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Can Parrots Eat Eggs? Vet-Reviewed Facts & Info You Need to Know

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In the wild, it’s not unusual for birds to feed on the eggs of other species. Since eggs are packed full of protein and other nutrients, it makes sense that parrots would occasionally snack on eggs should they get the opportunity. But what about pet birds? Is it safe to feed an egg to your parrot?

In general, eggs are completely safe to feed to parrots. They have many health benefits, though of course, as with any food, moderation is essential, and there are a few factors to be cautious of.

In this article, we look at the potential health benefits of feeding eggs to your parrot and the things to watch out for. Let’s get started!


Potential Health Benefits of Feeding Eggs to Parrots

In the wild, birds and many other mammals will eat eggs whenever they can, and as pets, parrots can eat eggs occasionally too. There are plenty of great benefits of giving eggs to parrots.

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  • Protein: Protein is a vital nutrient for parrots, even those that eat a largely fruit-based diet, because it helps build and maintain healthy muscles and blood, assists with feather and nail health, and helps with proper immune function and stress reduction. Your parrot should have 10–20% protein as a part of their daily diet.
  • Vitamin A: Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for parrots, and a deficiency can lead to weakened beaks and nails and feather loss. Vitamin A helps your parrot with eye health, hearing, and bone growth.
  • Vitamin D: Eggs are packed with vitamin D, and since vitamin D3 is commonly deficient in parrots, eggs can give them sufficient amounts. Vitamin D helps your parrot’s immune function, along with their bone, muscle, and heart health.
  • Calcium: Calcium is vital in the diets of parrots, especially for the health of breeding females’ eggs and the health of their chicks. Even in non-breeding birds, calcium helps regulate your bird’s heartbeat and nerve function and keeps their bones, claws, and beaks healthy too.
  • Choline: Egg yolks are among the best sources of choline, a nutrient that aids brain and nervous system function in parrots.

Eggs are inexpensive and easy to find, and your parrot can eat an entire egg—whites, shell, and yolk—so they are great healthy snacks for your feathered friend.

Potential Risks of Feeding Eggs to Parrots

Eggs are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, so they should only be given to your parrot in moderation, to avoid issues with obesity. As long as you practice moderation and give your parrots safe, pasteurized eggs, there are no real dangers in feeding eggs to your bird. Parrots can safely consume eggs from various species: Chicken, duck, and quail eggs are all safe for your parrot.

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How Often Can Parrots Eat Eggs?

At first, an egg once a week is plenty for your parrot, depending on their size. Once they are accustomed to it, you can give eggs to them as treats one or two times a week at most. The healthiest way to offer eggs to your pet parrot is to give them raw pasteurized eggs that are crushed and mixed into their pellets or seed mix. All parts of the egg (including the shell) are safe for consumption.

Parrots will usually enjoy raw eggs, and they’ll have more access to the nutrients this way. You can also crush up the shell into their food for added calcium. Fried eggs are not recommended due to the oils used in cooking, but most parrots love scrambled eggs! Boiled eggs are also great; keep the shell on because your parrot will love nibbling away at the shell and the soft insides. Feeding boiled eggs to your parrot will get messy, though!

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Final Thoughts

Parrots can indeed eat eggs, and they have a handful of great nutrients and health benefits for these birds, including calcium, protein, and vitamin A. Eggs are also inexpensive and readily available and can be fed raw or cooked in your parrot’s favorite way. Of course, like any food, moderation is key. One or two eggs per week are ideal for your feathered friend.

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