Can cockatiels eat oranges?

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Can Cockatiels Eat Oranges?

Cockatiels are lively, fun-loving parrots that make great pets. Although they can be a bit high-maintenance, they bring lots of joy and happiness to their owners. One question many cockatiel owners have is whether or not these birds can eat oranges. The short answer is yes — but only in moderation!

Are Oranges Safe for Cockatiels?

Yes, oranges are generally considered safe for cockatiels to eat. They contain vitamins A and C which help support your bird’s immune system and overall health. They also provide some fiber, as well as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium — all important nutrients for keeping your pet healthy. In addition to providing nutrition benefits, oranges also make a tasty treat that most birds enjoy eating!

How Much Orange Can a Cockatiel Have?

Although oranges are relatively healthy snacks for your pet bird, it’s important not to overdo it when feeding them this fruit. Most experts recommend giving no more than one tablespoon of orange per day (or every other day). If you choose to feed your cockatiel dried orange slices or juice instead of fresh fruit pieces then the portion should be even smaller — no more than half a teaspoon at a time! It’s also important to note that while citrus fruits like oranges do provide beneficial nutrients for birds, too much vitamin C can lead to kidney stones so care should always be taken when offering this type of food item.

What Else Should I Feed My Cockatiel Besides Oranges?

In addition to occasional orange snacks (no more than once per day), you should also provide your cockatiel with an appropriate daily diet consisting of pellets specifically designed for parrots as well as plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits such as apples, bananas pears etc., plus occasional treats like cooked rice or pastas or small amounts of nuts/seeds/grains etc.. You may want to consider adding variety by including foods like cooked eggs (hard boiled) or yogurt occasionally too; just make sure any additional items you give them are age appropriate since young birds need different types/amounts of nutrients compared with mature ones! Finally don’t forget the importance water plays in keeping our feathered friends hydrated – try changing out their drinking bowls several times each week using clean filtered water whenever possible!