Birds are incredible companions and when properly cared for can live long healthy lives. Whether you're feeding parakeets and budgies or wild birds outside, we here at Benson's Pet Center have the expertise and experience to guide you to the ideal food. All bird's nutritional needs are different, and what works best for some will not offer sufficient nutrition for others. To that end, we happily offer the NY area to ensure the best food for your feathered pals, enhancing their health and wellness and extending their lives.
Wild bird vs pet bird food- Wild bird food, depending on where you live, is usually a mix of different types of seeds, including thistle, sunflower, safflower, millet, and sorghum. In addition, many wild bird feeds include peanuts and corn, which are liked by specific species like cardinals and blue jays. Wild bird food is diverse in order to attract as many different species as possible, so while it fulfills their calorie requirements, it's not dialed-in nutritionally like domestic bird food. Finally, millet - which is a typical ingredient in both wild and domestic bird seed blends.
Domestic bird food is normally a mix of similar seeds, with added nutritionally thick pellets added in. Conures, doves, and pigeons enjoy millet, as do budgies and parakeets. They also enjoy safflower and sunflower seeds when they're hulled, though parrots and hookbills will like bigger seed types.
Food for pets will have prebiotic fiber and probiotic ingredients included, along with a selection of other all-natural seeds and fruits. These strengthen the immune and digestive function of your birds, and more very closely imitate their all-natural diet plan, which wouldn't generally consist of a few types of seeds.
Guaranteeing appropriate nutrition- Birds need prebiotics and probiotics to maintain their digestive functions functioning efficiently. Omega-3 fatty acids from nuts and seeds give fat for their brains and nerves, and boost the luster and shine of their plumes, while the different vitamins and micronutrients maintain them healthy overall.
Furthermore, as your bird ages, you will want to seek advice from a professional on what type of food you need to be feeding them. Chicks and younger birds have different nutritional requirements than older birds, and altering their food requires care and requires to be done progressively, as birds can have finicky digestive systems. Slowly include the new food into your bird's meal, replacing more of the old seed with the new food each day to ensure appropriate adherence to the new diet.
Get the facts and the feed-in one place- At Benson's Pet Center, we focus on ensuring your bird is given with the very best nutrition for their specific needs. Whether you're feeding wild birds in your backyard or a parakeet in your shop, our friendly, professional team has your back. If you're in the NY area, give us a call at (518) 373-1007 and let us know what you're feeding and we can help optimize your bird's feed for a long, healthy life.