You do not see many overweight birds in the wild. In fact, you might not see any. The need to constantly move around to forage and find food burns off lots of extra calories. The addition of even a few extra ounces may make the difference between being agile enough to escape from a predator and getting caught. Most birds that you see in their natural environment are an appropriate weight for their species otherwise they will not last for long. [Read more…] about Overweight Birds: Obesity in Pet Birds and Dieting Tips
Food & Diet
In their native environment, the search for food is a central activity in the day-to-day life of a parrot. The pursuit of this essential element through foraging not only nourishes the bird but also provides mental and physical exercise.
Captive birds do not have to forage for food in the same way as their wild counterparts. Their keepers are responsible for feeding them. This fact greatly reduces the amount of exercise that a parrot would engage in on an everyday basis as it simply tries to survive. While this makes it easier for the bird to eat and eliminates the dangers of predators, it can lead to negative health effects related to the lack of exercise. [Read more…] about Best Parrot Food Guide: Bulk, Pellet and Organic Food Lists For Health
Baking for your pet bird may be a concept that you have never considered. After all, there are no parrots that feed on baked goods in their native habitat. But then you may be sharing some other foods that a wild parrot would never encounter. Many pet bird owners share their human food with their birds. A natural next step is to bake something intended for your pet to consume. You do count them as family members, so why not?
Making bird bread and baking for your pet bird also gives you the opportunity to introduce new foods or supplements to their diet in an unobtrusive way. Birds can be extremely picky eaters. It may be very difficult to get a parrot to change its eating habits, especially in birds that have been fed primarily seeds. You can bake some tasty treats for your avian companions and incorporate some much-needed nutrition at the same time. [Read more…] about Bird Bread: Baking for Parrots and Pet Birds
When a pet bird lives in an artificially created environment such as a bird cage, it often lacks the features of a natural habitat. These differences may lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can pose serious negative consequences for your bird. To cut straight to the best vitamins we recommend click here, otherwise continue reading below to learn more.
What Causes Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies?
Like all animal species, a small percentage of birds may have a metabolism that inhibits nutrient absorption and leads to health issues. While this can be an issue with individual birds, the most common cause of vitamin and mineral deficiencies is an inappropriate diet. Feeding your bird a diet consisting primarily of seeds will eventually have a detrimental impact on your pet. To see a full list of foods that you can feed your parrot, check out our guide to what parrots eat. [Read more…] about Bird Vitamins and Supplements for Nutrition, Sickness and Health
The simple act of cooking can severely injure and potentially kill your pet bird. Yet many people do not even know these dangers exist. This article will show the cooking dangers that can harm your bird and how you can avoid them. [Read more…] about Teflon Poisoning and Bird Safe Cookware – Danger & Safety Guide