On 7/19/05, Kelsey wrote:
> Hi, I was just wondering what all of you feed your fids?
> (other than the obvious fresh fruits and veggies, etc.) In
> particular I'm curious as to what kinds of pellets (if any)
> or manufactured cooked food (crazy corn, beak appetit, etc).
> And if, in your opinion, one is better than another.
> I'm still counting down the days until I can bring my new
> baby home :o)
I'm sure it'll be worth the wait!
As far as diet is concerned, variety is the best you can
offer birds to maintain optimum health.
There is no one perfect way to feed a bird and all have and
develop personal tastes much like humans.
I have a number of birds, so I prepare and make a lot of
different foods for them.
The pellet I feed is Mazuri and I use Higgins brand seed
mixes as far as that goes. These work well for me but there
are certainly other good brands out there.
My birds receive baked breads, cooked grain/bean/rice mixes
that are combined with vegetables. I have an egg food that I
make for breeding birds as well as the general population.
Supplements are usually not necessary unless a bird is
specifically lacking in a particular vitamin or mineral.
Calcium is one of the most important thing that all birds
require whether male or female. This can be in solid form
such as cuttle bone or oyster shell and liquid form such as
As far as the veggies go, try to include carotene rich foods
such as carrots, yams, sweet potatoes, etc., and dark leaft
greens such as kale, collards, mustards and turnips. All of
these are especially calcium rich. Broccoli is another great
food to offer.
Fruits are beneficial, but not as nutritious as veggies. But
they are nice treats for the birds. Mine prefer citrus over
all and they do like blueberries, strawberries and grapes.
Best of luck to you with your new addition.