What kind of food i eat is good or bad for my birds to eat?

Category: Quaker Parrot Food

I have two Quaker Parrots sometimes when im eating i give my birds some food im eating like corn,hot cheetos,rice,fruit,vegtables. But i want to know what kind of food i eat is good or bad for my birds just so i know and one day not give them that could harm them?

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9 Responses to “What kind of food i eat is good or bad for my birds to eat?”

  1. Darryl R

    Alot of people food is bad,

    Keep to their regular food, and veggies and fruits on the side.

  2. tikitiki

    Stay away from avocados/guacamole, chocolate, dairy products aren’t the best for birds, the cheetos aren’t good for them either, pretty much anything we classify as junk food is a no no for animals as well :)

    Do a search for your type of parrot, there’s sites out there that give specific lists of good foods and bad. But for the most part, feeding veggies are your best bet, with some fruits(they’ll prefer fruits to veggies because they’re sweeter so always go with the veggies first). Cooked scrambled eggs with the shell crushed in there is good for them as well.

    Also be sure you’re feeding a good quality pellet food(I use ZuPreem), I make sure there’s always pellet food in the bowl, and a few times a week I’ll had a small handful of a seed mixture for my African grey-in addition to the daily veggies/fruits.

  3. cyndi

    you never ever give them chocolate or avocados.anything with high sugar content,caffeine is a no no too.look up your birds on line and buy the magazine called Bird Talk both are very informative sources.i feed my Hawns macaw everything i eat she loves chicken.to many seeds alone are bad cause of the cholesterol .keep seeds available at all times birds eat small amounts , often
    good luck with your birds they make great pets

  4. Ed P

    raw veggis nuts grain raw oats

  5. millypeed

    Basically everything you eat, your parrots can eat, with the exceptions of, chocolate, avocados, anything with sugar or salt, coffee, all these are toxic and can kill.
    My African Grey likes pizza, spaghetti, chips (fries), chicken, cheese ( but only a small amount occasionally), he also likes yogurt, he has his tea with us and shares what we have.
    You should give them fresh fruit and veg daily, they contain lots of essential vitamins and nutrients that they need.

  6. Dave Womach

    Just pay attention to the amount of sugar, salt and processed foods are in your food. Here are some helpful websites;


  7. Lizz

    Be real careful hat your feed your pet bird…
    Here’s a guide for you…


    Here are some of the fruits and vegetables we offer our flock. Note they are not given this every day, but I make sure to give about 10-12 fruits and vegetables daily, changing the variety every other day. We do not offer any canned vegetables. The nutritional content is minimal and the sodium is very high. Frozen vegetables is rarely offered.

    The Fresh Food Mix: Always ensure 1 fruit and vegetable has a high vitamin A content in it (papaya, sweet potatoes, yam, cantaloupe, acorn squash, pumpkin). Vitamin A aids in Calcium absorption. Offering 5 or 6 fruits and 5 or 6 vegetables daily. Several leafy green vegetables which have a high Calcium content (either Swiss Chard, Mustard Greens, Dandelion Greens, etc) are always mandatory in the mix.

    Fresh Fruit: Apples (cored), Papaya , Mango (pitted), Oranges (seeded), Cantaloupe, Melon , Star fruit, Pineapple, Pomegranate, Berries (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Blueberries), Pears (cored), Peaches (pitted), Plums (pitted), Kiwi (peeled), Banana (peeled), Cherries (pitted), Cranberries, Grapes (with seeds), Grapefruit (seeded), Tangerines (seeded), Cactus Pear (peeled), Banana (peeled) – Note Banana is only served fresh.

    Note: Citrus fruits should never be given more than 4 to 5 days a week.

    Fresh Vegetables: Red Beets (peeled), Radishes, Turnips, Carrots, Cooked Sweet Potatoes, Radicchio, Endive, Mustard Greens, Beet & Turnip Greens, Dandelion Greens, Swiss Chard, Kale, Parsley, Basil, Cooked Red Potatoes, Peeled and Steamed Squash (Acorn, Spaghetti, Butternut, Summer, Pumpkin, etc. Note: the seeds are a favorite of my flock), Green Beans, Tomato, Sweet Red & Green Peppers, Hot Peppers, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Broccoli Rabe, Turnip Greens, Eggplant, Snow Peas, Tofu, Fennel, Kohlrabi, Sugar Snap Peas.


    These are some things we will use to change the flavor variety to keep them interested in the fresh foods. Note: They are not used all at once. Flavorings are alternated every other day. You can also use this to get your feathered friend interested in a certain food. See my Diet Tips page for more information.

    Natural Flavorings: Fresh Squeezed Lemon or Orange Juice (Vitamin C ~ boosts the immune system), Diced Garlic (wonderful antioxidant), Peeled & Diced Ginger, Chopped Parsley, Ground Nuts (walnuts, almonds, pine, brazil, pecan), Chopped Cilantro, Dried Chili Peppers.

    Be sure to check out our article To Peel or Not to Peel


    Here is a partial list of items I use to Sprout. I use Citricidal to sprout everything. I also only sprout for about 24 hours. That is when the sprouts are peaking at their nutritious levels.

    Seeds: Broccoli, Alfalfa, Kale, Sesame, Sunflower, Radish, Mustard, Millet, Red Clover, Dill

    Beans: Garbanzo, Adzuki, Mung (Note: Beans never should be offered dried)

    Grains: Oat Groats, Rye Berries, Wheat Berries, Whole Kernel Corn, Barely, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Amaranth


    Chocolate in any form should not be fed to birds. Bittersweet, Baker’s and Dark Chocolates are more toxic than Milk Chocolate. But all the same – do not feed it to your birds.

    Table salt when fed excessively will cause increased thirst to increase water consumption to increased urination.

    Excessive amounts of Cooked and Raw Onions can be toxic to your bird. Onions contain the chemical n-propyl disulfide which denatures hemoglobin. This will in turn destroy Red Blood Cells. Causes: Anemia, Jaundice, Bloody Urine. Note: Be cautious if feeding cooked onion in small amounts.

    Alcoholic beverages should be avoided at *all* costs.

    Apple Seeds contain Cyanide. Be sure to always remove apple seeds before giving a portion to your birds.

    Mushrooms have the potential of being toxic.

    Dairy items are not digested in birds. Birds do not have the digestive enzymes necessary to process milk. There are some products that are available on the market as an alternative to dairy products. Soy Milk, Tofu Cheese, etc. Which can be given to your birds as an alternative to dairy items.

    Carbonated AND Caffeinated beverages should be avoided at all costs.

    Avocado is toxic to birds as well due to the high fat content.

  8. devilangel

    heres a good link to foods most birds can have and some things birds should have. hope this helps

  9. spartan_dagger23

    birds love vegetables but no hot cheetos or anything

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