- Aug 19, 2023
- Meyers, Rock Pebbler, Bourkes, African Grey, Barraband
YES. Let's all be honest though-we have probably ALL done this, especially years ago when there wasn't info. going around about seed diets! We all assumed seed diets were fine, because look at all the seed mixes available that every pet store carries. We all assumed this was what we are supposed to be feeding our birds. I did the same as a teenager when I had a Nanday Conure. Sure, we gave it veggies daily (but not a huge variety honestly) & it's diet was a seed mix that included some pellets in it, but it was predominantly seeds. I knew no better. My parents knew no better. Nobody told me otherwise. Most of us were never informed & just did what we assumed was correct. All the seed mixes back then had sunflower seeds in them too. I don't think they even made a safflower one that I ever saw. So, to shame those that did this is kind of silly IMO. These days, the info. is out there & we know better (if we choose to get educated on it), so that's a good thing. A high carb/high fat diet (predominantly seeds) will raise cholesterol over the years just like in people & cause arterial & heart disease & high blood pressure. It usually doesn't present until they are well into adulthood, as you won't see symptoms. It's a silent killer, just as it is in humans. Once you begin to see symptoms (like being winded on flying/exercise), it is usually progressed. That's why it's so important to get a full blood panel & check up on your bird w/an avian vet. Yes, it is expensive, but if you have a bird that is several yrs. old & you never have-DO IT! Catching it early is key & you can actually lower their cholesterol with an adjusted diet & additional exercise. That worked for one of my birds. His cholesterol is still high, but it's getting closer to borderline high now & has improved quite a bit. His high cholesterol is a result of too many nuts & high carb foods like corn, pasta & potatoes in those heat up mash treats & perhaps a bit too much seed over many years. It didn't present until he was around 14. As birds get older, their metabolisms change just like in people. SOME species seem to not be able to burn off & process things efficiently like they did when they were younger. I am seeing this now with all of my older birds. I am adjusting their diets now & they are doing better & visually feeling better from what I can tell. They are doing better on less seed, less pellets & more veggies.I can 100% tell you. I had a budgie for 5-6 years named Petals and fed her seeds for 3 or 4 years yes it was stupid, yes, I screwed up blame it on tween stupidity. I can 100% guarantee that contributed to her early death. I'm not saying seeds are bad heck I use them as training treats, they work amazing BUT. In some birds' diets, they do need seeds in their diet not a bunch. But hey if you want comparisons how's this for you? It's the equivalent of a human eating potato chips for breakfast lunch and dinner is it healthy? Certainly not, but is it going to kill you super-fast? No ofc not, is it going to decrease your life span and make u feel super crappy sluggish, and fat? Yeah, probably personally I wouldn't want that happening to my babies they are everything to me it's just weighing the pros and cons, and honestly feeding all seeds has way more cons than pros. But hey I'm just a teenager what do I know right? I'm so sorry for getting so riled up but this is something I'm passionate about after what happened to my baby girl. So, from someone who learned the hard way you're better off doing it right the first time before you have to put yourself through stupid depressing grueling heartache all because you refused to feed your birds anything other than seeds. Because it was so-called "natural".