Foods to NEVER Feed your bird
Caffeinated beverages - Coffee, soda, tea and other caffeinated beverages
are extremely hazardous to your bird's health. Caffeine causes cardiac
malfunction in birds and is linked to increased heartbeat, arrhythmia,
hyperactivity and cardiac arrest. Share some fruit or vegetable juice with your
(toxic) - We all love chocolate but this is a definite treat NOT to
share with your bird. They get what is known as "chocolate poisoning"
which first will affect the bird's digestive system and cause vomiting and
diarrhea. As the condition advances, their central nervous system is affected,
causing seizures and eventually death.
The pits of
most fruits, such as plums, peaches, apricots, and nectarines, contain
cyanide. Cyanogenic glycosides are enzyme inhibitors that cause nausea,
vomiting, and eventually coma
Raw Beans: Many raw
beans contain a trypsin inhibitor that interferes with protein metabolism; as
well as hemaglutin (another toxin). To avoid exposure, make sure to thoroughly
cook any beans that you choose to share with your bird. Sprouted beans are fine.
potato, tomato leaves, and green potatoes. Their leaves contain
alkaloids that are poisonous for birds. Symptoms of ingestion in a bird include
vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing.
Avocado: The toxin
persin is mostly found in the leaves, rind, and bark from avocado trees.
However, even the fruit should be off-limits for pet birds. Persin poisoning
causes respiratory distress and heart failure.
Keep all avocado products, including guacamole, away from your bird. The
skin and pit of avocados have been known to cause cardiac distress and
eventually heart failure in pet birds.
Nutmeg contains a
narcotic, myristicin, that can cause dizziness, nausea, and vomiting in birds.
contain high concentrations of oxalic acid, an intestinal irritant. Large doses
the poisonous alkaloid, nicotine. Birds that ingest tobacco leaves suffer
vomiting, diarrhea, seizures and other symptoms.
Salt - While
all living beings need regulated amounts of sodium in their systems, too much
salt can lead to a host of health problems in birds, including excessive
thirst, dehydration, kidney dysfunction, and death. Be sure to keep watch over
the amount of salty foods your bird consumes.
Onions - hile the
use of limited amounts of onion or garlic powders as flavorings is generally
regarded as acceptable, excessive consumption of onions causes vomiting,
diarrhea, and a host of other digestive problems. It has been found that
prolonged exposure can lead to a blood condition called hemolytic anemia, which
is followed by respiratory distress and eventual death.