Birds are incredible companions and when properly taken care of can live long healthy lives. Whether you're feeding parakeets and budgies or wild birds outside, we here at Pet Pantry Yakima have the knowledge and experience to direct you to the best food. All bird's nutritional needs are different, and what works best for some will not supply ample nutrition for others. To that end, we happily offer the WA area to guarantee the very best food for your feathered pals, boosting their health and extending their lives.
Wild bird vs pet bird food- Wild bird food, depending upon where you live, is usually a blend of different types of seeds, including thistle, sunflower, safflower, millet, and sorghum. Furthermore, several wild bird feeds consist of peanuts and corn, which are liked by certain 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 common ingredient in both wild and domestic bird seed blends.
Domestic bird food is generally a mix of similar seeds, with additional nutritionally dense pellets included. Conures, doves, and pigeons love 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, in addition to a range of various other all-natural seeds and fruits. These boost the immune and digestive function of your birds, and more carefully resemble their all-natural diet regimen, which would not typically consist of a few types of seeds.
Making sure adequate nutrition- Birds need prebiotics and probiotics to keep their digestive functions working smoothly. Omega-3 fatty acids from nuts and seeds offer fat for their brains and nerves, and improve the luster and shine of their feathers, while the numerous vitamins and micronutrients keep them healthy overall.
In addition, as your bird ages, you will want to speak with an expert on what type of food you need to be feeding them. Chicks and younger birds have different dietary requirements than older birds, and changing their food calls for care and needs to be done gradually, as birds can have finicky digestive systems. Slowly incorporate the new food into your bird's meal, replacing more of the old seed with the new food each day to make sure correct adherence to the new diet regimen.
Obtain the facts and the feed-in one place- At Pet Pantry Yakima, we specialize in making sure your bird is given with the best nutrition for their specific needs. Whether you're feeding wild birds in your yard or a parakeet in your parlor, our friendly, experienced team has your back. If you're in the WA area, give us a call at (509) 966-7300 and let us know what you're feeding and we can help enhance your bird's feed for a long, healthy life.