How to Feed a Lovebird
Lovebirds are one of the best choices for pet birds as they are small, very colourful and intelligent parrots. You need to be clear about how to look after a lovebird, such as the fact that they need to live in pairs so they don't feel alone. Moreover, you also need to know the basics of food required for lovebirds. Therefore, this OneHowTo explains how to feed a lovebird.
First of all, lovebirds' dry food should be combined with fresh food. So as well as being provided with seeds, vegetables should also be incorporated into the diet of these small birds.
Feed your lovebird with a seed mix which contains millet, canary seed, hemp, flax, oats... You can buy this ready mixed, but these often contain other types of seeds that lovebirds do not eat. We therefore recommend you make it for your pet yourself.
However, you can buy specific seed mix for lovebirds at pet shops. Make sure that it is stated in the box or bag that the mix you're buying is specific for lovebirds.
You should also offer lovebirds fresh food daily or at least 3 or 4 times a week. Fresh food can take the form of different fruits or vegetables such as carrots, spinach, red or green pepper, corn, beetroot, celery, broccoli, sweet potatoes.
At the end of the day, you must remove any uneaten fresh vegetables from your lovebird's cage to avoid causing your bird any harm.
You can also feed your lovebirds some fruits. Among the ones they can eat are: strawberries, apples, oranges, blueberries, peaches, cranberries, apricots and nectarines.
Although you can offer these birds many types of fresh food, there are also a number of foods that must be avoided for lovebirds. You should never feed your lovebird avocados, fruit pits, hard fruit sees, caffeine and chocolate.
It is important that you get your lovebirds used to eating fruit and vegetables from a young age because they will refuse to do so as adults otherwise.
The amount of food you should feed your lovebird can vary, but as a guideline they should consume from 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of seeds a day. If you have more than one lovebird in the cage it is advisable to separate the food in different dishes, so all birds have the opportunity to eat.
Bear in mind that your bird will have different needs throughout its life. Birds that are injured, laying eggs or raising young might have specific needs different to other times. In these cases the best is to consult your veterinarian as he/she will tell you the basic needs your lovebird needs during that time.
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