Can I give raw almonds to my African grey parrot? Is it safe, or a risk to his health?

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I use small boxes that may be a smart phone or Harry’s razor blades came in or some other small electronics.


I fill the boxes with business cards and then pour sunflower kernels in between all the business cards so that she has to move or remove the cards in order to reward herself with the sunflower kernels.


Some bird food blends like Higgins Safflower Gold have no sunflower and use safflower seeds instead.


The difference in fat content between the two is not that different, but the decision is yours.


Other nuts to consider serving your parrot are


  • Pistachios
  • Hazelnuts
  • Brazil nuts
  • pine nuts
  • pecans


We keep all of our bird treats in canning jars and always throw in a packet of desiccant in the jar to keep the vessel moisture free.


Peanuts are actually legumes, almonds and pistachios are fruits and pine nuts as well as Brazil nuts are considered seeds, but nuts in general are pure energy for your bird.


Catherine and I have been on the KETO diet for over three months now.


I bring this up because ironically the diet is closer to something birds would eat than mammals.


Because the diet is close to zero sugar and very low-carb while introducing high protein foods I find myself sharing unsalted almonds with Peaches.


I enjoy all of her treat food nuts too.


Putting this in perspective we always recommend a well-rounded commercial bird food diet that is available 24/7 in your bird’s cage.

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Combining nuts which are great for essential fatty acids still do not provide enough protein for a parrot’s metabolism.


A large parrot like an African grey can have upwards of 8000 feathers on its body.


It will replace these feathers every 1 to 2 years by molting.


Feathers are formed from amino acids and amino acids are derived from protein.


You will find precise protein values on the backs of the bags of any commercial bird food blends so you don’t have to guess about what to feed your bird.


Please remember because healthy human food doesn’t necessarily make it healthy for your bird.


You are a mammal, your parrot has a totally different set of respiratory, cardio, integumentary, muscle and nervous systems that need to be respected for what they are.


From Wikipedia we learn:


Mammals are the vertebrates within the class Mammalia (/məˈmeɪliə/ from Latin mamma “breast”), a clade of endothermic amniotes distinguished from reptiles (including birds) by the possession of a neocortex (a region of the brain), hair, three middle ear bones, and mammary glands. Females of all mammal species nurse their young with milk, secreted from the mammary glands.


Parrots, also known as psittacines /ˈsɪtəsaɪnz/,[1][2] are birds of the roughly 393 species in 92 genera that make up the order Psittaciformes, found in most tropical and subtropical regions. The order is subdivided into three superfamilies: the Psittacoidea (“true” parrots), the Cacatuoidea (cockatoos), and the Strigopoidea (New Zealand parrots). Parrots have a generally pantropical distribution with several species inhabiting temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere, as well. The greatest diversity of parrots is in South America and Australasia.

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He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they would visit their monthly birdie brunch in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.