African Grey For Sale: Food to Avoid
Considering African Grey parrots for sale?
We've explored the benefits of keeping these lively birds elsewhere in our African Grey parrot guide as well as Breeding African Grey Parrots, but in this article, we take a look at the five foodstuffs that need to be avoided at all costs - in other words, the food featured below could prove fatal for your bird over the long term.
Learn more about African Grey parrots in the guide below.
African Grey Parrot Food Dangers
- The first foodstuff that needs to be avoided is chocolate. It may make for a tasty treat for humans, but chocolate can actually be toxic for African grey parrots. There's no need to panic, as small amounts of chocolate will do very little harm, but feeding your parrot excessive amounts of chocolate may cause your parrot long term damage.
- Another potentially lethal foodstuff is avocado. Again, it's a delicious food that many of us couldn't live without, but it's not something that should be fed to your new African Grey parrot. Sadly, the bark, twigs, leaves, skin and pit of the avocado all contain a deadly toxin for birds called persin. This nasty toxin can affect the body's ability to process protein. Although birds tend to love a fresh slice of fruit, this is one foodstuff that should be avoided.
- On a day to day basis, most African Grey parrot owners will feed their bird a mix of food including seeds, fruits and vegetables. That's perfectly fine - provided you keep the balance right. While birds can get plenty of nutrition from seeds, it's essential to avoid simply offering a seed mix as the bird's only source of food. Over time, this lack of balance in the bird's diet can have a significant impact on health.
- As with any individual being, a high salt diet is not advisable, so try and stay away from feeding your African grey and foodstuffs that have a high sodium chloride content. Birds excrete excess salt via the kidneys, so if too much salt builds up in the body, permanent kidney damage and maybe even death can be the result.
- Finally, an obvious warning, but one that some irresponsible bird owners may not adhere to - under no circumstances should your African Grey parrot be exposed to alcohol. Even a tiny drop could prove harmful, so any bottles or glasses of alcohol should be kept well out of reach of the parrot cage. In extreme cases, if alcohol is absorbed into an open wound, a bird can suffer from depression or regurgitation.
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