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Can Parakeets Eat Watermelon? What You Need to Know!
Just like any other pet, there are certain things that you should never feed your parakeet. From choking hazards to poisons, you always want to avoid the type of foods that can cause your parakeets danger. What about watermelons? Can parakeets eat watermelon?
Yes! It is completely safe to feed your parakeet watermelon, though you will need to remove the seeds and rinds. Watermelons can act as a great treat for your parakeets because they have a sweet flavor and plenty of vitamins and minerals your parakeet needs for optimal health.
To learn more about feeding your parakeet watermelon and its other dietary requirements, keep reading. This article answers everything you would need to know about feeding your parakeet watermelon, fruits, and other foods.
Can Parakeets Eat Watermelon?
Watermelon makes a great treat for your parakeets. The fruit is high in vitamin C, water, and sugar. As a result, parakeets love the flavor of watermelon, but the tasty fruit provides a few vitamins and minerals your parakeet needs for health at the same time.
Whenever you feed your parakeet watermelon, you need to remove the seeds and rind. The seeds are not poisonous to parakeets, but they can be a choking hazard. Similarly, the rind is simply too tough for parakeets to eat through. Only provide the pink flesh of the watermelon!
Additionally, don’t feed your parakeet watermelon every day. The high water and sugar content can make your parakeet sick or obese. Instead, think of watermelon more as a tasty treat to give your parakeet on occasion.
How Often Can Parakeets Eat Watermelon?
“On occasion” is a very vague term. So, how often should you feed your parakeet watermelon? Fruit should only make up 5% to 10% of your parakeet’s daily diet. Watermelon should be included in the fruit percentage of the day.
In other words, you can technically feed watermelon to your parakeet daily, but you can only feed it in small portions.
To keep your parakeet interested in the food and provide it a well-balanced diet, you should vary or alternate the fruit you feed. For example, it’s a great idea to alternate days between feeding your parakeet watermelon, apple, pineapple, and any other fruits.
What to Feed Your Parakeet
Because watermelon should only be fed as the occasional treat, you need to feed your parakeet other foods throughout the day. Parakeets need a variety of seeds, fruits, vegetables, pellets, legumes, and nuts for a well-balanced diet.
A mixture of seeds should be provided for your parakeet daily. Most likely, your parakeet will only need 1.5 to 2 teaspoons a day. Although this does not sound like a lot, 90% of your parakeet’s diet should come from seeds. Some of the best seeds include sunflower seeds, millet seeds, safflower seeds, and canary seeds, though sunflower seeds should be fed sparingly.
Even though seeds should be a staple of your parakeet’s diet, they cannot be the only things you feed it. Seeds do not provide all the nutrients and vitamins your parakeet needs, which is why you need to add pellets, nuts, fruits, and vegetables too.
Pellets are a good option for when you are away from home. Pour some parakeet pellets into a bowl for your birds munch to on whenever you are at work. Because pellets are made primarily from grains, don’t exclusively feed your parakeet pellets. Instead, use them when you aren’t at home.
Nuts are a healthy source of antioxidants and fatty acids. Walnuts, almonds, pecans, and pistachios are the best options for parakeets. Do not feed parakeets peanuts because they have the highest mold contamination rate, which can kill a small parakeet.
Fruit and Vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are a must for your parakeet’s daily diet. These foods will provide needed nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. Remember, fruits and vegetables should be no more than 30% of your parakeet’s diet together.
Tangerines, bananas, apples, melons, mango, pineapple, watermelon, and blackberries are some favorite fruits. Meanwhile, asparagus, zucchini, carrots, pumpkin, broccoli, squash, and beets are great vegetable options.
The best source of protein for parakeets is legumes. Lentils, pinto beans, chickpeas, and split peas are the best legumes for a parakeet. About 10% of your parakeet’s diet should be from legumes.
Although you can feed your parakeet some grains, do so sparingly. Grains don’t offer a lot of nutritional benefits and they don’t contain much protein. You can feed your parakeet buckwheat, oats, rye, barley, or amaranth as treats.
The only drink you should ever feed a parakeet is water. Provide constant fresh water for your parakeet. Do not feed soda, human tea, or any other liquids to your parakeet. You can find some parrot specialized tea as a treat.
We recommend using fruit as your parakeet’s treats, but you can feed your parakeet honey sticks once a month. Honey sticks are very sweet, and parakeets love them, but they are high in sugar, which is why you should not feed it to them frequently.
What Can Parakeets Not Eat?
Whenever you first get your parakeet, it is important to understand what you should not feed it. Here is a list of the most important foods and drinks to avoid feeding your parakeet:
- Caffeinated tea
- Dairy products
- High-sodium food
- High-fat food
- Sugary food
- Sugar-free food
Keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive list of what your parakeet should avoid. These are just some of the most basic and important foods to watch out for.
Next time you have some leftover watermelon hanging out in your fridge, don’t hesitate to share some with your parakeet. If you remove the seeds and rind, watermelon makes a great treat fruit that your parakeets will love. When providing a well-balanced diet for your parakeet, your bird will be happy and healthy.
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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.