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Old 10-24-2018, 08:00 PM
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Cheese and my Parrot??

I heard that Parrots were lactose Intolerant? I have given my Bill some cheese and a person I met that has some Parrots told me it wasn't good. He really seamed to like it a lot, and I didn't see any weirdness after? What do you guys say. Thanks, I hope I didn't do bad.
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Old 10-24-2018, 08:14 PM
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Re: Cheese and my Parrot??

Birds arenít mammals. They arenít designed to digest milk products.

I know that many people share bits of cheese with their birds with seemingly no problem. Seems strange to me though.


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Old 10-24-2018, 08:18 PM
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Re: Cheese and my Parrot??

He will survive just like a kid...the issue is, salt and the disruption of his digestive flora. Avoid it...
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Old 10-24-2018, 08:23 PM
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Re: Cheese and my Parrot??

Well aged cheeses like sharp cheddar contain little or no lactose. A small amount now and then shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 10-24-2018, 08:42 PM
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Re: Cheese and my Parrot??

Still..fat, salt, hormones....good luck finding all of that in the wild.
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Re: Cheese and my Parrot??

uhuh, unlike that pellet-tree they all love to forage for in the wild

I am a bit more laid back (and I can afford to be, with species that can tolerate and even need a bit more fat in their diet ) and I will smell my birds - digestive issues always show themselves that way- even if the dropping looks okay.

Super-healthy is almost always a better choice, on the other hand if parrots follow dogs... the ones that get fed A-quality-doggyfood all their lives have shorter livespans than those that get tablescraps and leftovers as well ...
so since pellets are relatively new and going good but not great ...I will let them search out other foodstuffs as well

(and yes, the macaw loves cheese, Appie is obsessed with humanfood, so cheese is a favorite and Japie just wants the world to be made out of pellets and the incidentel pommegranate & nut )

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Re: Cheese and my Parrot??

though not healthy a tiny nibble every now and then isn't going to murder them. Just don't keep it as a staple in their diet.

also as a sidenote, technically all animals including mammals are lactose intolerant, as often times when we're talking about it we mean ingestion of a different species' milk which put simply is something that isn't meant to happen
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Re: Cheese and my Parrot??

Quote: Originally Posted by LordTriggs View Post
though not healthy a tiny nibble every now and then isn't going to murder them. Just don't keep it as a staple in their diet.

also as a sidenote, technically all animals including mammals are lactose intolerant, as often times when we're talking about it we mean ingestion of a different species' milk which put simply is something that isn't meant to happen
Well stated.

To the best of our abilities, the goal is to bring a healthy diet to our Parrots. Even today, we are in search for the perfect diet and diet is always a Hot Button discussion issue.

Once again, 'To the best of our abilities' keeping in mind, if you have a Parrot, you will likely find yourself rushing to your Avian Vet at some grossly early morning hour or the middle of rush hour traffic with a sick Parrot. The reality is that a bit now and then is rarely the issue. The true problem is the ever floating definition of a 'bit'!
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Re: Cheese and my Parrot??

Quote: Originally Posted by ChristaNL View Post
uhuh, unlike that pellet-tree they all love to forage for in the wild

I am a bit more laid back (and I can afford to be, with species that can tolerate and even need a bit more fat in their diet ) and I will smell my birds - digestive issues always show themselves that way- even if the dropping looks okay.

Super-healthy is almost always a better choice, on the other hand if parrots follow dogs... the ones that get fed A-quality-doggyfood all their lives have shorter livespans than those that get tablescraps and leftovers as well ...
so since pellets are relatively new and going good but not great ...I will let them search out other foodstuffs as well

(and yes, the macaw loves cheese, Appie is obsessed with humanfood, so cheese is a favorite and Japie just wants the world to be made out of pellets and the incidentel pommegranate & nut )

LOLOLOLOL touchť!
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Re: Cheese and my Parrot??

My BFA is 35. Back then in the dark ages, pellets weren't always easily available. My Avian vet used to tell me to get puppy chow and smash it up for him. I only did that once because I felt it was too greasy.

He eats a good diet of mixed pellets, some dried veggies, and occasional seed, and good walnuts. Fresh fruit and veggies round it out. That being said, he LOVES cheese and Italian food. When we eat pizza, he gets a small piece. Otherwise, we don't feed cheese as he is a slightly pudgy Amazon. Overall he is pretty healthy for a 35 year old. I want him to be happy, but don't want my idea of happiness to interfere with his ability to live a healthy life. I want him around at least another 35 years! LOL
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