Pelleted Bird Diets
The best thing you can do to keep your bird happy is to feed them right!
Improper nutrition is the cause of a large number of health problems and the leading cause of death in pet birds. Everyone wants their bird to be healthy, content and a valuable member of the family
Seed based diets and homemade concoctions are nutritionally deficient!
A diet of seeds (even if they are vitamin fortified) simply does not meet the basic nutritional requirements of our companion birds. A pet bird that eats a seed diet is not getting all the nutrients it needs to remain healthy.
Unfortunately, the signs of a bird on an unbalanced free-choice diet can go completely overlooked by the owner. Improper nutrition in the early stages often shows no signs at all. But if it is allowed to continue, you will start seeing signs like poor feather and beak quality. Other signs include:
- Skin: dryness, flaking, overgrown beaks, long nails
- Respiratory System: sinusitis, sneezing, liths in the nose
- Digestive System: enteritis, hepatitis, pancreatitis
- Reproductive System: egg binding, infertility, weak chicks, chronic egg laying
- Behavioural Abnormalities: feather picking, screaming, biting, aggression
Why feed a pellet based diet?
Vetafarm® bird foods are essentially premium, “health” foods for pet birds. They are proven complete diets that yield the best long term health results.
The designed formula has a balanced ratio between fat content, carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals and trace elements exactly what your pet bird requires to remain healthy or improve health issues. Feeding a quality extruded pellet means that your bird cannot pick and choose all the ‘good bits’ of a feed formula and leave the ‘healthy bits’.
The pellets should make up approximately 80% of your bird’s food; the remaining 20% should be made up of fresh fruits and vegetables. No other prepared supplement is required, all the necessary protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals are incorporated into the pellets.
Birds on complete pellet diets live longer, have better colour
and feather condition, and are healthier and more active than their seed only eating friends.
How do I convert my bird’s diet from seed to pellets?
Converting your bird to pellets can take time, but it is worth the effort in the long run. When making the switch to pellets you should always do so gradually (sometimes over many weeks). Do not remove familiar food from the cage until you are sure that pellets have been accepted. Gradually reducing the amount of seed in the diet will encourage your bird to eat a greater quantity of pellets each day.
Here are some tips that may help with the transition:
- Spreading some of the pelleted diet on a flat mirror or piece of white paper can be quite effective, especially with budgies and cockatiels. They may perceive the bird in the mirror to be eating the pellets, which can give them the confidence to try some too. Pellets on white paper stand out more, which can encourage some birds to go and investigate.
- Introduce the new pellets at mealtimes, putting some pellets on a plate and moving them around with your fingers. Birds naturally eat when the “flock” eats, so many pet birds will be most inclined to try new foods when they see their human flock enjoying them too!
- If you’re lucky enough to have access to a bird that is already eating pellets, use them as a role model! Some birds just need to see another bird eating a new food, just to make sure it’s safe.
- Moistening the pellets with some fruit juice can make the pellets sweeter and more enticing; over time the amount of juice can be reduced until your bird is eating the pellets plain.
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