As parrot owners we are always trying to give our birds the best care possible and one of the most important parts of that care is nutrition. The nutrition our birds receive play the single largest role in the long-term mental, physical and emotional health of our birds. However, in our journeys to try and provide our parrots with high quality nutrition, we often find that our parrots are not willing to eat anything other than the seed mix their breeder originally provided them as juveniles. Greens, vegetables, pellets—the parrots refuse to even touch it and often would rather go hungry rather than eat it. Why is that? And what can we do to help get our birds on the right diet?
The phrase, “you are what you eat,” has great implications when it comes to the health and well-being of your bird. When given food that nourishes the body and mind of a bird you can see your bird thrive, there’s no doubt about that
Diet is indubitably one of the most important factors in keeping your bird healthy. Attention, care, and love are very important as well. We are fortunate that in the last few decades bird parents, researchers and avian veterinarians have learned more about parrots’ nutritional needs and how a captive bird’s diet differs from a wild one.
The birds we see all around us are living testament to nature’s infinite inventiveness. The most important of these may be the molting process. A bird’s feathers are far more than a mere analogue to a dog's fur. They are the primary means by which a bird powers itself in flight, producing lift and helping it stay aloft for up to days at a time.
Are you a new bird parent? Perhaps you’re taking care of a loved one’s fid (feathered Kids for those of you who are new to the community). Here are the top 10 rules in Bird Care and foods to avoid to keep your bird healthy and happy.