How to Feed a Bird | Pet Bird

How to Feed a Bird | Pet Bird

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People ask us all the time about what they should feed their birds. And we know that what you feed your bird is important to their nutrition and their health, overall. Birds live longer and are much healthier when on a balanced diet.

For most birds, we recommend a pelleted diet. There are different types of pellets for different types of birds, but it’s kind of like cereal for kids. It’s a nutritionally balanced, complete diet, that you know if they get a good meal of pellets every day, they’re at least getting overall good nutrition.

We usually say about two-thirds of a bird’s diet should be made up of pellets. You can feed some table foods, some people food, like fruits and vegetables. You want to avoid high salt foods, high sugar foods, things that are very fatty, because some birds are prone to getting high cholesterol and atherosclerosis, or hardening of their arteries. Most food, really, should be purchased from a store that is commercially available for birds.

No fatty treats like seeds and nuts. They should be really limited. What about making your own bird food? A lot of people do ask if they can make their own food for their bird. I think it makes people feel nice to have the idea to cook for their bird and give them proper nutrition, but unfortunately, in our own homes, we are unable to make the correct mix of vitamins and nutrients in a food for birds. Most pelleted diets are very scientifically formulated to have the correct amount of calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin E. We can very easily miss things or even give our birds something that’s not appropriate, if we were to try to make our own diets at home.

So, while we may have good intentions by trying to balance our bird’s diet, giving them healthy foods that we would eat, a bird cannot really get the right nutrition from the food that we provide alone. So, the answer really is, a good pelleted diet, meant for the species of bird that you own, is the best thing that you could feed your bird.

17 Comments

  1. superpredatorbros on December 17, 2019 at 8:30 am

    jaqcues? is that you?

  2. YxngRam on December 17, 2019 at 8:37 am

    How do I feed my bird a treat because whenever he does something good I give it to him but he won’t eat it.Please help

  3. Barney Stinson on December 17, 2019 at 8:38 am

    STFU.

  4. Barney Stinson on December 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Fuck morons who coment " first " and shit like that.

  5. Joanne Do on December 17, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Can we plant the seeds

  6. rosa rabbits on December 17, 2019 at 8:47 am

    i call them parrots

  7. Goh Josh on December 17, 2019 at 8:51 am

    What time of the day should I feed the birds?

  8. Barney Stinson on December 17, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Fuck off.

  9. Joseph Chisholm on December 17, 2019 at 9:01 am

    cereal is so bad for you HA bad example lmao cereal is coated in sugar and barely has any nutritional value

  10. Angel pie H on December 17, 2019 at 9:02 am

    Thanks a all loveeeeeeeeee tiiiiiiiiiiii thanks

  11. r2012j on December 17, 2019 at 9:02 am

    i so much want a parakeet

  12. Gabihorse on December 17, 2019 at 9:03 am

    My parrot doesn’t like pellets.. what should I do?

  13. Emoticon on December 17, 2019 at 9:13 am

    I’ve been asking around ’cause I really need to know. Should I feed my birds at different times of day? I currently just leave a bowl of food hanging in their cage 24/7 and refill it when most of the seeds have been opened. Not sure if what i’m doing is fine or not so i’d appreciate a reply from anyone.

  14. Swagrid on December 17, 2019 at 9:13 am

    Your birds are so gormless

  15. steven Andrews on December 17, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Nice video!

  16. Kerry kerrylouisepowell@yahoo.com.au on December 17, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I got my kocatiel as a birthday gift a little while ago.
    His name is Leo and the breeder we got him from gave us a box of seeds I dont know all the names of the seeds
    But one of them is sunflower seeds. I also have like a cuttlefish bone thing for them and i give him grass seeds (no chemicals used on them) And we put in a few tiny pieces of fruit from a trail mix.
    Is this a good diet for him?

    P.s he is 8 weeks old (and adorable!)

  17. Vince Allen Meneses on December 17, 2019 at 9:21 am

    0:33 cute bird’s hand seems like human hands while eating..

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