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Can Parrots Eat Strawberries? [How To Feed Them + How Often]

(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)

Strawberries are safe for parrots, and most will love the sweet taste.

Despite their sweet, juicy flavor, strawberries are surprisingly low in sugar. Strawberries also contain antioxidants that keep birds healthy and various essential vitamins and minerals.

Moderation is always important in a parrot’s diet, so restrict strawberries to a maximum of three servings a week, only offering 1-2 strawberries at a time.

All parts of a strawberry, including the leaves and seeds, are safe for parrots.

You could also offer strawberry jelly, as long as it is free from artificial sugars. Avoid strawberry milk, yogurt, or feeding strawberries with cream, as it’s high in fat. Also, parrots are lactose intolerant.

Can You Give Parrots Strawberries?

Of all the fresh fruits and vegetables that make up part of a parrot’s diet, strawberries are likely to become a very firm favorite.

These sweet and juicy fruits appeal to a parrot’s palate and sense of smell. Thankfully, they’re also safe for parrots to consume, offering little sodium or sugar and plenty of goodness.

Health Benefits of Feeding Parrots Strawberries

Strawberries contain many beneficial ingredients that bolster parrot health, including:

  • Fiber to keep your parrot’s digestion regular.
  • Vitamin C to maintain a robust immune system.
  • Vitamin B9 (folate) promotes the creation of healthy blood cells.
  • Vitamin K speeds up wound care and encourages blood clotting if your parrot has an accident.
  • Multiple antioxidants and compounds, most notably anthocyanins, which Advances in Nutrition confirm are linked to heart health. Anthocyanins also regulate blood sugar and reduce cholesterol.

As long as you maintain control of portion sizes and feeding frequency, strawberries are a healthy addition to a parrot’s diet.

Problems with Feeding Parrots Strawberries

There are no adverse side effects of strawberries that owners need to be aware of, and these fruits are among the healthiest any parrot can enjoy.

As with all fruit, excessive strawberries can lead to a stomach upset, resulting in runny stools.

Also, parrots may not want to eat regular foods, considering them dull and tasteless.

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How to Feed Strawberries to Parrots

There are many ways that strawberries can be fed to parrots, whether fresh or dehydrated or through other strawberry-flavored products like jelly.

Always check for added sugars or harmful preservatives if not feeding fresh strawberries.

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh, organic strawberries will always be the best way to introduce this fruit to your parrot.

You can hand-feed a whole strawberry to a parrot or slice it up and serve it in a dish, and you can even leave chunks of strawberry in a parrot cage.

Parrots are messy eaters, so if you don’t want to find pieces of strawberry smeared all over a cage, manually handing the fruit over is best. This will also minimize the risk of strawberries rotting and becoming a bacterial risk.

Strawberries and Cream

This favored dessert isn’t appropriate for parrots, as they’re lactose intolerant. Unfortunately, their bodies lack lactase, so they can’t process dairy products.

If you feed your parrot strawberries and cream in a bowl, it’ll experience gastric distress.

Dehydrated or Dried Strawberries

This will be more cost-effective while also offering a parrot the nutritional benefits of fresh strawberries.

The downside to dehydrated strawberries is they’re often packed with sugar during the production process. One way around this is to purchase a dehydrator for your home or to bake fresh strawberries.

To make dried strawberries without specialist equipment, chop off the leaves and slice the fruit into thin pieces. Bake the strawberries at 200OF for two hours, and leave them to cool.

Strawberry Leaves

Strawberry leaves are safe for parrots to consume. Unlike the fruit itself, the leaves of a strawberry taste quite bitter. This means some parrots will reject the leaves of a strawberry and only eat the fruit’s flesh.

Inspect strawberry leaves before serving them to a parrot. According to Plant Disease, angular spots on the undersides of leaves suggest the presence of Xanthomonas fragariae bacteria.

It’s not believed that this bacteria is toxic to parrots, but you may still wish to avoid feeding this strawberry in the name of safety.

Fluffy white patches on a strawberry leaf are mildew. Don’t feed these leaves, and consider throwing away the impacted strawberry.

If you doubt the safety of strawberry leaves, cut them off.

Strawberry Seeds

The seeds of a strawberry are found on the outside of the fruit. These are the tiny white dots that give strawberries their unique appearance.

Strawberry seeds are safe for parrots; they’re too small to pose a choking hazard and are non-toxic. You may find that your parrot enjoys picking the seeds off a strawberry before devouring the fruit’s flesh.

Strawberry Jelly

If you need to teach your parrot to embrace handling, strawberry jelly can be helpful.

By placing some strawberry jelly on the back of your hand, your parrot will start to consider handling a pleasure rather than something to be tolerated.

Avoid mass-produced strawberry jelly that is packed with sugars and preservatives.

These may contain ingredients that disagree with your parrot’s digestion. Purchase a natural, sugar-free brand, or make your strawberry preserved from fresh ingredients.

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Strawberry Juice

Parrots can be fussy about drinking water, which is dangerous, and it doesn’t take long for parrots to grow dehydrated. Parrots have a better sense of scent than many birds, so you can convince your parrot to drink by making water smell appealing.

Squeeze some strawberry juice into your parrot’s water and see if this piques your parrot’s curiosity. This purpose is still to encourage hydration, so don’t include pulp, whole pieces of strawberry, or just a pinch of juice to create a tempting aroma.

Strawberry Yoghurt or Milk

As discussed, parrots are lactose intolerant. You can’t offer a bird strawberry milkshake, strawberry yogurt, or any other dairy product with strawberry flavoring.

Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics explain how lactose intolerance stems from the absence of the lactase enzyme in the body. Lactase breaks lactose down within the body.

Lactose intolerance makes this impossible. The lactase will sit within the stomach, causing painful cramps and bloating, eventually leading to diarrhea.

Be aware that even vegan products that market themselves as dairy-free can still contain lactose.

How Many Strawberries Can Parrots Have?

Given a choice, a parrot will gorge on strawberries until long after it is full. Be mindful of a parrot’s greedy tendencies. Only offer one or two strawberries, walking away from begging.

You’ll also need to hide strawberries while your parrot exercises outside its cage.

Ensure these fruits are firmly secured in a refrigerator. If your parrot notices a punnet of strawberries on a kitchen counter, it will not hesitate to help itself.

Ensure your parrot doesn’t gorge on strawberries and refuses to eat anything less sweet.