Vegetables, Salad & Fruit

Vegetables, Salad & Fruit

This overview is of course not complete, but contains only varieties that seem reasonable to me. You could also feed raspberries or beetroot, for example, but that would probably only lead to more colourful birds and a wonderful “mess” in the cage.

Suitable varieties

VegetablesLettuce & SproutsFruit
Cauliflower (also leaves)ChivoréeApple (without cores)
Broccoli (also leaves)Oakleaf lettuceApricot
FennelEndive lettuceStrawberry (also leaves)
Carrots (with green)Lamb’s lettuceBlueberry
Potato (only cooked)Garden cressCherry
PumpkinLettuce [Spritzmittel!]Kiwi (with peel)
Swiss chardLollo RossoLychee
Paprika (with cores)Picking lettuceMelon (with peel)
Parsnip (nur Wurzel!)RadicchioMirabelle
Cucumber (with seeds)Rocket / ArugulaNectarine
Sweet potato (cooked)Gooseberry
TomatoGrape (with cores)
Jerusalem artichoke

especially recommended / important ingredients / only small amounts / harmful to health

Salads from the greenhouse

You should not use lettuce from the greenhouse (not even organic!) Because they are too heavily fertilized. It is therefore advisable to offer lettuce only in summer or only from own cultivation. For most fruits, the seeds should not be fed.

Vegetables to meet the nutritional needs

  • Vitamin A: carrot (1.7mg/100g)
  • Vitamin C: bell bell pepper (140mg/100g) / broccoli (94.0mg/100g)
  • Calcium : arugula (160mg/100g)
  • Silicic acid: Cucumber

Nutrient content

Little or not at all suitable

There are quite a few varieties that are suitable for parrots and large parakeets, but not necessarily for budgies and therefore better to do without.


  • Eggplant
  • Mushroom
  • Beans and peas
  • Ginger
  • Kohlrabi
  • Lenses
  • Radish and radish
  • Beet
  • Asparagus


  • Banana
  • Pear and nashi
  • Clementine and tangerine
  • Pomegranate
  • Grapefruit, grapefruit and pomolo
  • Guava
  • Currant
  • Persimmon and sharon fruit
  • Orange
  • Physalis
  • Star fruit
  • Kumquat
  • Lime and lemon
  • Mango
  • Passion fruit
  • Papaya and babaco
  • Quince

Harmful or fatal

Avocado with skull
  • Avocado (lethal)
  • Mushroom, asparagus, beans and peas
  • Citrus
  • Salads from the greenhouse (high nitrate content)
  • Collard greens (indigestion)
  • H.-J. Kühne: “Die Ernährung der Papageien und Sittiche” (Arndt-Verlag)
  • A. Wilbrand: “Futterpflanzen für Vögel” (Oertel+Spörer)
  • V. Oertel & P. Wolf : “Früchte, Gemüse & Nüsse” (Arndt-Verlag)

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