by Diane Burroughs April 13, 2016 3 min read

You've been wondering, "Is Red Palm Oil good for parrots?" Short answer. Yes.  It's very good for parrots with a rich mix of healthy fats, Omega's, vitamins and beta carotene. 
Sadly, Red Palm Oil or Dende Fruit for parrots has received a “bad rap” on some blogs lately, and that’s understandable. After all, thousands and thousands of acres of rainforest have been demolished by large, unscrupulous corporations to farm red palm oil. There are a number of small farming operations who use responsible, sustainable farming practices through the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) though, and UnRuffledRx is proud to have partnered with them to bring UnRuffledRx Red Palm Oil for Parrots. We’ve opted to carry only RSPO-certified Red Palm Oil to protect children from unscrupulous labor practices, and assist wildlife and the rainforest.

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Is Red Palm Oil for Good for Parrots?

Avian veterinarians often recommend red palm oil for parrots that are experiencing skin and feather problems, for its medicinal use. It’s especially helpful for African Grey Parrots, Macaws and Palm Cockatoos. The health benefits Red Palm Oil is unique in the bioavailability of nutrients that parrots need! Research on human subjects reveals that Red Palm Oil, sometimes called Dende Palm Fruit Oil has these benefits:

  • It improves skin and feather health.
  • Decreases incidence of arteriosclerosis.
  • It lowers blood cholesterol.
  • It decreases the occurrence of blood clots by increasing vasodilatation.
  • It lowers the incidence of strokes and heart attacks.
  • It improves immune function.

UnRuffledRx Red Palm Oil is one of the richest, bird-safe, natural sources of carotenoids that you can offer your parrot. Carotenoids offer important antioxidant and anticancer effects. Antioxidants “forage” free, radicals, thereby reducing known risks associated with heart disease, cellular aging, cancer, and arthritis. Carotenoids are also known to repair body tissues and soothe the skin. They assist in the formation of bones, improve the resistance to infection and aid in the development of healthy eye tissues. Who doesn’t want these benefits for their bird?

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A rich resource of Vitamin E, Omega 3, Omega 6, Antioxidants, Beta Carotene and Carotenes (Vitamin A precursors), your bird would have to consume overwhelming amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables to receive the benefits found in just ¼ teaspoon of Red Palm Oil. But, on top of that little factoid, the body requires oil to convert the Carotenes.

Fruits and vegetables that contain Carotenes, such as squash, carrots, and mangos, are not necessarily rich in important, essential fats.


Several of our customers tell us that they've seen a marked improvement in their pet birds feathering, reduced itching beak condition and disposition when using 1/4 teaspoon or less a few times a week.


How to Teach Your Bird to Accept a New Supplement

Parrot’s, like most pets, are often reluctant to try a new supplement. That’s normal. It’s not the taste. Parrots only have about 30% of the taste buds that you and I have. It’s more worry about whether the new supplement is safe to eat. You literally have to show your bird that any new supplement, including Red Palm Oil, is safe. Here’s how:

Grab Up Some Supplies

  • A bird stand
  • A jar of the supplement
  • Two spoons
  • Maybe, even a clicker

Set the Stage

  • Get your bird out on its bird stand and bring out the red palm oil.
  • If your bird has a favorite fruit or vegetable, see if you can find it in an organic, pureed baby food form and teach your bird to eat it off of a spoon.
  • Place a dab of red palm oil on a plate.

Let the Training Begin

  1. After getting your birds' attention, dip a spoon or your finger into the red palm oil and elaborately lick it off, making a huge deal out of it. Oooh and awe about how delicious this orange stuff is. Do this over and over again until your bird is literally begging for a taste.
  2. Don’t give in just yet. Tell your bird that this fabulous treat is all yours and that you are not sharing. “No, you can’t have any!” Continue savoring your new treat.
  3. When your bird has made several attempts to get you to share, finally give in. Dip a clean spoon in the veggies and then put a dab of red palm oil on top. Serve it to your bird enthusiastically, using a clicker to reinforce that this is a wanted behavior.
  4. Tell your bird that this is Red Palm Oil, giving it words for what you're feeding it. Continue teaching and praising your bird over the course of several days until the bird has learned that Red Palm Oil is a safe and desirable food source.

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