Pol­ly­wanna cracker?

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - Animal Advice -

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.

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