Bird Food

Bird food—whether you buy wild bird food or buy parrot bird food—can greatly affect the well-being and longevity of our feathered friends Chewy carries all types of bird such as parakeet food, finch and canary food, cockatiel food, lovebird food, dove and pigeon food, chicken food and more. These foods provide essential nutrients with grains and seed bird food, nuts and other healthy ingredients that help them thrive. There are several important features to seek out when choosing the right food. Some bird foods include a blend of colors, textures, shapes and sizes that help encourage interest. They will ensure your bird is getting all the nutrition and high protein bird food he needs. Variety will also keep your bird mentally engaged and stimulated, needing to put a little thought into every bite. Another important feature to look for in bird food is the inclusion of prebiotics and probiotics to aid in healthy digestion. Probiotics are a healthy form of bacteria that live in the gut, while prebiotics feed them and help them thrive. Adding them to your bird's mealtime will ensure he keeps a positive balance of beneficial bacteria compared to the unfavorable bacteria, maintaining healthy digestion. If you could find a food with a full profile of omega-3 fatty acids, you can ensure your bird will stay looking and feeling flap-tastic. Notably, these essential fatty acids provide excellent skin and feather support, helping to eliminate skin and plume issues that will ruffle your bird's feathers. Lastly, seek out a bird food with fruits and berries, vegetables and sprouts known to be powerful antioxidants, supporting the immune system and overall health. Bird food high in antioxidants including vitamins A, C and E, beta-carotene, lutein, alpha lipoic acid will ensure a lifetime of well-being.It's important to note that introducing a new bird food requires a transition period. Instead of simply replacing your bird's food with another, mix the old and new blends over seven to ten days. For the first several days, serve 25% new, 75% old. For the next several days, serve a balanced 50/50 blend. For the last several days, serve 75% new, 25% old. At this point your flying buddy will have adjusted to the new food, and you should be able to feed the new food exclusively without seeing adverse side effects.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Bird Food

What bird food do newborn baby birds eat?

Newborn baby birds eat bird food brought to them by their parents. The parents will usually soften and hydrate the bird food first so the little birds can eat it. Baby birds mostly eat what adult birds of their species eat, usually worms, insects and seeds. You should not feed baby birds yourself, as the parents usually care for them, and you should never feed abandoned birds unprocessed worms, insects or seeds. If you find an abandoned baby bird, find a licensed rehabber or consult an expert on how to safely feed it.

What's the best bird food?

The best bird food is one that is suited to the type of birds you wish to feed and the seasonal climate in your area. Many birds enjoy sunflower seeds or seed and grain mixes, but nectar is best if you want to attract hummingbirds. Bird food comes in many types, including low-mess mixes, single-seed varieties and bird food blocks you can hang up on their own. Check package directions to see if a particular bird food is best for the birds in your area.