Male Indian Ringneck Parrot eating a cantaloupe.

Sharing Food with Your Parrot

Sharing Food with Your Parrot

You'll eat last. You'll eat healthier, too.

A popular mid-afternoon snack for our parrots and visiting crows is flax crackers smeared with raw peanut butter and thin cucumber slices on top. I can't eat any of that until I make portions for the flock. Eating like a bird is healthy and saves time when you have birds.

Felix has opinion about thinly sliced cucumber on his peanut butter flax crackers. I can find his opinion on the floor. Skip the cucumbers, those are annoying. Felix happily licks a cracker chunk missing its cucumber in his food bowl.

Macaws are brilliant pirates. Butters eats hers on my shoulder leaving peanut butter talon prints on my shirt. Snickers sits on the sink faucet licking his like a lollypop dropping cracker bits missing peanut butter into the dishwater below.

Kirby has his half a cucumber slice and cracker chunk with peanut butter in his Kirby Bowl over on the kitchen table. This is all very scientific in a parrot sort of way.

Everyone's happy. I make my portion and just as I'm about to enjoy my portion Kirby whizzes by my left ear careful to avoid Butters on my right and lands on the lip of the open peanut butter jar, cracker chunk in his beak. I pause mid bite. I look at him. He looks at me.

"What?" I ask.

He looks at me. The peanut butter I had smeared on his cracker chunk is mysteriously missing! He drops his cracker chunk into the jar of peanut butter. 

Indian Ringneck Parakeets are not subtle.

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