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Can Parrots Eat Raisins? (Too Much Sugar?) 

Raisins are little balls of sweetness that are both healthy and delicious. They can be relished on their own or can be used to add flavor to a variety of dishes.  

And, as a responsible parrot owner, you always look to provide your parrot with a treat that is also nutritious. As such, you may be curious if your parrot could eat raisins since they are considered to be a healthier alternative to sugary snacks. While that is true, raisins are still around 60% sugar which can be an issue for parrots. 

Parrots can technically eat raisins but due to their high sugar content, it is best you offer it to them in moderation. While small amounts of raisins can be okay as an occasional treat, consuming them in excess can lead to stomach discomfort and other digestive issues for parrots. 

Are Raisins Safe For Parrots? 

Parrots can safely eat raisins but it is important to watch their consumption. While raisins themselves are not toxic to parrots, their high sugar content makes them more suitable as an occasional treat than a regular dietary staple. The concentrated fructose content in raisins can contribute to weight gain, obesity, and potential health complications, such as diabetes if consumed excessively. 

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Health Benefits Of Raisins For Parrots

Raisins are definitely a bit higher on the glycemic index, but they also have a ton of important nutrients. Here are some ways feeding raisins could benefit parrots: 


Raisins contain soluble fiber, which can be helpful in promoting healthy digestion and reducing stomach-related issues. The fiber content in raisins can help regulate bowel movements and supports overall gastrointestinal health in parrots.

Additionally, raisins also retail tartaric acid from grapes, which has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. It may aid in reducing inflammation within the body, including the intestines. Further, it could also contribute to improved intestinal function and help maintain a healthy balance of gut bacteria. 


Raisins have naturally occurring phytonutrients that can have beneficial effects on health. They can fight free radicals from the bloodstream and prevent damage to cells and helping to bolster overall immunity.  


Raisins contain good amounts of iron in them, which can be beneficial for parrots. Iron is an important mineral that helps the body make red blood cells and carry oxygen. This also helps prevent iron deficiency in parrots. 

What Happens If You Feed Too Many Raisins To Your Parrot

Raisins are dried grapes, and like their fresh counterparts, they contain natural sugars. However, the drying process concentrates these sugars, resulting in a higher sugar content per volume in raisins. Let’s look at how this may affect parrots: 

Increased Sugar Levels 

Raisins can quite literally shock your parrot’s sensitive stomach due to the high sugars. Parrots’ digestive systems are not designed to handle large amounts of sugar in their diet, and consuming excessive amounts of raisins can lead to a sudden spike in their blood sugar levels. Compared to grapes, raisins are significantly higher in sugar. In fact, raisins contain 59g of sugar (per 100 grams) compared to grapes which have just under 16g of sugar (per 100 grams).  


Parrots are prone to developing health issues like obesity and diabetes, and the consumption of high-sugar foods like raisins increases their risks. Consuming too many raisins can make a parrot lethargic and prevent it from burning those excess calories which can result in weight gain over time. Obesity can have serious health consequences for parrots, including an increased risk of cardiovascular problems. 

Choking Hazard

Dried fruits can a chewy and sticky as most of their water content is removed through heat.  Raisins in particular can pose a choking hazard to parrots due to their sticky and dense texture. The sticky nature of raisins can create a problem for parrots to properly tear it into smaller pieces. 

It could also possibly become a choking hazard if this sticks to the roof of the parrot’s mouth or gets stuck in its crop. Before offering raisins to your parrot, It is crucial to cut them into smaller pieces, especially for smaller ones. You should also monitor their eating behavior closely.


Can Parrots Eat Raisins Seeds?

Raisin seeds are not only safe for parrots but can be beneficial for their health. Raisins seeds contain the most antioxidant content which can protect the parrot from free radicals and strengthen their immune response. 

How To Feed Raisins To Parrots?

It is almost never advisable to offer raisins to parrots as a standalone snack due to their high sugar content. 

Parrots can be offered raisins as part of a dish. When raisins are cooked, they tend to soften and lose some of their sticky texture, which can make them easier for parrots to consume. While cooked and cut raisins may be more suitable for parrots compared to raw ones, it is essential to give it to them in moderation. 

If you wish to give raisins to your parrots as a separate treat, make sure you cut them into smaller pieces. Parrots, especially the small ones can have difficulty swallowing chunks of raisins properly. Cutting them into parrot-sized bites will allow them to eat it without the risk of choking.    

How Many Raisins Can Parrots Eat? 

It is recommended to offer no more than one or two raisins at a time, depending on the size of the parrot. Raisins, while they may seem small, can contain a concentrated amount of sugar and calories. Giving too many raisins to a parrot can contribute to weight gain and other health issues.

You may offer 1-2 raisins to larger parrots while a smaller parrot should not be given any more than 1 small raisin. Remember that raisins are high in sugar and should not be a regular part of a parrot’s diet.


Can Parrots Eat Currants? 

While parrots can eat currants safely, it is important you monitor their consumption. Currants are small, sweet berries that belong to the same family as grapes. They are generally safe for parrots to consume but as they contain a lot of sugar they should be given in moderation. 

Can Parrots Eat Prunes? 

Parrots can eat prunes but their consumption should be limited. Prunes are dried plums and can be offered to parrots as a treat but should not be added to their diet. Just like other dried fruits, prunes have high concentrations of fructose, making them unfit for parrots to eat in high quantities. 


Parrots should generally avoid foods that are high in sugar. I usually let my parrots have a little bit of them from my cereal or some other dish that has raisin but never give it to them separately. Raisins are purely fructose and glucose and while that may not do much in the short-term, I usually do not take the risk. 

You can sometimes offer raisins to your parrots as a treat but it should not be included in their diet. A healthy diet for parrots should avoid sugar as much as possible. Focus on giving them veggies and low-sugar fruits since they can easily get hooked on unhealthy stuff and turn away from normal foods. 

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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