Learn more » When you hear the word parakeet, you’re probably thinking about the budgerigar or budgie, as they are affectionately called.

However, a parakeet isn’t a specific type of parrot, but rather a term given to several small to medium-sized species of parrots with long tail feathers.

As a parakeet owner, you might be curious if you can feed your pet bird some fresh vegetables from your pantry.

They eat various grains and seeds, even venturing into agricultural areas or lawns to find them.

Image Credit: MabelAmber, Pixabay Pet owners often give their parakeets a commercial diet that consists of various seeds.

Parakeets are notorious for picking out their favorites and tossing the rest out of their food bowl, often outside of their cage, too.

Offering your pet a pellet diet is an excellent alternative to ensure it gets what it needs.

Many people also include fruits and vegetables, like spinach, to cover their parakeets’ nutritional needs.

Unfortunately, the advice Popeye the Sailorman gave about eating your spinach for its iron content isn’t true.

While you’re thinking that you’re boosting your bird’s nutrient intake, it is robbing your pet of the food’s value.

The process of binding with minerals creates crystals, which can then affect other organs in your parakeet’s body.

Then, there’s the concern about it spoiling if you leave unconsumed cooked spinach in the cage.

Of course, people foods you may use to prepare the spinach are also off the table for birds, including garlic and onions.

Even the Teflon skillet you use to cook the spinach can also harm your pet from the fumes that these products emit when heated.

All these factors are excellent reasons to avoid cooked spinach as a dietary supplement.

The formation of oxalate crystals and their health risks are the primary concern, along with the binding of some minerals.

You’ll likely find there are plenty of other fruits and vegetables that provide excellent nutrition without the caveats.

Nicole is the proud mom of 3 rescue fur babies, Baby, a Burmese cat; Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway; and Mac, a Lab/Mastiff.

A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband and new baby daughter in New Zealand.

She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.... Read more