Is peanut butter bad for birds? Will it stick to the roof of their beaks?

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Is peanut butter bad for birds? Will it stick to the roof of their beaks?

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This topic is hotly debated, but there is no scientific evidence one way or the other. We humans sometimes have trouble digesting large mouthfuls of peanut butter, so is it logical that the same is true for birds? Not really. Birds’ bills do not have as much saliva as human mouths, so it is less likely that the peanut butter will get gooey and stuck to the roof. To be safe, it’s smart to mix chunky peanut butter with whole oats, raisins, cornmeal, and other ingredients to make it drier and more solid, and thus less sticky when it enters a bird’s bill. Offer only small amounts and offer a source of water, just in case a bird wants to get a beak-cleaning drink.

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