Citrus Oil In Bird Grit

by Sarah Tinch
(Grimsley Tn)

I recently bought some grit for my cockatiel and one of the ingredients listed is citrus oil. The company says it is used to reduce dust. Could the citrus oil be harmful in any way to my cockatiel? If so, I will immediately stop using it. Thank you for your assistance.

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Aug 15, 2013
Citrus oil on bird grit
by: The Avian Vet

It is not the citrus oil you should be concerned with. It is the grit that is going to cause harm to your bird. You do not need to feed grit and you should not use it all. May birds require grit in their diet to aid in digestion. That would include pigeons, doves, ducks, geese, chickens, and some song birds, among others. However, psittacine birds (those in the parrot family, including cockatiels, budgies, lovebirds, and the rest) do not need grit on their diet.

Dr B

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