Apples for parrots

Apples for parrots – Content creator: Petrus A. van Tonder

Combine apples with other healthy food and serve as a fun snack.

Apples contain vitamin C, Vitamin A, and magnesium.

Peeling is recommended because no matter how much you wash the skin of your apple, it still contains pesticides which can be very toxic to birds.

Apple flowers
Apple flowers are great foraging items for parrots.

About apples for parrots from Tony Silva:

Commercial fruits have been produced to become ultra-sweet. This is easily proven: bite into a wild apple and then a commercial apple. I am sure the unpleasant taste of the first will be pervasive. The extremely sweet cultivated fruits should thus be avoided. If you feed fruits, select tropical varieties which are nutritionally superior to temperate fruits like apples, pears, grapes, and cherries, or choose types that are less sweet, such as the heirloom cooking apples, or select fruit that are not yet ripe; the ripening process boosts the sugar content.

Apples for parrots
Heirloom cooking apples – courtesy Wikipedia

When you search for apple in Wikipedia, and then search for sweet, you can see which cultivars are not sweet. I would then recommend those that are not sweet.

PLEASE remove the apple seeds- it’s poisonous! The seeds can cause illness such as loss or increase of appetite, closed eyes, reduced mobility, shortness of breath, increased thirst, isolation, weight loss, and diarrhea.

Sugar is also very bad for humans.

Did you know that sugar is also bad for dogs?

You might also be interested in nectarines for your birds:

Our eBook, 101 Food Items For Birds, contains Feeding tip apple, and much more Bird Feeding Tips for birds. 

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