It seems as if I am not thinking about food for my family and myself, I am thinking about food for my pets as well. This might account for the lovely rotund body I proudly have, but I prefer to think of myself as “Rubenesque” like the lovely plump females the artist Rubens painted.
WHY PELLETS? PROS AND CONS:
ADVANTAGES - vitamins and minerals are already added, provides lots of protein, less waste, sometimes less mess, cost is somewhat less than seed….and seed moths are not as abundant
DISADVANTAGES – could have a vitamin toxicity in some birds…not liked by some birds, treated like a throw toy by many, protein can be too high and cause kidney issues.
As I have covered in several past discussions, I feel the best diet is one of variety, Seed is not a four letter word and many wonderful healthy seed mixes are available. It isn’t like “back in the day” when seed was limited to mostly millet and hemp and black oily sunflower seed. It normally wasn’t fresh and that was the mainstay of their diet.
HOW DO YOU TELL GOOD MIXES FROM BAD MIXES?
First of all take a good look at the seed. It should not contain an abundance of sunflower seeds and millet. Make sure it is clean and free of bugs. Also, make sure it is fresh and hasn’t been sitting on shelves and in warehouses. Make sure the packaging is intact with no holes, tears or rips.
Let’s talk about seed moths. Seed moths come from seed. Here is the good part of seeing seed moths. SEED MOTHS CANNOT LIVE IN CONTAMINATED SEED. Unfortunately is has to be a bit more earth shaking than this to make me want to see flying things in my seed.
SEED MOTHS ARE ANOTHER SOURCE OF PROTEIN…no joke…in the wild, your little buddy would relish having a moth or two. HOWEVER, if you are like most of us and don’t appreciate flying moths in your home or your bird’s seed, you can kill them by freezing your seeds for 48 hours.
Not all seeds are appropriate for all birds. There is no “universal, one size fits all “seed mix. Some of the seeds are too hard or too large for smaller birds and too small for larger birds. We will be quite happy to help you find the ‘right’ seed for your pet if you are having difficulty.
If you have a picky eater, you have your work cut out for you. Persistence is the key here. If your bird won’t eat fresh fruits and veggies, offer him an ample bowl of fresh fruits and veggies with water in the morning,( when he is the hungriest) and remove the uneaten in the afternoon and replace it with a good seed, pellet, nut mix. Remember that birds are social creatures so sometimes it helps a finicky eater to eat something you like right along with him. Be persistent!Just because you offered something two or three times and it was met with resistance, don’t give up, birds are like children, it sometimes takes a while to get them to try new things, think back at what you eat now that you didn’t before and vice versa.
Just a tip…with all of the fresh fruits and veggies and threat of pesticides, my rule of thumb is: IF IT CAN’T BE PEELED, THEN GO ORGANIC. Berries are the main concern…bananas, apples, oranges, melons, cucumbers can all be peeled. Berries can’t and the contaminates can penetrate the fruit.
Don’t get sunburned while mowing your grass and weeding your gardens and flower beds…..remember “a weed is just a flower out of place”