Yes, parakeets can eat sesame seeds!
Parakeets typically eat a variety of seeds and fruits as well as pellets. Seeds are an essential part of the diet for any bird because they provide all of the necessary nutrients needed to grow feathers as well as muscles.
Sesame seeds offer a wide array of nutrients for a parakeet and also contain sesamin and sesamolin, both of which are essential in providing energy that helps support proper blood circulation throughout their body.
They also contain some protein but not much fat or sugar. The high percentage of water in sesame seeds makes them especially good to eat during the summer months when it can be challenging to find fresh sources of water.
Sesame seeds are also a good source of calcium for parakeets, which is important to prevent developing any bone problems in the future. Too much protein can lead to kidney failure and eventually death, so it's always best to make sesame seed part of a balanced diet with other food items like vegetables or fruit, or pellets.
Can Parakeets Eat Roasted Sesame Seeds?
Generally, uncooked or sprouted sesame seeds are better for parakeets because they have not been processed in any way. Roasted sesame seeds might be okay if they are the only seed available to feed your parakeet, and they have not been roasted in oil or salt, but it's best not to rely on them as a primary food source.
Can Parakeets Eat Sesame Snaps?
Sesame snaps are made of whole sesame seeds that have been roasted and then dusted with a spicy flavor. They can be eaten as a snack or used in cooking to add flavor to dishes.
Sesame snaps are a snack made for humans and, as such, might be harmful to a parakeet. Sesame snaps are too spicy and salty for them, which can make their feathers fall out or cause kidney failure in the long run.
According to My Fitness Pal, Sesame Snaps contain 7g of fat and 20mg of sodium per serving, which is too much for a small bird.
How To Feed Your Parakeet Sesame Seeds
If you are going to feed your parakeet sesame seeds, you should mix them with other seeds, pellets, or fruits for a more complete meal.
A better way for them to consume them would be sprouted.
How To Sprout Sesame Seeds
1. Rinse the sesame seeds off and remove any excess shells or chaff.
2. Place the sesame seeds in a bowl or on a plate and make sure there is enough water to cover the seeds with at least 1 inch of water. Leave them out for 8-12 hours to soak, then drain off the water (do not rinse them).
3. Cover the plate or bowl where you put the seeds with a paper towel or cloth napkin and keep them moist by leaving them slightly wet but not soaked. If they feel dry, just mist them with some more water. Seeds that have sprouted should be very wet at all times, so make sure to keep an eye on them.