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.

How Much Do Birds Eat Each Day? 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. The website for the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology helps to answer a lot of questions about birds. It offers bird guides, bird cams and other information about birds.

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 for his or her size. It is unlikely anyone can eat food 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.

It may be necessary to make schedule changes. To eat like some birds, person must eat a whole lot at daybreak, then again in the late afternoon. 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. It would take a long time to forage for food one peck at a time. 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.

Eating food will become a central life focus. A person on this bird-based diet will live to eat, and eat to live. A person, who must forage for food, can forget about most other work. 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, who eat like Dolly, probably will gain weight. Sugar-free candy is not allowed. It may or may not help weight gain that parrots must avoid chocolate, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks.

Dolly's diet means constant eating. A person to eat a lot for his or her size. Plenty of birdseed, pellets, grains, vegetables and fruits must be kept on hand at all times. When given a melon, people must start with the seeds. Fortunately, they will not have to swallow the rind. It is important to scramble eggs with the shells. Chicken, turkey, eggs or fish should be unseasoned. A parrot would never discard the shells and eat just the eggs. To maintain fowl rather than foul health people must sacrifice some favorite, fast snack foods. Potatoes are fine, but not as French fries. A puree of foods may meet with a warm reception by anyone trying to eat like a bird. To avoid pesticides, organic foods are best.

Food choice is important. People must make huge changes in the way they eat. If birds with beaks, do not peck at food, animals without beaks should not do this. Anyone taking this approach will spend more than an average time to meet their daily food requirements. They may not want to peck at food that will give a parrot a complete and nutritional diet. 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. While brushing their teeth, people are not 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 has teeth.

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.

The schedule revolves around eating. A person will have little time for shopping. It may be necessary to take on gig work or work at night. A person may need to forage for food throughout much of the day. A person, who leads a nocturnal bird's life, may dine during twilight hours. There are nocturnal parrots. “Night owls” will not be shirking their food duties. If someone's too tired to prepare a big meal, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich may be enough. Does this diet allow time to sleep? Can people sleep like a bird? Parrots sleep upright with one eye open. During sleep, parrots are half-asleep and half-alert. They break up their sleep periods. These habits may not be good for people.

Appropriateness of food matters. For instance, people cannot include avocados in their bird diet. 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 a 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 are toxic to parrots. Moldy bread may be bad for 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.

Healthy foods help keep pets healthy. A variety in proteins matters to dogs and cats. People have a tendency to apply their personal food regimes to their animals. For birds, dogs, cats or other animals, human foods and dietary regimes can be harmful. The result can be dietary deficiencies, obesity and chronic illness for these pets. 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 swallow 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.

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. A pet rarely can eat the same pet food daily and receive proper nutrition. 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.