When it comes to our birds, we all want the best for them. The best toys, the best cages, the best foods. Despite this, it can often be confusing to find a balanced diet for birds when even poor diet choices have birds printed on the labels. We’ve spoken with our Avian Partner Veterinarians from several clinics and have gathered recommendations here.
Don’t worry, we aren’t here to say all seeds are bad. Certain species should have a majority of their diet made up of a quality seed mix. Finches, canaries, and pigeons thrive on good seed blends. The difficulty is in caged birds. Seeds are high in fat. Birds in the wild spend the majority of their day flying and burn off a lot of that energy. Caged birds, however, end up with a lot of health issues like fatty liver disease and obesity. Flying from one end of the cage to another doesn’t burn off enough fat to justify this diet.
A quality seed or millet treat can be a regular part of the diet but shouldn’t exceed 10% of it. If you have ever tried to convert your bird from seed to pellet, you know that if they have a choice of both, they will pick the seeds out almost every time. It’s best to let seed be a weekly treat in a separate treat bowl and have the rest of the diet be consistently offered the rest of the meals.