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Old 12-22-2016, 01:07 PM
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Coffee (along with all caffeinated beverages) is a diuretic so in the light-speed fast GI tract of a parrot, it could yield a watery poo as it moves through faster than normal and encourages the body to pass more water. Parrots should have no tolerance built to the diuretic effects of caffeine so it will be more pronounced than in a human who drinks coffee every day and who's body is used to it. Shouldn't be more than a couple poos though, unless she has had a lot of other moisture rich food today or a bath. I might not give her either of those today if you haven't already just to be able to monitor things.

All creatures need a certain amount of salt in the diet. It's the excessive salt thats an issue. I use my fingers as guides for portion sizes of foods Kiwi really shouldn't have Human foods not specifically prepared for him like beans, rice, pasta, bread, grains, cereals etc..., he gets about the size of my thumb portion wise. Things like peanut butter, sweets, cheese etc.. he only gets about the size of the tip of my pinky. A little human food is ok for parrots eating a healthy diet rich in fresh foods, but if the bird is a picky eater, not eating much fruit or veg, still on a seed diet etc... should get no human food at all. Exceptions would be things prepared especially for the bird without added salt or added sugar, such as plain rice, plain pasta, plain beans, plain grains etc... all are very nutritious and can be fed openly so long as you don't add salt or sugar or anything else of questionability to them.
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:39 PM
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Re: Oh No...

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Coffee (along with all caffeinated beverages) is a diuretic so in the light-speed fast GI tract of a parrot, it could yield a watery poo as it moves through faster than normal and encourages the body to pass more water. Parrots should have no tolerance built to the diuretic effects of caffeine so it will be more pronounced than in a human who drinks coffee every day and who's body is used to it. Shouldn't be more than a couple poos though, unless she has had a lot of other moisture rich food today or a bath. I might not give her either of those today if you haven't already just to be able to monitor things.

All creatures need a certain amount of salt in the diet. It's the excessive salt thats an issue. I use my fingers as guides for portion sizes of foods Kiwi really shouldn't have Human foods not specifically prepared for him like beans, rice, pasta, bread, grains, cereals etc..., he gets about the size of my thumb portion wise. Things like peanut butter, sweets, cheese etc.. he only gets about the size of the tip of my pinky. A little human food is ok for parrots eating a healthy diet rich in fresh foods, but if the bird is a picky eater, not eating much fruit or veg, still on a seed diet etc... should get no human food at all. Exceptions would be things prepared especially for the bird without added salt or added sugar, such as plain rice, plain pasta, plain beans, plain grains etc... all are very nutritious and can be fed openly so long as you don't add salt or sugar or anything else of questionability to them.

I do give Justine one of those peanut butter snacks a day, sometimes skip a day but she is on a seed diet with some snacks, pistachios, sometimes rice and other foods that we eat.

as far as I know Birds are Lactose intolerant so I try to avoid milks or cheese because like you mentioned coffee would just cause a watery poop and might cause problems.
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Re: Oh No...

This is one of the primary features I LOVE about this forum. Members can post all sorts of questions, and a resident expert will soon chime in with a sage answer.

We know some substances are terribly toxic to parrots, while others are benign in small quantities. We didn't receive an owners manual with our fids, but PF is a great work in progress!
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Dairy and parrots is hotly debated. Most seem to be able to tolerate small quantities of it and go bat crazy over it for whatever reason. Though, if Justine has never eaten cheese or other dairy products, best to never even let her know it exists in the first place Wish we could erase cheese from Kiwi's mental food pyramid (if it were his choice, cheese would make up about 80% or so of his diet lol).
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Re: Oh No...

I dont think caffeine is necessarily any more toxic to birds than humans, its just the amount of caffeine in a human cup ti the bird would be like a human drinking a cup for an elephant.. Caffeine is bad for your heart and the sugar is no good either, which is why its advised against. Imagine drinking a cup of coffee brewed for an elephant - youd be tweaked out. A sip may not hurt, but if you drink it every day you will definitely encounter some issues. That much caffeine would be stressful on your heart, and the same goes for birds who are much more sensitive to it. A lick or two wont be anything to worry about, but if its every day or the bird consumes a large amount, then it would be an issue.
And the diarrhea/watery poop because of the diuretic nature of it like mentioned by kiwibird.
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