Can Cockatiels Eat Asparagus? (Benefits/Risks)

Yes, cockatiels can eat asparagus.

Cockatiels can eat asparagus, but it is not recommended that they be fed exclusively on raw asparagus. It is best to offer cockatiels cooked or canned asparagus, in small amounts several times a week.

Raw asparagus contains an amino acid that prevents the absorption of biotin (vitamin B7).

Cooking or canning destroys the enzyme that makes this occur. If you offer your cockatiels raw asparagus every day, they could suffer from a deficiency in biotin.

Asparagus is very nutritious, however, containing antioxidants vitamins A and C, along with folic acid (B9), iron, potassium, and calcium.

Asparagus is high in fiber, which aids digestion by stimulating the muscles of the digestive system to work more efficiently.

Raw asparagus contains chemicals that are thought to be beneficial for treating some types of cancer and other illnesses.

The high potassium content of asparagus can help lower blood pressure if eaten in adequate amounts. Adults should eat around 5-6 spears 3 times a week for this effect.

Cockatiels that receive inadequate protein may start to crave fiber such as asparagus because their body is not receiving enough amino acids to synthesize nicotinic acid.

Cockatiels that are overweight should be fed asparagus sparingly because of its high potassium content, which can cause complications for individuals with kidney problems or heart disease.

Cockatiels do not need to eat asparagus every day, but it can be a nice treat and boosts their overall nutrition.

Asparagus is a good source of fiber and antioxidants and therefore should only be given occasionally.

What if my bird eats asparagus excessively?

Birds don’t usually eat too much asparagus, but if a cockatiel eats large amounts of asparagus for a prolonged period of time it could be detrimental. Asparagus contains folic acid, which is associated with birth defects.

Asparagus itself is not toxic, but it also stimulates the uterus and may lead to early egg-laying. This can be fatal for the bird as well as lead to infertility and plucking.

Drinking a lot of water serves as a diuretic which means it makes you go to the bathroom more often and in greater quantities (peeing).

It also helps to cleanse your body. Make sure your cockatiel has plenty of places to perch and forage so he can eat his asparagus without having to fly away.

What if I’m not sure what my cockatiel’s diet should be?

If you are not sure whether or not your cockatiel is getting the proper nutrition, the best person to ask would be an avian veterinarian.

A veterinarian can help diagnose any underlying problems, and recommend a healthy diet plan.

People have formed strong opinions on what is the `best’ seed or pellet to feed your cockatiels. Unfortunately, there is no one best food to use.  

Feeding your bird a variety of foods will ensure proper nutrition.

When giving your bird a new food make sure you get started with a small amount and watch for allergies or other problems.

Make small changes to your cockatiel’s diet, one at a time.   

This will make it easier to identify the change that may have caused a problem if your bird does experience any negative symptoms.