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Bird Food Basics

Your pet bird’s regular diet of commercial pellet food can be supplemented with veggies, fruits, and raw and cooked foods. That doesn’t mean you can just start feeding your bird anything from the kitchen table, though—birds are delicate animals with very specific nutritional requirements and restrictions. Below, a Milford veterinarian gives you some pointers on feeding your bird.

Maintain Pellet Food

Although fresh foods are healthy and special treats for your feathered friend, your bird needs to maintain his diet with his standard pellet- or seed-based food. This helps maintain his nutritional requirements and keep him on a healthy, balanced diet. Don’t forgo the pellet food in favor of any of the fresh foods discussed below. Talk to your Milford vet to get a recommendation on a good quality bird food.

Cooked Foods

While your bird will mostly like raw foods, there are some cooked foods that will be safe and healthy for your pet. These include brown rice, sprouts, barley, oats, and beans. Cook these foods thoroughly before feeding them to your bird, and if he doesn’t accept them, don’t worry—there’s a chance he simply won’t like them, or it may just take some time for him to give the food a try.

Raw Fruits

Many birds will love the sweetness of fresh fruits. They are a good source of nutrients, too. Try oranges, grapefruits, kiwis, mangos, and apple slices. Be sure to remove any pits or seeds from fruits before giving them to your bird, and keep the portions small. Ask your Milford vet about the sizes and proper frequency of fruit feeding.

Raw Vegetables

Leafy green veggies work best—Romaine lettuce, cucumber, squash, snow peas, and parsley are some examples. Your Milford vet can recommend other veggies that would be safe for your bird to consume.

If you’re ever unsure about a food to give your bird, don’t hesitate to call your Milford veterinary professional. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Be sure to keep your bird’s regular food and water stocked adequately, and offer these cooked or raw foods as supplements to his diet, not the main source of nutrition. With adequate research and conversations with your Milford vet, you and your bird will both look forward to treat time!

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