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.
Cherry (no pits)
Peach (no pits)
Pear (no pits)
Plum (no pits)
Artichoke Bell Peppers
Eggplant (fruit only)
Pumpkin (and seeds)
Radish Red Beet (fresh)
Nuts and Grains
Quinoa Brown Rice
Whole Wheat Pasta
Wheat Grass Powder