A Man Feeding a ParrotAs with any other pet, ensuring your bird gets a balanced diet is essential. A balanced diet is crucial for strong bones, beaks and claws, as well as healthy, shiny feathers.

This is what a healthy diet for a feathered pet looks like:

Bird Seeds

Take time to choose the best seeds for your bird. Sunflower seeds are the most versatile birdseeds and are a favourite of many bird species. Black-oil seeds, on the other hand, have a high amount of fat, which is especially beneficial for birds come winter.

White proso millet is a favourite among quails, doves, cardinals and native sparrows, while pigeons, jays, pheasants and grouse prefer cracked corn. Woodpeckers, Carolina wrens and chickadees prefer peanuts. Nyjer seeds are the perfect option for small-beaked birds like finches, redpolls and buntings.

When buying seeds from an online store like Shop4Pets, however, ensure you only purchase it from a reputable brand. Get a vitamin and mineral supplement as well to ensure your pet is not missing out on vital nutrients, especially if it is a pure seedeater.

Fruits and Vegetables

Contrary to popular opinion, not all bird species are seedeaters. Fruits and vegetables are an ideal daily snack for some birds, especially dark green veggies and oranges. Dried fruit is ideal for bluebirds, mockingbirds, robins, orioles, starlings and thrashers.


Water is an essential component of your bird’s diet and should not be overlooked. Provide a perch or rim near the watering area and create varying water depths using rocks. Remember to clean the feeder properly and replenish it regularly with clean water, as some bird species tend to shake off a lot of dander and blow it everywhere, including their drinking water.

Poor nutrition can make your feathered pet sickly, and a sickly bird simply cannot enjoy a good life; no amount of enrichment, interaction, or love will do it much good. So feed your bird a balanced, varied diet so that it lives a long, healthy life.