Oprah Winfrey used to say, "When you know better, you do better." What you ask does that have to do with a bird's diet? Well, years ago, it was very common and accepted to feed birds traditional seed diets. Smaller birds were fed millet and larger birds were fed sunflower seeds.

As avian experts studied nutrition, they found that seed only diets contained too much fat and in turn, were likely to result in fatty liver disease and quite possibly, early death. Pelleted foods is a rather recent innovation in bird nutrition and provides birds with the optimal nutrition they require. Pellets also contain added vitamins and minerals. You may read on many seed diet packaging that they are vitamin and mineral enriched. These "supplements" are usually sprayed on and when the seeds are hulled....... you guessed it, those good vitamins, etc. end up on the floor of the cage.

Pellet based diets are balanced nutrition and contain a much wider variety of ingredients than seed diets. If your bird has been on a seed diet, it is never too late to convert him or her over to a pellet based diet. There are many manufacturers of pellets so, if your bird does not take to one kind, there are many others from which to choose.

One last word about bird diets. If you will take note, I have used the term, "pellet-based" and not pellet diet. Pellets are a source of protein and feeding a 100% pellet diet is too much protein, such as seed diets are too much fat. Too much protein for birds is likely to damage the kidneys. I feed my own birds our custom Bird Paradise/World's Best blends (pellet based) as well as generous amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables. I frequently make for them the World's Best Asian Buffet cookable and add to it at the completion of the cooking the following in various combinations: frozen - mixed vegetables, kale, green beans, peas, broccoli, mango, papaya, blueberries, and squash. By doing this you take a wonderfully nutritious food like Asian Buffet and kick it up many notches on the healthy scale.

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