How to make bird food

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How to make bird food

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Making your own bird food involves using a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.


Step One

Understand that it is simple to make your own bird food, but that you must be careful to avoid certain foods that are toxic for birds. These include caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, avocados, rhubarb, sprouted limas, fava beans and navy beans.


Step Two

Do not give peanuts to a parrot, as this could cause aspergillosis, a dangerous disease.


Step Three

Realize that each species of bird requires a different type of diet. Read about your bird's species or talk to your veterinarian so that you fully understand your bird's particular needs. Some birds require high-fat diets, while others require low-fat diets.


Step Four

Feed your bird various fruits and vegetables to see what she likes best. Consider making a tiny fruit salad or miniature green salad for your bird. Cooked vegetables and fruits are also excellent choices for a bird.


Step Five

Make sure the fruits and vegetables you feed your bird have been washed to remove all possible pesticides. Never feed your bird commercially grown strawberries, as these are sprayed with many pesticides.


Step Six

For most bird species, feed nuts and seeds sparingly (this can vary for some species).


Step Seven

Limit foods that are high in fat, sugar or salt.


Step Eight

Try mixing cornmeal with three whole eggs (include the shells), cooked vegetables, pieces of raw fruit and applesauce. Bake for 20 minutes. Feed this treat to your bird when cooled.


Step Nine

Feed your bird some commercial pellets along with your homemade bird food.


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