Last Updated on September 6, 2022 by Ali Shahid
You just buy tomatoes and go home. When you are cutting tomatoes to prepare your dish, your lovebird suddenly catches your attention. You started wondering, are tomatoes good or bad for lovebirds? Can lovebirds eat tomatoes?
Yes, lovebirds can eat tomatoes, but only in moderation. Tomatoes contain high levels of acidity and can cause ulcers or stomach upset if eaten frequently. Lovebirds usually have no problem eating tomato flesh.
But they should not eat the vines and leaves because they are highly toxic. Here’s some advice from an avian vet on feeding tomatoes to lovebirds. It is therefore important that you read this article completely.
Benefits of Feeding tomatoes to Lovebirds
Around 95% of tomatoes are water. The remaining 5% is made up of fiber and carbohydrates. Here are the nutrients in a small (100-gram) raw tomato:
- 18 Calories
- 95% Water
- 0.9 grams of Protein
- 3.9 grams Carbs
- 2.6 grams of Sugar
- 1.2 grams of Fiber
- 0.2 grams of Fat
Tomatoes have tons of nutrients which make them great for lovebirds. Among these are vitamins and minerals.
- Lovebirds need vitamin A to grow healthy beaks, nails, and feathers.
- Vitamin C aids in reducing stress, promoting growth, development, and tissue repair, while antioxidants support a healthy immune system.
- Whenever your bird suffers an injury, vitamin K helps promote the coagulation of blood. In this way, you can prevent severe bleeding.
- Folate (Vitamin B9) plays a vital role in regulating cell function and tissue growth.
- Potassium helps you retain water and keeps your blood pressure healthy. In this way, fatal diseases like stroke can be prevented.
- Calcium helps promote healthy bone growth. The body needs antioxidants to fight off free radicals, which cause cancer and heart disease.
- A tomato is 95% water, so they keep your lovebird slightly hydrated
- Tomatoes contain fiber that is very good for the bowels of your lovebird.
Risk Associated with feeding too much tomato to Lovebirds
Too much tomato can be harmful to lovebirds. Tomatoes cause stomach problems because of their acidity levels. Overfeeding tomatoes can cause minor upset stomachs to more severe conditions such as ulcers.
Make sure you only give a quarter of a tomato a week. The leaves and vines of tomato plants should also be taken into consideration. Sadly, these products are highly toxic to birds, so avoid them at all costs!
Tomato products cooked on Teflon should not be fed to your bird. Teflon emits toxic fumes. Unlike animals, humans are much bigger and can effectively filter these chemicals. However, lovebirds are highly susceptible to Teflon smells!
How to Feed tomatoes to lovebirds?
We can simplify this process for you. The lovebirds’ diet can include tomatoes as a percentage. Lovebirds are more likely to eat tomatoes if they are served without seeds.
In this way, you can make sure that tomatoes aren’t wasted. Cut the tomatoes into slices and put them in their feed bowls.
You should avoid cooking tomatoes. We have sometimes cooked tomatoes in oils in our homes. Tomatoes of this type are hazardous to lovebirds. Do not give this to lovebirds.
How many tomatoes you can feed to lovebirds?
This is the most important thing a lovebird owner needs to remember. Because tomatoes are acidic, they are harmful to birds. Therefore, quarter slices are recommended for better results.
Don’t forget to include tomatoes in your bird’s daily food. Don’t give it daily, but every week or after 15 days. If consumed daily, it damages the stomach.
Type of Tomatoes Lovebirds Can Eat?
Some of the tomatoes you can feed your lovebird are:
- Organic Tomatoes
Because organic tomatoes are pesticide and fertilizer-free, they are healthier for your lovebird. However, be sure to cook these tomatoes since raw tomatoes are more acidic.
- Dried Tomatoes
When dried, tomatoes lose their acidity exponentially, so they will be a good choice for your lovebird.
- Store Tomatoes
Tomatoes purchased from the store are edible, but you should clean them thoroughly before cutting them up.
Type of Tomatoes Lovebirds can’t Eat?
Even though you can feed these tomatoes to your lovebird, they might do more harm than good.
- Cherry tomatoes contain more acid than ripe tomatoes because their skin contains more acid. If you have another tomato option instead of a cherry tomato, feed it to your lovebird.
- Canned tomatoes require more acid to preserve, so you shouldn’t feed them to your lovebird. Foods that are too acidic for lovebirds are not healthy.
Lovebirds and other smaller parrots can enjoy tomatoes as a nutrient-rich, healthy food, provided they consume them in moderation. Cooking tomatoes makes it easier for a lovebird to digest.
However, do not cook them on Teflon as it may be fatal. Tomatoes such as canned tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, and raw tomatoes are too acidic for these little birds.
Sun-dried tomatoes, cooked tomatoes, and tomato sauce are all good treats for lovebirds. A tomato is a great way to spice up the palate of your feathered friend. Just be sure to feed them moderately.
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.