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Wondering What You Should And Shouldn’t Feed To Your Pet Bird

The amount and variety of foods you can feed your bird pet are very limited when compared to their wild counterparts. Their diet is limited and having a professional like an aviculturist or bird veterinarian is highly recommended. The point is to mimic their natural, wild feeding habits and to know the rhythm of their feeding. Some species will feed in the early morning, some late at night, while some species eat throughout the day. Here are some pieces of advice you can pick up on your bird’s feeding habits. 

Feeding Guide 

The eating habits of your bird mainly depend on the species. If you possess some very rare birds, then you should make sure to have enough supplies. A varied diet is another key term in your bird’s feeding. You should make sure that your bird is provided with both, commercial bird food and some natural food like dried fruit, seeds, fresh grass, vegetables, flowers, seeding grasses, etc. Before you set up the whole routine you should ask for the opinion of an experienced aviculturist or bird veterinarian if these foods are appropriate for your bird and cannot cause any toxic reaction. These varieties can make environmental enrichments for your bird and appropriate mental stimuli. 

Bird food should be fresh and stored properly and safely. You should keep it in containers that will prevent it from spoiling and deteriorating. Food containers should be constantly checked if there are enough supplies. Bird food should be regularly changed rather than topped up. It is a good idea to get your bird a cuttlefish bone. It provides your bird with the necessary minerals. Another very important item on the list of foods that birds need is water. Make sure that your bird always has enough of it. Dehydration can be fatal for birds, so water is one of the chains in the bird’s diet.

Food to avoid

Do not feed your birds with avocados, chocolate, coffee as these are highly toxic for birds compared to any other substances. Some additional foods you should avoid are fresh potatoes, cooked oats, fruit pits, and fruit seeds, garlic, and onion. Birds should not be fed salty and sugary foods, especially ones used in human consumption such as bacon, chips, snacks, and even heavily processed crackers. Coconut, even if usually consumed by birds, has a choking hazard. Do not feed your birds with spoiled foods or moldy foods, like milk, since it can cause digestive distress. 

It is not smart to use some cheap bird food mixes which may contain huge amounts of oats, corn, wheat, or milo. These mixes will be avoided by your birds. Instead, they will make it funky and toss all the food around seeking something more interesting to eat, especially if they are not so hungry. Also, bread. It may come out as complete nonsense, but you should try to avoid giving it to birds, even the wild ones. Bread made in massive production could contain some additives which can be toxic for birds. It is much better to use a wild bird seed mix where you can find all the nutrients necessary for the happy life of your bird. Do not ever go for the cheaper solution, they will either make your bird starve or be very good entertainment and your cleaning nightmare. 

Food Servings

Grit is not necessary to be a part of the birdcage, there are some cases where grit proved to be the reason for the death of some birds. Chlorine from the tap water is not problematic for birds, but giving them bottled or distilled water is a much better option. It is also not a good idea to give your bird cooked foods that were left out for a longer period of time, because these can be high in bacteria. It is possible for your birds to suffer from obesity and to be overfed. This can be reduced by giving them low-fat seeds and letting them out of the cage for their daily dose of exercise. Do not just feed your birds, they are not always hungry, sometimes they will just have fun with the food you gave them. 

Birds are amongst the most demanding pets. You can hardly assess their behavior and see when something is off. If you have some questions about their health and dieting habits it is the smartest way to ask the professional. Make sure to make your bird happy with some changes, not just to establish a fixed dieting routine. 


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