Can parrots eat oatmeal?

If you have recently gotten yourself a pet parrot and are looking for guidance regarding what to feed your chirping little enthusiast, or you are an ornithologist in becoming and are simply browsing for information, you have come to the right place! By the end of this article, we promise that you will not only be well-informed about the purpose that brought you to this article but will also be aware of several other feeding tips that will make your parrot grow twice as fond of you. 

A wise man once said, “I don’t feed the birds because they need me; I feed the birds because I need them,” and let us say, we couldn’t agree more. A bird being fed an appropriate and nourishing diet is no less significant than a human being’s requirement for a healthy diet. Keeping this in mind, let’s get into the depths of whether oatmeal can prove to be your parrot’s best friend (after you) or not. 

Can parrots eat oatmeal?

Oatmeal is to birds; what fast food is to humans, you can eat it at any given time and are delighted to. Wait!! If you are going to take that away as an absolute answer, you will be depriving yourself of the in-depth discussion that may be a requirement to you almost immediately or soon.

If you are a new parrot owner, trust us when we say that it is bound to happen. Your adoration for the little champ will get you looking for more assistance in no time, so we suggest that you save yourself the hassle and allow us to guide you throw every trivial detail and step of how to care for your pet. Needless to say, there is no better way to pamper your birdie than to serve it just the perfect meal. The way to a parrot’s heart is through its stomach.

What is Oatmeal, and what are its Nutritional Benefits?

To put this simply, oatmeal is a type of porridge made from the version of raw oats that are processed; They are distinctively cut thinly to make sure that they can be cooked within the short time of a few minutes. In case you are getting late for work or school and have run out of bird feed for your parrot, oatmeal is the next best thing (if not equal) to fill the tummy of your parrot with and to help it kick start a day full of energy. 

Oatmeal is enriched with nutrients no matter what recipe it is made by. Steel-cut oatmeals are considered to be the go-to meal when your parrot is feeling nutritionally low. Along with various other sorts of oatmeal, they are rich in whole grain and wheat, and that isn’t even the catchy part.

Oatmeal contains just the right amount of fiber that is the prerequisite of a bird’s pocket-sized digestive system. It is ordinarily known as the fundamental ingredient in the meal of a parrot. In which case, if you are ever observing symptoms of a digestive issue in your parrot, don’t hesitate to cook a bowl of oatmeal to ease their discomfort. 

How many more advantages does this heaven’s food bring, you ask?

The answer is countless. It contains precisely the perfect proportions of every mineral that you can name from the list of the ones that provide strength, regulate the metabolism, and repairs the worn-out muscles of humans and birds. Researches showed that a handful of parrot owners, instead of buying parrot seeds, fed their pet’s steel-cut oats. We know what you’re thinking; that’s healthy AND comparatively economical as well, is there a catch I am missing? 

Allow us to inform you that there is no such catch! Your parrot unambiguously brought its blessings.

Did you know this?

Birds, similar to humans, tend to develop diabetes, which is thankfully not directly associated with sugar intake. Nonetheless, in the provided scenario having or feeding an excess of sugar is not the best option.

However, guess what could be the ideal meal for a parrot who is, unfortunately, suffering from diabetes? Yes, exactly! At this point, it won’t be wrong to claim that oatmeal is the solution to every problem that you, as a parrot owner, could imagine the possibility of coming across. 

Oatmeal has a small deviation of sugar; it can be as low as 0.0g in cooked oatmeal, so you need not worry about glucose if your parrot is diabetic and at the same time a fan of oats or oatmeal. 

How can oatmeal be eaten?

This is undoubtedly our favorite topic when it comes to oatmeal and birds. If you have a knack for trying new recipes and your parrot loves oatmeal, let us be the first ones to tell you that you are just in luck!

You get to practice the thing you love for the parrot that you dearly adore. Does it get any better? Oatmeal is traditionally liked best, served for breakfast. You and your pet can now enjoy dining at the same breakfast. 

It is traditionally enjoyed when cooked in two specific contrasting ways; cooked over the stovetop and overnight oats. Cooking over stovetops is known to be one of the oldest and utmost reliables of a method to have oatmeal yourself or to serve to your parrot on a cold winter morning.

Our personal favorite is the overnight oats method. It usually requires soaking the oatmeal in almond milk (parrots are mostly unable to digest real milk) straight into the container that your parrot enjoys eating from. You may add other ingredients to enhance the taste, such as blueberries, red berries, or a sweetener.


To summarize the entirety of the article in one sentence, your parrot is likely to be just as fond of oatmeal as it may be of fruits. Lastly, we wish your parrot the best of health and you the best of times in its companionship!

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