A simple diet

Published on January 18, 2012 by in Articles, Feeding


Birds in captivity are easily fed and will remain in excellent condition on a relatively simple diet.  The fact that a diet is simple does not mean that nutrition need not be all-inclusive.  Starting out a bird on a proper diet is very important because birds are creatures of habit and are reluctant to change, especially from a bad habit.  New foods are often accepted with difficulty and only after many types of subterfuge have been employed. 

All birds which are given nourishing diets are able to build up stamina and a reserve buffer against the onslaught of illnesses.  Since many troubles stem directly from insufficient diets, it is wise to be certain that your birds are properly fed at all times. 

The diet of any bird is much more effectively administered if it can be kept simple and at the same time nutritionally adequate.  He who feeds complicated diets to birds starts off with good intentions but usually ends up with sporadic efforts.



 It is unwise to allow your bird, regardless of its type, to snack from your table.  Birds which are allowed to do so develop fondness for such harmful foods as mashed potatoes, bacon, eggs, sweets and many others that cause various troubles.



 The basic requirements of birds, as with all animals, are proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, fats and minerals of many different kinds, including a host of minute quantities of trace minerals.

 The only change in diets between aviary birds and individual pet birds is the curtailing of fattening foods.  Since birds in confinement become somewhat lazy and are quite content with their captivity, care must be taken to ensure that they do not become sluggish and overly fat.  The best remedy is to ensure that they are not fed overabundant quantities of oats and to force them to exercise.  A caged bird (parrot) should be released from its cage and allowed flying time within an enclosed and safe environment each week, even if it has to be prodded into doing so. 


Extract from “PARROTS AND RELATED BIRDS” by Henry J. Bates and Robert l. Busenbark, 3rd edition revised and expanded by Dr Mathew M Vriends

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