italian chestnuts safe?

by john
(WILMINGTON DE)

are Italian chestnuts ok to feed to my african grey parrot?

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Jan 27, 2012
Feeding chestnuts to parrots
by: Tracie

Okay, I just found an avian vet that said they are safe, lower in fat than many nuts. You should still only give a small amount of the nutmeat, because the bird needs to get their nutrition from their pellets and not get too much fat in their diet. Harrison's is still the preferred pellet diet.

Jan 27, 2012
Chestnuts for birds safe?
by: Tracie

I don't know if they are safe, the wood of chestnut trees are not safe, so I would not feed them chestnuts. I don't see chestnuts in bird mixes either.

Nuts are very high in fat, and really are not good for birds to be eating anyway. Sometimes we humans impose on our birds our desire for food thinking they need to enjoy unhealthy things like we do.

Treat your bird like a child. Realize that it will eat unhealthy things that taste good, just like kids. YOU are in control of their diet, they don't even have to know about unhealthy food. You never have to offer it to them, and they won't know what they are missing.

It isn't like they are going to go to school and every one else is eating such and such. You are completely in control of every thing they know about food. Don't get confused with thinking that birds are like humans.

Thanks for writing. We have health articles and a list of toxic and non toxic items on our Parrot Training page that you might want to read.

Jan 27, 2012
italian chestnuts safe?
by: Linda

No, they are not good to feed your parrot. Nor are any other kinds of nuts including peanuts. All nuts are way too high in fat and very low in protein and other nutrients. Your bird needs to be eating 80-85% organic pellets like Harrison'sfound here. The reason for organic is they have no preservatives, dyes, sugars and other chemicals harmful to birds. They are the best thing you will ever do for your bird because all seed diets or junk food diets are slow starvation diets that do damage to your bird's body and mind.

Here is link to article written by Avian Vet on how to go about changing from seeds to pellets, and it takes time, so follow instruction and have your bird examined by an Avian Vet first because dietary changes are stressful and a sick bird can die from stress:
Switching Birds To Pellets article

Linda

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