In most cases, a formulated avian diet (pellets, crumbles, etc.) offers excellent nutrition. Manufactured extruded or pelleted diets are the result of years of research and testing, and are often recommended by veterinarians, breeders, and other avian professionals. Pellets are easy to use, and the mess associated with seed hulls is reduced. There are some species-specific pellets on the market and, because some pet birds are sensitive to the colors used in certain formulas, “no color added” versions are often available.
Bird owners often report major difficulties in coaxing a seed-eating bird to convert to pellets. Young pet birds sometimes prefer to eat their pellets moistened rather than dry. Remove uneaten portions of moistened pellets from the cage after a few hours, because bacterial growth may contaminate the soaked food. Replace wet pellets with a dry portion. If your bird is on a “pellets-only” regimen, consult package directions and your avian veterinarian for guidance on supplements (vitamins are usually not advised) and recommended portions of fruit, vegetables, and other fresh foods
Kaytee Basic Blend Wild Bird Food is an everyday favorite for both bird-watchers and wild birds. This classic food includes a number of different grains to attract a wide variety of birds throughout the seasons. It’s been a mainstay in backyard feeders and is suggested for use in hopper, large-tube and covered fly-through feeders.
- Basic wild bird food blend attracts a wide variety of wild backyard birds like Chickadees, Cardinals, Blue Jays, Pine Siskins and more
- A distinctive blend of grains, corn, stripped sunflower seeds and black oil
- Added supplements such as Vitamin A, Vitamin D3 and Calcium Carbonate help wild birds with the stresses brought on by winter, breeding and migration
- Great for year round feeding and all seasons
- Seed mix is perfect for use in a hopper, large-tube or covered fly-through feeders
Try out a bag of Wagner’s Four Season 100% Black Oil Sunflower Seed Wild Bird Food and you’ll have nearby fellow birders wondering where all the songbirds went. They’ll have to come watch them in your yard, because these black oil sunflower seeds have a taste most wild birds love and a thin shell that makes it easy for them to consume. This gourmet seed is high in energy and can be used to fill tube, hopper or tray feeders to attract cardinals, finches, chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers and many more.
- 100% black oil sunflower seeds that birds love.
- Attracts the widest variety of songbirds such as cardinals, chickadees, finches, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and many more.
- Gourmet extra clean seeds have a thin shell, are easy to consume, and provide high energy content.
- Can be used in tube, hopper or tray feeders.
- Attracting your favorite birds since 1894 and made in the USA, because your backyard birds deserve the best.
Wagner’s Classic Wild Bird Food delivers a high-quality food for a wide range of wild birds to enjoy. This traditional blend is a proven formula that will fill your yard with all sorts of colorful birds. Bird feeding beginners, hobbyists and experts alike can trust Wagner’s all-purpose mix for a superior food made of millet, milo, cracked corn and sunflower seeds that will attract favorite songbirds year-round.
- Classic wild bird food uses the highest quality grains to attract backyard wild birds
- A high-quality mix containing millet, milo, cracked corn and sunflower for a wide range of wild birds to enjoy
- Perfect for tube, hopper, or platform feeders
- Great to feed in all seasons! Perfect for the winter, when seeds are scarce; spring and summer for hatchlings; and autumn to give energy to migrating birds
- This seed will help you fill your yard with birds such as Jays, Cardinals, Doves, Juncos, Finches, Goosebeaks any many more
Wagner’s Greatest Variety Premium Wild Bird Food brings the broadest variety of songbirds with a premium blend that’s packed with the foods they love. Carefully selected ingredients make up this gourmet food that’s filled with 40% black oil sunflower seeds, striped sunflower seeds and sunflower chips, the top choices for most wild bird species. Every visitor to your feeder will find something they like with both hulled and unshelled seeds in all sizes and shapes.
- This mix brings the broadest variety of songbirds with a premium blend that’s packed with the foods they love
- Carefully selected ingredients make up this gourmet food that’s filled with 40% black oil sunflower seeds, striped sunflower seeds and sunflower chips, the top choices for most wild bird species
- Every visitor to your feeder will find something they like with both hulled and unshelled seeds in all sizes and shapes
- Appeals to ground feeders and perching songbirds
- Suited for tube, hopper or platform feeders for variety and ease
Whether you’re an avid birdwatcher or just like seeing wild birds in your backyard, you can keep them coming back with Wild Delight Deck Porch N’ Patio Wild Bird Food. This elite, zero-waste wild bird food is blended to attract the most desirable outdoor pets. With no hulls and no fillers, including corn or millet, it’s designed to prevent any seed growth under your feeder and give you the cleanest feeding experience available in your outdoor living areas. Like all Wild Delight bird seeds, Deck Porch N’ Patio Wild Bird Food is fortified with the essential vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and amino acids that wild birds need. It’s also free of chemical preservatives so you can feel good about offering it to the wildlife visiting your yard.
- Formulated to attract all songbirds including cardinals, grosbeaks, finches, jays, nuthatches, and other outdoor pets.
