As pet birds grow in popularity so do the questions about what they can eat. Knowing what your bird can and cannot eat is essential to having a healthy, happy pet. So the question is, can birds eat grapes?
Dr. Jess will answer this question and more below:
What Do Birds Eat?
Some birds aren’t too picky about what they eat. They’ll eat whatever you try to give them.
Some birds are pickier than others. Pickier birds can be hard to properly feed.
A common pet bird diet consists of dry feed and possibly grit in some specific cases (not all pet birds need grit).
There is also foraging if the birds are allowed to roam (such as the case for a lot of pet chickens), and treats!
For treats, snacks, and supplemental foods, most birds favor foods like worms, seeds, vegetables, and fruits and berries.
The diet of every bird species is different and is important to know when offering feed to your bird.
Improper diets could put your bird at risk of having problems properly digesting their food and absorbing nutrients correctly.
Well, What Exactly Are Grapes?
Grapes are a type of berry, which is a fruit, that grow typically in clusters on vines.
They come in all different sizes, colors, shapes, and tastes.
Types of Grapes
There are cultivated and wild grapes. Cultivated grapes are grown commercially, the source of many store-bought grapes.
Grapes can contain seeds or be seedless, be green all the way to dark red in color, and have thin to extremely thick skins.
Some grapes are used to make wines, while others, like table grapes, are to be eaten while fresh and tight, while others are dried and turned into raisins.
Grapes are a good source of potassium and fiber, and a source of multiple different vitamins.
According to Medical News Today, grapes can do some pretty wonderful things:
“The nutrients in grapes offer a number of possible health benefits. They have been associated with prevention of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, and constipation.”https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271156
Grapes have high water and high fructose (sugar) content.
Can Grapes Be Dangerous To Eat?
Some grapes can have pesticides on them that can severely harm of even kill your bird. It is imperative that you thoroughly wash all produce before offering it to your pet.
Grapes with seeds can be seen as a choking hazard, so always feed your bird a seedless variety.
Besides the choking hazard, grapes can be dangerous to pets if they contain parasites or certain harmful microorganisms, making the pet sick after ingestion (eating).
So yes, consuming grapes has its risks.
Do Birds Like Grapes?
Of course they do!
The reason why birds love grapes is because of the incredibly sweet taste from their high content of fructose (sugar).
Grapes are like candy to birds!
So…Can Birds Eat Grapes?
They sure can. At least the store-bought seedless ones that have been properly washed from chemicals, dirt, and insects.
Make sure that you limit the amount of grapes that you feed them because of the high fructose content in this fruit.
Grapes should only be given to your pet bird as a treat and not as a regular diet.
In fact… mix the grapes with their feed.
This will substantially increase the chances that they won’t pick through their food and eat just the grapes because they will typically gobble them right up.
How Many Grapes Can My Bird Have?
You can treat your pet bird by giving them one or two grapes once or twice a week, but no two days in a row.
Feed one grape, possibly cut up into smaller bites, for smaller birds, and up to two grapes for larger birds.
We don’t want to feed them this fruit too often as it does have a high sugar content.
What Types or Kinds of Grapes Can They Consume?
Any store-bought seedless grapes that are safe for human consumption can be given to birds in small amounts.
What if Birds Eat Wild Grapes?
Birds will try eating whatever looks good to them and whatever can fit into their mouths.
If your bird does eat a wild grape, remove the bird from the environment that the wild grapes were found in and take a picture of the grape so that someone can research exactly what type of wild fruit was consumed.
Lastly, contact your vet if you are still concerned.
Your vet wants your birds healthy too, trust me.