What is Popcorn?
Popcorn is a type of corn that has been specifically bred to have hard kernels that burst open when heated. The result is the fluffy, white snack popcorn we’re used to seeing. It’s typically served buttered and salted or sweetened with sugar, syrup, or chocolate.
Is Popcorn Safe for Cockatiels?
In general, popcorn should not be given to cockatiels as part of their regular diet. While unbuttered, unsalted popcorn can be given in moderation as an occasional treat, it does not provide your bird with any nutritional value and can cause digestive issues if eaten too often or in large quantities. Furthermore, many types of flavored popcorns contain additives like artificial colors and flavors which are also potentially harmful to birds.
Why Not Give My Cockatiel Popcorn?
Cockatiels have sensitive digestive systems and although some birds may tolerate small amounts of plain popcorn safely on occasion it isn’t recommended for them due do its lack of nutrients and potential dangers associated with it such as:
- The hulls (the hard shells) found on most varieties of store-bought popcorn can present a choking hazard.
- Popcorn contains phytic acid which binds minerals in the body preventing them from being absorbed.
- High sodium content could lead to dehydration.
>It’s best to avoid giving your bird any sort of processed human food including popcorn altogether so you don’t run the risk of accidentally making them sick or creating unhealthy eating habits