I love Peanut butter. I’m more of a crunchy guy than a smooth guy. I love it on toast, on crumpets and many other foods. While I was eating a peanut butter sandwich the other day, I got to thinking, Can parrots eat peanut butter?
The answer is yes. Parrots can eat peanut butter, but it is not recommended. This is because peanuts contain a carcinogenic substance known as aflatoxin which is harmful to parrots. However, the concentration of the aflatoxin is much higher in the nut itself than in the commercial peanut butter, making it a rare case where processed food is better for your parrot than the natural ingredient. Also, the ingredients of peanut butter include salt, oil, and sugar, which are some of the products that can be harmful to your parrot. The bottom line is, a parrot can eat peanut butter but in moderation.
There are many ways to make peanut butter, one of which is a homemade process. When you check the ingredients of peanut butter, you will find items such as salt, hydrogenated vegetable oil, sugar, molasses, and other types of additives. With that list, it is normal for a parrot owner to worry about how healthy really the peanut butter is for their bird.
There are also many myths circulated in bird forums about the effect of peanut butter on birds. Today in this article, we are going to take a closer look at answers to some of the most common questions you may have about parrots and peanut butter.
It is recommended to feed peanut butter to parrot just as a treat; too much of it is not good. The best thing to do is look for peanut butter that has fewer additives, preferably fresh or organic peanut butter. Most nature centers or bird supply stores usually offer peanut butter processed with fewer additives.
What can my parrot eat peanut butter with?
The best way to feed your parrot peanut butter is by making it into a birdseed ball. The list of ingredients you will require for this treatment include peanut butter, lard, cornmeal, nut and berry birdseed (or any birdseed you have), and rolled oats. After making the balls, hang them using twine or a rope from your parrot cage and let it enjoy it.
Alternatively, you can offer your parrot peanut butter with bread or homemade suet.
What is the easiest peanut butter feeder to make for my parrot?
There are many ways you can use peanut butter to make food for your parrot, but the simplest of all is making it on a corn cob. Just follow the simple steps below:
- Get yourself a corn cob
- Eat all the corn from the cob (this is the best part!)
- Get your peanut butter jar and use a knife to slather the peanut butter on the surface of the empty corn cob. Be careful, this can be a messy task
- Add your birdseed to the slathered corn cob by manually sticking them to the peanut butter
- Hang it up in the cage or yard, or even on a pole.
Note: Don’t add fruits on the corn cob as they usually rot so quickly
Can I make my own peanut butter from home?
Yes, you can easily make your own peanut butter for your parrot from home.
Most peanut butter brands have more sugar, oil, and salt.
If you have a food processor or a blender, you can make your own peanut butter.
Use a cup of raw or roasted unsalted peanuts, preferably organic. Put them in a blender or food processor with around ½ teaspoon of vegetable or peanut oil, and then switch it on. Add a little bit of oil if needed.
What is the nutritional value of peanut butter?
Feeding peanut butter to your parrot comes with numerous benefits. Despite its high-fat content, peanut butter has zero cholesterol.
About 35 percent of the weight of peanut butter is protein, making it one of the highly protein-rich foods for your parrot.
Peanut butter also is loaded with other micronutrients that can help your parrot meet its reference daily intake of minerals and vitamins. It has essential B-complex vitamins alongside oxidants and other essential minerals.
One of the essential benefits of peanut butter in parrots is reducing the risk of heart disease.
Can parrots choke on peanut butter?
No. Despite being adhesive, peanut butter cannot stick in the throat of your parrot, and they cannot eventually choke on it.
While this can occur in humans, parrots, or birds in general, have different mouths, tongue and throat structure, and they are capable of eating peanut butter without any issues.
However, if you have doubts, you can eradicate the risk of sticky peanut butter by mixing it with dry oatmeal, flour, or cornmeal. This will make it drier and flakier, which will be safer and easier for your parrot to break apart and eat.
Will peanut butter coat the feathers of my parrot and prevent it from flying?
Though this is definitely possible, it is highly unlikely that peanut butter will coat the feathers of your parrot and make it harder to fly.
Moreover, there has not been a regular problem even among birds that are obsessives for peanut butter.
To get its feathers covered with peanut butter, the parrot would have to roll in or rub on the butter, which naturally, the parrots don’t do.
Even the feathers were coated; simple preening would remove the peanut butter easily without harming the parrot.
To eliminate any risk, keep the peanut butter in a cool environment or choose the brands that have less oil content.
You can also mix peanut butter with drying ingredients including cornmeal and flour, which can decrease any possible problem with parrot’s plumage.
What is the danger of peanut butter?
The major danger of peanut butter to your parrot is the substance called aflatoxin, which is a possible contaminant of peanuts as well as other cereals and grains.
If the peanut was stored in unsafe places, such as a warm, moist, dark environment it is highly likely to be contaminated by aflatoxin. This substance is a strong liver toxin, and parrots are exquisitely vulnerable to its toxic effects.
Today, there are numerous accounts of pet birds dying from eating moldy peanuts.
Moreover, contaminated peanut used for making peanut butter can cause liver cancer if your parrot consumes it over a long period of time.
How can I feed peanut butter to my parrot?
As we may have touched on several parts of this article, there are many ways to offer peanut butter to your hungry parrot.
First, you can hang small jars as basic feeders for your bird to enjoy the treat or you can smear peanut butter on a wood. However, you should be cautious as oil in peanut butter can stain objects.
To prevent this, you can add peanut butter dollops to platform feeders or small dishes for easy feeding and appropriate cleanup.
Peanut butter is usually used for basic DIY feeders such as a corn on the cob feeder or a pine cone feeder.
Since peanut butter can go sour and may get soft and runny when in a hot environment, it is advisable to offer peanut butter in shady areas away from direct sunlight.
Also, offering peanut butter to your parrot in smaller bits can help prevent it from going rancid before your bird can eat it all.
Lastly, you may also want to squirrel-proof your feeders to prevent other critters from enjoying your parrot treat.