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  • Writer's pictureLaurie Elle

Whole Foods and the Caique Friendly Grocery List

Caiques need a variety of whole unprocessed foods to grow and thrive. Food serves many purposes. It provides proper nutrition, environmental enrichment and stimulates the mind.


Whole fresh foods are essential to keeping your caique happy and healthy. With so many delicious and attractive options, why not incorporate more fresh foods into your caique's diet?


You'll find a list of healthy and safe foods that you can feed your caique at the bottom of this post. But before you head out on your next shopping trip, consider all the benefits you can bring home to your bird.

Proper nutrition provides Caiques with the necessary vitamins and minerals to maintain healthy bones, muscles, feathers and skin. In addition, food provides them with energy for their activities and keeps their immune system strong.


Food also plays a part in environmental enrichment and stimulates their minds. This is especially true when various foraging games and activities are set up. Such activities can go a long way in preventing unwanted behaviors such as screaming for attention and feather destructive behavior.


When providing food whole or in larger chunks or pieces you give your caique the opportunity to sort, peel, shred and manipulate their food. All these things not only help to keep birds mentally stimulated but also divert their attention away from unwanted behaviors.


An array of colorful fruit on a table.


Fruits

 

Apple

Apricot

Banana

Blackberry

Blueberry

Cantaloupe melon

Cherry (no pits)

Cranberry

Dried dates

Figs

Gooseberries

Grape

Guava

Honeydew melon

Kiwifruit

Mango

Nectarine

Orange

Papaya

Peach (no pits)

Pear (no pits)

Pineapple

Plum (no pits)

Pomegranate

Raspberry

Strawberry

Tangerine


An array of colorful veggies on a display.

Veggies

 

Artichoke Bell Peppers

Broccoli

Brussels sprouts

Carrot

Cauliflower

Celery stalks

Corn

Cucumber

Eggplant (fruit only)

Endive

Green Beans

Hot Peppers

Kale

Lettuce

Sweet Peas

Potato (cooked)

Pumpkin (and seeds)

Radish Red Beet (fresh)

Radicchio

Romaine Lettuce

Spinach

Sprouts

Squash

Sweet Potato

Turnips

Watercress

Yams

Zucchini


Nuts and grains in bowls on a white background.

Nuts and Grains

 

Quinoa Brown Rice

Wild rice

Dry oatmeal

Whole Wheat Pasta

Hemp Seed

Rape Seed

Flax Seed

Wheat Grass Powder

Spelt

Celery Seed

Amaranth

Almonds

Walnuts

Pecans

Cashews

Pistachios

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