Ahh, summertime. The season of sunshine and picnics.
The former being a personal favorite.
One of my favorite treats at a backyard barbeque is a fresh kidney bean salad. It’s a favorite summertime snack in Hawaii.
At a recent picnic here where this dish was taking center stage, a flock of parrots flew from tree to tree.
They’d occasionally swoop down from the canopy to see if there was any food left for the taking.
Watching them made me wonder, can parrots eat kidney beans?
Yes- parrots can safely eat kidney beans. Kidney beans are a great way to add more protein and fiber to a parrot’s diet. If you’d like to feed your parrot kidney beans, it is best to buy organic and unsalted beans. Then, thoroughly cook the kidney beans before offering them to your bird.
While kidney beans might not be the first thing to come to mind when you think about a parrot’s favorite foods, many pet owners find them to be a great way to add diversity to their bird’s diet.
Below, we will dive into what kidney beans are, how to fix them up for your feathery friend, and the health benefits they offer to parrots.
Then, we will discuss some other beans and legumes parrots enjoy and foods that you should always avoid feeding your parrot.
What are kidney beans?
Perhaps one of the most common types of beans, you can find these tasty beans just about anywhere, though they originate from Central America and Mexico.
There are many varieties of kidney beans.
You may find them in red, black, white, purple, spotted, striped, or mottled.
While kidney beans consist primarily of carbs and fiber, they also contain protein.
They are among the best sources of plant-based protein.
If you’re looking for alternative forms of protein, it could be a great bean to start with for both you and your feathered friends.
What kind of kidney beans should I feed my parrot?
The first step to becoming your bird’s person kidney bean chef is selecting a high-quality bean.
Both dry and canned kidney beans are a healthy option for your parrot.
What is important is that you choose beans that are unsalted and, ideally, organic.
Nonorganic beans could contain chemicals that may be harmful to your pet.
How do I make kidney beans for parrots?
If you decide to go with dry kidney beans, the first step is soaking the beans.
There are many ways to soak the beans, but one of the quickest ways is to throw the beans into a pot and cover them with water.
Bring them to a boil, then cover the pot and turn off the heat.
Let the beans soak in the hot water for about thirty minutes before draining the beans.
When your parrot is ready for dinner time, bring the beans to a boil in fresh water for ten minutes, then lower the temperature to a simmer for another thirty minutes.
The beans should smash easily between your fingers when they are finished.
If you opt for canned kidney beans, simply rinse the beans and follow the directions labeled on the can.
As with the dry kidney beans, if the bean squishes easily between your fingers, it is ready to feed to your parrot.
And- voila, a yummy bean treat for your bird!
Are kidney beans healthy for parrots?
The healthiest parrots eat a diverse, fresh diet full of high-quality pellets, fruits, vegetables, and beans or legumes.
Kidney beans can be a valuable part of a parrot’s healthy diet when adequately cooked and high quality.
Raw kidney beans, really any kind of raw bean, are toxic to your pet.
Well-cooked beans offer a healthy amount of fiber and protein for your parrot.
If your bird is on the smaller side, it may be best to chop the beans into small pieces.
Do parrots like other kinds of beans?
Absolutely! There is a wide variety of beans and legumes that are edible for parrots.
Garbanzo, black, lima, pinto beans, and lentils are all popular choices in parrot owner’s kitchens.
As with kidney beans, the most important thing is that when you are choosing beans that are organic and unsalted.
Of course, thoroughly cook any bean you select since raw beans and legumes contain dangerous chemicals for parrots.
Try out a variety of beans to see which ones your parrot prefers.
What foods are poisonous to parrots?
Providing your little friend with a diverse range of foods is crucial for their overall health and wellbeing.
However, when you choose to incorporate new foods into your parrot’s diet, you need to stay away from certain foods.
Parrots cannot have any food that has alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, or avocado.
While the first three may be more expected, avocado can surprise some pet owners.
Other things to avoid include onions, garlic, the seeds and pits of fruits, and any processed foods with moderate to high levels of fat, salt, sugar, preservatives, or dyes.
If you are not feeding your parrot any of these things, you are off to a good start.
If you are still unsure or have any more questions about which foods to give to your parrot, have a chat with your local avian veterinarian.
Should I feed my parrot kidney beans?
Kidney beans are a great way to add new, healthy foods to your parrot’s diet to keep them stimulated.
Further, in the bean world, they are one of the cheapest beans to buy.
As long you cook the beans well and invest in organic, low-sodium beans, they can be a fun way to give your bird some extra protein and fiber.
Just be sure to feed other foods to your parrot as well.
A pure kidney bean diet could be too fibrous and give your parrot a tummyache.
Comparable to us, our birds are happiest when given an array of fresh, healthy foods so why not add kidney beans to that list?
How often should I feed kidney beans to my parrot?
There are mixed opinions about how often you should give kidney beans to parrots.
Some people suggest that as it is a good source of protein, giving kidney beans every day is ok, however other people say once or twice a week is better.
Use your common sense.
Give the kidney beans in moderation.
Start with a few beans once or twice a week and maybe increase the amount over time.
If you are still not sure, the best thing to do would be to consult with your local avian veterinarian.