How to Convert Your Bird from Seed to a Healthy Diet - BrianaDragon Creations

How to Convert Your Bird from Seed to a Healthy Diet

Stoli Cockatiel Bird - Image: © Briana Blair
Posted by / March 9, 2013 / 2 Comments

stoli-leaning birdAn all-seed diet is very unhealthy for most mid- to large-sized birds. This article will teach you how to get your bird off an all-seed diet, and into eating pellet and healthy foods.

Things You’ll Need:
* seed
* pellet food
* vegetables

Start the conversion as early as possible. If your bird was raised on seed, start converting within a few days of bringing the bird home.

Get a good quality pellet that is the right size for the bird you have. Make sure It has healthy components, and not too many chemical additives.

Research what fruits and veggies are safe for your breed of bird. Try to have these available to introduce to your pet.

Each day, feed the bird a little less seed, and add a bit of pellet. You should not give your bird a single dish filled with food for the day. Give them small amounts several times a day. Over time, continue to give less seed and more pellet.

If your bird refuses the pellet, try hand-feeding it to them, “pecking” at it with your finger, or pretending to eat it yourself. All of these can help the bird see the new item as food.

Once your bird accepts pellet as a daily meal, offer seed as a treat for good behavior during training, or as a once or twice a week snack.

Cut fruit and veggies into small pieces and offer them in a new dish (not their food dish), each day. “Pecking” at the food with your finger, or allowing the bird to see you eating it, will encourage them to try it. Experiment with different fruits and veggies, in different size pieces until you learn what they like. Some like large bits, others small, some will prefer a mash.

If you have a hard time getting the bird to eat fruits and veggies, try chopping them very small, and drying them. Many birds don’t like wet foods, but will quickly take to dried foods.

Be patient! Getting a bird off seed can be a trying task, but it’s well worth it to keep your pet healthy and happy for many years to come.

Image: © Briana Blair – My Lutino Cockatiel Stoli leaning in for food

About Briana Blair

Artist, writer, ordained interfaith minister, Dr. of Metaphysics and passionate oddball. I love to create, and I love bringing knowledge and joy to others. I've been an artist for 35 years, a writer for 26 and a Pagan for 22. And I'm just getting started!
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2 Comments

    UserR

    Birds can be such picky eaters! XD

      Briana Blair

      They certainly can be. Stoli hates anything that’s wet, so I have to dry veggies out before he’ll even think of touching them.

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