Studies show us that birds require protein, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins and minerals for fine fitness. Indeed accurate mixture of particular food items has to be calculated.
List of Foods to be Present
Naturally birds do not have the skill to decide their diet, so it is the duty of the owner to supply a balanced nutrition. You can offer them pellets which are the most well-balanced and a complete food. They are available in the local pet supply stores.
Fruits and vegetables are considered as a supplementary food for bird’s balanced diet. Vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, corn, peas and yams contain nutrients for their diet. Grapes, apples and bananas make a perfect option among fruits. Avoid citrus fruits unless advised.
Do avoid wine and liquor, chocolate, caffeinated beverages, and spicy foods. They are highly dangerous.
Bring up the Change
Providing single seed or seed mix does not increase any good in their balanced diet. Wild birds take in seeds only when other foods are not available and they prefer to take the seeds as a way to survive. When food supplies are plentiful, birds take in variety of food items, including worms, insects, grains, fruits and vegetables.
Unluckily, many birds are brought up with all-seed diets. They find hard to change their food when addicted to one food. Such an inequity leads to diseases. For example, sunflower seeds alone are highly deficient in nutrients and rich in fat. Meanwhile, wild birds change their diets seasonally according to the food available. They gradually get adjust to the new diet.
To bring up a change over the birds those are addicted to seeds, some techniques can be implied in their food habits.
- Provide them some healthy seeds that are rich in vitamin and mineral fortified such as oats, corn, hemp, rape seed, flax and various types of millets. Avoid sunflower seeds and peanuts that are highly rich in fat.
- In the next phase, try new layer of foods. Dry breakfast cereals such as puffed rice, puffed wheat, puffed millet and even whole grain breads along with the layer of their familiar seeds. It may take some days to see the change.
- In step 3, add some layers of vitamin and minerals enriched nuggets and cakes available in the store. These cakes and nuggets can be crushed and added in layers with their seeds they are fond of.
- In the last phase, add layers of pelleted food in between the cakes and nuggets. This process will take up even months to change for your birds. But once your bird get used to pelleted diet, then there stays their balanced diet.