What Nuts Can Parakeets Eat?

by Joe Gordon, Demand Media
    Parakeets are wild about nuts.

    Parakeets are wild about nuts.

    Your pet parakeet thrives quite nicely on a properly balanced diet of fruits, vegetables pellets and seeds. However, every so often that birdie boy of yours feels like a nut. When he does, shell out a nutty treat from this nutritious list of parakeet favorites.

    The Almond

    The almond is one of the most nutritionally dense nuts available. Rich in vitamin E, minerals and antioxidants, the noble almond is loaded with more protein than eggs and scores relatively low in saturated fat content. You’ll need to crack the shell of this nut slightly for your feathered friend, and then stand back as your boy starts digging out the nutritious nut meat hidden inside.

    The Pistachio

    This nut is as fun for your bird to eat as it is for you to say. The task of removing this nutritious, delicately-flavored nut from its shell will keep your busy boy occupied for hours on end. High in antioxidants, protein, carbohydrates and fiber, and low in calories, pistachios in moderate rations will help to keep your fine feathered friend lean, healthy and happy.

    The Walnut

    Loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamin E, and omega 3 fatty acids, the walnut is a healthy treat your parakeet will be wild about. This is a tough nut to crack, so shell and chop up the walnut for your bird before serving. However, bird friend beware, this tasty, high-energy seed of the walnut tree contains some crazy calories, so easy does it on the portions.

    The Pecan

    Another tough nut to crack, the pecan must be opened and diced before your bird can enjoy it. Naturally low in sodium, high in protein and unsaturated fats, the pecan has no cholesterol, and is a good source of nutrients, like calcium, iron and magnesium. This nutty treat also is a good source of oleic acid, a fatty acid that can help to keep your parakeet pal's skin and feathers healthy and vibrant.

    About the Author

    Joe Gordon is a writer who divides his time between Tampa Bay, Florida and Western North Carolina. Gordon has been published in local and regional newspapers and magazines, including VisitFlorida.org, "Oceanfront Magazine," "Sarasota Herald Tribune," "The Bradenton Herald," "Sarasota Scene Magazine," " Biz 941 Magazine" and "U Manatee Magazine." He studied journalism at Ohio University.

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