A complete and balanced diet is essential to ensure that your bird lives a long, healthy and happy life. A seed only diet is very unhealthy for your bird. Seed is generally high in fat and carbohydrates, and is low in vitamins, minerals and some amino acids. Essentially, it is considered the equivalent of feeding your bird a fried chip diet. Birds fed seed only diets can suffer from multiple health problems. These include malnutrition, overgrown beaks and nails, feathering abnormalities, liver and kidney disease, reproductive disease and cancer.
At Brisbane Bird Vet we recommend feeding ‘seed’ eating birds (e.g. cockatiel) a pelleted diet. Gradual conversion is generally best. Nectar eating birds (e.g. lorikeets) have different nutritional requirements to ‘seed’ eating and we can best replicate this by offering a nectar mix (wet mix) and a dry mix. Wet mix should be mixed fresh daily and in hot, humid weather this spoils easily.
Fresh vegetables and fruit should be offered to both ‘seed’ and nectar eating birds on a daily basis. Essentially all fruits and vegetables can be fed with the exception of avocado, onion and garlic. Native nuts, blossoms and berries can be offered. Bones (including chicken and chop bones), nuts and seed can be offered as treats.