You probably are aware that a parrot’s diet is made up of 50% fruits and vegetables, which further means that their diet is 25% fruits. For humans, fruits are the perfect food to snack on. Yummy and healthy, they are great for our health. However, as far as our parrots are concerned, that is not entirely the case. Humans and parrots are different beings altogether, and so there are certain fruits that we eat and enjoy a great deal but can prove to be toxic for our feathered friends.
Knowing which fruit is safe is of utmost importance, especially in the upkeep of their health. A popular fruit that we enjoy munching on is blueberries, and so a commonly asked question is if we can feed our parrot’s blueberries. And if we can feed this fruit to them, what are the need-to-know details that will ensure our parrot stays safe?
Read on to find out all that you need to know about parrots and blueberries.
Are Blueberries safe for parrots?
If blueberries are one of your favorite fruits, then you’re in luck. This popular fruit is safe when it comes to feeding them to your parrot! It gets better: not only are they tasty. There are incredibly healthy for both pet and owner.
Blueberries are commonly known as a “superfood” since they are extremely nutritious yet have a low-calorie count. So what are the nutritious elements present in blueberries? This is a list to make things clear for you.
This is important for the overall growth and development of your parrot. Vitamin A also ensures that your parrot’s immune system is strong enough to stand any illnesses that may come its way. Vitamin A also maintains good eyesight and also helps increase the red and yellow pigmentation in your parrot.
Vitamin A is the most commonly deficient vitamin in your parrot’s system and diet. Blueberries are a perfect way to overcome that deficiency.
This nutrient is essential as it helps convert food into energy. Moreover, it also encourages brain development as well as preventing heart diseases in your parrot.
Vitamin C plays an important part in your parrot’s overall health. So much so, they should have a daily intake of this vitamin. Vitamin C is multipurpose as it works on improving and strengthening the immune system, aids the healing process, and helps the body rid itself of heavy metals. If your parrot doesn’t get its required dose of the vitamin, they might start indulging in self-destructive behavior such as pulling out its feathers.
This mineral is important when it comes to Calcium processing in your parrot’s system. It is also important for strong bones as well as a strong beak. Moreover, magnesium ensures that your parrot has healthy feathers and healthy skin.
Potassium plays a dual role as both a mineral and electrolyte and is very important in your parrot’s overall health. Potassium plays a great role in the prevention of heart problems. It also is needed to ensure a healthy muscle mass in your parrot’s system.
Unstable molecules, known as “free radicals,” are known to damage the cells in our system. This problem isn’t restricted just to us humans, but it is also present in our parrots.
Rather, these molecules are known to be a power behind several diseases, including degenerative conditions. This is why a diet rich in antioxidants is important to combat these free radicals.
Blueberries are known to have the highest amounts of antioxidants instead of any other fruit or vegetable and thus are a perfect fruit to include in your parrot’s diet.
What forms of blueberry can we feed our parrot?
Let’s talk about dried blueberries. Dried blueberries are perfectly safe to be given to your parrot; however, they do have certain drawbacks that you should be aware of.
A major problem with the whole drying process when it comes to fruit is that the fruit shrinks when dried. This means, to make up the required amount of fruit intake, you will have to increase the number of blueberries. This isn’t advisable since blueberries are high in sugar. Too much sugar is never good for your pet.
This is why we always prefer fresh fruit over dried fruit for our pets.
What about blueberry juice? It is perfectly okay to offer it to your parrot. You can either offer it as a standalone drink or mix it in their food to add a bit of extra flavor.
However, be careful about what kind of juice you offer. Juices usually have a large amount of sugar mixed in them, and so we always suggest either giving your parrot organic juice or simply taking the juice out yourself at home.
How many blueberries should we offer our parrots?
So fruits make up around 25% of your parrot’s diet. However, blueberries alone should not make up that 25%. This is for two reasons. Firstly, blueberries have high sugar content, and your parrot doesn’t need that much sugar. Too much sugar paves the way to other health concerns. Secondly, your parrot needs a combination of fruits to ensure they benefit from all the different health benefits different fruits have and ensure there is a balance of things like sugar content.
So the recommended dose of blueberries is one feeding a day twice or thrice a week.
We put the restriction for two reasons. Number one: if you give your parrot too many blueberries that don’t leave room for other fruit. Number two: remember the free radicals we talked about? Well, too many antioxidants might cause too much free radical damage, which will cause their immune system to slow down. And so a balance is required.
Blueberries are safe as long as they are given in the recommended dose. Happy feeding!