Eat like a Bird
March 2018 by V. R. Duin


"Ack, Ack! Ack! Don't be cheap.
Bring us goodies, bring us a treat.
We don't have to wait on you.
You must share the work load, too".

For Dolly's eat like a bird diet, a person must eat a lot relative to size and cannot just peck at food.

Whoever came up with the saying, “eat like a bird”, did not do their research. For Dolly' eat like a bird diet, a person has to eat a lot relative to size and cannot just peck at food.

In captivity, parrots eat about 20% of their body weight per day, which can be 1/2 cups (118.3 milliliters) of dry pelleted feed, or more, plus plenty of fresh food. Follow the instructions on the bird food package. People might be surprised how much birds eat. An online article from Cornell Lab of Ornithology helps to answer the question: How Much Do Birds Eat Each Day? A person may have trouble keeping up with a parrot. The average parrot weighs approximately one pound (0.453592 kilogram). Calculate how much food a person must eat relative to size on an eat like a bird diet. It also is unlikely anyone can eat in the same way as a bird. People chew their food. Parrots either swallow it whole or break it down with their beaks and claws. The gizzard completes the “chewing” process for birds and some other creatures, including reptiles, earthworms, mollusks, insects and some fish. People do not have gizzards.

On an eat like a bird diet, a person must eat a whole lot at daybreak, then again in the late afternoon. It also may be necessary to make a schedule change. Smaller birds eat more than larger ones. So, a smaller person needs to eat more relative to size than a larger one. Parrots in the wild can spend up to 80 percent of their day foraging for food. When a person tries eating like a birds, they will not be pecking at food. Eating food will become a central life focus. A person on this bird-based diet will live to eat, and eat to live. Like chickadees, blue jays, crows and some woodpeckers, the dieter may collect food to store for later meals. Gobble, gobble will take on new meaning for anyone eating like a bird. That may be the major task accomplished on some days. Unlike birds, people do not burn a lot of energy flying around. People will probably gain weight on this diet.

Dolly's eat like a bird diet requires a person to eat a lot relative to size. People must have plenty of birdseed, pellets, grains, vegetables and fruits on hand for constant eating. When given a melon, people must start by eat the seeds. Fortunately, they will not have to eat the rind. A puree of foods may meet with a warm reception by anyone trying to eat like a bird. People must make a huge change in diet. It is important to scramble eggs with the shells. Chicken, turkey, eggs or fish should be unseasoned when cooked. A parrot would never discard the shells and eat just the eggs. Other animals and people may not even want to peck at food of this type. People may have to cheat a bit, and hold their nose or brush their teeth after eating like a bird. While brushing their teeth, people are behaving like a bird. Most birds do not have teeth. The Goosander Tooth Duck, also called a “saw-bill”, is one of the few animals with beaks that also contain teeth.

For Dolly's eat like a bird diet you'll have to eat a lot relative to size. Here are some other items for the human shopping cart: almonds, apples, apricots, bananas, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, brown rice, cantaloupe, carrots, coconuts, cranberries, currants, grapes, green beans, greens (kale, mustard or turnip greens), guava, hazelnuts, kiwis, legumes, lemons, macadamia nuts, mangoes, melon without the rind, millet, okra, oranges, papayas, parsley, human grade peanuts, pears, persimmons, pine nuts, pineapples, pistachios, pomegranates, quinoa, uncooked oats, raisins, spinach, sprouts, squashes (pumpkin, butternut, spaghetti, plus roasted seeds), strawberries, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, walnuts, and more. Of course, a person will have little time for shopping. To avoid pesticides, organic foods are best.

To maintain fowl rather than foul health and consume the complete and balanced diet of a parrot, a person cannot peck at food. It will be necessary for people to sacrifice some favorite, fast snack foods laden with grease and salt. Potatoes are fine, but not as French fries. The life schedule will have revolve around eating. For Dolly's eat like a bird diet, a person may need to take on gig work or work at night. To eat a lot relative to size, a person may need to forage for food throughout much of the day. A person who leads a nocturnal life may do their dining throughout the night. There are nocturnal parrots, so the “night owls” will not be viewed as shirking their food duties, when they do their eating during the twilight hours. If they're too tired to prepare a big meal, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is likely to please a parrot.

On an eat like a bird diet, food choice does not mean to eat a lot relative to size. Appropriateness must also be considered. For instance, a person cannot eat like a parrot if they include avocados in their diet. Even if a person tries to peck at food, they may not be able to eat some of their favorite foods. Some of the foods that would satisfy a person may not be good for their bird. Cooked porridge oats may stick to your bird's beak after they dry. It is important to know which foods are harmful to a parrot. The seeds or pits of apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines and peaches contain cyanide, which is toxic to parrots. Moldy bread also may be toxic to birds. Other fruits and vegetables that aren't good for a parrot include asparagus, cabbage, dried beans, eggplant, mushrooms, olives, raw onions, rhubarb, sugar-free candy and tomato leaves. Parrots also should avoid consuming chocolate, all dairy products, alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks. When serving up a bowl of popcorn, it must be made without butter. People quickly will discover why birds are not known as party animals.

Is anyone ready for Dolly's eat like a bird diet? If so, get ready to eat a lot relative to size. If birds with beaks, do not peck at food, animals without beaks should be less inclined to do so. This job might never get done. Anyone taking this approach will spend more than an average time to meet their daily food requirements. It would take a long time to forage for food one peck at a time. A person, who must forage for food, can forget about most other work. However, can that person take time to sleep? Can they sleep like a bird? Parrots sleep upright with one eye open. During sleep, parrots are half-asleep and half-alert to danger. They can break up their periods of sleep. These sleep interruptions may not be healthy for people.

People have a tendency to apply their personal food regimes to their animals. For birds, dogs, cats or another species, human foods and dietary regimes can be harmful to animals. The result can be dietary deficiencies, obesity and chronic illness for these pets. Healthy foods help keep pets healthy. A variety in proteins is essential to dogs and cats. It may not be healthy for other animals to peck at food, or to follow an eat like a bird diet. They would have to eat huge volumes of food relative to size. Vitamin and mineral requirements are likely to differ between animal classes. Supplementation with vitamin D3 is important for parrots that are kept indoors. It is important to provide vitamins for birds. Their plumage has special needs.

Since more people have cats and dogs than birds, Dolly wants to make sure that well-intended owners do not allow their pets to try the eat like a bird diet. They should not eat a lot relative to size any more than eat like a human as to types of food. Variety in foods is vital to most pets. However it has to be the right food. A pet rarely can merely peck at the same pet food product daily and receive proper nutrition. A person is welcome to try the like a bird diet. That person may not last long with this unhealthy challenge. It is not healthy for people to eat like their pets. It is also unhealthy for pets to eat like their owners. Some foods enjoyed by the owners may not be pleasing to birds. Dates and figs are two such examples. Many birds refuse these fruits. They can suffer digestive tract problems from eating them. Rarely is a friend without feathers and beaks capable of eating like birds.

Birds Do Not Peck at Food

  • Relative to Size Dolly says:

    Compared to a person, a bird may eat a lot relative to size, because birds generally burn food faster than people.

  • Peck at Food Dolly says:

    The smaller the bird, the larger the appetite, but none of us can survive if we just “peck at food” like a slow, slow sloth.

    • eat like a birdDolly says:

      Be sure to put out birdseed during the winter months, so that every bird can “eat like a bird” throughout the year.