- Features sunflower kernels, peanuts, pistachios, and hulled pumpkin seeds.
- Contains no hulls or no fillers, including corn or millet, so there’s no unwanted seed growth under your feeder.
- Fortified with the essential vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and amino acids that wild birds need.
- The guaranteed formulation ensures you’re getting the same great seed blend in every bag you buy.
Help your hens produce healthy and nutritious eggs with Kalmbach Feeds All Natural Layer Crumbles Chicken Feed! This chicken feed contains a proprietary blend of prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes to support digestion, immunity and overall hen health. Formulated for layer chickens and 100% free from animal by-products, antibiotics and hormones, this feed encourages maximum production of nutritious eggs with strong and healthy shells. Plus, the crumble consistency of this feed makes it especially easy for your hen friends to eat and enjoy!
- Prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes support digestive, immune, and health functions.
- Contains no animal by-products, antibiotics, or hormones to encourage the production of nutritious and healthy eggs.
- Supports hen health and encourages the maximum production of strong-shelled eggs.
- Crumble feed is smaller than pellets, making it easier for your hen friends to eat and enjoy.
- All-natural recipe specially formulated for layer hens.
Provide your Cockatiel with the essential nutrients he needs to stay healthy and thrive with Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Cockatiel Bird Food. Birds need a diet rich in protein from seed, grains and other ingredients for healthy skin, feathers and muscles. Kaytee Forti-Diet Pro Health Cockatiel Bird Food is a seed-based blend of fresh, palatable ingredients like canary grass seed, millet, sunflower, oat groats, corn and more. It contains DHA Omega-3 for healthy heart, brain and eye function and prebiotics and probiotics to aid in digestion. Feed 1-5 tablespoons a day depending on species.
- Naturally preserved for optimum freshness
- A clean, wholesome, high-quality mix that consists of natural seeds, pellets and grains like Canary Grass Seed, ground corn and red millet
- Forti-Diet Pro is a complete diet that helps ensure proper nutrition to produce better feathering and brighter colors
- Added probiotics and prebiotics aid in proper digestive health
- Omega-3 fatty acids support healthy heart, brain and eye function
Keep your feathered friends full and your patio free of seeds with Wagner’s Sunflower Hearts & Chips Premium Wild Bird Food. Made without shells, Wagner’s chips are a no-waste, flavor-packed seed for your birdies. These sunflower chips won’t leave a mess behind, so they’re great for decks, gardens and patio areas—no clutter to ruin your beautiful atmosphere, and great to attract finches, cardinals, jays, chickadees and more. High in protein and low in effort, this food is especially great in the winter, when birds need conserve their energy to stay warm. Wagner’s sunflower chips provide more nutrition and require less effort to eat, which means your birdies can spend more of their energy on the finer things in life.
- This unique, mess-free formula is made with sunflower meat and removes any seeds, making it easy and mess-free to feed your feathered friends.
- Made with high-quality grains and packed with protein—you can rest easy, knowing you’re feeding your feathered friends the best.
- Sunflower chips take less work to eat, so your birdies conserve their valuable energy.
- With this mess-free formula, there’s no longer any need to clean clutter under your feeder.
- Made in the USA with ingredients you can trust, and is great to attract finches, cardinals, jays, chickadees and more.
Henny Penny Scratch Chicken Food is a great nutrition source of essential nutrients for all stages of life. It contains an excellent blend of vitamins and minerals to promote overall health. Henny Penny Scratch Chicken Food is blended to promote feed efficiency, weight gain and a healthy immune system. It’s highly digestible with excellent nutrient usability and helps encourage healthy, natural pecking and feeding instincts.
- Provides important variety of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals to promote overall health
- Regular treating is a great way to earn your chickens’ trust
- With a little patience, and a handful of treats, you can even train your flock to come to you when called
- Each formula has added vitamins, minerals, and amino acids for your birds’ health. Store in a cool dry place and refrigerate when opened to extend freshness
- Provides essential nutrients your chicken needs to live a long, healthy life
Ease your bird into nutrient-packed pellets with ZuPreem FruitBlend Flavor Parrot & Conure Bird Food. These low-fat pellets offer balanced nutrition that takes the guesswork out of planning your feathered friend’s diet. If your bird is struggling to switch to a pellet diet, the novel fruit colors, shapes and flavors can help get your picky eater’s interest. It’s also fortified with essential vitamins and minerals to help your wingman stay perky and plucky. These pellets are ideal for African greys, Amazons, caiques, conures, eclectus, Senegals, small cockatoos and other medium or large parrots with particular preferences.
- Low-fat pellets offer well-balanced nutrition for medium to large birds.
- Novel fruit colors, shapes and flavors can help interest your picky eater when switching to pellets.
- Fortified with essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids to support a healthy immune system and energy levels.
- Great for African greys, Amazons, caiques, conures, Eclectus, Senegals, small cockatoos and other medium or large parrots.
- Resealable bag helps food stay fresh and tasty.
Popular Pet Bird Food Myth No. 1: Sunflower seeds are addictive.
