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What Fruits & Vegetables Should Lovebirds Not Eat?
A large selection of fresh fruits and vegetables is highly healthful for lovebirds. There are a few items you should avoid, but for the most part, you may experiment to find what your lovebird will accept and consume!
Here’s a small list of “no’s” – meals that are either harmful or hazardous to lovebirds:
- Fruit pits – cherry and peach pits are good examples
- Hard fruit seeds – apple and orange seeds are good examples
- Chocolate and things made with chocolate
- Caffeine – coffee and caffeinated sodas for example
What Fruits And Vegetables Do Lovebirds Eat?
With that stated, below is an example of the fruits and veggies that I feed to my own birds on a rotational basis. This is not a full list, but it should give you an idea of the kind of meals that are feasible.
- Strawberries (these can be messy!)
- Dried cranberries
- Dried bananas
- Corn on the cob (another messy treat)
- Collard greens
- Mustard greens
- Dandelion greens
- Bell peppers (green, red, orange, and yellow)
- Sweet Potatoes
- Green beans
Other types of foods that some lovebirds enjoy:
- Pasta (cooked)
- Trail mix
- Hard-boiled egg (smashed with the shell)
- Nuts (almonds are among the favorites of my own birds)
- Soy nuts
When it comes to fruits and vegetables, they provide greater nutrients when consumed fresh. Many important vitamins and minerals are lost during cooking. First, try to entice your lovebird(s) with these fresh, uncooked, and cleaned meals. If it doesn’t work, steaming the veggies is the next best option for retaining nutrients. If it doesn’t work, boiling veggies and fruits is still preferable to none!
Some birds, especially those that have been eating the same diet for a long time, are resistant to new meals. To make the meal more appealing to your lovebird, try serving it in various ways. Because certain birds like playing with their food, they prefer bigger bits that they can carry, fling, and rip. Others enjoy items that have been coarsely chopped in a food processor. Many bird supply stores now provide skewers on which to dangle bits of fruits or vegetables from the top of the cage. This turns the new meal into a toy, which may occasionally entice a hesitant bird to eat it. Pet lovebirds often want a taste of whatever their owner is eating. Pretend (or really) to consume some of these delicacies and exaggerate your delight in them, and your lovebird may want to grab it from you to eat! If you have a large flock of lovebirds, feeding the meal to one bird and making a big fuss about it may excite the curiosity of the other lovebirds, making them more inclined to try it themselves.
Getting your lovebird(s) to eat new foods and gladly accept these nutritious choices is not always simple, nor is it the easiest thing to maintain once they start eating fruits and vegetables, but it is without a doubt the healthiest thing you can do for your bird in the long term. And it results in some very happy lovebirds in the end!
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