Bird Food & Treats

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Bird Food & Treats

Bird food—whether wild bird food or pet bird food—can greatly affect the well-being and longevity of our feathered friends. These foods provide essential nutrients with seed, 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 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 food with fruits, 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.