Conures are small to medium-sized parrots that make wonderful pets. Native to South America, wild conures enjoy a varied diet consisting of seeds, berries, and tropical vegetation. Whether you have a conure now or are thinking of getting one, you must provide your bird with a good diet consisting mainly of pellets along with some fresh fruits and leafy greens now and then.
Like other pet birds, conures enjoy an occasional treat. We’ve put together this list of 10 fantastic treats your conure is sure to love! Some of these conure treats can be purchased online or at your local pet store and the others are treats you can make yourself.
Commercially-Available Conure Treats
1. Yogurt Dipped Sunflower Seeds
Satisfy your conure’s love for fruit and sunflower seeds with these tasty and crunchy bird treats. These blueberry-flavored treats are a blend of real fruit pieces with sunflower seeds that have been dipped in a creamy yogurt coating. These flavorful morsels will satisfy your conure’s love for variety. You can feed your conure a few of these treats by hand, mix them into their regular food, or place them in your bird’s snack cup.
2. Freeze-Dried Strawberry and Banana Treats
These conure treats are made with nothing but freeze-dried strawberries and bananas that are harvest-fresh. Your conure will satisfy his sweet tooth with these yummy treats that are all-natural. These gluten-free fruity treats don’t contain any preservatives, artificial flavors, or colors nor do they have any added sugar or GMOs.
3. Natural Spray Millet
Hang this natural spray millet in your conure’s cage or let your bird hold the spray in his feet and pluck the millet to mimic how his wild counterparts forage for seeds. This treat will keep your conure engaged, encourage foraging, and will prevent boredom, all while adding protein and fiber to your his diet.
4. Exotic Dried Fruit Treats
It’s no secret that conures love exotic fruits like papaya, pineapple, dates, bananas, and coconuts. These tasty and fruity treats are packed with nutrition and are made with a variety of delicious freeze-dried fruits. These are all-natural treats that don’t contain any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives and they come in a handy resealable package to keep them fresh and tasty!
5. Fruit and Nut Parrot Bird Treats
Treat your conure to this mix of delicious fruits, seeds, nuts, and veggies that are similar to what he would forage for in the wild. This chewy and crunchy medley is a great way to reward and bond with your conure. These irresistible little morsels will satisfy your conure’s natural craving for seeds, nuts, fruits, and vegetables.
DIY Conure Treats
6. Oatmeal Chewies
Like fresh fruits, whole grains are also good for your conure. An easy way to incorporate grains into your conure’s diet is by making these oatmeal chewy treats.
To make these tasty bird treats, add one raw egg to one cup of dry oatmeal and mix well. Then add two tablespoons of honey to the mixture as a sweetener. Spread the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and bake it in a 350°F oven for 8-10 minutes or until set.
Once it cools, cut the oatmeal mixture into small, bite-sized pieces and feed them to your conure. You can store any of the uneaten treats in the refrigerator for a few days to keep them fresh.
7. Bird Seed Cookies
Satisfy your conure’s seed craving by offering him a homemade birdseed cookie. These cookies are easy to make plus they’re delicious and nutritious.
To make these cookies, mix ½ cup of shelled sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, and chopped almonds. Then add in one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and one egg and mix well. Shape the mixture into small cookie shapes and place them on a cookie sheet covered with baking paper. Bake the cookies at 350°F for 13-15 minutes.
The nice thing about this recipe is that you can play around with the ingredients to accommodate your conure’s preferences. For example, if your conure loves peanuts, add some into the mix and remove one of the nuts he doesn’t care for.
8. Yogurt-Dipped Strawberries
If your conure enjoys a nice juicy strawberry now and then, he’ll love eating strawberries dipped in creamy yogurt! These easy-to-make treats are perfect when you want to offer your bird a tasty, nutritious, and chilly sweet treat. To make these treats, simply dip some fresh strawberries in natural yogurt and place them in the freezer to harden. One thing to remember is that yogurt is a dairy product that can upset your conure’s stomach if given too much so feed these treats to your bird in moderation.
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9. Seed, Fruit, and Honey Balls
These handmade round treats are made with your conure’s favorite seed mix, oats, flour, dried fruit, and honey. Simple place ½ cup of oats, ½ cup birdseed, ¼ cup of flour, and ¼ cup of chopped dried fruit in a bowl and mix. Then add 1 tablespoon of water and ¼ cup of honey and mix well to form a dough.
If the mixture is too sticky, add more seed or flour a little at a time. Then just roll the dough into small balls and place the balls on a paper-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350°F for 20-30 minutes until lightly brown.
Note: If you’d like to hang these balls in your conure’s cage, push holes in the balls before baking using a chopstick, drinking straw, or bird food skewer.
10. Peanut Butter Crackers
Does your conure go nuts for peanut butter? Then you need to make these flavorful, protein-packed treats for your bird! Simply smear some peanut butter on a plain cracker and feed it to your conure. The salty, oily flavor of the peanut butter on the crunchy cracker will be an irresistible treat your bird will flip over!
Moderation is Key When Feeding Your Conure Treats
Just like humans, conures enjoy a varied diet. Whether you choose to buy conure treats or make your own, be sure to feed them to your bird sparingly. Some of these treats are high in fat and calories. To keep your bird trim and fit, don’t overdo it with any treats you offer your little feathered friend!
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