can wild birds eat lettuce

My sister and I have argued about this to no avail. One says it shouldnt be fed to birds for various reasons and the other admits it doesnt have much nutrients but cant imagine why it would do any harm. Opinions?

The deep green varities of lettuce are very good for birds. With the regular Iceberg lettuce, try to use the green outer leaves. The inner leaves are not very nutritious, but not harmful.

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I agree that it has zip nutritional value but it *is* a great water-substitute for long trips (doesnt spill 🙂

On a related subject…. is there *any* nutritional value in celery *leaves*??? My keets really love the stuff and Im encouraged by the sharp taste that there might be *something* worthwhile in there. Or is this just wishful thinking on my part?

In a great book on pet bird nutrition, “Feeding Your Pet Bird” by Dr. Petra M. Burgmann, DVM there is no mention of lettuce being toxic.

Iceburg or head lettuce is water and some cellulose… no nutrative value. Darker, leafy lettuces do have reasonable amounts of vitamins in them.

=> My sister and I have argued about this to no avail. One says it => shouldnt be fed to birds for various reasons and the other admits it => doesnt have much nutrients but cant imagine why it would do any harm. => Opinions?

Iceburg lettuce is virtually nutritionless and is not recommended as food for that reason, but its not harmful in any way.

Other types of lettuce, such as romaine, grean leaf, endive, etc, do have nutritional value, and is good for birds.

Im not an expert on this, but this is what Ive gleaned from from various comments from the experts that Ive heard.

Lettuce in itself is not toxic, or the starlings in my neighborhood would all be dead from stealing from my garden.

If your bird fills up on icegerg, he wont eat the other GOOD foods you provide. This is the harm it does!

So, as far as your daily feeding of the greens family, go for the darkest leafy greens your birds will eat. Mine love romaine lettuce. When were traveling, and, say, I pick up a few things from the salad bar (a no sulfite salad bar) to give to my bird, I do get a couple small pieces of iceberg, but its a rare treat. Carol 🙂

> >My sister and I have argued about this to no avail. One says it >shouldnt be fed to birds for various reasons and the other admits it >doesnt have much nutrients but cant imagine why it would do any harm. > Opinions?

Lettuce for all intents and purposes offers no nutritional value. So feeding the bird lettuce could lead to deficiencies.

In article <4pnhsj$4...@franklin.its.utas.edu.au> Miguel de Salas wrote: >Date: Thu, 13 Jun 96 18:56:01 GMT >From: mm…@postoffice.sandybay.utas.edu.au (Miguel de Salas) >Newsgroups: rec.pets.birds >Subject: Re: Is LETTUCE okay for birds???

> >There is nothing wrong with feeding lettuce to the birds, as long as it > has >been washed free of pesticides or is organic. But why use lettuce? Comfrey > has >heaps of nutrients and is very good for them, Spinach too. Here in Australi >a >practically everybody feeds their birds silverbeet. Ive fed mine apples, >carrots, peas, milk thistle, chickweed(Which grow as weeds all over the >garden), all sorts of seeding semi-ripe grasses, sprouted seed, and also >branches and twigs of Cotoneaster, Crataegus and Pyracantha with all the >berries in them.

Oh, what a wonderful assortment of Gods gift to feather kids. I have to go to the Health Store for these healthy, healing super birds food that you feed from your back yard.

No, way can I get this in the manner you have available. I sprout thanks to Howard Voren contact to get me the stuff as I sprout the China red peas, in the shell rice, peas, beans with much more. I always have pans sitting around here. I have to say, it also helps me for my eating habits.

I treat my kids with Dandilion Greens from “Public” Super Market but would rather have you Milk thistle and chickweed.

> The more variety they are fed, the happier they will live, and the >better breeding results you will get. One should always try to approximate >their wild diet, in which they eat a huge variety of foods. > I sometimes feed mealworms and termites to my finches and they love >them. Parrots arent so enthusiastic.

Celery (both stalk and leaves), like iceberg lettuce, has virtually no nutritive value. My understanding about the iceberg lettuce is that it can lead to looser droppings, though I dont know whether any gastric distress accompanies this.

Will you forgive me if I make mention that in Chinese medicine and perhaps in a recent medical study, there is something in celery which can reduce high blood pressure. Youd have to eat a lot, a pound, two pounds? And its not just the chewing that calms your nerves although eating 2 pounds of celery would wipe out whatever nervousness I had.

