Every species of bird has a different dietary daily need, and they need vitamins and minerals. For instance the Cockatoo species tends to have a deficiency in calcium. Broccoli and almonds are high sources of calcium. There have been many controversial debates on seed. No matter how high quality a seed manufacture may claim the seed to be, seed is found to have no nutritional value and is high in fat,which can cause a bird to be overweight and have nutrition problems. Seed is often the common food for the “wild” bird as it is easily accessible to them. Humans took this and assumed that is what birds should eat. Seed can be very hard for some birds to ween off. Some use it as a reward. Research has found that seed should be no more than 10 percent of a bird's diet.

A bird’s diet can play a major role in the physical and mental health of a bird. At Wings Up Bird Rescue, Inc. we have found that Kaytee provides birds with nutrition they need. We also support Harrisons brand, currently only available through your local veterinarian. The birds at the rescue receive other nutritional supplements from fresh fruit and vegetables daily. The birds also receive nuts, protein, grains, and calcium according to their own specific needs.

Fresh foods play a major role in each bird’s daily diet. Please research the nutritional needs of your bird on line or through your veterinarian. I was once told that a man was feeding his bird, a Macaw, bread and pistachios and that was it. Never acceptable. Variety and ration plays a vital role in their diet too.

Snacks that bird's tend to love here at the rescue are : sweet potato, hard boiled eggs, chicken wings, popcorn, and multi-grain toast. Foods to be careful with are spinach, celery, and lettuce.

Never feed your bird chocolate, avocados, mushrooms, soda, onions or alcohol. SUNFLOWER SEEDS are extremely hard on a bird's liver. A bird will try to eat nothing but sunflower seeds.

Just like people, junk food is not good for a bird's health. Birds should never eat chocolate, avocados, and the meat surrounding the pit or seeds in fruit. Salt and sugar should not be part of a birds diet. Birds don't have a way to excrete salt. Too often an early death can be the result of a careless diet.

Please make sure to wash and rewash all fruits and vegetables as they often have insecticides on them. It has been found that with the pesticides that other countries use on their vegetation, when it comes to grapes the pesticide can actually seep through the skin into the meat of the grape. We suggest grapes without seeds from the USA only to be given to your bird. Canned fruit tends to have an abundance of sugar and canned vegetables an abundance of salt. Birds are sodium sensitive.

Just as with humans, birds' eating habits are established early in life, but they can change for the health of your bird, I suggest conversion slowly and gradually.

We hold our birds daily. You may notice that at different times your bird feels lighter and heavier. Entice your bird to eat, it is usually hard to tell if a bird isn’t eating because they will puff up. Keeping an eye on the amount of intake and out take is one way to keep track of your bird's health. It is always suggested to make annual vet appointments .

Please remember before changing your bird's diet to check with your avian vet, to verify their weight.

Exercise and a well balanced specific diet is often recommended to fit each species and individual bird's needs. Encouragement, creativity, and patience are highly important when trying to switch a bird from eating only seed. Please research and check with your local avian veterinarian to find the best diet for your bird's needs. Other suggestions have been organic baby food, such as Gerber fruits and vegetables. We do not support saving half of it in the jar in the fridge. Please keep it in a tupperware (or similar) container for no more than overnight in the fridge.

Dry fruits and vegetables are a great crunchy snack for your bird to enjoy. Some birds prefer to make soup with them by putting them in their water, re-hydrating them. This is a great way to win over some of the birds who are struggling with an all-seed diet. Caution needs to be taken with the dry fruits and vegetables purchased from companies that have added artificial coloring to their product. This could be highly dangerous, or even fatal in some scenarios. Some companies use sulfur-dioxide to preserve fruits and vegetables. This may contribute to several health issues for the bird from hyperactivity, aggressiveness, feather shredding or picking due to allergies.

At Wings Up Bird Rescue, we feed Kaytee Exact cereal to all of the residents. Some of the residents were only seed eaters. We feed them a 50/50 mixture of Safflower gold seed and Kaytee cereal. All birds have fresh vegetables and fruit every morning. They get snacks throughout the day such as popcorn, or carrot sticks. At dinner the flock receives a small portion of what is acceptable from dinner. Two to three times a week we feed grains ( Multi-grain, cereal, noodles, bread) and protein (cooked eggs, hard-boiled eggs, chicken), calcium (broccoli, cabbage).

Please remember to change your bird's water frequently. We change some 2 -3 times a day for those who love to make “soup” with their food and water. Remember that bacteria can grow in uncleaned bowls quickly.

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