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Can Parrots Eat Eggs? What You Need to Know!

Oliver Jones

It may seem odd to feed eggs to a parrot, as parrots lay eggs to reproduce, but in the wild, it’s not unusual for birds to feed on the eggs of other species. Since eggs are so packed full of protein and other nutrients, it makes sense that birds in the wild would occasionally snack on eggs should they get the opportunity. But what about captive birds? Is it safe to feed eggs to your parrot?

In general, eggs are completely safe to feed to your parrot. Since they are so packed with nutrients, they can have health benefits too. Of course, as with any food, moderation is key, 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 parrots and things to watch out for. Let’s get started!

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Potential health benefits of feeding eggs to parrots

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

jardines-parrot in a cage
Image Credit: Ulf Zakariasson, Pixabay
  • 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 the entire egg — whites, shell, and yolk — so eggs 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 eggs from free-range chickens, there are no real dangers in feeding eggs to your bird.

Eclectus 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 it to them as treat one or two times a week at most. You can feed your parrot raw eggs, but it’s probably best to try cooked eggs at first.

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 inside of the egg. Feeding boiled eggs to your parrot will get messy, though!

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Image Credit: Dewald Van Rensburg, Pixabay

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Final Thoughts

Parrots can indeed eat eggs, and eggs have a handful of great nutrients and health benefits for your parrot too, 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, and one or two eggs per week are ideal for your feathered friend.

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Oliver Jones

Oliver (Ollie) Jones - A zoologist and freelance writer living in South Australia with his partner Alex, their dog Pepper, and their cat Steve (who declined to be pictured). Ollie, originally from the USA, holds his master's degree in wildlife biology and moved to Australia to pursue his career and passion but has found a new love for working online and writing about animals of all types.