Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits.
Not only is it juicy and delicious, but it’s also a low calorie snack that is jam packed with health benefits.
I eat it all the time.
But if I wanted to, could I share my watermelon with a parrot?
The answer to this question is yes, you can share your watermelon with your parrot! Though it should never be the main staple of your parrot’s diet, watermelon does hold many nutritional benefits for birds.
What benefits am I talking about, and how much watermelon is okay to feed your parrot?
Today I will answer these questions along with other like:
Can your parrot eat watermelon seeds?
Can your parrot eat the watermelon rind?
Can your parrot have watermelon juice?
Are there any dangers of feeding your parrot watermelon?
And so many more.
So let’s not waste another minute!
Nutritional Benefits of Watermelon for Parrots:
Just like humans, parrots can reap the benefits of the many nutrients within watermelon.
Here are a few of the nutrients that watermelon provides, as well as how they are beneficial to your bird:
Fiber is extremely healthy for your parrot and can help to aide in digestive tract functioning.
Amino Acid L-cirtulline
Helps with muscle development, as well as in preventing muscle aches and soreness.
Helps to boost your parrots immunity and improve skin health.
Aids in muscle coordination and movement, as well as the maintenance of cellular structure memory.
Also helps to reduce inflammation.
Helps to develop and maintain healthy feathers
Helps to improve heart health and control blood pressure
Aides in the development of healthy feathers, as well as the development of bones and brain neurons.
Also plays a role in heart health and muscle coordination.
Iron is essential in the production of hemoglobin, which helps to carry oxygen through the blood.
How much watermelon is safe to feed your parrot?
A parrot’s diet should consist of a healthy balance of fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, and formulated diets.
Overall, fresh fruits and vegetables should make up fifteen to thirty percent of that diet.
Within the 15-30%, options should be varied.
This means that your parrot can have watermelon as a snack, but that it should also be mixed with other fresh fruits like blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, and so on and so forth.
The more varied you can make your parrots diet, the more nutritional benefits they will receive.
As a result, the exact amount of watermelon that you feed your parrot is up to you, but it should only be provided as a healthy snack option.
Watermelon should never make up your parrots full diet, and should always be supplemented with additional fruit and vegetable products.
Can Parrots eat the Watermelon Seed?
Yes, parrots can eat watermelon seeds.
Like the juicy part of the watermelon, the seeds also contain many beneficial nutrients.
Nutrients found within the watermelon seed include copper, zinc, magnesium, folate, and potassium, each which come along with their own health benefits.
More specifically, watermelon seeds can be good for heart health, bone growth, feather growth, and metabolism.
With that being said, most parrot owners will soak the seeds overnight before feeding them to their parrots.
This is because seeds can be hard and difficult to peck.
Soaking them will allow for your parrot to eat them more easily and will help to reduce the risk of choking.
Can Parrots eat the Watermelon Rind?
It’s recommended that you do not feed your parrot watermelon rind.
The reason for this is because most watermelon rinds are full of pesticides, or substances that are used to repel pests while the fruit is being grown.
While watermelons have some of the least amount of pesticides in comparison to other fruits, they can still pose a risk to your parrot.
When accumulated on the outer layer of the watermelon, it doesn’t take much pesticide ingestion to harm your bird.
Even if the rinds are washed, they are still likely to have pesticides on them.
For this reason you should always remove the flesh from the rind before feeding your parrot watermelon.
Having said all of that, some people do choose to feed their parrot watermelon rind.
In such a case, be sure to thoroughly wash the exterior of the watermelon first.
More beneficially, purchase an organically grown watermelon instead to ensure that no pesticides were used during the growth process.
Can Parrots have Watermelon Juice?
Yes! Your parrot can definitely have watermelon juice – and it’s super easy to make.
All you have to do is remove the watermelon rind, scoop the melon into a blender, and blend.
When finished, you may want to strain it just to make sure that your parrot does not choke on any leftover seeds.
Are there any dangers associated with feeding your parrot watermelon?
Aside from the dangers that we already spoke about, no there is no danger that comes along with feeding your parrot watermelon – only benefits!
Always remember that you should never feed your parrot the rind of the watermelon and if you do, make sure it is organically grown.
To prevent choking hazards, any seeds should be soaked overnight to soften them and make them easier to eat.
And finally, always make sure you feed your parrot watermelon with a balanced diet.
Though watermelon contains many beneficial vitamins and nutrients, you want to make sure you don’t overfeed it to your parrot.
Some nutrients within the watermelon, like iron, need to be carefully balanced in your bird’s diet.
Too much iron can lead to things like iron storage disease, while too little iron can lead to anemia or iron deficiency.
Additional note: If your parrot has not eaten the watermelon within 2 hours, put it in the garbage.
After two hours bacteria can start to build up and can cause your parrot to become sick or ill.
Is it messy to feed your parrot watermelon?
Yes! If you are going to feed your parrot watermelon, be prepared to clean up the mess!
Think about it – have you ever eaten a watermelon without getting messy?
Probably not – and you have hands to help you out!
So if it’s that complicated for you to stay clean while eating a watermelon, just imagine how difficult it is for your parrot.
With that being said, here are some tips to help you minimize the mess:
Cut the watermelon into small pieces
The smaller the piece size, the easier it will be for your parrot to eat it, and the smaller the mess will be.
Move your parrot away from walls and carpets
Regardless of how small you cut watermelon, there WILL be a mess.
To make cleanup as easy as possible, be sure that your parrot is eating their treat away from walls, carpets, or other surfaces that could be difficult to clean.
Have the cleaning products ready to go
The sooner you can catch the mess, the easier it will be to clean up.
Do I have to remove the seeds before feeding watermelon to my parrot?
No. As mentioned earlier, many parrot owners like to remove the seeds and soften them overnight before feeding them to their parrots, but this is not a necessity.
Do not panic if you left the seeds in the watermelon.
They will not harm your parrot in any way.
With that being said, if you intend on leaving the seeds in, you should only feed your parrot under supervision.
The seeds are unlikely to cause your parrot to choke, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
In conclusion, yes, you can absolutely feed your parrot watermelon.
Not only is watermelon tasty, but it’s also jam packed with nutrients that are beneficial for your parrot.
To make this snack even better, watermelons are low in calories, meaning that they won’t cause your parrot to become overweight.
In return, watermelon can be fed to your parrot on a regular basis as long as it is combined with other healthy fruit, vegetable, and seed options.
So the next time you are nibbling on a watermelon, don’t hold out on your parrot – share the love!
Your parrot will thank you.