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Can Parakeets Eat Pineapple? What You Need to Know!
Next time you make yourself a fresh pina colada or slice up some pineapple to go with your cottage cheese, don’t hesitate to feed your parakeet a little bite of pineapple. Pineapples are very nutritious and tasty treat to feed your parakeet, but it must be fed in moderation because of the high water and sugar content.
To learn more about how to feed your parakeet pineapple properly and other fruits and veggies to feed your budgie, keep reading. In this article, we give you a thorough rundown of what to feed your parakeet, including pineapple.
Are Pineapples Good for Parakeets?
Not only can parakeets eat pineapples, but pineapples are packed full of nutrients and vitamins that make them a healthy and delicious treat for your bird. Most importantly, pineapples help fight against diseases because of the high antioxidant amount.
More so, pineapples can help to boost your bird’s immunity while suppressing inflammation. This immunity boosting power is because of the many nutrients and enzymes inside the fruit. Bromelain is a property in pineapple specifically great for parakeets because of how great it reduces inflammation.
You may even start to see immediate benefits when feeding your parakeet pineapple. Because of its numerous enzymes, the fruit aids in the digestion process.
Do Parakeets Like Pineapple?
Just because pineapple is healthy for parakeets does not mean they will enjoy eating it. Anyone with children knows this fact to be true. So, do parakeets like pineapple?
Although some parakeets may prefer other fruits, the species loves these delicious fruits. Even parakeets that are often hesitant to new food often find themselves gobbling down pineapples. You should not have any trouble feeding pineapple to your parakeet because they love the taste.
How to Feed Your Parakeet Pineapple
Even though pineapple is nutritious and tasty for your parakeet, you must be careful about how much you feed the fruit to your bird. Pineapple is high in sugar and water, which can result in gained weight and diarrhea.
Instead of just giving your parakeet a whole thing of pineapple, it’s best to serve pineapple in moderation. Only feed parakeets fruits two or three times a week. It can be a great idea to give pineapple as a treat once during the weekdays and once on the weekend.
Make sure to introduce your pineapple to your parakeet slowly. Some birds maybe more hesitant to try new foods simply because they don’t know what the food is. You can start by mixing pineapple into your parakeet’s regular food once a week until they get accustomed to it.
No matter when or what day you feed your parakeet pineapple, make sure to only feed fresh pineapple to your bird. Prepackaged pineapple is often kept in a syrupy mixture to preserve the fruit. Additional sugar is not good for your bird.
What To Feed Your Parakeet
Since you can only feed fruit to your parakeet twice a week or so, much of its diet will come from other food sources. In the wild, parakeets eat seeds, berries, veggies, and fruits. Most often, they find their food on the ground.
In captivity, you want to replicate the wild diet as best as possible. Luckily, parakeets are common enough birds that finding the right food isn’t very difficult.
The most important part of your parakeet’s diet is seed. Most parakeet pellets incorporate various types of seeds that are all safe for parakeets to eat. Between 75% and 80% of your parakeet’s diet should come from commercial pellets made primarily from seeds.
The remaining percentage of food should come from vegetables and fruit. A little bit of dark, leafy greens should be fed to your parrakeet daily, and more tasty vegetables and fruits should be fed as occasional treats.
What to AVOID Feeding Your Parakeet
There are certain foods that you should not feed to your parakeet. Some are simply not healthy for the bird, whereas others are downright harmful and poisonous.
Some of the most important foods to avoid feeding to a parakeet include avocado, onions, garlic, potato, and foods containing caffeine. Additionally, make sure your parakeet does not consume any toxic household plants, like tulips, parsley, English Ivy, poinsettia, or daffodil.
If your parakeet gets ahold of any of these poisonous items, it’s best to get in contact with your vet as soon as possible. Even a little amount of these foods can be dangerous since parakeets have such small bodies.
Additionally, don’t feed parakeets meat, animal products, processed food, or candies. Even if these foods don’t kill or injure the bird immediately, they are far from healthy.
If you find yourself chopping up a pineapple for whatever reason, it is perfectly safe to give some to your parakeet. Not only will your parakeet likely love the pineapple, but it has numerous of nutritional benefits for the bird. If you feed the pineapple in moderation, it makes a delicious treat for your parakeet.
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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.