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Specifics About Your Bird's Diet
As our bird's caregivers, we are responsible for providing our birds with a diet that is balanced and nutritious.

Different types of companion birds have different dietary requirements. An African Grey, Eclectus, lory, lorikeet, finch, or canary can all have a different base (pellet and/or seed) diet. Finches and Canaries since they are kept full flighted in larger aviaries actually need seed, but should also be offered pellets. If your bird is eating a less than adequate diet, please be sure to read the section on modifying your birds eating habits. If you have any questions regarding your bird's diet please consult your avian veterinarian.

A balanced diet includes proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and water. It is essential that a companion bird be given a wide variety of foods so that they can be provided with these important nutrients. While a seed diet will provide fats and some proteins and carbohydrates, a diet composed primarily of seeds will not provide many of the various vitamins and minerals necessary to keep your bird healthy. A seed diet is lacking in calcium, sodium, and vitamins A, B12, C, D and K all of which are necessary in your birds diet.

It is fairly easy to supply your bird with the "foundation" to a balanced diet by using one of the many formulated (pelleted) diets found at your local pet shop or veterinary office. There are many pelleted diets that are designed to give your bird what he or she needs for a balanced diet. Don't forget to add fruits and vegetables.

Good foods to add to your parrot's diet (in moderation) include:
* these foods have a good amount of Vitamin A

Of course, there are many others but these will get your bird off to a healthy start.
The following foods should
NEVER BE FED to your birds as they can cause serious illness or death
Avocado - Some types of avocados, if ingested by your bird, can be lethal within 24 hours!
Alcohol - There is nothing funny about giving your bird a sip of an alcoholic drink.
Caffeine - Found in coffee, tea and some sodas
Chocolate - A small amount of chocolate can be lethal
Rhubarb - Stems or leaves can cause illness or death
Salt - Pretzels and potato chips can be harmful, and if ingested in high quantities can be lethal.
Salt Water - Should never be given to your bird
Fruit Pits - Should never be given to your bird
Refined Sugars - Should not be given to your bird
Dairy Products - Some people have differing opinions, but if you do give it to your birds, only give in small amounts and make sure that it is very fresh.
Onions - Should never be given to your bird
Soda - sugar and caffeine in sodas are very bad for birds.
Note: Many birds may not try a new food item for weeks or even months, but do not give up. Getting your bird to try something different takes patience and consistency. Although your bird may refuse to try something he or she does not recognize as food, they will eventually taste it and often come to enjoy a food they never had before.