There is nothing in sunflower seeds that would cause true addiction. Parrots simply enjoy sunflower seeds, and many would eat them to the exclusion of everything else if permitted. The truth about sunflowers and other seeds is that they are often high in carbohydrates and fats and deficient in vital nutrients.
Pet birds that are fed seed exclusively may become overweight and even develop illnesses, such as atherosclerosis and fatty liver disease.
Popular Pet Bird Food Myth No. 2: Seeds are bad.
Seeds are bad when eaten to the exclusion of anything else, yet there are many good things in seeds, including fat, carbohydrates, some vitamins and trace elements. Seeds fulfill a pet bird’s psychological need for “working” for its food, because the bird must use its beak to crack open the seed.
Seeds are typically low in calcium, and some vitamins, including the important vitamin D3 and lysine, one of the essential amino acids. Certain birds, such as finches, canaries and budgies, subsist on predominantly seed diets in their native habitats. Consult your avian veterinarian for specific advice about your pet bird’s individual requirements.
Popular Pet Bird Food Myth No. 3: Pellets are perfect.
In most cases, a formulated avian diet (pellets, crumbles, etc.) offers excellent nutrition. Manufactured extruded or pelleted diets are the result of years of research and testing, and are often recommended by veterinarians, breeders and other avian professionals.
Pellets are easy to use, and the mess associated with seed hulls is reduced. There are some species-specific pellets on the market and, because some pet birds are sensitive to the colors used in certain formulas, “no color added” versions are often available.
Bird owners often report major difficulties in coaxing a seed-eating bird to convert to pellets. Young pet birds sometimes prefer to eat their pellets moistened rather than dry. Remove uneaten portions of moistened pellets from the cage after a few hours, because bacterial growth may contaminate the soaked food. Replace wet pellets with a dry portion.
If your bird is on a “pellets-only” regimen, consult package directions and your avian veterinarian for guidance on supplements (vitamins are usually not advised) and recommended portions of fruit, vegetables and other fresh foods.
Popular Pet Bird Food Myth No. 4: All varieties of avocados are poisonous to all birds.
Although some varieties and parts of the avocado are considered more toxic than others, it is generally safer to not feed your pet bird any part of the avocado plant or fruit. Some bird breeders, such as lory breeders, have fed their lories avocados without a problem, so some bird species don’t have an averse reaction to some avocado varieties. The toxic fatty acid derivative, called persin, is found in the leaves and possibly other parts of the avocado.
Where does the recommendation come from to not feed your pet bird avocados? According to “A Guide to Plant Poisoning of Animals in North America,” avocado poisoning was first reported in 1942 in California, and its toxin, at the time not precisely identified, affects cattle, horses, goats, canaries, budgies, cockatiels, ostriches and other birds and animals. Ostriches have died of congestive heart failure within 96 hours of eating the fruit and leaves of avocados.
Symptoms of avocado poisoning in other birds include respiratory distress and sudden death.
Popular Pet Bird Food Myth No. 5: Our pet birds can eat anything we eat!
Many birds love pasta and other people food, and clamor for their share at dinnertime. Sure, parrots like macaws, cockatoos, Amazon parrots and other pet birds enjoy and even benefit from portions of people food, but your pet can also suffer digestive upsets and other problems when it tries to “eat like a human.” If you’re going to feed people food, follow these tips:
- Chinese, Japanese and most other Asian foods are too highly salted to be safe for birds. Potato chips, salted nuts and processed foods are high in salt and fat as well.
- French fries and other fried foods are often loaded with salt and fat. Fat especially is problematic in overweight macaws and Amazons, which are prone to high cholesterol and lipemia (fat in the blood) and atherosclerosis.
- Dried fruit preserved with sulfites may not be the best choice for your pet bird. People sometimes have acute hypersensitivity reactions to sulfites, so an animal as small as a bird may have an even greater sensitivity to them. In many cases, we have to rely on guidelines we use for ourselves until someone discovers that the ingredient affects birds as well.
- No cheese please! Many of us have heard stories about crop impactions resulting from mozzarella cheese, the melted cheese used on top of pizza. So when your bird begs for a piece of your slice, make it a tiny, cheese-free portion. The high-salt content of most cheese makes it inadvisable to feed birds more than occasional tidbits, as salt toxicity may result. Birds are lactose intolerant and, although lactose is mostly processed out of cheese, restrict other dairy products as well.
- Is your bird a “spaghetti hawk” Follow these avian health guidelines: Cook pasta in unsalted water. Avoid salty ingredients, such as olives, anchovies, cheese, ham or other processed meats. Sausage, pepperoni and similar meats contain a lot of fat, salt and preservatives. Remove them from your bird’s treat menu.
- White sauces, such as Alfredo, consist mainly of cream and butter and don’t belong on an avian menu. Plain marinara sauce is usually safe if used in moderation. When you make a big pot of sauce, reserve a little plain tomato sauce for your bird prior to adding meat.
- Reheat leftovers to kill bacteria, then cool before offering them to your pet bird.
- Remove uneaten portions from your bird’s dish after an hour.