Are you contemplating obtaining a lovebird as a pet any time soon? First of all, many congratulations! Lovebirds are excellent pets to have around the house and are sure to bring a splash of color.
However, prior to purchasing one, it is essential to gain an understanding of the kinds of food that lovebirds are unable to consume.
We have, much to your relief, compiled a list of all of the unexpected foods that you should steer clear of giving to your little pal.
Let’s have a look at this list so that you may make sure your feathery friend stays well and safe.
Nuts and Seeds
Lovebirds are often given nuts and seeds as treats, but it is important to understand that not all types of these foods are safe for them.
Nuts such as:
should be avoided due to the high levels of fat they contain.
The fats found in these nuts can cause serious health issues if consumed regularly by a lovebird.
Additionally, some seeds – like sunflower – have too much fat or starch content which can upset their digestive systems.
It is best to provide your lovebird with other food sources such as fruits, vegetables or specially formulated bird seed mixes instead.
One food item that people may not realize is dangerous for lovebirds is chocolate. Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which can lead to heart palpitations in birds when consumed in large quantities.
If you notice any unusual behavior from your lovebird after eating chocolate it’s important that you contact an avian veterinarian immediately.
Another food item many people think would be suitable for their pet birds – raw meat – actually has risks associated with it just like humans do.
Raw meat can contain parasites or bacteria which could make both your bird and yourself sick if ingested.
Instead offer cooked meats (like boiled chicken) with no added spices or sauces as a treat once in awhile.
Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons and limes may seem appetizing to our feathered friends but unfortunately they should be avoided at all costs.
These fruits contain high amounts of acidity which will irritate the delicate stomach lining of most birds leading to diarrhea or vomiting if consumed regularly.
Avocado seems harmless enough. However, this fruit contains a toxin called persin which can cause difficulty breathing amongst other symptoms if eaten by birds on a regular basis so its best kept away from them completely.
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