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Question Red potatoes and Celery?

So we're working on christmas dinner, since six family members are coming over today, and we have to go visit another relative halfway across the state for christmas.

I'm wondering if it's safe to give budgies and cockatiels plain red potatoes? We haven't salted it or anything yet. Just peeled it and cleaned it.

If it's safe, do they have to be cooked or anything first, or is it safe to give it to them the way it is? I've been giving them lots of carrots lately because that's all we have at the given moment, but I also gave them two apples the other day (which Bud went crazy over )

I also read that celery is okay to give to them? Same questions for that, too, since we have some on hand right now. It's just plain celery as far as I'm aware.

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I am a bit confused as to what you mean by red potatoes, do you mean Pontiac or Dakota Chief that have a red skin. Normal potatoes with white flesh that is used for making mash or fries are not safe at all for birds and should never be given to them. But the Orange/red fleshed sweet potatoes or yams are and cooking is not require. Sweet potatoes are not actually part of the potato family.

Celery is also ok uncooked. Especially the leaves if they have been left on the stalks.

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Like Kate said, if the red potatoes aren't sweet potatoes you're referring to then no they aren't safe. Sweet potato tends to go down a real treat with birds though. Celery is all fine
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I have no clue what else they're called. That's what we've always called them. But they have red skin and the inside is white.
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Then they are Pontiac potatoes and are not ok to give birds. Best if the humans just enjoy them either roasted or mashed.
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Alright.

Sam loves the celery apparently. Bud only likes the leaves. Sam was fighting Lemon over a stalk of it earlier today Lemon will nibble at it and then shake his head and walk away, then go back and do the same thing.

So that's carrots, apples, and celery that they like.


ALso, are green onions bad for budgies as well as the white onions? They're like celery in appearance, but not in shape. It's smaller and thinner. I'm not sure if all onions are bad or specific ones.
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Don't give onions to your birds they are considered dangerous for them.

Check this list for whats toxic and what's safe. TOXIC Foods - Do NOT Feed these to your birds
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Alright. I was just checking because I didn't know if all of them were bad or not.

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Yes all onions are bad for them. Also onions are very bad for dogs as they can cause them to be anemic.
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Yes all onions are bad for them. Also onions are very bad for dogs as they can cause them to be anemic.

I get confused about garlic.

I've read its suppose to be bad for birds but then I've heard of Show Breeders who add fresh garlic to their fresh veggie egg mix they give their breeding birds.

They say its suppose to keep mites away and its good for the bird.
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I am the same with garlic Mr. Peepers. I have read it is bad for them but know many breeders who actually just cut the garlic into slices and put a piece into the birds water. I have used it myself this way with no problems. One of our suppliers of supplements for Pigeons sells garlic powder and nearly every pigeon breeder that I know uses it. It still has the smell and is not odourless. As someone who has done some study on herbal medicine I know that it is the smelly part of the garlic that is the most necessary part.

I have also heard garlic should not be given to dogs but know many people who do to help keep fleas down. They also have had no problems.
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I am the same with garlic Mr. Peepers. I have read it is bad for them but know many breeders who actually just cut the garlic into slices and put a piece into the birds water. I have used it myself this way with no problems. One of our suppliers of supplements for Pigeons sells garlic powder and nearly every pigeon breeder that I know uses it. It still has the smell and is not odourless. As someone who has done some study on herbal medicine I know that it is the smelly part of the garlic that is the most necessary part.

I have also heard garlic should not be given to dogs but know many people who do to help keep fleas down. They also have had no problems.

Confusing isn't it?
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By green onions did you mean spring onions? All onions are bad, I just wondered which you were referring to
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Probably. I just go by what the package says
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