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Hello, I have a question about oranges. My PGC Conure loves oranges, she likes for me to cut it in half and just sit it in her bowl just like that so she can pick the fruit out of it herself. Sometimes she tends to nibble on the peel as well, I know the orange is fine but what about the peel, is that OK for her to eat/will it hurt her? Thanks
 

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I'm not too sure... We used to serve them in the pet shop with the rind on, but none of the birds really ate it. I can't imagine it would hurt her to have a little - after all, people eat orange zest which is just the peel finely grated, and there's orange peel in orange marmalade
 

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I, too, have often left the peel on citrus fruits, but I wonder now if I should.

I have only left the peel on organic citrus fruits, but still I would like to know.
 

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For what it's worth, at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park, I have often seen orange slices in the food dishes in the bird enclosures or parrot areas, with peels still attached.
 

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I think it's fine. My grey likes to chew up the peel after he's done with the flesh and he's been doing it for years.
Also, there's a Chinese snack that is basically dried up clementine peels with spices added. It's very tasty. So it's not like the peels are inedible!
 

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thanks... the zoo is where I first saw the whole half being given to a cockatoo so I figured it was OK but I jsut wanted to make sure
 
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