|A well balanced diet is necessary for the well being
of your bird. A diet of seed only is NOT appropriate for most species
since it is deficient in almost every nutrient except fat. A pelleted
diet supplemented with fruits and vegetables and table food is a much
better diet for pet and breeder birds.
Types of Food
For most caged birds, a formulated diet food or fortified seed is
recommended. A formulated diet is one that includes all the needed
fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals in every bite.
Fortified seed is a seed mix fortified with the vitamins and minerals
necessary to sustain a bird (provided the bird eats all of the seed
and other ingredients). There are exceptions for birds such as Lories
that require more specialized diets.
Food to Avoid
As with any of our pets there are certain foods or treats that
should be avoided since they can be toxic to your bird. .
Avoid feeding the following foods:
• Salted Peanuts
• Fatty foods
• Salty items
Treats are a great way of rewarding our bird for good behavior
or as a supplement now and again. Treats should never be used in
place of a well balanced diet for your pet.
Types of Bird Treats
• Spray Mullet- Spray millet fulfills a bird's desire to crack,
hull, and husk seed.
• Meal Worms
• Dry Cereal
• Treat Sticks- Provide variety and interest and let the bird
use its natural instinct to work for its food.