Celery has a subtle taste that appeals to some parrots. More than the taste, parrots enjoy the crunchy texture of celery. Most parrots hold onto the celery stick with their claws and tear it apart with their beak.
Parrots can eat celery stalks/stems, leaves, and seeds, as it’s a good source of vitamins A, C, and K, calcium, and potassium. Also, celery provides enrichment due to its tough and fibrous texture. Unfortunately, celery’s stringiness can lead to crop impaction and constipation.
Owners mustn’t feed parrots too much celery as it risks causing nutritional deficiencies and malnourishment. Some parrots dislike the taste but enjoy ripping and tearing celery apart.
Can You Feed Parrots Celery?
Like all other vegetables, celery is OK for parrots in moderation. As mentioned, in small quantities, celery is a good source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
Parrots struggle to get certain vitamins through pellets alone, so vegetables such as celery can boost their levels. Similarly, diets containing several seeds and nuts usually lack certain vitamins.
However, too much celery isn’t recommended because parrots require a varied diet with the nutrients needed to stay healthy. Celery contains some essential vitamins and minerals, but, as mentioned, excessive amounts leave them vulnerable to malnourishment and vitamin deficiencies.
Celery has few calories, so parrots are at risk of weight loss if it isn’t consumed with higher-calorie foods.
Celery’s stringiness poses a problem for parrots, who struggle to digest the fibrous material. As a result, it must be adequately prepared and cut into smaller chunks before being given to your parrot.
Is Celery Good For Parrots?
Celery is rich in certain essential nutrients that parrots need to stay healthy.
Feeding celery in moderation keeps the immune system and digestive tract functioning because it provides parrots with the following:
One cup of celery (120 g) contains 3.72 mg of vitamin C.
A weekly celery treat is beneficial in the following ways:
- Keeps blood sugar levels stable
- Stabilizes cholesterol levels
- Reduces the risk of kidney diseases
- Heals wounds
- Keeps blood pressure at safe levels
- Stops bad cells
Vitamin C keeps the immune system healthy and robust.
Many parrots are deficient in vitamin A, especially those fed an all-seed diet, because they miss out on vitamin A from pellets, fruits, and vegetables.
As described by a journal on Vin, parrots get beta carotene from vegetables, which is converted into vitamin A. Therefore, parrots must get enough vitamin A from the foods they eat.
Symptoms include of a vitamin A deficiency include the following:
- Oral abscesses
- Breathing problems
- Poor eyesight
- Weak bones
- Respiratory disease
- Lowered immune function
Similarly, parrots with a vitamin A deficiency have dull red, orange, and yellow feathers because there aren’t enough carotenoids to give them their bright coloration.
Celery contains vitamin K, which is essential for strong bones. Vitamin K deficient parrots suffer from weak, brittle bones and are prone to injuries and breakages.
This is a significant problem because parrots stand on their feet all day and hold themselves upright with their legs, even while sleeping. You’ll often see parrots standing on one leg.
Similarly, vitamin K helps with injuries that draw blood: it clots the blood, stemming the flow and stopping heavy bleeding. Anemia and vitamin K deficiencies are closely linked to each other.
Breeding and pregnant parrots need more vitamin K to ensure their eggshells are strong and healthy, reducing the risk of hatching mortality.
A cup of celery contains 48 mg of calcium, a mineral needed for strong, healthy bones.
Because parrots can’t fully digest lactose, dairy products are unsuitable foods for parrots. As a result, they need to consume it from other sources, including fruits and vegetables.
Calcium is beneficial to parrots in the following ways:
- Healthy and strong eggshells
- Preventing hypocalcemia (calcium deficiency disease)
- Preventing self-destructive behaviors, such as feather mutilation
- Lowers the risk of heart disease
- Lowers cholesterol
- Prevents muscle contractions
- Reduces muscle pain
- Improves balance and coordination
Incorporate celery into your parrot’s diet to increase their calcium intake.
Potassium reduces blood pressure and the parrot’s stress levels, which is vital to their mental health. Parrots are prone to behavioral problems, including feather plucking.
These behaviors are exacerbated by stress, so potassium is essential for their prevention.
Is Celery Bad For Parrots?
Celery isn’t toxic for parrots and is safe for them to eat. However, the stringy part can cause problems.
Before feeding celery to a parrot, there are things to be aware of, including the following:
Because celery is a fibrous material, it can get stuck inside your parrot’s crop. As described by VCA Hospitals, the entrapment of foreign objects causes problems, leading to infections.
An impacted crop means the digestive system stops functioning properly and prevents new food from passing through.
The symptoms of crop impaction include the following:
- Loss of appetite
If crop impaction isn’t corrected, the following issues can occur:
- Bacterial infections
- Yeast infections
Crop impaction needs to be resolved by an avian veterinarian.
Celery is high in water, so too much can cause watery stools and diarrhea.
Also, it can cause excess gas to form in the stomach, making parrots bloated and uncomfortable.
Can Parrots Drink Celery Juice?
Celery juice is healthy because it pulverizes the stringy pieces that can get stuck in your parrot’s crop.
Some parrots love drinking celery from a shallow bowl. It’s ideal for juicing due to its high water content, as the water gives it a pleasant consistency.
Similarly, combining celery with other vegetables and juicing them with water is a great way to provide a parrot with extra vitamins and minerals.
Also, juicing makes the celery more flavorsome.
Can Parrots Eat Celery Leaves?
The dark outer leaves are the tastiest part, so many parrots love devouring them. The texture is tough and fibrous, providing parrots with mental stimulation, as they’ll enjoy ripping and tearing them apart.
The lighter inner leaves are delicate with a more subtle flavor. While neither contains enough nutrients for your parrot to eat alone, they’re healthy when paired with the rest of the celery.
However, celery leaves contain minuscule traces of toxic compounds called psoralens. As described by SF Gate, they could cause an adverse reaction if eaten every day.
However, feeding celery leaves to your parrot occasionally won’t cause any harm.
Can Parrots Eat Celery Seeds?
Celery seeds are as safe as the other parts of the celery, containing several beneficial nutrients.
They aren’t found in the plant, not the celery. Once they become brown and dry, you can harvest them and feed them to your parrot.
Unfortunately, parrots prefer other seeds, such as sunflower seeds and pine nuts.
How To Prepare Celery For Your Parrot
Before treating your parrot to a celery stick, prepare it properly to prevent crop impaction.
Wash the celery in cool water and rub the fibrous sections where pesticides may be lurking. Soak it in saltwater for an hour to remove any chemical traces.
To prevent large strings from entering your parrot’s body, chop it into fine pieces. While parrots love holding the stick and tearing it apart, it’s not safe for your bird and can cause crop impaction.
If you’re concerned about crop impaction, juice the celery and offer celery juice in a shallow bowl. If your parrot hasn’t consumed it within a couple of hours, replace it with fresh celery.