Parrots make amazing pets; although many pet owners do not consider them pet animals because of their friendly, social, and human-like nature. There are many reasons why you should go for a parrot as your pet and if you already own one, you probably are aware of those reasons. Unlike many other pet animals, parrots have their unique personalities, just like humans. This means that they have their personality traits, likes, dislikes, and little quirks. They also have moods; good moods or bad moods just like us. This not only makes them a good pet but also fun to interact with. If you already own a good parrot, but if you are researching parrots to see if they are good pets or not, you should just believe us and other parrot owners like us, you would find yourself thanking us very soon!
When it comes to food, parrots do not come in the category of animals that cost a lot to feed. Though, the exact dietary needs do vary from parrot to parrot but, even the largest parrots eat small portions of food throughout the day. The food range of parrots is vast and they can be fed many food items from our groceries like fruits and vegetables. A mix of fruits, vegetables, and seeds make up an entire daily menu for your beautiful feathery friend. Parrots are budget-friendly pets, and their food can cost approximately $35 to $60 per month depending on which type of parrot you have and their individual needs.
But obviously, you cannot feed your parrot everything; this then arises a question that can your parrots eat pumpkin guts and seeds? They for sure can. And luckily enough parrot owners have really fun and creative ways of feeding their parrots pumpkin guts and seeds. Especially, in the Halloween season, when you purchase pumpkins for decorative purposes or to try out different recipes, you might as well feed your little friends some of it. Pumpkin seeds and guts provide perfectly safe treats for birds. Most seed-eating birds seem to enjoy the nutritious seeds.
Can Parrots eat Pumpkin Guts and Seeds?
Well, Yes. Parrots can eat pumpkin guts and seeds. Because Pumpkin is a good source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Birds including parrots love to eat pumpkin and enjoy it. Even if you put the whole pumpkin in front of them, it is okay; they do not overeat pumpkin. Let them enjoy pumpkin and watch them have fun. Some people do question whether they will be able to eat raw pumpkin directly, and the answer is Yes. Their beaks allow them to easily eat it without human help.
Nutrients in Pumpkin
Raw pumpkin is an excellent source of Vitamin A and a little source of Vitamin C, which makes it a wholesome addition to your parrots’ diet. The seeds contain a more important caloric punch, as each ounce of the kernels contains about 13 grams of fat and 7 grams of protein, giving a heavy 151 calories in the same volume. Pumpkin seeds also contain important minerals and nutrients, including iron, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.
Nutrients in Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds are high in carbohydrates, calories, and also healthy fats; they are also a good source of protein and other different trace minerals and nutrients which are great for a wholesome diet, that includes:
Different ways of serving Pumpkin Guts and Seeds for Parrots
Many people are suggesting different recipes or ways of serving pumpkin guts and seeds to parrots. Overall, parrots love this treat and enjoy it in many ways but to each their own. Being the owner of the parrot, you probably know what your parrot might be into but letting them try some on their own to see in what way they like it, also helps. Parrots enjoy raw pumpkin and its seed but you can also try out other recipes or ways to make their little meals exciting and fun, for both you and your feathered friend.
- RAW PUMPKIN GUTS AND SEEDS:
The Pumpkin can be eaten raw by the parrots and is very healthy for them and also humans. The flesh of the pumpkin is an excellent source of beta carotene, which then converts to vitamin A. The flesh can be pureed and added to muffins or bread for variety. Depending on the size of your parrot, you can cut the pieces of pumpkin into smaller ones, if needed. Otherwise, if your parrots are big enough, they can eat raw big pieces of pumpkin. And if you are planning on carving your pumpkin, you can take help from your little friend, they would love to do so.
- ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS:
The roasted pumpkin recipe is a highly recommended recipe by many parrot owners. They enjoy and love preparing roasted pumpkin seeds for their life long companion every Halloween; in some houses, it has even become a tradition, which we think is pretty cool. The very first step is obviously to hollow out the pumpkin and separate the stringy tissues from the seeds. The easiest and the efficient way to separate seeds from stringy tissues is by soaking the pumpkin guts and seeds in water, the seeds float while the stringy thing does not. Now, wash the seeds thoroughly, making sure that all the pulp and debris are gone. Then, you can either just dry them out naturally or bake them in the oven with a tablespoon of oil to prevent them from sticking. Once they are lightly brown, they are done. This process can take 40 minutes while turning the seeds every 5 minutes. Allow them to cool down before adding them to their food.
NOTE: Make sure to use a baking sheet that does not have a non-stick coating, because such coatings release fumes that are not healthy for your parrots.
- STEAMED PUMPKIN:
If you want to step up the pumpkin game for your pet parrot, this might be the best and the simplest recipe you are looking for. Simply cut the pumpkin into cubes (make sure to cut it in a size that is ideal for your parrot) and steam it for about 35 to 40 minutes or until they are soft. If your parrots would not like big pieces, you can mash the cubes for them but larger birds will surely enjoy big pieces.
- DELIGHTFUL NUTRITIOUS PUMPKIN BOWL:
Do you want to make a quick and delicious bowl for your lovely little companion? Although mini pumpkins are not a topic of discussion here but allow us to share a quick recipe that your parrot would love. Scoop out half of the gut or seeds, microwave for a few minutes, use a spoon to pull some of the pumpkin flesh into the middle, add some veggies, mix it all up, and Voila! There you go, an edible bowl ready to dive into.
Can Pumpkin Seeds be fed daily?
The seeds, especially make great parrot treats and are a good source of various minerals. They are also high in fat, so they should be fed in a lesser amount to species that are prone to obesity, such as Amazons, Pionus parrots, and Rose-breasted Cockatoos. Although, you can feed them pumpkin guts and seed but make sure that you do not overfeed them.
What Kind of Pumpkin Seeds Should be Avoided?
While most of the Pumpkin Guts and Seeds are good and safe for your parrots but if you are purchasing or making it for parrots, make sure that they do not have salt, seasoning, candy coatings, or any other flavorings in them, because that can be harmful to them.
To sum up, Parrots are lovely birds and make a perfect pet. They are quick learners and have bold personalities and are usually the center of attention in family gatherings or get-togethers. Their intelligence allows them to do mimicry and learn different words quicker which always keeps you entertained and surprised at the same time. And if you do not want to be embarrassed in front of others, just make sure that you do not use curse words around your parrots because they pick up those words, really quickly.
That being said. This article contains information on whether pumpkin guts are suitable for parrots or not, the nutrients present in them, to different recipes you can try with pumpkin for your feathery friend. Raw, dried, roasted, and steamed pumpkin or pumpkin seeds are all great for birds. The only thing you should check and avoid if you are feeding a packet of pumpkin seed is if it has salt or other flavors or seasoning in it; because this can be harmful to your parrot. Otherwise, if you want you can let your parrot feed on a pumpkin raw, without even cutting into pieces, let them go wild and messy. We hope this article answered your questions and cleared all your doubts.