Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Larose, Louisiana
Can cockatiels have cabbage?
Ok, so it's the new year, and I'm nibbling on some raw cabbage. Of course, my little spoiled rotten baby wants some. She's a pied cockatiel, just over a year old. She's sitting on my shoulder right now begging for some of the cabbage I'm nibbling on.
I always do my homework before I give her anything I'm eating, so I surfed the web to see if cabbage was safe for her.
I was rather disappointed by the results. Some sites say it is fine, some sites say to avoid it. One site said that cabbage and iceberg lettuce (I've heard about the lettuce giving diarrhea before) will give her diarrhea.
Can any of you bird owners out there tell me if you feed your little ones cabbage? I know that more fruits and veggies in her diet will make her stool watery, but I don't want to give her anything that will harm her. I'm having trouble keeping her weight up because she's so active and the last thing I need is to give her something that will wind up making her lose fluids and even more weight.
Also, does anyone have any suggestions as to things I can feed her that would help me get her to a healthy weight without making her obese? I know sunflower seeds are fattening so I avoid giving her a lot of them, but maybe I need to start back up since she never seems to quit moving unless it is night time.
Thanks in advance.