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Can Parrots Eat Eggs? Everything You Need To Know!

The idea of feeding eggs to your parrot may seem a little strange considering parrots themselves lay eggs. 

In the wild, birds of prey eat the eggs of other birds quite commonly, but that is not the case for parrots. Parrots primarily consume fruits, vegetables, seeds, and occasionally insects in their natural habitat. Eggs are typically not a part of a parrot’s natural diet.

However, eggs are an excellent source of protein and other nutrients. In fact, they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet.  

So you might be asking yourself with some confused feelings, can parrots eat eggs? 

Yes, parrots can eat eggs. Eggs can be a nutritious addition to a parrot’s diet when given in moderation. They provide a good source of protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals that are beneficial for their health. 

In this article, we’ll go over the health benefits of feeding eggs to your parrots and the best way you can prepare it for them. 

Are Eggs Good For Parrots?

Eggs are just as nutritious and tasty for parrots as they are for us. They provide a range of nutrients to a parrot’s diet. Make sure the eggs you feed your parrots are organic and come from free-range farm hens. Pasture-raised eggs provide the highest nutrient content and can be extremely healthy for your parrot.     

However, it’s important to note that eggs should not be the sole source of nutrition for parrots. They should be considered as a supplement or an occasional treat in addition to a balanced diet that includes fruits, veggies, and seeds. 

Health Benefits Of Feeding Eggs To Parrots

Feeding eggs to parrots can offer a range of health benefits. Eggs are packed with essential nutrients, making them a great addition to their diet. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein, which helps with tissue repair, feather development, and overall growth while they also have certain trace minerals like copper, iron, and magnesium. 


Eggs are a great source of high-quality protein for parrots. They can help to support parrots’ growth, daily protein requirement, and overall well-being. In addition to this, eggs contribute to the color and quality of their feathers, beak, and claws since all of them are also made out of protein. 

Amino Acids 

Besides being a rich protein source, eggs also contain Amino acids. They play a vital role in various bodily functions, including tissue repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.  


Eggs contain high amounts of calcium, especially the eggshells. You can serve your parrots eggs with the eggshells broken down into tiny pieces. It is an easy source of supplemental of calcium for parrots.      


Choline is an essential mineral that is mainly found in the egg yolk. It promotes cellular growth and supports a wide range of bodily functions. It is also an important mineral for brain development and supporting bone density.  

Essential Vitamins

It is amazing how just one food can have all the vital vitamins needed. The egg yolk alone contains good amounts of vitamins A, D, E K, B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, and B12. That means a huge part of your parrot’s daily nutritional requirements can be met with just one egg.   

Trace Minerals 

Eggs are not only a rich source of macronutrients like protein and fats, but they also contain trace minerals. Trace minerals found in eggs, such as manganese, selenium, and zinc play a crucial role in various physiological processes. 

How To Serve Your Parrot Eggs?

When it comes to incorporating eggs into your parrot’s diet, there are several ways to serve them. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks. Eggs can be a nutritious and tasty addition to a parrot’s diet when served properly. 

Can Parrots Eat Eggs Raw

Raw eggs provide the same benefits as cooked eggs. Parrots can safely eat raw eggs but make sure they are not older than a few days. If an egg is spoiled the risk of contracting the bacterium Salmonella is higher from raw eggs compared to cooking. However, you should never feed your parrots eggs that are gone bad.   

bowl of eggs

Can Parrots Eat Boiled Eggs?

Hard-boiled eggs can indeed be a great option for feeding your parrot. They offer a convenient and nutritious treat that parrots often enjoy. They can also be chopped up into small, bite-sized pieces or can be mixed with other foods. You may choose to keep the shells on since the boiling kills the bacteria on them. Though you may still wash them with water. Just like us, parrots have the same potential risks of contracting bacteria from dirty eggs. 

boiled eggs

Can Parrots Eat Eggshells?

