If you are looking at ways to feed your Parakeet, you may be wondering if it is safe and healthy to feed them carrots? You can never be too careful, and it can be surprising to learn when parakeets and other birds are unable to eat popular vegetables that we consume in our diet. I wondered about carrots myself so decided to conduct some research into the topic. I would like to share this with you today.
So, can parakeets eat carrots? Parakeets can eat carrots and can enjoy them within their diet. However, carrots should be given as a treat and in moderation. The majority of their diet should consist of seeds and pellets.
Let is now take a closer look at how and why parakeets can safely consume carrots, how much they should eat, and some other considerations regarding their diets.
Parakeets And Carrots
Parakeets enjoy eating a variety of fruits and vegetables and their diet must be as colorful as their plumage.
You can get there digestive systems accustomed to plant-based foods by introducing it to them when they are young. Carrots are no exception.
Most birds, including parakeets, enjoy eating carrots, but it’s best to only offer carrots in moderation as a treat in addition to their main pelleted diet.
You can encourage your pet parakeet to eat carrots by eating carrots yourself in front of your bird, this should encourage your pet to try it. You can chop the carrots in tiny pieces, shred them, and better yet you can offer it mixed in with other vegetables in a bowl for variety of vitamins and minerals.
If you are concerned that parakeets may not be able to digest carrots, rest assured that they can, just as long as you chop or shred them.
While your parakeet can eat carrots and it won’t do any harm, there is no guarantee that your pet will like eating carrots, and it could develop a long-term aversion of the vegetable, but there are other fresh fruits and vegetables that your bird will enjoy.
Best Foods For Parakeets/ Optimal Diet
It is worth noting, that fresh fruit and vegetables should make up about 10 % of a parakeet’s daily food intake, otherwise they could develop a vitamin deficiency, which can leave them susceptible to all kinds of diseases.
Parakeets also require protein, so it is a good idea to offer foods like cream cheese, pieces of boiled egg, and yogurt every couple of days.
There are many fresh foods that are safe to offer your bird, but offer a few teaspoons of the following suggested fruits and vegetables everyday to your pet:
- Leafy greens
The core diet for a pet parakeet is a choice between seed mixture and pellets, let’s discuss both types of basic diets and what type of nutrition they provide.
This should make up a large proportion of a parakeet’s diet, and a pet owner needs to provide the best quality seed mixture for their bird. A good quality seed mixture will include many varieties of seeds and vitamin pellets, greens and dried fruits.
The Volkman Avian Science Super Parakeet Diet is available for a great price on Amazon. It is a firm favorite with Parakeet owners because it includes a wide range and variety of wholesome, minimally processed seeds including: white proso millet, canary grass seed, red proso millet, oat groats, flax, corn, rape, hemp, njyer, sunflower, a fruit mix of papaya, pineapple, apple & coconut, carrot, oyster shell, and spinach flakes.
However, seeds should not be the only food source given to parakeet’s; they do require more variety than a diet exclusively of this.
Pellets are renowned for being more nutritionally complete than seed mixtures. However, if your parakeet is used to eating the seed mixture, it could be problematic trying to change its core diet to pellets.
If you do want to make the switch, you must do this gradually, by mixing pellets into the seed mixture and over time increase the number of pellets you give. Do continue to offer plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to your parakeet as it benefits them nutritionally.
The Zupreem Natural Pellets are some of the best you can get on the market. They are fortified with essential vitamins and minerals and are ideal for parakeets of all ages. You can get them in bulk at discounted prices on Amazon.
Foods To Avoid Giving A Parakeet
It goes without saying, but you should be sure not to give your parakeet anything that is overtly harmful to humans.
Along with this, do not give the following foods:
- Refined sugar
- Raw beans
- Tomato leaves
- Rhubarb leaves
Because your bird is little and fragile, these foods will affect their body faster than it would a bigger animal. The dose would also be a lot higher relatively so even if you were feeding a small amount it would be considerably more toxic to them.
How to Feed Your Parakeet
First and foremost, be vigilant with seed mixtures, your bird’s feeding bowl may look full when it isn’t, you must learn to distinguish consumed seeds from edible seeds. Birds who eat seeds can leave behind the husks.
Sadly, many owners have left a bowl out for days, not realizing that their bird was starving to death. Food and water must be replenished daily.
Bear in mind, that some new or young parakeets may not know how to eat from their bowls. It requires practice and doesn’t just happen right away.
If they do not eat from their food bowl, realize that the contents of their bowls are food or only attempt to eat seed from the bottom of the cage, try changing the position ofn the food.
You can lower it to the floor of the cage or put a shallow saucer to see if the bird eats from there.
Experiment, try placing the bowl and saucer in different places to encourage the bird to eat from different parts of the cage.
The same method applies to water containers, new birds will not realize that there is water available for them, try showing them that there is water in the container.
You could do this by splashing the water with your finger and put a little drop on their nose. Over time, the parakeet should understand that there’s water in the container. If you have a water bottle for the bird, you must show them how the water bottle works.
It’s better to overfeed in the beginning to avoid starvation, with time, you can reduce the amount of seed/ food you offer when you feel that you have an understanding of your parakeets appetite.
Some birds are extremely fussy and would rather starve to death than eat new foods, you need to be careful to observe the foods that they will and will not eat and feed them accordingly.
Alternatively, if you notice that your bird likes to eat a certain produce, make sure to give that you give them enough of it – just be careful of overdoing the treats!
For the most part, a little bird has a high metabolism and needs to fed regularly throughout the day, so you can usually afford to give them more food than less. Within reason of course – overfeeding them can cause issues and weight gain so you’ll want to avoid either extreme.
It all comes down to monitoring the situation and keeping an eye on your bird and how much they are eating. If your bird is to go one evening without food and it is generally healthy, there’s no cause for concern.
However, if this goes on for a day or more, you must take your bird to the vet. It could indicate a more significant problem.
Sometimes you will notice that they are nibbling on food without swallowing it, this is normal parakeet behavior and usually not something to worry about.
Some birds will refuse everything you give it except for seeds, but as stated above, a seed only diet is nutritionally incomplete. Wild birds may struggle to eat anything but seeds, but consider that these seeds are vastly different and so are the needs of a wild parakeet.
Thankfully, domesticated parakeets should be able to change food sources within their diet with relative ease. You must try to encourage them to eat new foods when they’re young. This is the best time to experiment and avoid them from becoming fussy.
Birds will avoid dirty food and water containers, so they must be thoroughly cleaned every couple of days. When they get very dirty, they must be cleaned straight-away.
Little birds can get sick very easily, so you must avoid feeding them certain foods as mentioned above, like chocolate, avocado, tomato, and rhubarb leaves.
If ever you are concerned about their health and diet, take them to a vet!
I am a practiced pet owner with decades of experience owning a number of different pets. I am also the main writer and chief editor here at Pet Educate; a site I created to share everything I’ve learned about pet ownership over the years and my extensive research along the way.