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Different species of birds have differing requirements for nutrients and food sources in their diet, so it's important to do your research. Check out the table below for a 'rule of thumb' guide to feeding the major pet bird species.
|Cockatiels, lovebirds & budgies||50% good quality pellets, 30% budgie seed mix, 20% vegetables plus a small amount of fruit||Try Peckish Naturals Adult Hookbill Small Pellets: all natural and enriched with essential vitamins and minerals, the consistent distribution of nutrients through each pellet prevents birds from selectively eating particular ingredients, a drawback of seed based diets.|
|Galahs & cockatoos||50% pellets, 30% fresh fruit and vegetables, 10% seeds or millet, and 10% fresh grass and native Australian plants||Try Passwell Parrot Pellets: a low fat alternative to seed based diets and enriched with omega fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins & minerals for superior, balanced nutrition.|
|Most other psittacines||90% good quality pellets, 10% vegetables plus a small amount of fruit.||Try Vetafarm Parrot Essentials: a complete extruded pellet diet suitable for pet and breeding parrots featuring 5% real fruit and 5% fresh nuts for variety and enrichment.|
|Canaries & finches||80% good quality pellets, 10% quality seed mix, 10% small chopped vegetables plus a small amount of fruit||Try Vetafarm Finch, Canary & Budgie Crumbles: enriched with all essential vitamins and minerals, this mix is a complete and balanced food for pet and breeding finches, budgies and canaries.|
Tips for transitioning your bird from seed to pellets
- - Birds generally prefer to eat from a higher place, so put the pellet container at the highest part of your bird's cage and the seed container much lower
- - Sprinkle a small amount of pellets over the top of the seed
- - Pretend to eat the pellets yourself before offering to your bird
- - Moisten the pellets into a paste with the previous food, gradually reducing the quantities of previous food and water added to the paste
- - For budgies and cockatiels, place a 'hall of mirrors' just above the pellet dish and place pellets on the mirrored shelf. This may 'trick' them into believing another bird is eating the pellets
- - Provide lots of praise when you observe your bird eating the pellets
For more bird care tips take a look at our Beginner's guide to bird care.
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