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Nutrition for Birds

Nutrition for Birds

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Listed below are some nutritious foods for you to incorporate into your pet's diet. Nutrition plays a major role in the health and longevity of any animal.

Keep in mind that moderation and variety are keys to offering a complete, well-balanced diet.



  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Green/Red leaf lettuce
  • Dandelion greens
  • Parsley
  • Broccoli and Broccoli leaves
  • Swiss Chard
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Collard greens
  • Carrot tops
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Sweet Potato/Yam
  • Radishes
  • Green/Yellow/Orange/Red bell peppers
  • Corn
  • Various peppers
  • Green beans
  • Snow peas
  • Zucchini
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Grapes
  • Banana
  • Peaches
  • Various Berries
  • Tangerine
  • Mango
  • Papaya
  • Apricot


**Remove pits/apple seeds from fruit




**Fruits should comprise less than 10% of the diet
Veggies should comprise about 25-40% of the diet
Pellets should comprise about 50-75% of the diet

**Avocados are poisonous to birds, do not feed!

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