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Bird Feed

There are two main types of bird food—pellets and seeds. Pellets are formulated diets made specifically for the needs of each species of bird. They contain a blend of grains, seeds, fruits and vegetables as well as the needed vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and other nutrients that your bird needs. The tasty flavors and enticing smells encourage your bird to eat. Bird seeds tend to be a favorite of birds, however they do not make up a complete and balanced diet. In general, seeds are high in fat and can be low in important vitamins and minerals. At a minimum, seed diets should be mixed proportionately with a pelleted diet to ensure your feather friend is receiving optimal nutrition.

Frequently Asked Questions

A balanced diet for your feathered friend consists of specialized species appropriate pellets making up 60 to 70% of their diet, plus fresh vegetables, fruits and a small amount of fortified seeds and treats.

Birds can be offered a variety of human food such as apples, bananas, cooked plain pasta and rice, eggshells, cheese and raisins. Always do your research and consult your veterinarian, as foods like avocado, fruit seeds, chocolate, caffeine or alcohol as these can cause serious medical conditions.

A seed only diet may not be balanced with the vitamins and minerals your feathered friend needs, and can be high in fat. Seed only diets are associated with numerous health concerns so you should always consult your veterinarian about any concerns with your bird's nutrition to ensure the healthiest and balanced diet is provided.