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Jacci

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My conure chases ants and eats them. Don't know if it's safe. We don't do ant traps or anything so I am pretty certain they have not been through insecticide.
 

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My conure chases ants and eats them. Don't know if it's safe. We don't do ant traps or anything so I am pretty certain they have not been through insecticide.
Some birds do "ant" bath... which helps get rid of any pests that might be hiding in their feathers.... but that's not anting! I can't imagine eating ants is very tasty...



I tend to have ant issues in the warmer months... can't always figure out where they are coming in as there isn't a "line", so to speak, of their entrance.


Jason Crean does recommend feeding meal worms though... which I've heard conflicting information on how healthy those are... at least, for reptiles. Not really much said in regards to birds.
 

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I've heard papaya seeds are actually a good thing. It's the apple, cherry, etc. seeds I've read we should avoid :confused:

I also believe garlic has its benefits when fed in moderation.
No offense here, but garlic can pose a huge risk to birds. It is ok to feed rarely, but I think that with birds it’s better to be safe than sorry.
 

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Any specific yogurt brand ???
amount recommended???
Brands can vary from place to place... but would recommend searching for greek yogurt specifically (not a brand, simply a 'type' of yogurt) that's plain. Amount? Not very much at all. When I was giving my mitred medications, I was mixing his meds in with the yogurt. I used small amounts, but enough to mix the meds in and that was it. I can't say how much I gave him overall.

Yogurt, IMO, isn't something that should be made into a habit of feeding on a frequent basis, but as an occasional treat it may be fine. Remember, birds aren't mammals, so they aren't really designed to digest dairy products, and some dairy products can actually be quite harmful to them.
 

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Hi, in the initial posting of safe fruits, I saw nectarines but not peaches. I realize that it’s next to impossible to list everything, (especially if it should be obvious), but I just bought some organic peaches and want to be sure they’re ok? Obviously not the pitts, flesh only.
 

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Hi, in the initial posting of safe fruits, I saw nectarines but not peaches. I realize that it’s next to impossible to list everything, (especially if it should be obvious), but I just bought some organic peaches and want to be sure they’re ok? Obviously not the pitts, flesh only.
They’re perfectly fine :) My boy has had them plenty of times.
 

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Thanks, for replying! I did Google it, but at this point I only trust y’all. :)
Not the pit! Be very careful w/ fruits as some pits & seeds are toxic. :hug8:
 
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