For people who have pet birds, you know very well these lovely companions find it rather hard to survive on a diet that includes only one food item. Years ago, bird experts recommended a seed-only diet, but as time went on, they quickly noticed birds require much more than seeds. You need to keep yourself up-to-date on the ins-and-outs of feeding your pet bird right. Let’s take a look at some helpful tips for making sure your companion stays healthy.
What Kind of Bird do You Have?
The type of bird you have will be a major determining factor in the type of food that you should buy. For the sake of keeping things simple, we’re going to divide birds into two categories, and your pet bird should fall into one: hard-bills and hookbills.
Hard-bill birds include finches and canaries. Such birds love feasting on ripening seeds that come from a wide array of grasses and flowers. Sometimes, they also prefer to nibble on insects. When you go to buy bird seed for hard-bills, you need to make sure you also pick up some romaine or kale because finches and canaries love to eat these grassy foods.
It also wouldn’t hurt to pick up a couple apples and oranges. Simply slice them up and a throw a piece or two into your bird’s cage during feeding time. The most important thing to remember is that hard-bills have extremely high metabolisms. If you go more than 24 hours without feeding your finch or canary, you run the risk of starving it.
Now, moving on to hookbills, which includes cockatiels, parakeets, and lovebirds. If you own any of these pet birds, you’re probably already aware that they love eating bird seed, too. However, they also like fruits, bark, certain type of berries, and even leaves. Many hookbills will feast on sunflower seeds. It’s also a good idea to give them an unsalted peanut that’s still in its shell at least two to three times a week in addition to regular food.
Cleaning Up the Messes
If you’ve had your pet bird for more than a few days, you know very well it’s cage can get messy on a daily basis. And, as much as you would like to look at your bird and tell him or her to clean up the mess, this simply isn’t going to happen. It’s you that’s going to have to clean it out. Both the bird’s food and water bowls need to be cleaned on a daily basis, and some days, they may require to be cleaned more than once.
Always keep in mind that your bird’s food bowl may appear to be full, but if you start investigating a little, you very well may discover that it’s full of empty hulls. Always check your bird’s food bowl once every few hours; this way you can make sure he or she is getting enough food. Or, if the bowl really is full of food that hasn’t been eaten, you would know that something is wrong.