Saturday, March 24, 2007

Question and Answers About Seed

“Birds in the wild eat seeds, don’t they?”Very few species of parrots eat seeds in the wild, but they do eat a wide variety of foods, such as flowers, buds, fruits, nuts, insects, leaves and grasses depending on what is available seasonally.
“Aren’t the seed mixtures I feed my bird what they would eat if they lived in their native habitat?”Birds in South America, Africa and Australia are rarely exposed to sunflower seeds and peanuts, yet most commercial seed diets contain a high proportion of these.
“Why do they say my bird will get fat on a seed diet?”Seeds are high in fat and deficient in important nutrients, so a steady diet of them can lead to obesity and other nutritionally related diseases. Unlike wild birds, caged birds are more sedentary and do not expend as much energy during their daily activities.
“If I add vitamin and mineral supplements to my bird’s seed diet, won’t he be getting a nutritious diet?”Whether you are adding supplements to your bird’s food or water, you never know how much of the supplements your bird is consuming. Powdered supplements separate from the food and end up as waste, and because you change the bird’s water frequently, the supplements are thrown out with the water.
“Aren’t ‘fortified’ seeds healthier for my bird?”When your bird eats seeds with shells that have been coated with vitamins and minerals, the hulls usually end up as waste on the floor of the cage.
“If I supplement my bird’s seed diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, won’t he be eating a very healthy diet?” While fruits and vegetables are healthy additions, many of them are high in sugar and carbohydrates, and should not make up more than 20% of your bird’s overall diet.
“My bird eats a lot of the same foods as I make for myself , so isn’t he getting a good diet?”It’s difficult to make sure your bird is getting the correct balance of nutrients — after all your nutritional needs are different from his.
“What kind of diet will give my bird everything he needs to stay healthy?”The best diet for your bird is one that provides a reliable, consistent source of balanced nutrition, such as high-quality, extruded nuggets.
“Can I feed my bird other food items along with the nutritious nuggets?”Yes. You can feed your bird a few seeds, fruits, nuts, vegetables and other food items every day, as long as they do not make up more than 20% of his daily diet. Use these foods for training rewards or treats.

“Extruded diets are the best choice to ensure birds get the important balanced nutrition they need.” Mark L. Morris, Jr., DVM, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Nutrition

“Nutritionists agree that extruded nuggets take the guesswork out of feeding your bird, and can offer a reliable and consistent source of quality nutrition.” Don Harris, DVM, Miami, Florida

For more information about how you can convert your bird from a seed diet to a healthier diet, click here to download a brochure from ZuPreem.

Visit Bird Buffet N Things for your bird’s feed and needs.

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Southeast Exotic Bird Fair at the North Atlanta Trade Center
1700 Jeurgens Ct, Norcross, GA, Exit 101 off I-85
April 21, 2007, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and April 22, 2007, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Bird Toys

Birds are playful and fun loving by nature. Even birds kept in cages like moving around and exercising their natural instinct to play. In addition, birds can strengthen their bills and test their agility on our numerous rope-basted products.

Toys like our Junglewood rope of blocks and beads will give any bird hours of enjoyment. Made of durable nylon or cotton rope as well as wooden or hard plastic beads, our toys are safe and won't injure your bird in any way. Birds don't generally swallow toys or bite off pieces of them. If they do manage to accidentally ingest a small piece of a toy, it won't normally harm them. It takes 400 degrees of heat to melt plastic, so any pieces ingested would simply pass through the bird as waste.

Some owners are concerned about using plastic toys, since some plastic food bowls in the past have been suspected of being harmful to birds. Our products, however, are made with plastics approved for use with birds and are guaranteed to be completely harmless.

Our bird rope ladders are excellent examples of other durable and fun toys for birds of all shapes and sizes. They are attached with a hanging clip (small, medium and large sizes) to the top of your bird's cage. Depending on the size of the cage, your bird can swing around on the ladder, perch on the wooden rod, or test beak skills by pulling the rope in different directions. Any way your bird finds to have fun with the toy, it is certain to become a favorite way to pass the time.

Please visit Bird Buffet N Things for all your bird toy needs at great prices.