Cooking for your bird is
enjoyable for both you and your feathered companion. However, you need to
take precautions to keep your bird safe.
Fumes from OVERHEATED TEFLON or ANY nonstick cookware are LETHAL to birds,
causing death within seconds of exposure. Frying pans, saucepans, bread machines, crock
cookie sheets and bakeware, irons, ironing board covers, stove drip pans, self-cleaning ovens,
appliances, such as indoor grills and space
heaters can be made with Teflon. Read the accompanying literature for all new appliance
and cookware. Studies of birds that have died
from exposure to these fumes show lesions and hemorrhaging of a bird's small
lungs. Teflon fumes cause a very painful and agonizing death.
Don't take any chances with Teflon, thinking it's fine to use as long as it doesn't overheat.
Get rid of it.
rhubarb, leaves from potato, tomato and bean plants, apple seeds, alcohol, coffee,
tea, chocolate and tobacco, are all toxic and will make your bird sick.
Shellfish can also make your bird sick. Avoid using them. Do not serve your
bird leftover cooked meats that have been refrigerated. Only serve freshly
: From apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, pears, and plums
Don't feed them to your bird.
Foods that are not fresh can become contaminated with fungi and molds.
Mold spores produce toxic substances that are fatal to birds. Check and fruits, vegetables, grains, bread and other food products for signs of spoilage
or mold before serving or using in a recipe for birds.
Peanuts, fresh peanuts, bulk peanut butter, or peanut butter from health food store
can contain the fatal toxin aspergillus, which is produced from fungus. Commercial brands
are monitored for this toxin. Many bird owners do not feed their pet birds any
type of fresh nuts because of this health risk. If you do use nuts and peanut
butter, only use high quality commercial peanuts and peanut
butter for your birds. Commercial brands are monitored for this toxin.
: Foods that are cooked, warmed or
thawed in microwave ovens can have hot spots which can burn a bird's crop. Always
stir foods well to eliminate hot spots and cool all foods before serving to your bird.
are high in sodium content, and the
heat used during processing
destroys most of the vitamin content. Avoid them and use frozen ones instead. If
you must use them, rinse several times under running water.
Pesticides and Produce
: Fruits and vegetables contain pesticides which are fatal for birds.
Wash, scrub and peel them thoroughly before using in recipes or serving to your bird.
Rinsing with GSE or a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar will help to
Salmonella and E Coli
: Birds can get sick like humans do from Salmonella and E Coli bacteria. Always cook chicken until juices run clear and no pink remains in flesh. Cook eggs until
thoroughly hardened. Avoid using hamburger meat or shellfish in recipes for birds. Always take the same
precautions as you would for humans when cooking for birds.
: Too many greens will act as a
laxative and will cause your cockatiel to have diarrhea. Don't overdo it.
Too many dairy products can cause digestive problems. Cockatiels lack the enzyme
lactase which is necessary to digest them. Serve dairy products in
: Remove uneaten fresh food after 1 hour and eggs after 15 minutes to prevent
spoilage. Wash feeding dishes thoroughly with hot soapy water. Do not serve your
bird meats that have been reheated.
: Do not serve your birds foods that have been in
the refrigerator more than 2 days. To keep for longer periods, freeze portions as soon as food has been
cooked and has cooled off.
: Offer fresh foods in the
morning and afternoon, not evening. A bird's crop should be full with seeds or
pellets before sleeping.
: Always read the labels of cooking ingredients
for protein, fat, salt and sugar content. Highly sweetened, salted and fried,
greasy foods, can make your bird sick. Don't feed them to your bird.
Human saliva contains bacteria that is potentially toxic to birds.
If you are getting a cold or the flu, your bird can get sick from you.
Avoid the habit of letting your bird eat from your mouth and offer it a separate portion of food or hand-feed instead.