Nutrition in Birds

Have you recently added a bird to your household? Congratulations! Birds are truly fascinating animals, and they make very charming little pets. Just like any other animal, these enchanting creatures have some very specific needs when it comes to nutrition. In this article, your Poway vet goes over nutrition in birds.

A Good Foundation

Start out your feathered buddy’s menu with a good pellet or seed mix that is targeted to your bird’s species. Pellet foods are a slightly better choice here, as they provide complete nutrition. Seeds allow your winged pet the option of picking out her favorite bits, which may result in nutritional imbalances or deficiencies. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feed Polly seeds: just consider them a treat.

Fruits And Veggies

Your bird’s basic menu will provide the foundation for a nutritious diet, but Polly will get quite bored eating the same thing every day. Spice up her menu by offering a variety of foods in addition to her main dish. Fruits and veggies are a great way to fill out your pet’s daily nutritional regimen. You can feed your little buddy corn, squash, carrots, green leafy vegetables, cooked sweet potatoes, melons, apples, oranges, berries, and pears, to name a few. Remember to remove any uneaten bits quickly, so they don’t spoil.


Polly can enjoy twice-daily servings of grain-based foods. Bread, pasta, toast, unsweetened cereal, and tortillas are a few options that are safe for birds. The occasional cracker is also fine.


Your winged buddy will also need protein. Yogurt, cooked lean meat, hard-boiled eggs, and cottage cheese are a few ways you can get Polly her protein requirements.

Foods To Avoid

Always research a new food before feeding it to your pet, as many foods are hazardous to birds. Chocolate, alcohol, apple seeds, onions, mushrooms, and avocado are a few things which are dangerous for your feathered buddy.

Remember, every species of bird has their own specific nutritional requirements. Do thorough research on your little pet, and find out if there are any dos and don’ts when it comes to feeding your colorful winged pal.

Do you have any questions about your bird’s care, health, or nutrition? Please feel free to call us at any time. As your local Poway vet clinic, we are happy to help with all of your pet care needs!

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