Immediately after the pumpkin, autumn offers us this other supreme delight of my parrots… the pomegranate.
The pomegranate ( from the Latin “granatus” which means “abundant in grains” ) has all the assets to seduce a parrot. By their bright color, its small bright red pearls “jazz up” the menu of my birds; invigorating sweet/tangy, pomegranate contains a precious treasure for my feathered explorers: hundreds of seeds, up to 800… enough to keep the most jaded parrot busy.
Some of my feet on legs seed the pomegranate one grain at a time, others tear it to pieces, squirting its juice up to the ceiling. Here, the pomegranate appeals to my birds because it bears its name well; she explodes with colorful juice ( very colorful ), splashes everything nearby, do as much dirt as possible, and dyes my cockatoo girls a pretty garnet color.
Pomegranate, good for our parrots
The pomegranate, extremely rich in polyphenols, tops the list of antioxidant fruits ( superfruits ). * The main antioxidants found in pomegranate are flavonoids (particularly anthocyanins), tannins, and ellagic acid. The anthocyanins give the pomegranate its red color. Rich in vitamins of the “B” group and in vitamin “C”, anti-root and natural vermifuge, the pomegranate, it is only good for our birds.
Choose your pomegranate
Available only from September to December, it is important to choose the right fruit since it does not continue to ripen after picking ( non-climacteric ). A ripe pomegranate is a fruit that appears very heavy to us in proportion to its size ( the heavier the fruit, the juicier it will be ). On the other hand, if you press on the crown and a cloud of powder emerges from it, the fruit is too ripe. It is chosen from medium to large caliber ( small ones tend to be drier) and, although the color does not indicate the maturity of the fruit, choose a very smooth pomegranate free from brownish spots. There are different varieties of pomegranate trees, but practically only the California “Wonderful” can be found in North American grocery stores.
How to give a pomegranate to your parrot
Is the skin of a pomegranate tough? Are you kidding? Even Baby, my little Finsch conure can handle it! That’s why I usually offer it whole, pricked on a stalk, just like I do with the pumpkin. It’s been a devilish “touch” in the aviary, but I console myself by telling myself that it only lasts three months a year ( and that anyway, it’s time to replace the walking shelves that surround the aviary of my birds ). For the smaller species of parrots, cut the pomegranate in half before stinging it and let the feathered mosquitos forage as they please… you will shower them later!
If not, I cut it ( it is then my kitchen and my fingers that I smear ), remove the “chichi” ( name of the arils in Italian … pretty no? ), And add them to the parrots’ daily fruit-vegetable mix. Their beaks are irremediably attracted to these little red pearls… never waste!
Adding pomegranate arils to the parrots’ yogurt gives it “pep” and ensures that Coco will get her calcium intake for the day.
- 1 month in a cool, dark place ( her thick skin protects her from drying out )
- 2 months in the fridge ( whole )
In the fall, it’s time to stock up on them …