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Can I give my bird peach pits?

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Whenever I take fruit, I share it with my sun conure. I cut off a little piece for him and I eat the rest. Sometimes I can't get off all the fruit from the pit. Is it OK if I give it to him to eat and to play with? Will my germs hurt him? Can the pit do him harm?
asked May 6, 2013 in Bird Care by (3,100 points)

1 Answer

+1 vote
Apple seeds and the pits of cherries, peaches, plums nectarines and apricots contain a cyanide compound. They are dangerous to humans as well, although being much larger than our birds, we would have to eat much more than they do to become ill or even die. Just as with nut shells, birds can break off pieces of pits with their sharp beaks and it takes a lot less to make them sick. These pieces can also cause blockages in the digestive system if swallowed. Either cut the fruit away from the pit or keep on eye out and remove it when the bird finishes the fruit.
answered May 7, 2013 by (36,420 points)