Fed bird raisins

by Brenda Barnekow
(Winter Haven Fl)

I fed my new Sun and Nanday Conures a few raisins that people eat, not the ones you buy at the pet store for birds. I had read about the salt and sugar not being good for them, but also read that they love fruits, nuts,and raisins.

The ones I fed them said raisins and I thought they were ok but didn't see that they also had 10 mg sodium, 310 mg potassium, 2g dietary fibers, and 29g of sugar in them. I didn't think about what was in the raisins until after they each had a few of them, and now I am scared to death I may of killed them.

They are about 3 months old and still on one hand feeding per day. Please answer me quickly and tell me they will be ok and if it is ok to feed them regular raisins?
Thanks you

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May 30, 2018
Bird food with rasins
by: Becca

I was under the impression that birds cats dogs are not allowed to have raisins. I just came home from Walmart with bird food parakeet food and it's got raisins in it. I have a green cheek conure is she supposed to have raisins?

Editor's note: They are safe in very small quantities, pellets should be the majority of their diet.

Jul 10, 2017
by: Anonymous

hi I have a green cheek conure can I feed it currants fresh not dry

Dec 13, 2015
Interpreting nutritional information
by: Anonymous

Remember that nutritional information is given for a specified serving size. My raisin box states 10 mg sodium for 1/4 cup of raisins.If you look up the amount of sodium in 1 seedless grape, it isn't measurable (0). So 1 raisin doesn't contain much sodium (Companies are required to list in the ingredients if they add substances like salt and sugar}. As far as sulfur dioxide is concerned, golden raisins are more likely to contain the preservative sulfur dioxide than dark raisins: see California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) http://oehha.ca.gov/prop65/law/pdf_zip/SO2driedfruitIG.pdf

Sep 11, 2009
by: Linda

DO NOT FEED ANY KIND OF DRIED FRUIT YOU FIND IN YOUR LOCAL GROCERY STORE. Salt and sugar are poison for birds, and unless the dried fruit is organic, they have most likely used sulphur as a preservative which is poison for humans and birds.

Buy your raisons or other dried fruit from an organic retailer or health food store. The boxes, in the store, do not have to state that they used sulphur as a preservative. Some of them do, and most do not, so be careful to feed only organic fresh and dried fruits.


Sep 11, 2009
Raisins are okay for birds
by: Tracie

What you read on the back of the raisin package is the chemical breakdown, so to speak, of the raisins. It does not mean they added anything to them, it is just letting you know how much fiber etc. the raisins have in them naturally.

It is fine to feed birds a few raisins once in a while, but when you see that healthy pellets should be 80% of their diet, you can see just one raisin in a small bird would be a LOT.

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