birds, is caused by consuming lots of sugar. Since blueberries have pretty much sugar, they can harm your parakeets. The effects can be fatal because your parakeets will suffer from:
You can’t ignore diabetes in parakeets because it is dangerous. For example, excessive feeding with blueberries can bring about diabetes. But once you realize your parakeets have it, consider visiting the vet.
Here are some of the signs that show your parakeets have diabetes.
Can Parakeets Eat Dried Blueberries?
Yes, you can feed your parakeets with dried blueberries. It has been observed that the dried ones have more sugar than the fresh ones. But surprisingly, the birds enjoy them more than they do the fresh ones.
But even if that is the case, you are advised to encourage them to take the fresh ones. That is because the sugar level is not that high, and they are healthier for them. So feed your parakeets with dried berries but do it in moderation.
Parakeets can eat blueberries and do just fine. The secret is giving in moderation to avoid putting the birds in danger. Ensure the blueberries are well cleaned to reduce stomach upsets. Watch out for any danger signs that your parakeets might show.
If you find they have loose stool, you should be worried. However, if you notice any change of behavior or anything unusual, don’t ignore it. Note that if the parakeets are unwell, it is hard to hide that fact. So, you will notice any changes if you are keen enough. Call the vet if you feel it is necessary.
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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.
- Nutritional Value of Blueberries
- Benefits of Blueberry Seeds
- How Many Blueberries Should You to Feed Your Parakeets?
- How to Feed Blueberries to Parakeets
- Related Questions
- Final Thoughts