Check out these tasty recipes to meet the nutritional needs of your birds. A seed-only diet lacks essential vitamins and minerals key for long-term avian health. The secret? Variety. But what’s the real recipe for a well-balanced bird diet?
This can vary depending on species, but the ideal diet consists of the following:
- 70 percent pellets
- 20 percent fresh vegetables
- 10 percent seed and fruits
If it were left up to our feathered friends, every food crock would brim with a smorgasbord of seeds. But seed-only diets pose serious health risks for your bird. They are high in fat, and most seeds lack the vitamins, minerals and nutrients your bird needs for optimal health. Thankfully, it’s easy to offer a more nutritional diet.
Want to make your own mix? Here are some great recipes to create a nutrition-packed snack customized for your bird!
- Start with your bird’s preferred pelleted formula
- Add a bag of your bird’s favorite Drs. Foster and Smith Fruits
- Sprinkle some of her favorite basic seeds
- Add in the fresh vegetables and you have a great diet!
Mix up the way you provide the food to add interest, too. You can use fun foraging toys and give seeds and fruit as a reward for good behavior or learning a new trick.
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR BIRD’S WATER!
Fresh, clean water should always be available. If a water bottle is used, the water should be changed daily and the tip should be checked daily to be sure it is working. Dehydration is a serious problem that can occur within a day or two if water is unavailable.
Original Article: https://www.dfs-pet-blog.com/2014/12/how-to-make-your-own-bird-food-mix/
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