Is a penut M&M ok for my african red tailed parrot

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Posted 24th Nov
Every night before bed i give my parrot a penut M&M as a treat. But i wanna know if this is ok. I only give him 1 no more no less and this has happened for years but lately ive wondered if this is slowely affecting him. There hasnt been any signs of problems but i just wanna know if i should stop
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You should only feed animals food that is either naturally found in their natural habit or items of food that are specifically manufactured for that animal.

Why not just change it to a peanut instead.
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You should only feed animals food that is either naturally found in their natural habit or items of food that are specifically manufactured for that animal.

Why not just change it to a peanut instead.
You have been doing it for years, and no sign of any issues?

Sounds like you're the expert here and should know better than anyone else really.

So you tell us!
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I suggest you stop straightaway. What else do you feed him? Which species of Parrot is he - African Grey?
I'm sure that your parrot would be just as happy with a normal peanut or something else that is more natural to their diet. There are so many nice natural treats that you could give him why would you bother giving him an M&M?
More importantly, why are you keeping an animal that can fly, caged, indoors..?
BadMF24/11/2019 10:23

More importantly, why are you keeping an animal that can fly, caged, …More importantly, why are you keeping an animal that can fly, caged, indoors..?


A lifetime of imprisonment, utterly awful.
To be fair change the treat. If it kicks off, you know you have created an addiction.
Probably a question a responsible owner would have researched a few years ago?
In this thread:

Parrot owner signs up to shopping thread for pet advice and gets berated instead.

(although I agree with all comments. As much as I love birds I could never bring myself to "own" one unless I had a hangar, and even then, I'd feel uncomfortable).
Edited by: "MadeDixonsCry" 24th Nov
MadeDixonsCry24/11/2019 13:33

In this thread:Parrot owner signs up to shopping thread for pet advice and …In this thread:Parrot owner signs up to shopping thread for pet advice and gets berated instead. (although I agree with all comments. As much as I love birds I could never being myself to "own" it unless I had a hangar, and even then, I'd feel uncomfortable).


I’m not berating anyone as such, to me it’s quite simple:

Why come on here when there are specialist sites/shops who would be more than willing, and more importantly, able, to advise?

Why feed an animal chocolate (which anyone would appreciate isn’t in the animals natural diet) for years and then decide to see if it’s OK?

I just think it’s irresponsible, but I’m sure it was also done with the best intentions to “treat” the parrot...... I would still have asked this question BEFORE I fed it the first one, but maybe that’s just me
Edited by: "frakison" 24th Nov
@Danny_Jackson

I would imagine there are far better forums to ask this question, where you would be more likely to get people with more specialists knowledge.

Would it not be better to google some exotic pet website for help.

I’m not saying people on here won’t be able to help just that a deals website doesn’t necessarily seem the most appropriate place to ask this question.

I would perhaps understand a long standing member asking but you joined today.
myusernamehasgone23424/11/2019 14:31

@Danny_Jackson I would imagine there are far better forums to ask this …@Danny_Jackson I would imagine there are far better forums to ask this question, where you would be more likely to get people with more specialists knowledge.Would it not be better to google some exotic pet website for help. I’m not saying people on here won’t be able to help just that a deals website doesn’t necessarily seem the most appropriate place to ask this question.I would perhaps understand a long standing member asking but you joined today.


Jimbo even had the word "Parrot" as part of his username, I think the responses here are good enough.
Larressingle24/11/2019 13:46

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Sorry, good effort if the conversation happened verbally, but your version is spelled "hanger". Thanks for the chuckle though
Edited by: "MadeDixonsCry" 24th Nov
MadeDixonsCry24/11/2019 15:02

Jimbo even had the word "Parrot" as part of his username, I think the …Jimbo even had the word "Parrot" as part of his username, I think the responses here are good enough. Sorry, good effort if the conversation happened verbally, but your version is spelled "hanger". Thanks for the chuckle though


Thank you. I know a fair bit about birds but as others have said chocolate is a total no-no. I am interested to know what else is being feed.
Please look at date joined of op before giving answer to such a stupid question. Troll post. Next time you spot a stupid question, check date joined. More than not it's a troll.
Edited by: "MR1123" 24th Nov
MR112324/11/2019 15:49

Please look at date joined of op before giving answer to such a stupid …Please look at date joined of op before giving answer to such a stupid question. Troll post. Next time you spot a stupid question, check date joined. More than not it's a troll.



Dude, while I spotted it, I wouldn't put it past many "old" members...There's one very well known member that posts stupid questions every other time...and it's not a troll...
I used to feed them to my Norwegian Blue parrot, he seemed to like them.
spoo24/11/2019 19:51

I used to feed them to my Norwegian Blue parrot, he seemed to like them.


Bah, I was going to say something similar
our ringneck parakeet loves pringles and monkey nuts
missismop25/11/2019 15:30

our ringneck parakeet loves pringles and monkey nuts


Pringles?
OP, it’s toxic. You shouldn’t be feeding them chocolate in any quantity. I’d swap that for another treat.

Not going to berate you for giving them treats either. It’s nothing more than a holier than thou attitude considering there is nothing natural about biscuits, crisps, sweets and chocolate, alcohol and all the other rubbish in our own diets. Yes, some of our foods are toxic to animals but it’s really not difficult to find out which with a bit of research.

Nothing wrong with having a pet bird either. Those berating you for that, lack the ability to understand that these pet animals have never been wild. They’re domesticated. If they went into the wild now, they will panic and die. The do not have the skills to survive in the wild. They cannot learn them now. If you want to blame someone for that, blame our ancestors who domesticated them. It is our responsibility to look after them now. It’s irresponsible to assume we shouldn’t.
splender24/11/2019 10:46

A lifetime of imprisonment, utterly awful.


It’s only a lifetime of imprisonment if you don’t let them out, like any responsible owner would.
missismop26/11/2019 18:12

yeah he loves the sour cream and onion ones


That's not really a good thing to be feeding him.
JimboParrot26/11/2019 19:32

That's not really a good thing to be feeding him.


well he only has one a day and he likes them so
missismop27/11/2019 07:39

well he only has one a day and he likes them so


So quite easy to stop feeding them then.
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