Common Bird Food Myths

Your bird’s diet got you down? Imagine how your feathered friend feels! The reasons why parrot diets are so out of whack is because there are many myths that pet parents believe that simply aren’t true.

Pellets are the only food you’ll need

In an effort to streamline your feeding chore, owners will fill their bird’s bowl with pellets, and nothing else. After all, your local pet clinic is likely to recommend them because they offer all the nutrition your feathered friend needs.

The trouble is, pellets aren’t very appetizing to birds, especially for parrots that are used to eating seeds and nuts. It’s actually best to provide pellets for your pet in addition to a wide variety of other foods. That way your feathered friend can learn to like his pelleted diet while enjoying other tasty morsels too.

Sunflower seeds are bad

You may have heard that sunflower seeds are bad for your bird. Not necessarily because they’re inherently bad, but because parrots love them! If you feed these seeds to your pet, he’ll become addicted and refuse to eat anything else.

This is true to some extent. If you feed your bird a mixed diet, you may find that he picks out all the sunflower seeds and leaves behind the rest. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t give him seeds every once in a while!

Instead, use sunflower seeds as a special treat. Don’t feed him too many and you can help your bird maintain a healthy weight. You can also prevent illness, all without completely eliminating your pet’s favorite food from his diet.

If you can eat it, your bird can eat it

Birds have extremely varied diets. Because they can eat so many different kinds of foods, it’s easy to believe that they can eat anything that we eat. This isn’t the case.

There are lots of foods that can be bad for your bird. For example, food that is high in salt is bad for your feathered friend. That means salted nuts and potato chips shouldn’t be added to your pet’s diet.

Not all birds have a problem with avocado, but it can be very toxic to some species, so it’s really best to eliminate it from your pet’s diet.

Your pet clinic can tell you more about what’s good and bad for your bird’s diet. Read the complete article at the given link.


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