Caring for your bird

budgiesFeeding your bird

For seed eaters such as Budgies, Canaries, Finches, Cockatiels, Lovebirds and Rosellas

What to feed your seed eater

      • Bird pellets or crumble should be available at all times
      • If your bird is on a seed diet it should not eat only one type of seed
      • Selection of fresh vegetables such as spinach, beans, parsley, broccoli, carrots, silverbeet, etc.
      • Pasta, rice, toast, eggs, mashed potato (potato only, no added dairy), chicken bones and other meats
      • Fruit may also be offered but many birds will not eat it
      • Medium sized birds (cockatiels, lovebirds, rosellas) can have no more than 10-15 sunflower seeds per day (less for smaller birds)
      • Insects (including grubs and woodboarding larvae)
      • Tree leaves and blossoms (banksia, eucalyptus, acacia, grevilleas, mallees, casuarinas, melaleuca, hakea)
      • Necta, pollen, wild fruits in season
      • Grass roots
      • Wild grasses and and their seeds

What not to feed your seed eater (Toxic)

      • Chocolate, Coffee, Milk, Cream, Butter
      • Anything containing alcohol
      • Avocado, Rhubarb, Egg Plant
      • Onion, Asparagus
      • Milky sapped plants, Nutmeg

Why all seed diets are a problem

      • Birds don't eat dry seed in the wild
      • Low amounts of low quality protein
      • Sunflower and Safflower worse - low protein and high fat
      • Calcium:phosphate ratio in sunflower seeds is 32:1 - Ideal is 2:1
      • Sunflowers are "addictive" and birds love them - they then have a tendancy to overeat and become overweight