We all want the best for our feathered friends, so I’ve put together a list of useful information for your bird to get the most nutrition out of its diet. When your bird is healthy, satisfied and happy, everyone’s a winner!

There are many things that we find delicious, but can give your bird diarrhea and/or vomiting at best, or be fatal at worst. These toxic treats include chocolate, avocado, mushrooms, fruit seeds (apples, cherries, peaches, apricots and pears), dried beans, tomato leaves and caffeine.

Provide an array of colorful fruits and vegetables once or twice a day to cover the nutritional gaps left by your bird’s pellet or seed based food. Mix and match corn, melons, pears, berries, squash, carrots and other veggie-based snacks to enrich the bird’s diet.

While your bird will probably go bonkers for whatever vegetable goodies you provide, food that needed refrigeration shouldn’t be left uneaten for more than 30 to 45 minutes before you need to toss it out. Everyone likes treats until they’re spoiled!

Keep the bird’s bones healthy by providing snacks loaded with calcium such as kale, cabbage, almonds, walnuts, sesame seeds, or an interactive cuttlebone. A healthy level of calcium also aids in producing strong egg shells and aids in blood clotting. (God forbid you two have to test that one out for yourselves!)

 

It’s a no brainer to ensure that your birds have clean and fresh water available at all times, but be sure to wipe down the water dish daily to keep slime from forming in it. If you can change the water twice a day, even better! You know how messy your bird is, every little bit of cleaning up helps in the long run…

I’m sure that you and your birdy buddies already have a good feeding schedule going for yourselves, but consider adding these five tips into the mix for an even healthier snack time. Enjoy the grub, bub!

Sources: ASPCA, Avian Web, Hartz

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