Egg shells are edible and can be a good source of calcium for parrots. However, feeding them to your parrot is not completely risk-free. Eggshells can potentially carry Salmonella. 

Parrots can eat eggshells as long as it has been cleaned properly and well-grinded. If you’re going to feed eggshells to your parrot, it is recommended that you washed them thoroughly to minimize the risk.    

egg shells

Can Parrots Eat Scrambled Eggs? 

Yes, parrots can eat scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs can be a popular choice for parrots. Ensure the eggs are plain, without any added seasonings, salt, butter, or oil. You can add veggies if you want to. Cook the eggs nicely and then scramble them.

Can Parrots Eat Fried Eggs?

Parrots should not eat fried eggs as it is not the ideal way to prepare it for them. Fried eggs are typically cooked in oil or butter, which adds unhealthy fat and calories to the eggs. However, that does not mean you cannot feed omelette to your parrot. There are recipes for making an omelettte that don’t require much or any oil. 

fried egg

Cooked Or Raw Eggs  – Which is Better For Parrots? 

Both cooked and raw eggs are fine for parrots to eat and provide the same amount of nutrition. However, when it comes to feeding eggs to parrots, it is generally better if it is cooked or boiled. 

You should not feed raw eggs to parrots since it is difficult for parrots to consume liquids properly. Unlike solid foods which they can easily pick and swallow, it is much harder to get anything out of a bowl of liquid especially if it is not filled to the brim. 

I find that when I feed raw eggs to my parrots, much of it goes to waste, no matter how much I try to make it easy for them to eat it. And it is not surprising when you think about it. You always have to replace their water bowl with fresh water before they have completely finished drinking. Cooked eggs on the other hand are a more practical option, as they can be easily portioned and served to parrots.   

What Is The Best Way To Feed Eggs To Your Parrot?

Eggs are a great food for parrots no matter how they are prepared. But if you want to get the most nutrition out of them, boiled eggs with veggies are the way to go. I find that the best way to feed eggs to your parrot is by offering hard-boiled eggs because it is easy to serve and you don’t run the risk of it carrying any bacteria. They can also be cut into small pieces or mashed with a fork. You can also garnish them with egg shells and other veggies as well. 

How Often Can Parrots Eat Eggs?

Eggs can be a great addition to a parrot’s diet. However, they should not eat eggs every day. Eggs contain a moderate amount of sodium (142 mg per 100 g of whole egg) which can create problems for parrots if consumed on a regular basis. Ideally, giving half an egg twice a week can provide the right balance and help them receive a variety of nutrients. It’s advisable to consult with an avian veterinarian to determine how often your parrot can eat eggs based on its size, individual needs, and overall dietary plan.

Is The Cholesterol In Eggs Bad For Parrots?

The cholesterol found in eggs does not have the same impact on cholesterol levels as saturated fats and trans fats do. While eggs do contain cholesterol, numerous studies have shown that dietary cholesterol has a minimal effect on blood cholesterol levels for most individuals, including parrots.


Eggs are an exceptionally inexpensive way to supplement your parrot’s diet. There is no denying they provide a ton of nutrients and are easy to cook for your parrot. There’s really no reason to not include them in your parrot’s diet. I usually give eggs to parrots once or twice a week. But I don’t give it as often to the smaller ones like my budgie. In any case, it’s crucial to maintain a balanced diet and so it can be good to consult with an avian veterinarian to find the appropriate portion sizes based on your parrot’s specific needs.

Dorson Joseph
Dorson Joseph

I'm Dorson, a bird enthusiast who's had a lifelong fascination for the avian world. I am a parent to my beloved Senegal parrot and budgie, which has deepened my love for avian creatures and taught me a lot over the years. I co-run a bird store and care center with my friends, where we work with experienced professionals to care for our flock. Now, I find great joy in sharing my knowledge with others, hoping to assist fellow bird keepers and enthusiasts in understanding birds and helping them live happy lives.

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