In order to correct this problem, pelleted avian diets have been formulated to provide balanced nutrition for your pet birds. To supplement these diets, a variety of fresh foods should be fed on a daily basis. Birds have a poorly developed sense of smell and taste. The appearance and texture of food, however, will strongly affect what they will eat. Once birds become accustomed to a seed diet, anything different is usually approached with a great deal of skepticism. DO NOT GIVE UP! It often take months to gradually change your bird’s old eating habits to a more healthful one.
– These are a part of a balanced diet for a bird. Suggested vegetables are carrots, kale, chard, yellow squash, collard greens, dandelion greens, beet greens, mustard greens, endive, broccoli, parsley, romaine, cooked sweet potato, green beans, asparagus, spinach, peppers (bell and jalapeno), watercress, lima beans, and other legumes. Vegetables need to be thoroughly washed and can be fed raw or cooked, though cooking decreases some nutrients.
– Powdered vitamin formulations are best utilized when sprinkled on fresh produce or pellets. When sprinkled on seeds most is wasted, and when put in the water, vitamins can encourage harmful bacterial growth.
Good nutrition plays an essential role in the maintenance of a healthy bird. It has been estimated that 80-90% of bird diseases are related to an inadequate diet. Although the exact nutritional requirements of exotic birds have not been established, it has been determined that a dry seed diet alone is not sufficient. Even “vitamin enriched” seeds are deficient in calcium, iodine, amino acids, Vitamin A, B vitamins and other essential nutrients in addition to being too high in fat. Safflower seeds are no better than sunflower seeds.
– When introducing new foods to your bird, feed new foods first thing in the morning since birds are hungriest when they wake up.
– NEVER feed any bird a diet of wild bird seeds!
– It may take time and patience to train your bird to eat this form of food, but the benefits to your bird’s health and longevity far outweigh the negatives of the transition.
– Seed should be kept to a minimum and offered only as a treat.
– Use Nutriberries as a treat. They are more nutritionally balanced than seeds.
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