Iceberg lettuce is good, though, for long car trips where there is not going to be a certain water supply.

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But it does give them something to tear to shreads. Something birds generaly love to do. I belive it also can provide them with water. But then, they could just as easily take a drink when they are thirsty, so…

I give my Cherry Head Conures a little lettuce now & then. Just to be different. I dont use it as a food supliment, thou.

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>In article <31bf9fbe...@news.primenet.com>, > dl…@primenet.com (Dennis L) wrote: >> >>Lettuce for all intents and purposes offers no nutritional value. So >>feeding the bird lettuce could lead to deficiencies.

>But it does give them something to tear to shreads. Something birds >generaly love to do. I belive it also can provide them with water. But >then, they could just as easily take a drink when they are thirsty, so…

>I give my Cherry Head Conures a little lettuce now & then. Just to be >different. I dont use it as a food supliment, thou.

My birds get a little lettuce too. Along with 2 all beef patties, pickles, special sauce, cheese all on a seseme seed bun. Not too frequently though. (oh, and a french fry or 2)

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I was wondering, then… I have a *slightly* pudgy Macaw (Titan the Harlequin is 1152 gm and should be about 1125, says the vet) who also really likes to eat with the flock- It dosent really sound like a few forkfulls of lettuce would be bad for him then…… (having to watch the Ceaser dressing…yum yum..)

: I agree that it has zip nutritional value but it *is* a great : water-substitute for long trips (doesnt spill 🙂

: *leaves*??? My keets really love the stuff and Im encouraged by the sharp : taste that there might be *something* worthwhile in there. Or is this just : wishful thinking on my part?

My two year old female budgie loves chicken. And Ive also seen her go after a live spider.

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Is lettuce good for birds?

Lettuce is good for birds in moderation. Many nutritional benefits come from birds eating lettuce. But as with any new foods in their diet, moderation in feeding is key.

For instance, the high water content of iceberg lettuce may upset the stomach of certain birds, like Budgie.

Allow me to explain the various varieties of lettuce that your bird will love to eat.

Deep green lettuce varieties are excellent for birds. Try to use the green outer leaves of regular Iceberg lettuce. The inner leaves are not very nutritious, but not harmful.

In article <4pnhsj$4. @franklin. its. utas. edu. au @postoffice. sandybay. utas. edu. au (Miguel de Salas) >Newsgroups: rec. pets. birds >Subject: Re: Is LETTUCE okay for birds???.

I’ve started giving my Cherry Head Conures some lettuce. Just to be different. I dont use it as a food supliment, thou.

I’ve argued with my sister about this without success. One claims that it shouldn’t be given to birds for a variety of reasons, while the other acknowledges that it is low in nutrients but doesn’t see how it could be harmful. Opinions?.

Iceburg or head lettuce is water and some cellulose. no nutrative value. Leafy, darker lettuces do contain a fair amount of vitamins.

Do birds eat lettuce?

can wild birds eat lettuce

Yes, both wild birds and pet birds will eat lettuce. Lettuce, as previously mentioned, is a great source of nutrients for your birds.

But some seed-eating birds might not be interested in trying lettuce. Their preference for their usual seed food is the main cause of this.

For instance, tiny birds like finches might be more interested in consuming the seeds of lettuce than the actual lettuce.

By placing some recently cleaned lettuce on a bird table close to the bird seed, you can attempt to attract these birds. However, if they don’t eat much of the lettuce, don’t be alarmed.

Goldfinches and Sparrows are two wild birds that will gladly consume lettuce.

For example, owners of pet parrots will be pleased to learn that lettuce can be a part of your parrot’s diet.

FAQ

Can wild birds have lettuce?

Iceberg or head lettuce is not recommended, as it is mostly water and has little nutritional value. Similarly, while many birds enjoy the crunch of celery stalks, their high water content offers birds few nutrients, so they too, should be fed sparingly.

What wildlife eats lettuce?

Rabbits, Voles, Woodchucks, Deer, Chipmunks, Squirrels. All eat leaves or fruits of plants in vegetable gardens. Symptoms include: Large parts of the plant are chewed off.

Do wild birds eat vegetables?

Vegetables: Birds eat buds and other vegetables in limited amounts. Vegetables such as lettuce and spinach are popular foods for cage birds, but I doubt backyard birds would take them if offered. A few sparrows and finches may take a bite, but veggies will dry before they are consumed.