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Old 07-31-2011, 11:13 AM
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Hello there,

are olives bad for African Grey parrots!!!??? Because just now my CAG ate a little piece without me knowing.. And I just read in an article that it can be toxic! should I be worried!? :O
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:28 AM
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Re: Just a fast question!!

I think they are safe, but limit him getting any, they do have alot of sodium.
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Old 07-31-2011, 11:34 AM
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Re: Just a fast question!!

As soon as I saw him nipping the olive on the dining table I removed them fast!! Because I remembered that I read some where they are kinda toxic!!.. I think its all fine ..he only had one bite! ..thanks for the reply ^^
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Old 07-31-2011, 12:11 PM
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Re: Just a fast question!!

glad your little guy is doing good

after owning a great dane you learn not to leave food out...
you can imagine what went missing off our table when we weren't looking LOL

just remember unless its a fruit basket try not to leave it on the table :P i learnt that lesson quick! lol
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Re: Just a fast question!!

Here is the best site I know of for checking toxicity and other things.

HolisticBird and HolisticBirds
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Re: Just a fast question!!

Olives. Uncured olives contain oleuropein, which is very bitter. If you eat one, the bitterness will linger for hours. This is why olives are cured either by treating them with lye or other pickling process to destroy or leach out the oleuropein (New York Times, Oct. 17, 2007). Aside from their extreme bitterness, there is little evidence that fresh olives are toxic to people.


Found this on the caique site headed Dangerous Human Foods. Personally if in doubt leave it out. That is the rule i live by with my parrots.



In the wild if a bird eats a potentially dangerous food they have access to clay licks that would bind any toxins in the body & they would just pass it in their droppings, but we don't have clay licks on hand for our companions.




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