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What Should I Feed My Bird?

Be sure your feathered friend is getting a balanced diet.

Overview

Pellets

Birdseed seems like the obvious choice to feed your “tweetheart.” But guess what—veterinarians say birdseed is too high in fat to be a healthy main course. A better choice for your pet: commercial bird pellets or a pellet-and-seed mixture.

Since birds like to pick at their meal throughout the day, make sure your bird’s bowl is always about three-quarters full of fresh food.

Birds are sloppy eaters; to avoid a mess, clean any dropped food out of their cage as soon as possible.

Vegetables

Your bird’s a diet should be about 20% vegetables. Birds love dark, leafy greens, zucchini, broccoli, squash, shredded carrots, snow peas, parsley, cucumbers and Romaine lettuce. Avoid avocado, though: it’s bad for them.

Fruit & fiber

This is the tasty stuff that makes your bird get all a-flutter, but don’t overdo it — only about 5% of your bird’s diet should come from fruit, and 5% should come from grains or legumes.

Favorite fruits include papaya, banana, melon, mango, orange, kiwi, and apple. Remove the seeds from any fruit you serve.

Once a week, serve your bird a small portion of plain, cooked brown rice, cooked pasta, cooked beans, cooked barley or cooked oats.

If your bird takes more than four hours to eat any fruit, vegetables or other goodies, take the leftovers out of the cage and try serving less next time.

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