Healthy Bird Nutrition for Small Pet Birds

Healthy Bird Nutrition for Small Pet Birds Is The Key to a Long Life

Smaller birds like Cockatiels, Bee Bees, Lovebirds, and Rosey Bourkes require seed as part of their diet.

However, an all seed diet is too much fat and detrimental to the liver. In addition to seeds, these little birds require pellets. Pellets are an extruded diet and contain vitamins and minerals, eliminating the need for any supplements to be added to the drinking water.
Bird Paradise has carefully formulated a seed mixture and pellet based mixture for the little guys. Our seed mixture is called Deluxe Small Hookbill, containing the highest quality seeds (no sunflower or safflower),dried vegetables, herbs, and bee pollen. Click here to find out more. Our pellet based mixture is called Benji Blend, a smaller version of the best selling Ultimate Blend. Benji contains natural pellets, nuts, dried fruits and vegetables.

In addition, the key to any bird’s life, be it a cockatiel all the way to a macaw, requires lots of daily fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits like apples, grapes, and bananas, although not harmful, are higher in sugar than more nutritious fruits like papaya, mango, kiwi, dragon fruit, blueberries, peaches ,mango, and strawberries. It is best to give more vegetables than fruits because vegetables contain the calcium and Vitamin A that birds tend to lack. With the exception of avocado, celery, spinach, and asparagus, indulge your bird broccoli, kale, romaine, green beans, peas, corn, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkin, etc. If the vegetable is orange, it is best to cook it, as this enhances the absorption of the naturally occurring Vitamin A. Otherwise, raw is best. Exception: do not give raw legumes.

The Best Bird Play Stands and Perch Choices

Perch Here, Not There!

Think of bird play stands as a “staycation” destination. cockatoo using tool on perchYour bird’s cage is its home within your home. Unlike dogs and cats who follow you around without problems, birds are left to fly after you, birds landing on curtains, furniture, etc. can be a problem. The solution is to provide a place where your bird can safely perch nearby.

Medium to large parrots do well on a rolling java tree natural bird stand. These natural bird perches in different sizes have multiple levels to encourage climbing for bird exercise and hooks to hang bird toys for play and foraging. Bird Paradise java trees come with food and water dishes so you don’t have to worry about your bird going without food and/or water.

bird stand Java Tree for parrots imageFor the smaller birds, table top java trees are available. These also have hooks to hang toys and can be easily moved from room to room.

Natural bird playstands are the perfect way to have birds out with their owners in a safe and entertaining environment. These “staycations” are the answer to well-behaved and well-socialized birds.

Keep your parrot safe for the holidays!


The holiday season is a time of decorating, parties, and festivities. Here is a list of holiday dangers for birds.

  1. Candles, potpourri, incense, room and carpet fresheners are all hazardous to birds.

  2. Christmas trees are often chemically treated, including the spraying of artificial snow. Do not allow parrots to climb on or eat the trees.

  3. Holly, Poinsettias, Philodendron, and Mistletoe are all toxic.

  4. Christmas decorations, including wrappings are all made of materials hazardous to birds.

  5. Remember that non-stick cookware containing PFOA and PTFE, including fondue fondue pots, waffle irons, etc. will poison a bird’s respiratory system, resulting in death.

  6. Educate visitors on the respect for birds and the proper way to handle them.

  7. Avoid stress – birds require 10-12 hours of sound sleep. Keep your bird(s) on their usual schedule for eating, etc. and move them to a quiet place if visitors seem to to be making your bird(s) uncomfortable and stressed.


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