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.