Cucumbers are one of the most popular foods in the world. There are so many different ways you can eat them – add them to your sandwich, your favorite salad, and they can even form a part of your vegetable juice. No matter how you have it, cucumbers are extremely healthy and taste great too.
But, the question is, can our feathery friends enjoy this popular food as well? Can parrots eat cucumber the way we do?
Well, parrots indeed can eat cucumbers, and they will, in fact, love eating them. But before you start feeding cucumber to your parrots there are a few things that you need to know.
The Benefits of Feeding Cucumber to Parrots
Not only do we humans enjoy benefits from eating cucumbers, but this wonderful food is also great for parrots, and offers them many benefits as has been listed below.
Rich in nutrients
Like most other veggies and fruits, cucumbers are high in nutrients. Some nutrients found present in cucumber include vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and also a little amount of other vitamins. Just like these nutrients can be beneficial for you, they can prove to be great for your parrots as well.
High in antioxidants
All of us know that consuming antioxidant-rich food is so important. They can help fight off infections and viruses and boost our immune system. But what you perhaps do not know is that antioxidant-rich foods are great for parrots as well. So feeding them cucumber, which is an antioxidant-rich food, is certainly a great idea.
Promotes better bowel movements
Consuming cucumbers can even prove to be good for the digestive tract of your feathery friend and promote better bowel movement. So, if your parrot is suffering from irritated bowel movements you can try feeding them a few diced cucumbers and it likely will prove to be of help.
Helps keep hydrated
As cucumbers are mostly water they can keep anyone hydrated. Just like it is essential for us to always be hydrated, it is equally important for our parrots too. It will thus be a good idea to feed them a small amount of cucumber to make sure they stay well hydrated.
Easy to consume
Because they are mostly water, cucumbers are very easy to consume. Now, all of us know parrots can be very fussy eaters. But since cucumbers can easily be consumed, they will not mind eating them. They may not always readily eat this food, but it certainly is worth a try.
Some Drawbacks of Feeding Cucumbers to Parrots
Now that we have learned about the many benefits of feeding cucumbers to parrots, we also need to know a few possible downsides.
Can cause allergies
No matter what you feed to your feathery friend they may have an allergy to it. Though it is not common for parrots to suffer from allergies after consuming cucumbers, chances are still there. This is why you must be very careful and observe your parrot before and after you feed them cucumbers for the first time. If you are not observant you may have to regret it later.
Can result in bloating
It is true that eating cucumbers are good for the digestive tract. But if fed in too high an amount then it can cause bloating. If you do not want any such thing to happen, then be very careful about the amount of cucumber that you feed your feathery friend.
Can harm their appetite
Since parrots are fussy eaters, if they do not like the taste of something, they may not eat anything the entire day. So, if your parrot does not like the cucumber you offered them it can harm their appetite.
How to Feed Cucumbers to Parrots?
You can slice and dice cucumber for your parrots. But before you do that you need to pick the cucumbers carefully. If it has grown in your garden then there is nothing you need to worry about at all.
However, if you are purchasing them, then opt for the organic variety. This is just for the sake of your feathery friend’s health.
Cucumbers that are not organic are many a time coated with wax and they are buffed to look more desirable and healthy. You certainly will not want to feed this wax coating to your bird.
Even when you purchase the organic variety, you have to scrub it really well before your parrot gets to eat them. And, if you cannot find the organic variety, then get the usual ones. But remember to get rid of the skin completely.
Now that you have your desired type of cucumber, wash them well, and then cut them into different shapes and sizes. You may even boil the cucumber and see if your parrot prefers them more. If your feathery friend likes soft-serve, then you may even mash the cucumbers before serving.
Most parrots will love the cucumber and their seeds as well. But if yours does not, do not worry. Remember, they are fussy eaters and it will not be a good idea to force them.
Yes, cucumbers do offer a lot of health benefits, yet you should not force your feathery pet to eat them. There are anyway so many other delicious and healthy alternatives. You can try them and see what your parrot loves the most.