How to Grow Treats for Your Bird at Home - BrianaDragon Creations

How to Grow Treats for Your Bird at Home

Stoli Leaning Cockatiel Bird - Image: © Briana Blair
Posted by / March 5, 2013 / 2 Comments

stoli-leaningMany birds love fresh greens, and growing your own at home can be a great way to expand their diet and provide a fun treat. Read on to learn how to grow treats for your feathered friend.

Instructions

Things You’ll Need:

* Small ramekin or pot
* soil
* bird seed

Step 1

First, do a little research online. Look at the types of seed that are in your bird’s food, and make sure that they are safe to eat in plant form. Remove any seeds that would be toxic if eaten as sprouts.

Step 2

Put some soil into the ramekin or pot. You want a dish small enough for the bird to get to and eat from. Make sure the soil does not contain pesticides or chemicals.

Step 3

Sprinkle some of your bird’s seed onto the soil, and cover with another thin layer of dirt. Don’t put in too many seeds, or they may not have enough room to sprout.

Step 4

Mist with water, and set in a sunny window. Keep the soil moist as the seeds sprout. If any of the seeds mold, remove the seed and the soil near it, and replace it. Try not to make the soil too wet, or rot will likely occur.

Step 5

Once you have good, healthy sprouts of at least an inch or more in height, offer the dish to your bird. It might be hesitant at first, especially if you have never offered it anything other than pellet and seed before. Try “pecking” at the sprouts with your fingertip, or pretending to eat them yourself. This will encourage your bird to try them.

Step 6

Keep an eye on the bird while they enjoy their treat. Remove the dish once they eat the sprouts, or if they try eating the dirt.

Step 7

Grow a new batch whenever you need them, and enjoy providing your pet with a healthy and inexpensive treat.

Image © Briana Blair, My Lutino cockatiel 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

    Awesome! I know a bird lover who’d love this information 🙂

      Briana Blair

      Wonderful! Feel free to pass it along.

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