Yes, it’s the dreaded D word again, but guess what? This time it’s not about you restricting your calories, it’s all about your Lovebird’s diet.
There are right and wrong ways to go about this and we will go over a few things to avoid. I encourage anyone who checks out this blog to please look at the TOXIC! section on my site. There are plenty of dangerous foods that you could be mistaking while feeding your LB and they can be potentially harmful, if not deadly.
Please use caution and do your research; for instance raw beans are toxic to a lovebird and it would seem like a perfectly safe food, but alas, it’s not. I am not referring to green beans here, but black beans and lentils when I say this.
When shopping for seed mix, most people go straight to the local pet store and buy mixes formulated for Lovebirds, Conures and Cockatiels. Although this isn’t the worst thing to do, it’s really not the best either.
Your lovebird will tend to pick through the mix and only eat the sunflower seeds. Though it won’t kill your bird, sunflower seeds are high in fat and low on nutrition.
For optimal health, most Avian vets will recommend a pelleted diet along with fresh fruits and vegetables. Please be aware that some veggies are toxic, for instance Avocado, so be aware of the right choice of vegetable and fruit . Furthermore, apples are excellent for your bird, but the seeds are dangerous, so please be sure to cut the apple and avoid the core and seeds.
If you are confused about anything to do with your bird’s diet, please talk your Avian vet to be on the safe side. They are the experts, after all.
You may Google any of this information or Amazon.com has great books on proper Lovebird care including diet and toxic food to avoid. Don’t do all of the guess work, but instead do your research……. please.
Pellets are the recommended diet due to the fact that all of the vitamins and nutrients are available in a pelleted diet. Unfortunately, many birds don’t like pellets. You may have to wean your bird off of the seeds and slowly incorporate the pellets until they are eating mostly pellets.
Most lovies will go straight for the sunflower seeds but they are the equivalent of French Fries in our diet. Although they are yummy, they are not particularly nutritious and pretty bad for us in the long run. Particularly if your bird is not flighted, seeds can cause weight problems and other health issues.
While you can offer some people food for your lovie, it’s not particularly recommended. Hard boiled eggs are okay and most fruits and vegetables are fine. Heavily salted, sugary or fatty foods are not to be ingested nor chocolate as it could kill your bird. Alcohol is a “no no” as well.
It’s a great way to bond with your bird by sharing a plate, but not the healthiest or the most sanitary. Personally, I don’t want to share my plate with my bird for cleanliness purposes alone and furthermore human saliva is not good for a LB.
Cooked beans are an excellent choice but as I firmly state COOKED. Corn on the cob is great too, as well as popcorn. Pretty much anything you see in a salad is fine and remember if it’s healthy for you, its generally healthy for your lovie. To avoid all confusion, just try to wean them on commercial pellets.
Birds love to forage, so I prefer the LAFEBER’s Nutri-berries. They are vitamin fortified and give your bird a reason to work for it’s food given the hard ball-like shape that they come in.
For foraging toys that are healthy you could try hollowing out a green pepper, get rid of all the seeds and stuff it with millet spray or other goodies, hang the pepper in your birds cage, and they will be in heaven. Plain old corn on the cob works great too!
Although a seed mix won’t necessarily hurt your bird, over time it does not provide the proper vitamins and minerals your bird needs either. A fully seeded diet is the equivalent of a junk food diet for us, lots of fun to eat but not so good in the long run. Non flighted birds can develop health problems and obesity.
Providing lots of millet sprigs are great because birds love the taste and it’s healthy, A real win/win for your LB and you. Try to wean your bird on a mainly pelleted diet and I especially recommend LAFEBER’S Nutri-Berries. They are great for foraging and super healthy for your bird. Most Avian vets will agree with me on this.
It may take time to switch your bird from seeds to pellets but well worth it in the long run. If you have the time to cook for your bird, broccoli and cooked beans are excellent as well. Just remember to do your research and talk to your Avian vet.