In Reply to: Re: What does everyone feed their GGC? Great Educational Resource. posted by Deborah on February 08, 2012 at 12:46:35:
There are lot of people that have different ideas about how to feed their birds, I would say leave it to the professionals, "not hear say"..its up to you to keep your bird safe, so why take chances with your birds life...just saying :)
Here is an article from (Fern Van Sant) she is a world renowned avian specialist. check it out..
Caring For Your Pet Bird
Diet: Seeds vs. Pellets
Seed diets are nutritionally inadequate for birds. Seed diets are high in fat and low in the vitamins, minerals, and protein that birds need to stay healthy. While birds can survive temporarily on seed diets, in time chronic malnutrition will compromise their immune systems, and they will get sick.
Pelleted diets are specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of your bird. They contain the right balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, and fats that your bird requires for optimal health. There are a number of different pellets available at your local pet store or veterinary clinic. It is best to avoid pellets that are brightly colored, and opt for the pellets that do not contain food coloring. Ask your veterinarian which type of pellets is best for your bird.
Some birds like to eat table foods in addition to their pellets. It is okay to feed most healthy low-fat, low-salt items to your bird. Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin A are particularly important for parrots. Foods that are toxic to your bird and must be avoided include chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, avocado, and highly salted foods. It is important to wash fruits and vegetables carefully before feeding them to your bird. While table foods can add interest and diversion at meal times, they should not compromise more then 20 per cent of your birdís diet.
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