I was out at a restaurant the other night with some friends, and as I’ve been trying to eat more veggie options recently,
I decided to try a spinach and kale burger.
I’d never had anything like it, and it was delicious!
When I got home, I started thinking about using it in my own recipes, and before I knew it I had tons of kale at home.
Whenever I’m trying new food, I always wonder if I’m able to safely share it with my cockatiel—so I decided to look into it.
So, can cockatiels eat kale?
Yes, kale is perfectly safe for cockatiels and makes a great addition to their diet. Fresh vegetables are a really important part of your cockatiel’s diet, and leafy greens in particular are one of their favorites. Moderation is always important, though, so try and switch kale out for other treats during the week.
Leafy greens are often a cockatiel’s favorite, and kale is no exception.
It’s not only tasty and crunchy, it’s also packed with countless nutritional benefits which your cockatiel will really appreciate.
Read on to find out more.
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Is kale good for cockatiels?
Yes, in lots of ways!
Again, most importantly, the thing about leafy greens like kale is that cockatiels almost universally love them.
So, they will love kale as a treat.
But that’s not all—it doesn’t just taste great, it comes with lots of nutritional benefits, too.
Fiber, firstly, is one of the big selling points of kale.
Kale leaves contain lots of fiber, which is really important to your cockatiel’s digestion.
Having enough fiber in the diet is really important for being able to break down any food.
Kale is also rich in many vitamins, like A, C, K and B6.
These serve a variety of functions, but overall help promote a healthy immune system.
This includes good circulation, protection of the body’s major and vital organs, and even aiding in breaking down other bodily compounds.
Kale is also not short on minerals.
Every leaf contains a great concentration of manganese, calcium, potassium and many others.
Minerals support a health skeleton and further support the immune system in its work.
So, kale is by no means short on health benefits, not to mention its great taste.
It’s high in nutrients and low in calories, making it a perfect addition to your bird’s diet.
Let’s look at a couple of caveats.
Is kale bad for cockatiels?
No, kale is not bad for cockatiels.
They love it, and it’s extremely healthy for them.
That said, even as low in calories as it is, moderation is still really important.
Given how nutrient rich it is, cockatiels only need a small amount before they’ve gotten all they need out of it.
So, if they continue to eat it, they could make themselves overly full.
Kale, unlike other, denser vegetables like carrots, are quite hard to do this with.
Your cockatiel will almost definitely stop eating before it causes itself any problems.
Nonetheless, you should still keep a careful eye on it.
Furthermore, you shouldn’t feed it kale every day; swap kale out for other vegetables.
This will keep the cockatiel’s diet interesting, and provide the best possible balance.
Let’s look at how to prepare it next.
Can cockatiels eat raw kale?
Raw kale is the best option to feed to your cockatiels.
Providing them with raw, plant based foods like fruits and vegetables is the best way of mimicking their natural diet, which is what you should be aiming to do at all times.
Raw kale is crunchier, tastier for them, and has not lost any of its nutritional benefits to cooking.
Kale is already low in calories, and cooking it can reduce that even further.
Raw kale is definitely the best option.
But we all know we’re likely to have cooked leftovers and nothing to do use them for, so can they eat cooked kale?
Can cockatiels eat cooked kale?
Yes, cooked kale is perfectly safe for cockatiels, most of the time.
You should be aware of what it was cooked in—too much oil, or certain spices, could be harmful to your cockatiel.
But cooked kale is not inherently harmful to a cockatiel.
That said, my advice would certainly be to not cook the kale just as a way to prepare it for your cockatiel.
There are no specific advantages to doing so, unless your cockatiel happens to prefer it this way.
Wherever possible, provide raw kale.
So, raw kale as a treat once or twice a week will go down great and be very nutritionally beneficial to your cockatiel.
Leafy greens are always a fantastic addition to a cockatiel’s diet.
That said, balance and moderation are still really important.
Overfeeding on one thing is not difficult to do with a small animal like a cockatiel, so always keep moderation in mind, and always do your best to swap out their treats all the time.
This provides the best balance, and keeps your cockatiel interested!