Will spinach cut my Cockateil 's throat open?

by Katy
(Port Alberni Canada)

I have two Cockateils. I feed them spinach but my cousin tells me that it will cut their throats open! The one we think is boy is grey and has a yellow face. The girl is grey with a white face? My question is are the genders right and will spinach actually do this?!

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Apr 30, 2011
Will spinach cut my Cockateil 's throat open?
by: Linda

If you are cutting the spinich up in small enough pieces, it will not hurt your bird's throat. Feed spinich in very small quantities and not everyday because it interferes with calcium absorption if fed too often and in too large a quantity. Cockies like cut up apple and here again, don't feed too much too often as it will upset their digestion.

Your Cockies need to be eating organic pellets like Harrison's to make sure they are getting all the vitamins, minerals and proteins they need to be healthy. Fruit and veggies should be only 10-15% of the TOTAL diet, which means small amounts only a few times a week.

If you need instructions for changing birds from seeds to pellets, here is an article written by an Avian Vet, and follow instructions:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

As for sex of your birds, you will have to have an Avian Vet do a DNA test on them to know what sex they are. Once they are mature at about 2 years old, the male will sing, and the female will just make sounds or even talk but no singing.

Thanks for writing, and you can find the organic pellets on this site when you're ready to change your birds over to a more healthy diet.


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