Eat like a Bird
March 2019 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 research. For Dolly's eat like a bird diet, a person has to eat a lot relative to size. The job would not get done nibbling like sloths.

Parrots in captivity eat about 20% of their body weight per day. This adds up to 1/2 cups (118.3 milliliters) of dry pelleted feed, or more. Follow package directions. Supplement with plenty of fresh food.

People might be surprised how much birds eat. The website for Cornell University Lab of Ornithology gives insights into bird appetites. It has guides, cams and other information.

A person may have trouble keeping up with a parrot. The average parrot weighs approximately one pound (0.453592 kilogram). Calculate the huge amount of food a person must eat according to his or her size.

Smaller birds have larger appetites. Compared to people, birds may eat far greater quantities relative to size. Birds generally burn food faster. Putting birdseed out in winter, helps meet their nutritional needs.

People chew food. Parrots swallow it whole or chop it with beaks and claws. Gizzards complete the “chewing” process for birds, reptiles, earthworms, mollusks, insects and some fish. People have no gizzard.

Schedules may change. Gig work may be necessary. To eat like some birds, people must eat a whole lot at daybreak. In the late afternoon, eating picks up again. Some parrots forage most of the day.

Smaller birds eat more than larger ones. A smaller person needs to eat more relative to size than a larger one. Pecking at food may not get this job done. It would take a long time to forage one peck at a time.

Dieters discover birds are not party animals. Popcorn must be served without butter. Fowl becomes foul without a sacrifice of some fast foods. Potatoes are fine, but not as French fries.

Eating becomes a central life focus. A person on this bird-based diet will live to eat, and eat to live. Foragers may collect and store food, like chickadees, blue jays, crows and some woodpeckers.

Gobble, gobble will take on new meaning. That may be the major task for most days. Friends without feathers and beaks are likely to gain weight. Unlike birds, people do not burn a lot of energy flying around.

Sugar-free candy is not allowed. It may not help weight gain that people must avoid chocolate, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks on a parrot diet.

A puree of foods may meet with a warm reception. Birdseed, pellets, grains, vegetables and fruits always must be kept on hand. Organic and fresh foods generally are healthy.

Parrots start with the seeds of melons. They do not swallow the rind. They love scrambled eggs with the shells. Chicken, turkey, eggs or fish should be unseasoned.

People may have to cheat a bit. They may have to hold their nose or brush their teeth after eating worms and bugs and smelly things. The food textures may be slithery, slimy, rubbery mealy, stringy or otherwise disgusting.

The search for a hen's tooth will be unending. Most birds have no teeth. Brushing teeth is not for birds. The Goosander Tooth Duck, also called a “saw-bill”, is one of few animals with beaks and teeth.

There are nocturnal parrots. A person leading a night life may dine during twilight hours. “Night owls” are not shirking food duties. Those too tired to cook may have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Does this diet allow time to sleep? Parrots sleep upright with one eye open. They are half-asleep and half-alert. They break up their sleep periods. These habits may not be possible or healthy for people.

Human food may be bad for birds. Avocados are off the shopping list. Cooked porridge may stick to beaks after drying. Seeds or pits of apples, apricots, cherries, nectarines and peaches are toxic to parrots.

Moldy bread may harm birds. Other fruits and vegetables that aren't good for a parrot include asparagus, cabbage, dried beans, eggplant, mushrooms, olives, raw onions, rhubarb and tomato leaves.

Variety matters to all animals. People have a tendency to apply their personal food regimes to their animals. The result can be dietary deficiencies, obesity and chronic illness.

Vitamin and mineral requirements differ among animals. Supplementation with vitamin D3 is important for indoor parrots. It is important to provide specific vitamins for birds. Their plumage has special needs.

Some foods enjoyed by people may not be pleasing to birds. Dates and figs are examples. Many birds refuse these fruits. They can suffer digestive tract problems from eating them.

A person is welcome to try the like a bird diet. A pet rarely can eat the same pet food daily and receive proper nutrition. It is not healthy for people to eat like their pets. This unhealthy challenge should not last long.