How to feed my bird?

There are many different types of bird seed for sale. Every bird species has different dietary needs. It is therefore extremely important to give suitable feed that has been specially developed for the bird species you own.


When giving seed mixtures, it is important to ensure that the bird eats all the seeds and not just the ones it likes best (usually sunflower seeds). A selective bird will not get all the nutrients it needs and will therefore have an unbalanced diet.

One common problem is that the birds often likes the sunflower seeds the most, which are full of fat and contain few vitamins. If you want a healthy bird, it should finish all the seeds before it receives a new meal. The bird should get the amount of feed it can finish in one day.

Check regularly to make sure the bird is not too fat. You should be able to feel the breastbone.

A good seed mix contains most vitamins, minerals and amino acids a bird needs, but not all of them. Feeding your bird only seeds will result in nutritional deficiencies and related health problems.

Adding a good nutritional supplement to the seed mix, is therefore essential. This can be a powder which you sprinkle on top of the feed.


Pelleted food contains all the nutrients that your bird requires. They can't select a favourite pieces because every pellet has the same nutritional value. Some birds, however, refuse to eat pellets.

It is important not to add any supplements to pelleted food, because an excess of vitamins and minerals can cause serious health problems. You should also check regularly to make sure your bird doesn't get too fat because it eats too much of the pelleted food.


Fruit and vegetables are allowed to be given, but not too much. If you decide to change the feed, you should allow the digestive system of your bird to get used to the new composition of the food.


Allowing the bird to eat leftovers from your own plate is not wise, because these often contain too much salt and spices. A bird's kidneys have great difficulty processing salt, which can lead to kidney problems.

Vegetables with nothing else added are perfectly fine.


The diet of your bird should either consist mainly of a suitable seed mix with supplements or pelleted food. Always be sure that this is the major part of your bird's daily dietary intake.



Because a bowl of feed offers the bird little challenge, you could make feeding time a little more exciting. There is a wide range of toys on the market in which you can hide the feed. You can also come up with some ideas of your own to keep your bird busy for a longer time when eating its daily dose of feed. The Internet is a great place to find some interesting ideas.