If you have a pet bird, it is vital to learn what you should feed it in order to maximise its health, but this will vary depending on the type of bird you own. Here are seven of the most important things you should know about bird nutrition.
1. An all-seed diet is not sufficient
There is a popular misconception that it is healthy and acceptable to feed a pet bird a diet that is entirely composed of seeds. However, although seed mixes can certainly help to make sure that your bird receives lots of necessary nutrients, it is impossible for birds to get everything that they need from seeds. For example, sunflower seeds are a rich source of fat, but they lack most other nutrients, and birds also need fruits, vegetables, grains. Bird pellets are often a good choice.
If you are only just learning that birds need more than seed or if you have recently adopted a bird that has only been fed seed, you might have some problems encouraging your pet to start eating a more varied diet. Birds typically dislike change, and this applies to their food as much as their habitat. Indeed, your bird might not even realize that new additions to its diet are actually food. The trick is to slowly change your bird’s diet, layering foods like bird pellets in between your bird’s usual seed mix. You may find that your bird accepts this change because the food still contains the ingredients that it is used to, and over time you can gradually change the quantities so that your pet is consuming less of the seeds and more of the nutritious foods.