I decided to try and make my own raisins recently, and it went really well.
I’ve always loved raisins, but even by my own standards, I ended up making way too many.
I shared them with family and friends but even then, I couldn’t shift all the ones I had!
I decided to put them in the cupboard for a while and have a think, when one day I was eating one and my cockatiel came over and was interested.
I wasn’t sure if raisins were safe for cockatiels, so I decided to look into it.
So, can cockatiels eat raisins?
Yes, raisins are totally safe for cockatiels and they will love them. Fruit is a really important part of your cockatiel’s diet, and raisins are a great way to get fruit to them in a package they love. Moderation is always key, as they can be high in sugar.
So, as long as you keep moderation in mind, raisins make a great snack for your cockatiel.
It should only ever be a treat or snack, and never a main part of their diet.
Keep that in mind and you’ll have no problem.
Read on to find out more.
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Are raisins good for cockatiels?
Yes, in lots of ways!
Cockatiels, broadly speaking, need a balanced diet including fresh fruits.
They can eat virtually any fresh fruit with one or two exceptions, but raisins are not one of them.
They are a great, easy, non-perishable way to have a constant supply of fruit for your cockatiel.
Raisins, specifically, are very rich in fiber.
Fiber is essential to healthy digestion, so eating raisins will help your cockatiel to digest the rest of its food as well.
Fiber is an essential cornerstone of any parrot’s diet.
Beyond that, they are also rich in vitamin C.
Vitamin C is essential to a healthy immune system, so raisins boost your cockatiel’s immunity in this way.
Vitamin C is another essential part of any healthy diet.
They also contain high amounts of minerals, such as iron and potassium.
Iron is really important for healthy blood and circulation, while potassium aids the skeleton and again the immune system.
However, raisins are quite high in sugar, so they should be fed in strict moderation.
Don’t let your cockatiel eat too many, and some often say you shouldn’t give them raisins on their own.
Mix them in with other feed.
In any case, keep moderation in mind, and raisins are great for your cockatiel.
Are raisins toxic to cockatiels?
The simple answer is no, they aren’t.
They pose no specific, physiological danger.
They won’t poison your cockatiel, however many they eat.
That said, what I said about moderation is still really important.
They can become toxic if your cockatiel eats too many, in the sense that they can cause diarrhea and stomach problems if overeaten.
Raisins are nutrient rich, and it is for this very reason that cockatiels shouldn’t eat too many.
It is likely to cause digestive trouble, so keep it to a minimum.
Can cockatiels eat currants?
Yes, currants are really just another kind of raisin, and area also totally safe for your cockatiel.
The main difference, typically, is the size; currants tend to be a lot bigger than raisins.
For this reason, you’ll need to be careful if giving currants to your cockatiel.
They could pose a choking hazard, so you may want to break them up somewhat before giving them to your cockatiel.
Again, moderation is even more important with currants, since they are bigger.
Mix a few of them in with the rest of their feed.
What is the best way to prepare raisins for a cockatiel, then?
Store bought is not always best.
How to prepare raisins for cockatiels
The first thing to mention is that store bought raisins are often very highly treated and full of many highly processed ingredients.
For this reason, you are better buying them formulated for birds, rather than as a snack for humans.
You will be able to get bags of raisins or mixed feed containing raisins.
If you can only find raisins meant for humans, you should thoroughly wash them before giving them to your cockatiel.
This will get rid of any pesticides or chemicals that made their way on to them during the process.
Other than that, you may even want to look into making your own raisins for your cockatiels.
This way, you’ll know what’s in them and you won’t have any fears in that regard.
If you don’t have time for that, do your best to find raisins for birds or parrots, rather than for humans.
Your cockatiel will appreciate it!
However you look at it, then, raisins are a great treat for cockatiels.
They are healthy and tasty in the right amounts, and will make a great addition to your cockatiel’s diet.
As long as you keep in mind moderation, they will help make your cockatiel happier and healthier.
Maybe even think about making your own, as a fun project and a good way to make sure there are no harmful substances contained within.