In the fruits world, we see a wide range of varieties, different colors, different sizes, and different tastes. The same also happened when we talk about vegetables. They all have different types. These types of edible fruits and veggies are essential for what we see of the various food dishes around the world.
And Pear is one type anyone can eat, whether it was cooked or fresh raw. Personally, I prefer to eat pears raw and I don’t like to cook or even use them as an ingredient. For parrots, they can eat a lot of these types of plants. However, a few types of them are not good for parrots and might cause them to suffer from Dangerous symptoms.
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So, Can Parrots Eat Pears?
Yes with no doubt, parrots can eat pears with no problems that other fruits like avocado can cause, and actually, pears are very healthy to them, you can feed them to your parrots as an ingredient in their daily meals or as a treat from time to time.
And in this article, we will dive into everything related to feeding pears to parrots, and what benefits they can get from it, so let’s dive into this.
Why Pears is so Beneficial For Parrots?
Pears contain a wide range of nutrients that your parrot can benefit from. Pears are especially rich in folate, vitamin C, copper, and potassium. They’re also an excellent source of polyphenol antioxidants.
The average size pear (178 grams) contains the following nutrients:
- Calories: 101
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 27 grams
- Fiber: 6 grams
- Vitamin C: 12% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Vitamin K: 6% of DV
- Potassium: 4% of the DV
- Copper: 16% of DV
As pears contain a lot of benefits, and as a sign of that, pears are actually used as an ingredient in some brands of commercial food for parrots, because of their high nutrient content.
So yes, pears can make a great option for parrots to feed on. They will love and will benefit from it. Why not serve it to them.
Cooked or Raw Pears
Parrots can eat pears whether it is cooked or still raw. However, cooked pears shouldn’t be heavily seasoned, boiled, or baked are the best options if you want to feed cooked pears to your bird.
Personally, I don’t like to feed them cooked to my parrot, because some parrots may hate it cooked. So the best is to serve raw. This way you guarantee your parrot will like it.
Apart from that, cooking the pears will reduce the level of nutrients in them, and you don’t want that for your bird. So, I suggest you serve raw and fresh and let your parrot enjoy it.
How to Prepare Pears to Your Parrot?
The average pear fruit weighs around 178 grams, and this is heavier than some breeds of parrot, so it’s not practical to serve the whole fruit to your parrot.
Slicing it and cutting it into small pieces is an excellent idea. This way your bird can hold with his legs and eat just how he does. Also, you can preserve the rest of the fruit in the fridge for longer, not like if you gave the bird the whole fruit, he will waste most of it and will drop it to rot in the base cage.
You don’t need to peel off the pear, at least in most cases. The skin is edible, but you should wash the fruit thoroughly because there might be some dust or pesticides are still in the skin.
Besides that, after you slice the fruit, cover the sliced side of the fruit before you put it in the fridge. This way you will prevent the fruit from getting oxidized, and you can preserve it for longer.
After you serve the pears for your parrot, remove the waste out of the cages after you see your bird is finished with it. This is important to prevent your parrot from eating the rotten pears later that may cause sickness.
In conclusion, pears are one of the greatest choices for parrots to eat as a treat or as one ingredient in their daily meals.
However, some owners may think that feeding pears to their feathery friends can make up for their dietary requirements because of the high nutrient level in pears.
And This totally wrong, pears or any other fruit can make up these requirements for parrots, and they need a wide variety of these fruits to get what’s enough for them.
Seeds and nuts are the natural food for most parrots, and it’s hard to meet up their need with only fruits and veggies unless these were mixed and formulated like what we see with commercial food.
However, Eclectus Parrots can actually depend on fruits and veggies that have extra juicy content, and this is because it is their natural food, and it is exactly what they feed on the wild.