Can Parrots Eat Cranberries?

Parrots really benefit from a  well-balanced and varied diet as it keeps them in really good health. 

Whilst pellets and seeds form the basis of the daily diet they will rally benefit from being given different fruit, vegetables and nuts as well.

One of the fruits to try your parrot with is cranberry.

Interestingly, in the wild, most birds do not feast on the red fruit of the cranberry bush because – like humans- they find the taste of the berry rather tart, but it is well giving your parrot cranberries a few times to see what he thinks! 

So yes, parrots can eat cranberries

Are Cranberries Beneficial For Parrots? 

Like all parrot-friendly fruit, fresh cranberries are nutritionally good for your parrot.

Cranberries are rich in vitamin C and also contain fibre – which is good for your bird’s digestive system.

Cranberries are also a natural antioxidant which is also good for your parent’s health.

Before you rush out to buy a huge carton of cranberries for your parrot, you must remember that like other fruits, cranberries contain sugar so just a few should be given to your parrot as a treat in rotation with other vegetables and fruit. 

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Should You Feed Dried Or Fresh Cranberries? 

Fresh cranberries are ideal for your parrot as this is the fruit in the natural form.

Carefully wash the cranberries in several lots of clean water before you feed them to your parrot to ensure that there are no harmful chemicals on their skin – try and buy organically grown cranberries too, but still wash them well.

You may well think it is a better idea to keep a bag of cranberries in the larder to feed your parrot and the bonus is that the dried fruit is actually sweeter tasting.

The problem is that many packs of dried cranberries contain sulphur dioxide which is not good for parrots to consume and in fact, can make them ill.

Sulphur dioxide is used to extract moisture in the drying process. 

If you do want to pursue the idea of dried cranberries you will have to spend time ensuring that the dried fruit is sulphur dioxide free.

How To Feed Cranberries To Your Parrot?

Giving your parrot a couple of fresh cranberries could not be easier as you van pop them on top of his seed pot – but you do need to keep an eye on them to ensure they are eaten as the fresh cranberries will soon go off.

Parrots love interesting and challenging food so why not pop the cranberries in your parrot’s drinking water?

Your parrot will find it great fun to try and catch the bobbing fruit and you could end up with some amazing photos!

Alternatively, you can thread the cranberries onto a piece of string and hang this from the roof of the cage to beak height when your parrot sits on his perch.

This too will provide lots amusement for you – and a perplexed parrot who will not understand why the cranberries will not stay still while he pecks them! 

Don’t worry about red in your Parrot’s poop

After you have fed your parrot cranberries or some pomegranate, you may well see streaks of red in your pet’s droppings, but there is no cause for alarm – it is just the fruit has passed through your parrot’s body. 

How Much Fruit Should I Give My Parrot?

You should only feed your parrot one to two cranberries at a time, a few times each week.

The main part of your parrot’s diet is seed, pellets, nuts and vegetables so only about 10% of it should be fruit – because of its high sugar content. 

Parrots enjoy eating cranberries because they like to get inside the berry to reach the tiny seeds. 

What Other Fruit Can I Feed My Parrot?

Parrots enjoy being fed a variety of fruit as a treat.

Always carefully wash the fruit in several lots of clean water to ensure that you have removed any chemicals and remember not to give your parrot very much fruit at all as its high sugar content will not do your parrot any good at all.

  •  Apples- make sure you do not give your parrot any of the pith
  •  Apricots – carefully remove the stone first
  •  Bananas
  •  Blueberries
  •  Blackberries
  •  Cherries – carefully remove the stones first
  •  Citrus fruits
  •  Cranberries
  •  Grapes – cut in half lengthways
  •  Mango
  •  Papaya
  •  Passion fruit
  •  Pomegranate
  •  Peaches- Remove the stone first
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