It can be hard to be a bird owner these days, because you have so many choices of food, and so much miss-information on what is the right types of foods for your bird. There are also not very many stores or outlets that carry a selection of birds or bird supplies. Don’t get us wrong, the internet can be a great tool but it can be over whelming, miss informing, and tough to purchase the correct bird items off. There is a ton of information out there, some of which is good, and some of which is going to lead you in the wrong direction. In order to really be a good bird owner, and to make sure that you have given yourself every chance to learn about good bird care, you really need to do your research when it comes to nutrition. Doing your research can be the single most important step to making sure that you are giving your bird the best life that you can possible give it.
When it comes to bird nutrition, the important thing to remember is that there are certain things birds CAN eat, and there are certain things that they CAN NOT eat. Getting your bird a basic bird seed is going to be generally okay for your bird, as long as you are getting the right type of seed. You need to be sure what kind of bird it is that you have, and that you make sure that the food is correct for the type of bird you have. To provide your bird with the best nutrition we at Sierra Fish & Pets recommend a diet made of only part seeds. Instead we recommend a diet that consists of a maintenance pellet that is more nutritionally balanced. We carry several types of maintenance diet form Harrisons and Zupreme. These foods are the best type of foods that you can give your bird. You must however work your bird towards a maintenance pellet. Very rarely will birds that leave a breeder or store be already eating a maintenance diet. You must wean you bird into a maintenance pellet. To do this we recommend offering both seed and maintenance at first and then gradually reducing the seed once you know that your bird is eating the maintenance diet. Some of the maintenance diets we carry can have some seeds already mixed into the bags, so these can be great transition foods. As mentions before make sure to match the foods and pellet size with the correct type of bird it is that you have.
You can also feed your bird other things as well. There are lots of choices that are good for birds, including millet sprays and food sticks that have been fortified with vitamins and minerals so you can make sure your bird is getting a more complex diet then just seed and the right nutrition levels. Another thing that you can do is make sure that you give your bird plenty of fresh things that they would normally find outside in tropical environment, grains, fruits, and certain vegetables are things that can be good for your particular species of bird.
Remember anytime you are giving your bird something raw and natural, such as fruits or grains, you should research your type of bird and make sure what you are planning on giving is safe. You can contact us at Sierra Fish & Pets for suggestions or check out our article on what to avoid feeding birds. Most of the raw fruits you will buy are going to be great for birds, but you have to be sure that you know your particular bird first, as there are some birds that cannot handle certain things. When in doubt, or if you can not find a definite answer on whether or not what you’re giving your bird is save or not, don’t give it to your bird. That could be very dangerous.