Meryl Cheep may want a peck of whatever you’re snacking on, but some of our everyday faves are toxic for birds. Top of their menu is fresh, clean water and a blend of grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits and various types of legumes, eggs and meat. But here’s what you need to keep out of the cage:
Chips A single salty chip can lead to dehydration and kidney damage.
Onion or garlic These can cause anaemia. Onions also contain sulphur, which can cause ulcers.
Chocolate Take care of your tweety sweetie and keep choccies to yourself.
Caffeine It can lead to arrhythmia and hyperactivity in birds.
High-fat foods Not good for you or your bird! A bite of cooked meat or a nut or two every week is safe. For a medium-sized parrot, one unsalted almond or walnut a day is OK.
Sugar-free treats The artificial sweetener xylitol can cause hypoglycaemia and liver damage.