Corn on the cob is a popular summertime dish, but can parrots eat it? The answer is yes, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First of all, choose a small piece of corn on the cob that is easy for your bird to chew.
Also, make sure that the cob is cooked well and doesn’t have any pesticides or other harmful chemicals on it. Finally, don’t give your bird too much corn at once – just like people, parrots can get sick if they eat too much.
It’s entertaining to watch them remove the kernels from the cob and then gnaw on them with their beaks. Corn is an excellent source of “fuel” for them, and it also supports the natural scratching action that they exhibit.
So go ahead and enjoy a delicious piece of corn on the cob this summer – just be sure to share with your feathered friend!
Can parrots Eat Raw Corn on the Cob?
Corn is fine to feed to your parrots in its raw form; there is no need to boil it first.
They are able to consume it in a raw state, after being cooked, straight from the can, cracked, fresh, or even frozen form. Corn will be consumed by them regardless of the form in which it is presented to them.
Because it is so simple to prepare, many poultry keepers like to feed their birds corn still on the cob. You simply toss them an ear, which is another name for the cob, and then step back to watch them pick away at it.
It’s also a lot of fun to hang one up. It amazes me how much parrots appear to like having something to pursue and play with, therefore whenever I get the chance, I always hang food.
How Hard is Corn on the Cob to digest by parrots?
Corn has a well-known reputation for passing through our digestive tract and being expelled in our stool.
Even though it’s not something people like to talk about, it’s not a secret.
I know that some of you are concerned about whether or not you are going to see a lot of yellow corn shells that have not been digested in the droppings of your parrot.
It has never come to my attention. It seems to me that parrots are able to totally break down and digest the corn shells, however, I can’t say for sure because I’m not trained in the relevant scientific disciplines.
Corn is easily consumed and digested by parrots, so there is no reason for concern on your part regarding this aspect of their diet.
Don’t lose sight of the fact that humans and parrots have quite different digestive systems. They do not have teeth; rather, they have a structure known as a gizzard that grinds up their food before it is digested.
The gizzard is a big muscle that basically “chews” up food by contracting and swallowing it in little pieces. Because of this, parrots also consume grit; this is because the grit is required to create a rough and sturdy component that is necessary for grinding up the food.
Corn won’t make it through their gizzard, that much is certain. Take it from someone who knows. It is then broken down into smaller bits by the grinding action of their teeth and moves on to the small intestine, where the micronutrients are absorbed.
How Do You Feed parrots Corn on the Cob?
There will be times when you have a maize supply that is sufficient for more than what your parrots consume in a single week. If this is the case, the owners may be wondering where they may store the remaining corn or if it is acceptable to simply stack them.
If you have any extra corn, freezing it is a much better approach to preserve it than simply piling it up somewhere in your backyard.
Note that if you are using corn that has already been cooked for supper, and no need to blanch the corn and then put it in ice water afterward.
You can skip this step and move on to the next one, which is patting them dry and preparing the freezer bags, etc.
You can warm the corn in order to give it to your parrots, or, an even better option, you could take your time as well as remove the corn from the freezer hours before giving it to the parrots, allowing the ice to melt on its own due to the change in temperature.
Other Foods That parrots Can Eat.
- Seed and Nuts – &1% of the diet
- Dairy and Meat – 5% of the diet
- Vegetables and Fruits – 45% of the diet
- Grain Products – 50% of the diet
The vast majority of fruits are also quite acceptable, as they are often rich in nutrients and contain a great deal of beneficial vitamins and minerals. here are some options:
- Peaches (remove pit and area around the pit)
- Honeydew (no rinds)
- Cactus fruit
- Nectarines (remove pit and area around the pit)
- Cantaloupe (no rinds)
- Clementine oranges
- Mandarin oranges
- Grapes (i.e. black, green, red, etc.)
- Cherries (no pits)
- Bananas (remove peel)
- Apricots (remove pit and area around the pit)
- Pears (remove seeds)
- Passion fruit
- Plums (remove pit and area around the pit)
- Apples (remove seeds and stem)
- Bamboo shoots
- Jalapeno peppers
- Banana peppers
- Cherry pepper
- Asparagus (cooked)
- Baby corn
- Broccoli flower
- Bean sprouts
- Eggplant (ripe and cooked)
- Peas (i.e. green, snow, sugar snap, etc.)
- Carrots (including tops)
- Alfalfa sprouts (you can sprout them yourself)
- Collard greens
- Chili peppers
- Bell peppers
- Lentils (cooked)
- Peppers (i.e. chili, green, jalapeno, poblano, red, serrano, yellow, etc.)
- Mustard greens
- Ginger root
- Beans (cooked) (i.e. adzuki, butter, garbanzo, green, haricot, kidney, mung, navy, pinto, pole, soy, wax, etc.)
- Brazil nuts (whole only for x-large parrots)
- Pine nuts
- Pistachio nuts
- Macadamia (high in fat)
- Melba Toast
- Pearl barley
- Pretzels (low- or no-salt
- Noodles and pasta (i.e. macaroni, ravioli, spaghetti, etc.)
Things parrots Should Not Eat
- Artificial juices
- Apple or pear seeds
- Food with artificial colorings
- Soft drinks
- Raw tubers
- Foods with artificial flavors
- Carbonated drinks
- Sugar in general
- Fried foods