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What To Do If Your Parrot Eats Avocado.

Discussion in 'Food And Diet' started by Scott Harris, Feb 3, 2019.

  1. Scott Harris

    Scott Harris Registered

    Toxic Foods.
    The main food that is most toxic to a parrot is Avocado. This includes the
    - Skin
    - The actual fruit it self
    - The fruit juices
    and most importantly,
    - The pip/seed inside.
    The first thing you should do if you see your parrot eat this fruit is remove the remaining fruit that your parrot has and examine how much your parrot has eaten. Once you have estimated the amount consumed, throw away the rest of the fruit.
    Ring you local avian specialist and let them know what has happens. If your parrot has not consumed much avocado, then your vet will possibly just tell you to keep on eye on there behaviour, and/or there faeces. Also watch out to see if the parrot eat and drinks normally, the more the parrot eat and drinks, the quicker the avocado will get washed out of there system.
    Also another trick you could try is getting a small syringe, and syringe some clear fluids into your parrot's mouth, not to much, syringe about 1/2 ml's depending on how much the parrot consumed.

  2. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Hello and welcome Scott an interesting thread you have started, do you have any parrots?
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  3. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Hi @Scott Harris and :welcome: to the forum.

    Well this is an unusual first post from a new member, people usually introduce themselves or their flock.

    Perhaps you could let us know why you chose this as a topic.

    Personally I don’t like avocado, and wil” not have them or associated products in the house.

    As with all hazardous products or items, a parrot owner needs great awareness, and anything like that needs to be carefully stored away from inquisitive parrots.
  4. erithacus

    erithacus Regular Member

    I do consume is always
    in my salad but far far away from my birdies. I can understand that an accident may occur,but on the other hand, no I don’t understand it
    But I also don’t understand how can a person lose his/ her birds and them fly away free in the sky, but in the short past I lost both of my birdies

    Frankly although this post is useful, is a bit scary to me
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  5. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Well I think the next post would of been advertising a product to use, of course advertising is not allowed with out permission, I cannot see any other reason for a new member to start a first post in this way.
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  6. Nigalius

    Nigalius Madras Regular Member

    I have heard, dont know if its true that in the wild if a parrot knows it has eaten something dodgy there is some special clay kind of mixture which they can ingest to relieve the symptoms. I have some of this clay and would try to give it to a bird. Cant remember the name of this stuff but wonder if its any good?
  7. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Yes wild birds forage for all sorts of different foods, and as you say visit the “clay licks” in large flocks. It isn’t really Established as to what the purpose of this is, whether the Clay has some digestive assistance, or whether they just have it as a natural supplement.
    I have one of the Versele Laga Mineral Blocks which Chiko does go and mess about with from time to time, ai don’t know whether he’s just playing a game, or that he decides he needs it?

    It is known also that native Amazons in SouthAmerica do consume the local native avocado fruits.it is thought that they are adapted to this, and also noted that those fruits are very different from the cultivated types we buy in the shops.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019
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  8. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Many parrots have adapted to the local fruit and even thrive on the fruits that others cannot eat, As TomsMum has said Amazons plus the blue crowned Conure have been observed eating the local Avocado, One of the smaller Australian Parakeets can take in very salty foods and have no affects by them, The festive amazon is a good example of parrots eating foods that can kill other animals, birds and parrots as it is a regular bird to visit the coco plants and is given the local name of Papogairs Papa CaCaw and also called the Coco eating amazon. there has been a lot of research into the clay eating and still why is not truly understood there are many theory's including allowing digestion and toxic aids but also its a way that birds can digest salt. birds cannot excrete excusive salt like we do so it can become harmful but they do need to consume very little and the clay can provide this mineral. its not easy to find in the amazon jungle by foods sources that do live above ground and the indigenous Indians of the amazon Jungle need the root plants to keep there salt levels up. there is so much we do not know about the wild birds and how they manage to eat foods that contain poisons and toxic but we are still learning as some fruits and leaves may contain substances that may neutralise the affects. One of the biggest problems with all release programs is how do they teach a captive bred bird what it can and cannot eat or even needs to eat as this is something that is taught by the parent birds. With many endangered species they can release in to an established flock but with some species the bird may get rejected. the Spinx macaw is a prime example of the problem there are no wild birds they can use to teach any that are released how to survive s not much was known about there habits of feeding in the wild. we humans can only go by the history of keeping our feathered friends by what has been found out by the experience of keepers and vets and I believe we have so much more to learn. Well let face it what we are recommended to eat one day is bad for us the next, and then its recommended again. If we cannot get our own diets correct how can we say for sure if we have our birds diet correct.
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  9. Scott Harris

    Scott Harris Registered

    Yes i do have one Kak, his mate passed away this morning so was very sad.
  10. Scott Harris

    Scott Harris Registered

    I think its a very importing topic, and many parrot owners need to be aware that if that scary thing happens where there bird eats avocado, they will know what to do
  11. Scott Harris

    Scott Harris Registered

    that is the whole point, to scare people feeding this to there little babies, my poor baby bird diead this morning, from old age i think, she passed away in my arms, its always sad to loose a birb

    sorry for your loss x
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  12. Scott Harris

    Scott Harris Registered

    well if you find ount what the clay is called please do let me know, as its always safe to keep stuff in incase of any emergencies
  13. Scott Harris

    Scott Harris Registered

    as i believe that it is very important that others know how to deal with situations.
  14. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    I am sorry for your loss Scott Clown parrots are such characters, Any subject that helps parrots live I agree is important, advertising with out permission is not allowed but recommendations of members is quite different, as an emergency in situations of possible poisoning I keep charcoal that I will give the bird strait away and call the avian vet for other advice or even just get the bird there straight away not making an appointment just go strait in they have to see the bird, I have done this after a incident that killed a few birds (three of mine)
  15. DizzyBlue

    DizzyBlue Administrator Staff Member Admin

    Humans who think they know what they are doing rather than actually knowing what they are actually doing make things heaps worse for the birds. Humans make the mistakes and the birds pay the price. The simple things to say is get to the vet ASAP and let a professional who knows what they are doing and how to treat them with the correct reversal agent or indeed medication or crop flushing if required but getting things to go down and through the intestinal tract in a species with has a faster metabolic ingestion rate then most other species is not advisable better to be safe than sorry and rather than messing about more often than not making things worse for the bird even if its with the best of intentions better to go to a vet and get it sorted properly and give the bird the best chance possible to recover
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  16. TomsMum

    TomsMum Administrator Staff Member Admin

    We have a large section on the forum entitled Caring for Feathered Friends it tells our members anything and everything that they could possibly need to know about parrot care. I cannot believe in this day and age with the World Wide Web, that anyone would be trying to offer their parrot toxic items such as avocado :camper:
  17. Michael Reynolds

    Michael Reynolds Regular Member

    Tell us a little about your Kakariki we love photos. I have a kak along with a few other species Macaws, too's, greys, amazons, conures, Tiels, budgies plus others. we love photos
  18. Wendy Cooper-Wolfe

    Wendy Cooper-Wolfe Regular Member Registered

    sorry to hear this sad story, wonderful that you were there to love her till her end.