Not only can African greys eat mango! But in this article, we will cover not only if African greys can eat mango, but the pros and cons of adding mango to your parrots’ diet, from Vitamin C being a great stress reliever to potassium and how its boosts your greys metabolism. Stay to the end to find different ways to feed your parrot mango to keep things interesting!
Table of Contents
- Can African Greys Eat Mango
- The Benefits Of Mango For African Greys
- Can African Greys Eat Too Much Mango
- How Much Mango An African Grey Should Have
- Different Ways To Serve Mango
- Mango Info
Can African Greys Eat Mango
Go for it! Mango is great for your parrot. Next time you stop and think, “Can I feed mango to my parrot” Absolutely! Here are some of the benefits of mango, and I’ll get more in-depth in a second. Vitamin C is a great stress reliever and does wonders for their bones.
The Benefits Of Mango For African Greys
Making mango part of your parrots’ diet is not only a good idea, but encouraged! The only thing you might need to watch out for(depending on where you get your produce from) is the pesticides on the mango’s skin. Might be worth either washing or peeling your mango first. Mangos are considered part of the “clean 15” but better be safe than sorry!
Mangos are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Niacin, Beta Carotene and Potassium. Here is a little more about these vitamins, minerals, and the benefits that come with them.
Mango is rich in vitamin C, which has amazing benefits for your parrot, and here’s why.
- Vitamin C is useful for creating antibodies which help to keep your bird sniffle & Stress-free! This is why Vitamin C is such a big factor!
- Vitamin C is perfect for your parrot’s immune system, which is imperative for your birds’ health.
**Mangos are one of the fruits that have a high vitamin C content. For every 100 grams of fruit, you have 36 grams of Vitamin C. **
Everyone wants their birds happy and healthy! Vitamin A is a big player when it comes to bird health. Beta carotene is part of Vitamin A, which helps fight off cancer!
- As well as fighting off cancer. Breaking and flaking of your bird’s beak and nails are some of the reasons vitamin A is so important to keep your feathery friend adventurous.
- When it comes to Vitamin A, most foods have it. The thing to remember, fruits should be fed in moderation (10% of your parrots’ diet). The last thing you want is your bird’s beak to overgrow/ flake.
- Niacin is great for humans as well as birds. Not only does it reduce joint fatigue, but it also increases muscle strength.
- Niacin helps to keep arteries healthy and fat-free. That doesn’t mean feed them as many snacks as you want. Keeping their diet in check will keep your parrot happy and adventurous.
We all want our birds to grow big and strong!
- Potassium is the mineral that is responsible for the proper growth and development of your bird.
- Not only is potassium responsible for proper growth, but also proper kidney function. A potassium deficiency can lead to kidney failure.
- Potassium is important for stabilizing your parrot’s metabolism.
- Without potassium, your bird wouldn’t be able to break down carbohydrates properly. Making sure your parrot has enough potassium is vital for your parrot’s health and well being.
Have a look at my “Can greys eat bananas” article for more potassium facts!
Can African Greys Eat Too Much Mango
Yes, unfortunately. Mango is rich in natural sugars. If you’ve read my article on pomegranates. Parrots can be born with diabetes or develop diabetes over time. If it’s the first time your parrot is introduced to mango, make sure you give them a sliver of mango and watch for any adverse reactions. If anything does seem to happen, call your vet immediately.
Mango is high in sugar, so it should only be consumed in moderation. Fruits should only make up 10% of your parrots’ daily diet, so moderation is key. However, mangos have incredible benefits for your parrots. Moderation is key to a happy and healthy bird.
How Much Mango An African Grey Should Have
Suppose you have decided to introduce Mango into your birds’ diet, great! Now, how much Mango should you be feeding them? Rule of thumb, roughly 10% of your birds’ diet should be fruits. Cut a Mango in half and let your African grey have that for a tasty treat! Remember, moderation keeps it a treat!
Different Ways To Serve Mango
Parrots are inquisitive by nature! When your parrot inevitably gets bored with the norm, they need new things to keep them interested in the things they do and eat. Here are a few things that I do to keep my parrot interested in the snacks I have prepared for the day.
- Dried Mango
- Ice Lollies
Dried mango is a great way to spice things up for your bird. Once dried, there are many ways a parrot can eat dried mango which works best for me. Once dried, feed strips to your bird throughout the day.
There are multiple ways to dry mangoes. You can naturally dry mangos by leaving them in the sun for 2 days, or if time is of the essence, the quickest way to dry mangoes is to preheat the oven to 175 degrees, throw them in for 3 hours, turning every 30minates.
If you have a blender at home and fancy making a delicious drink, throw some mango in the blender and juice that baby up! Not only will your bird appreciate this, but it will also be incredibly healthy for them, remember not to give them too much! Sugar intake is a big factor in the amount they should have.
This is one of my favorite snacks to feed Rán on a hot day! With the excess juiced mango. If you don’t have lolly moulds to make ice lollies, use ice moulds and freeze them in ice cubes. This will keep them cool and refreshed all day!
Go onto Amazon, and you’ll be able to find different shapes and moulds for your bird to be kept entertained all day.
If you’re interested in more info about Mangos “Here is a link” to The BBC about everything you need to know about mangos!
Highlights of this Article:
- Can your parrot eat Mango? Yes!
- From fighting off cancer to strong bones and defending your bird’s immune system! Mango can do wonders for your bird!
- Your parrot can eat too much mango!
- Diabetes can be a problem if sugar intake isn’t monitored.
- Fun ways to eat mango! From drying them to freezing them into Shapes on a hot day. These are all my personal favourite ways to keep your bird involved and happy in these healthy snacks.
Like I’ve said in the beginning. If you don’t know if your parrot can eat mango, give them a sliver and watch for any adverse reactions, if they have an abnormal reaction, call your vet immediately.
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 a new food into their diet and keep an eye out for any adverse reactions. If your pet does start displaying symptoms of an adverse reaction, please contact your vet for advice.
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