Can African Grey Parrots Eat Pomegranate?

Are you looking for a way to treat your African Grey? Well look no further, as this is the article for you! Whether you’re looking to get your first African Grey, or you’ve had your little feathery friend for years, it’s never too late to introduce them to something new!

In this article, not only will you find out if your Grey can eat pomegranate, you will also learn about its health benefits and what folate can do for your youngling! Read this article and see why you should treat your feathery friend!

Can African greys eat Pomegranate?

Short answer…Yes! Not only is your birdie going to love the succulent red treat, they are going to benefit from it too! Be prepared for a messy clean up once the fun is done though.

Here is why Pomegranate is good for your African grey.

Here are multiple reasons why pomegranate should be used as a treat from time to time. Remember, fruits should only make up 10% of your birds’ diet. African grey parrots do not need many fats to survive. Pomegranate is incredibly low in fats (roughly 1%), while being high in fibre and natural sugars (although too much sugar can be a bad thing, read on to find out why). However, what really is beneficial is the folate, especially in growing birds.

Pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, such as vitamin C to help reduce stress, and proteins to help with the construction of tissues. Here are some of the nutrients and vitamins found in pomegranate: Fibre, protein, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, and potassium. All of which are great for your bird! Pomegranate is a terrific treat that you would be silly to ignore!

Let’s look deeper into the nutrients found in pomegranates, and what they can do for your grey!

Protein

  • Your Grey needs all sorts to keep healthy. Protein is going to make sure their muscle tissues are kept healthy and strong during their life.
  • While growing and malting, parrots need to produce nitrogen. Proteins help their body to produce the necessary nitrogen for healthy growth!
  • Protein is going to aid your parrot’s enzymes and keep your little one’s health in check.

Another article containing protein- Eggs

Vitamin C

  • This is an important vitamin for your parrot to have. Vitamin C is great at reducing stress. Having a Vitamin C deficiency can be detrimental to your grey’s overall mental health.
  • Vitamin C is great for the immune system and creating antibodies!

Here are a couple articles that include Vitamin C!- Pineapple, Asparagus, Mango, and Cucumber.

Folate

Folate is vital to your bird’s health and pomegranate is a great source for it! Just like humans, we need a stable intake of the correct nutrients for healthy growth!

  • Folate is needed to make red and white blood cells in bone marrow. This helps protect against illnesses and carries nutrients around the body.
  • Folate is responsible for converting carbohydrates into energy and keeping your grey chatty and playful!
  • Not only is it important during infancy but during pregnancy too! Folate is a fantastic vitamin that is responsible for the rapid growth they experience during adolescence.

Potassium

  • Potassium is great for aiding the speed of their metabolism, as well as helping strengthen bones.

Interested in a couple articles that involve potassium? here we are – Asparagus, Mango, and cucumber.

Is too much pomegranate bad?

Unfortunately, just like most things in life. Too much pomegranate can be harmful, it’s not fatal though, so don’t worry! Just remember fruits are meant to make up 10% of your greys diet. A slice from time to time is all they need; trust me they will have endless messy fun.

Here are some side effects from too much pomegranate:

Diabetes

Yes! Birds can get diabetes too. Too much sugar, just like with humans, can lead to diabetes, and other diseases and heart disorders. Sugar can be a great treat or a harmful toxin depending on quantity. Before you throw out all sugar, just remember moderation. Keep to a slice every so often and you will keep your friend happy, healthy, and active.

Upset stomachs

Granted, this may only happen the first few times your Grey eats pomegranate or while they are still developing. Due to the high sugar content some side effects may include an upset tummy, but it should pass soon! Try to introduce it in smaller quantities at first.  

How much pomegranate should you give your African grey?

If you have decided to introduce pomegranate into your birds’ diet, great! Now, how much pomegranate should you be feeding them? Rule of thumb, roughly 10% of your birds’ diet should be fruits. Cut a pomegranate in half and let your African grey have that for a tasty treat! Remember moderation keeps it a treat!

Different ways to enjoy Pomegranate!

Sometimes how it looks, trumps how it tastes for a parrot. Here are a few ways you can string up, chop up and pulp pomegranate to Introduce your feathery friend to the wonderful world of pomegranate. Personally, I think the Granada pomegranate deseeder on amazon is terrific! Dish washer safe, durable, and cheap.

Some birds are stubborn and do not like trying new things so here are a few creative ways I’ve found that work with a stubborn bird.

Hanging

Parrots are native to mangroves, woodlands, and forests of west and central Africa. Instinctively they tend to go for hanging fruit. Poke a hole through the pomegranate and pull a string through. String the pomegranate from the roof or tie it to the side of the cage.

Smaller portions

Some birds find bigger food portions daunting; some fruits just need to be cut up into a smaller size. I have found that cutting some fruits into fifty pence sizes makes it easier to handle for the little ones.

Blend it!

Some of my friends blend pomegranate and their parrots love it! Empty the contents and throw it into a blender.

Freeze it

Hot summer days can be tough. Empty a pomegranate into an ice lolly mould and put them into the freezer, and voila! You have yourself a cold, healthy treat.

Recap

Can parrots eat pomegranate? Yes! We have learnt that not only do they enjoy it, it is incredibly beneficial towards their health. Although it has great health benefits, it has a high natural sugar content, so it’s important to remember that moderation is key. Highlights of this article include:

  • Pomegranates are a great source of folate, potassium, protein, fibre, vitamin C and K.
  • Pomegranate is an amazing fruit for young parrots, as it stimulates and gives them the building blocks they need for rapid growth.
  • Pomegranate has vitamin C which is a great stress reliever.

Any Questions you have relating to this article or just for me in general, leave a comment down below in the comments section.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert. Some parrots may react differently to different fruits. Please make sure you always slowly introduce new food into their diet and keep an eye out for any adverse reactions. If your pet does start to display symptoms of an adverse reaction, then please contact your vet for advice.

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