Improper nutrition is the main cause of death in pet birds. Since feeding requirements vary between species, here are some guidelines:
- Birds can’t live on seed alone: It’s a common misconception that birds can live on seeds only. Although seeds are a favorite food for most birds, they don’t provide enough nutrition. Commercially prepared “pelleted” foods are a must for your bird’s diet– they’re formulated to be nutritionally balanced.
- Variety is essential: In the wild, birds eat a little of everything. Supplementing your bird’s diet with greens, fresh fruits, and vegetables will add valuable nutrition. And, of course, fresh water must always be available.
- Know which foods to avoid: As with any pet, some foods can make your bird ill or be fatally toxic. Foods included on the “do not feed” list are chocolate, alcohol or caffeine, fruit pits, onions, and mushrooms. And never offer avocado in any form-it’s highly poisonous to birds.
Remember, each bird is different, and each will require a specific diet. For more information, just ask the staff at Pet Supermarket. They can provide everything you need to ensure that your bird’s health and happiness.