Pomegranate seeds are perfectly safe for birds to consume. In addition to being delicious, pomegranate seeds offer many health benefits to birds. Be sure to remove the skin and white pulp from the fruit. The bird should only eat the seeds.
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One of the biggest hassles about taking care of birds, or any pet for that matter, is ensuring that what you plan on feeding them is safe for them to eat.
One of the worst things a bird owner could do is feed their bird something that causes them to become ill (or worse).
So, what about pomegranate seeds? Are they safe for a bird’s consumption? The short answer is yes. Not only are pomegranate seeds perfectly safe, but they are also very healthy for birds and are an excellent nutritional source.
However, some steps must be taken when feeding birds pomegranate seeds to ensure their safety.
Pomegranate Seeds are Safe for Birds
There is a common misconception about pomegranate seeds being unsafe for birds. This is mainly due to the fact that many seeds (such as apple and watermelon seeds) are toxic to birds.
However, pomegranate seeds are more like mini juice balls than your typical fruit seed. The seeds make up essentially the entire inside of the fruit, and humans will typically only eat the seeds.
For birds, the seeds are the only safe part to eat. It’s important to remove the skin and pulp inside (more on that later).
Remove the Outside of the Fruit
First things first, the bird’s safety. Again, pomegranate seeds are perfectly healthy for birds. However, it is only the seeds that are healthy, not the rest of the fruit.
Before serving fruit, the skin needs to be peeled off completely as well as the white pulp on the inside.
The skin may contain dangerous pesticides and other chemicals. Better to be safe than sorry as the saying goes. As with any seeds, wash them thoroughly before serving.
It’s also a good idea to serve the pomegranate seeds separately from any other seeds, as the pomegranate seeds take away the flavor from the other seeds.
After following these simple steps, birds are sure to enjoy these juicy fruits and will get many health benefits from doing so.
Health Benefits of Pomegranate Seeds
There are a plethora of health benefits that come with feeding pomegranate seeds to birds. Fruit should make up less than 20% of a bird’s diet, so providing pomegranate seeds in moderation will not affect their diet one bit.
Pomegranate seeds contain a significant amount of vitamins and antioxidants. The most important are Vitamins A, C, D, K, and Potassium, which provide necessary nutrients for a bird’s health.
Vitamin C helps to boost immunity as well as improve birds’ mental health. Despite these benefits, pomegranate seeds are high in sugar and should be consumed only in moderation.
An all-seed or mostly seed diet will harm birds in the long run. Remember, fruit (including pomegranate seeds) should make up less than 20% of a bird’s diet.
This point can’t be emphasized strongly enough. It is best to save them as a special occasional treat, perhaps once a month or every other week.
Bottom line, pomegranate seeds in moderation come with excellent benefits for birds’ physical and mental health.
Ways to Serve the Seeds
While most birds will enjoy plain pomegranate seeds, there are a few “fun” ways you can serve them that birds love.
A popular way to serve pomegranate seeds to birds is in pomegranate suet. Suets are small cakes for birds, which include animal fat as its main ingredient mixed with various bird treats. Pomegranate suet has pomegranate seeds as its main ingredient.
Pomegranate (Or any suet) are ideal for the Fall and Winter because they give birds some extra warmth for the cooler seasons. Combining nutrients from pomegranate seeds and fat from the suet will provide a great energy source for birds.
For the summer, look no further than pomegranate sorbet. Birds can have regular sorbet, but bird owners should definitely make the dessert at home to avoid the harmful preservatives and toxic chemicals in store-bought sorbet.
Pomegranate seeds can be mixed with other fruits, like blueberries or strawberries, to make an even tastier dish for your feathered friends. This makes for a nice, cool treat during the hottest days of the Summer.
For a different approach, take freeze-dried pomegranate seeds and mix them with other bird foods. This will provide the bird with more variety than just the seeds for their snack. Since birds can only have so many seeds in their diet, and owners can often feel a strong inclination to overfeed them as they gobble the seeds up, this could serve as a great way to keep their pomegranate seed consumption in check.
Finding a healthy snack that a bird will also enjoy can be a challenge. But choosing to feed a bird pomegranate seeds is an easy choice that the birds will appreciate. Just be sure to remove the skin and the white pulp inside the fruit. Once you do this, the seeds are ready to be consumed.
With high levels of potassium and vitamins A, C, D, and K, the bird’s immunity will improve along with its mental health. Bet on pomegranate seeds as a nice, easy, healthy snack to feed birds.
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I am Bryan Powell and I own BirdHour.com. I love bird watching; in fact, I have a parakeet of my own. I enjoy spending time outdoors and observing the natural world around me. This website is a means of sharing my passion for birds with others who may be interested in this activity.