Sharing a meal with your bird can be a great experience and a way to build a bond, but did you know it can also benefit your pet’s health? Many birds’ diets lack certain vitamins and minerals they need, which can lead to many serious diseases. Feeding your bird a healthy diet doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. When you feel like a bird deserves a special treat, try offering one of these healthy and easy options that are full of flavor and beneficial nutrients.
Fruit for birds
Mangoes, pomegranates, bananas, cantaloupe or apples: not only are these fruits tasty for humans, they are also very fond of birds. Just about any fruit imaginable is good for your bird’s diet. Full of flavor and nutritional value, the fruit is a great source of vitamins and a favorite choice of most house birds.
As with any fresh food you give pets, remove and discard any leftovers a few hours after serving. This prevents the growth of bacteria. However, be careful with the grapes. They contain a lot of sugar and it will not be healthy to eat too much of them.
Beans for birds
Beans are a great source of plant-based protein. They are good for both you and your bird! Beans are also an excellent source of fiber that helps maintain the proper functioning of the digestive system. Try to cook a mixture of bean soup without spices. Let the beans cool, then give a spoon to your bird. There is a chance that it will quickly become his favorite dish.
Remember to never feed a bird raw beans. It can be toxic if not cooked.
Sprouts for birds
Do you like sprouts on your salad? Your bird will like them too! Be sure to wash any sprouts that you give your pet thoroughly. This is important because those available in the store may come into contact with pesticides. And we don’t want to expose our feathered friend to toxins. It’s a good and simple idea to grow your own sprouts.
Vegetables for birds
Wild birds eat a wide variety of vegetables in their natural environment. Therefore, it is worth adding them to the diet of a bird kept at home. You can serve it with thoroughly washed and rinsed broccoli, yellow pumpkin, carrots, kale, root vegetables or peas.
Noodles for birds
Regardless of whether it is cooked or not, birds love pasta. The good thing is, it’s packed with energy-boosting carbohydrates! Try to cook pasta (e.g. a bow tie) with vegetables and give it to the bird when it has cooled down. If your pet prefers crispy noodles, fill some raw noodles with peanut butter for a fun and tasty snack.
Bread for the birds
Whole grain bread tastes great and is a great source of fiber. Try to offer your pet small bites of bread as a reward for good behavior. Serving breakfast toasts is a nice variation on their morning meal.
Pop-corn for birds
Believe it or not, many birds like to nibble on popcorn. You can feed your bird both toasted and normal corn kernels. If you decide to serve unroasted corn – boil it for a while in boiling water. As a result, it will be softer and easier to absorb.
Remember to never serve your bird microwave-made popcorn. Microwave varieties of this snack are extremely high in fat and salt, which can be harmful to your pet’s health.
Cereals or grains for birds
Scarecrows appeared in the fields to scare away wild birds, which can very quickly drive grain out of the fields. No wonder, the grains are nutritious and very good for birds. They offer nutritional value that other products don’t have. Whole grains are a great source of valuable protein, not to mention their beneficial carbohydrates. You can also serve rice – both white and brown. However, remember to cook it in advance, but not salt it.
Nuts for birds
Nuts are extremely healthy for birds. Walnuts in particular have many nutritional properties not found in other nuts. Nuts are also very tasty and many birds appreciate them as unique delicacies. They are natural toys and delicacies. Many birds spend time exercising their beak and jaw muscles on the shells of some varieties, trying to pry them out. If they find one they just can’t open, help them out and use a nutcracker. Always make sure the nuts you give your bird are clean and unsalted.
Peppers for the birds
Although many people find it difficult to eat hot peppers, birds can withstand the pungent taste without any problems. Our bird friends seem to lack taste receptors that pick up a burning sensation (as opposed to humans). Try to give your pet a tasty, fresh chili pepper and watch the bird squeeze through it to get to the seeds inside. Jalapeño peppers are another favorite delicacy of birds.