The best way to feed and hydrate pet birds is to place their bowls directly inside their cage. Bowls can be made from plastic, ceramic, or stainless steel. Although plastic is inexpensive and great for smaller birds like finches and canaries, larger birds will chew and destroy the plastic. Ceramic bowls are much heavier and virtually chew proof. Try the colorful Super Pet “Scatter-less” Ceramic Bird Feeders as an option. They are also much more stable, will last a long time but require frequent cleaning. Stainless steel is the best but also the most expensive. Some bowls are attached by hooks, bolts, or clips while many cages today have built in bowl holders to keep the bowls secure. There should be a minimum of one food bowl and one water bowl for drinking in each cage. It’s always recommended to have additional bowls available so you can use a fresh one while you are cleaning the others. Dishwasher safe bowls are recommended to ensure thorough and safe cleaning.
Bowls should be easily accessible and at a comfortable height for use from perches. Bowls should never be placed directly under perches to avoid getting contaminated with bird droppings. Food and water should be change frequently to ensure a happy bird. Birds are notorious for making a mess with bowls of water. They try to bathe in them, leave bird droppings, and also drop food into them. The net result is the water get dirty, and bacteria can grow quickly for an unhealthy environment. Water bowls should be replenished many times during the day, while food bowls should be replenished daily. Consider using one of our water bottles for a safer and healthier solution. To avoid unhealthy bacteria growth we recommend you change your birds water bottle daily. Try our Super Pet Chew Proof Water Bottles that are available in various sizes. As a bird eats, it may leave the bowl full of left over seed hulls that are often mistaken for full bowl of food. Don’t be fooled, check the food bowl often! It’s very important to maintain clean food and water sources for your pet.
The best diet is a balanced or complete diet that includes grains, fruits and vegetables. Every bird type has a diet that is unique to its species, so there is no perfect diet that works for all birds. Many bird food manufacturers offer food diets that are formulated for each specific bird’s dietary requirements. Diets can be obtained both in extruded form (often the most complete and nutritiously balanced) as well as in a blended seed and grain mix. Consider the Kaytee Exact, Fiesta Max and Forti-Diet Pro Health fortified foods for a well balances diet. Also include a variety of vegetables, greens, and fruits as a supplement. Don’t forget the mineral supplements like cuttlebones and calcium blocks (more commonly used with smaller species). When feeding an extruded diet like Kaytee Exact the use of additional supplements is not recommended, unless prescribed by an Avian Veterinarian. (note: over supplementation can lead to health issues in your pet bird) Some dangerous foods to avoid include: chocolate, avocados, mushrooms, fruit seeds, alcohol and caffeine to name a few.
All good pets deserve a treat from time to time and birds are no different. Be sure to remember that treats are just treats, and should not be replacement for a balanced diet (Treats should not exceed 20% of your birds diet). Bird treats range from stick treats that will keep a bird busy for hour to loose treats that can be hand fed. Or try putting loose treats in a treat holder. Consider Kaytee Healthy Bits, Munchables, and Treat Sticks as nutritious treat options.
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