What to Feed Your Bird

Are you considering bringing a bird into your Fayette County home? If so, you have likely already found yourself enchanted by these beautiful, feathered creatures. Birds are amazing animals. They are intelligent and graceful, and can be both affectionate and lovable. Your new avian pal will have some specific needs, however.

Here are some of the basics of bird nutrition.

Basic Nutrition

Bird nutrition is a relatively new area of study. Up until about a decade ago, there had been few studies done on what to feed our feathered friends. We had a rough idea of what birds need; a mixture of protein, carbs, fat, vitamins and minerals, but exact proportions were guesswork. In the wild, birds in temperate climates change their diet seasonally, as their options change. Tropical birds may have less variety, as their natural climates tend to remain more consistent.

Birds will not instinctively eat the food that is best for them. Different types of birds have different nutritional needs, so it’s best to start with a pellet formula that is suited to your avian friend’s breed. Most local pet stores should have an ample selection.


Birds, like all animals, need a bit of variety in their diets. Fruits and veggies are great additions to your bird’s regular food, though they are not sufficient in and of themselves. Corn, broccoli, yams, peas, and carrots are great choices, as these all contain nutrients. Your bird may eat iceberg lettuce or celery, but these have little nutritional value. Bananas, apples and grapes are good selections for fruits. Don’t feed your feathered pal citrus, however, unless your vet specifically recommends it.

What to Avoid

Like all animals, birds are meant to eat certain foods, and their tolerance for items Mother Nature didn’t put on their menu can be quite low. Chocolate, avocado, alcohol, shellfish, caffeinated beverages, and undercooked meat, fish, poultry or eggs can be very dangerous for your avian pal, so make sure not to let your bird have any of these foods.

Birds make charming little pets. These feathered beauties can form close bonds with their humans, and can live quite long. If you feel a bird is the right choice for you and your Fayette County home, feel free to contact Animal Care Clinic with any questions on caring for your little feathered friend.

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