As a bird owner, you know that it’s important to give your parrot a variety of fruits every day as part of his daily diet. The problem is, not all the fruits and veggies are good for your feathered friend so it’s important to know which human foods are safe for him to eat.
When it comes to cherries, your parrot can eat them, but make sure you remove the pits first because they usually contain traces of cyanide and are very toxic to parrots that’s why you should never feed them to your parrot. The fact that parrots are omnivorous, you would think that they can eat any kind of fruit or veggie, but that’s not the case. Wild parrots are better equipped because they use their instincts to help them know which food is safe to eat and which is not, but for pet parrots, they solely rely on you. That’s why you need to know what’s you should and shouldn’t feed your parrot.
Cherries contain high amounts of vitamin C, A, protein, calcium, iron, and calcium which are important nutrients for your parrot’s health. Parrots love and enjoy eating fresh cherries and they make quite a mess, but don’t be alarmed if you notice his droppings have a red or black color after eating cherries, it’s normal. Just like everything else in your parrot’s diet, feed his cherries in moderation because they’re high in sugars and lots of calories that can cause your parrot to gain weight. Eating too many cherries at once can cause him to diarrhea.
Your parrot should never consume the cherry pits and because parrots love to crush seeds and pits, ensure that he doesn’t get access to the cherry pits. There are also other fruits like apples that parrots eat but their seeds are toxic and very poisonous to birds. Parrots are messy eaters and eating cherries can be messy so a less messy way of serving cherries would chop them into small pieces in a feeding bowl to minimize the spatter or watch this on how you can feed your parrot cherries.
What happens if your parrot eats a cherry pit?
Sometimes your parrot can eat a cherry pit, but chances are he’s just chewing on it and will eventually spit it out when he reaches the bitter part. However, sometimes he will swallow it whole which should get you concerned. In such cases, the way your parrot reacts will depend on the amount of pit he has ingested and its size. If your parrot is healthy his body will be able to metabolize the cyanide, but it’s advisable to take your parrot to the vet immediately so that he can check to see if his liver and kidneys are functioning properly.
Vomiting, balance problems, and a change of color in his droppings are all signs that something is wrong with your parrot. Eating cherry pits is potentially fatal because they’re toxic, so it’s best to take your parrot to the vet immediately even if you’re not sure he has eaten one. It’s good to be on the safe side.
Cherries nutritional value
Cherries are very delicious for humans and they also provide lots of nutrients for your avian friend. Cherries are very tasty which parrots love munching on. They contain the following nutrients:
Vitamin C is an important micronutrient that helps to boost your parrot’s immune system, regulate his blood sugar, promote good cardiovascular health, prevent cataracts, and lower his blood pressure among others.
Cherries contain a good amount of iron that helps the body in the production of hemoglobin so that the blood can carry oxygen throughout the body. However, there is a need for balance because too little iron can lead to anemia and too much iron can lead to excess build-up in the body which can affect the liver, heart, and lungs.
This is an important vitamin that plays a big role in the health of your parrot’s feathers and dermis. It’s also responsible for the brightness and healthy appearance of plumage.
Cherries are a very good source of magnesium which helps to facilitate your parrot’s body in absorbing calcium. This will help to ensure that his bones and beak are strong and healthy and support the formation of keratin for his skin and feathers.
Cherries are a very good source of calcium which is a very important mineral that your parrot requires which is necessary to keep his bones and beak strong and healthy. It also helps to support his nervous system and helps in maintaining regular and normal heart rhythm.
Can you give your parrot dried cherries?
It’s safe for your parrot to eat and enjoy dries cherries. You can use them as a treat for your parrot when fresh cherries aren’t in season. However, stay away from dries cherries you buy at the store because they contain sulfur dioxide which is used as a preservative and is harmful to your parrot’s health. Buy the organic dries cherries because they don’t contain any harmful preservatives, added salt or sugar, or harmful chemicals.
You may also give your parrot cherry juice or mix it with his other fruits or seeds during his mealtime. Squeeze the juice from the organic cherries after removing the pit.
Do cherries contain pesticides?
Unfortunately, most cherries have been treated with pesticides which are both harmful to you and your parrot. The good news is, you can get locally grown organic cherries which are both safe and healthy for you and your parrot to enjoy without having to worry about ingesting poisonous substances. If you can’t get any organic cherries, it’s better not to buy any because even if you soak the cherries and rinse them thoroughly, you can’t remove the pesticide in the flesh.
Cherries are very nutritious and delicious fruits are enjoyed by both humans and parrots. They’re safe for your parrot to eat, but make sure you remove the pit before giving him the cherries because the pit contains cyanide that is considered to be fatal to parrots. And like everything else in your parrot’s diet, feed him the cherries in moderation so that he can get all the nutrients his body needs from the other different fruits he will eat.