Best bird food according to redditors

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Top Reddit comments about Bird Food:

u/garden-girl · 12 pointsr/pics

If you look at feed corn, candy corn is just a cartoon version.

u/Trfytoy · 12 pointsr/BackYardChickens

11 LBS Bulk Dried Mealworms for Wild Birds, Chichens, Duck etc

u/Foxprowl · 6 pointsr/cockatiel

A seed-only diet is bad for the bird as it's very high in fat. You should try to get him to eat pellets:

Use seed, millet, etc as treats.

u/kangir · 4 pointsr/PartyParrot

No worries, that's what I'm here for! They'll usually get sleepy around sunset and sleep shortly thereafter if their cage has been covered, and wake up at the crack of dawn if light starts shining in. I've read that they should get 12 hours of sleep a day, but I've never known my birds to get that much, though they do catch quick naps throughout the day.

Pricing could be a little bit tricky, depending on where you live. You'll want to check your local breeder for a more accurate pricing. From my local breeder, cockatiels are about $120+, if you find a good deal for a cage, it could run you about the same. I got my flight cage for about $35 on sale at PetSmart. Food is moderately priced, though going through bags so often may be costly. Also, a good tip is to feed your bird a variety of foods, since seed on its own is like their version of junk food. Pellets are a good choice (I use the Zupreem brand pellets, which cost about $15 for a 2.5 lb bag), along with some variety of leafy greens, fruits, nuts, plain boiled egg cooked with no salt, etc. Sometimes it's difficult to find what your bird likes right away, but persistence is key! There are also recipes around on the internet for "bird bread" which is great for them and easy for you to make! Also a reminder to read up on what they can and cannot eat, avocado's one of the big ones, as far as I can remember.

After that initial drop of money, you'll also want to get a reputable avian vet, in case of emergency and general checkups (and a DNA sex if you like). Those may be costly, but worth it if you want to keep your bird friend happy and healthy. I pay about $70 for my birds' general checkup, and luckily nothing's happened to them where they need medication, but I've read that antibiotics can run up to $400 or so.

Hopefully this will answer your questions, but if you'd like me to go moreso into a topic, let me know. :)

u/painesgrey · 4 pointsr/parrots

Don't buy food from your local supermarket. Most of them are lower quality and lacking in a lot of nutrients to keep your bird healthy.

here are some of the more frequently recommended bird foods:


Harrisons - tons of different choices as far as type and size.

Zupreem - again, tons of different types, but most people suggest avoiding the coloured pellets and going for the natural diets.

Most of these can be found in local pet stores. I know larger chains, such as Petsmart, carry Roudybush and Zupreem. Harrison's can sometimes be harder to find.

As for the size, anything suitable for a small parrots such as cockatiels should be fine.

Try to avoid seed diets, as they're really not the most nutritionally balanced.

Hope this helps!

u/parrotpartylindsey · 3 pointsr/parrots

Thank you for the ping /u/stringoflights! <3

/u/mel_bell: Thank you so much for rescuing a bird who needs your help! Pepper needs you right now and I'm so happy that you stepped up.

It definitely helps that you have a prior relationship with Pepper and that you're able to handfeed her treats.

My boyfriend and I adopted Rocky in spring 2016 under similar circumstances. The comment that /u/stringoflights linked has a lot of detail about what we did to help him.

For Pepper, I recommend that you:

  • Target train her immediately. This lets you redirect Pepper when she gets into trouble, and get her in/out of the cage as needed. It also builds trust and confidence. Pepper will know that she has this awesome task she can perform (follow and touch the target stick), and that she can trust you to give her a tasty treat whenever she does it! Check out [this video](
    ) for the basics. It took Rocky only a few days to get the hang of it.

  • Get her diet in order. I'm not sure what she's eating now, but a balanced diet ensures that she's energized and feels healthy. A parrot who feels good is more likely to behave well, which is really important when you're training and bonding with a rescue. I recommend Harrison's High Potency Coarse for the first six months; you can switch to Harrison's Lifetime Coarse after that. She should also get "chop" every day (chopped dark green leafy vegetables for calcium source + orange vegetables for vitamin A). Save treats she really LOVES for training rewards. (seed-based treats like Nutriberries or Avicakes, nuts in the shell like almonds and pistachios)

  • Get her sleep in order. All parrots need about 12 hours of sleep per night to feel their best. Is she DNA-sexed female? We're in the middle of breeding season, so she needs 14 hours of dark and silence every night to prevent egg-laying, which is stressful to her body, and hormonal behavior, which can appear aggressive if you don't know the difference. Use a blanket to cover her cage at night.

  • Interact with her often, but keep the ball in her court. Don't force touching or handling when she doesn't feel like it. Talk to her, sing to her, whistle to her. Give her pieces of fruit and nuts so she knows you're the cool person who brings her food. Greys often bow their heads when they want scratched, it looks like this.

  • Give her freedom. She's been trapped in a cage her whole life. Whenever you're home, open up the cage door and give her the ability to come out if she wants. Some greys will just stand on top of the cage, and others will prowl around on the floor.

  • Teach her to play. This will help her entertain herself when you're not there to talk to her. Rocky finally plays with SOME bird toys, but his favorites are just things like cardboard boxes, popsicle sticks, and paper bags. Give Pepper a lot of choices and swap out toys often. She'll be afraid of toys at first, and that's normal: just don't give up, keep exposing her to new toys and she'll figure it out eventually. Some people have success modeling play behavior by pretending to play with the toys in front of their parrot, and then offering it to the parrot.

    I think that's all the most important stuff. Sorry for writing an essay! If you have any questions about anything, let me know. I have seven parrots, and two of them were neglected adult rescues, so I've done a lot of research on training and rehabilitating.

    Best of luck to you and Pepper. I can't wait to hear about how your relationship with her progresses!
u/jollypox · 3 pointsr/Assistance

Believe it or not, but there are some types of animal feed on Amazon.

You should make a wishlist and add it to your post.

u/luckeducke · 2 pointsr/parrots

Some birds will eat meat, but it is not a natural part of their diet. giving your bird fresh fruits and vegetables and switch him to a pellet based diet would be best. Pellets should have all the nutrients your bird needs. You can order pellets from amazon if there are no pet stores nearby.

Try [these] ( or [these] ( You can also buy [avicalm] ( on amazon.

u/Nantosuelta · 2 pointsr/cockatiel

Pellets are fairly easy to find online. Here are some examples:

Harrison's pellets

Roudybush Crumbles and the smaller Roudybush Nibbles

Zupreem Natural pellets and Zupreem Fruit Blend

There are many more, but these are the one's I've looked at for my own cockatiel. My bird is not a big fan of pellets, but he will occasionally eat Zupreem Fruit Blend for budgies and the Roudybush Nibbles. He ignored the larger, "cockatiel" versions of the pellets.

My cockatiel is also not a huge fan of veggies. Like your bird, he'll eat the broccoli bits that look like seeds. I found out that he'll eat anything that looks like that, which includes cauliflower (especially purple cauliflower) and broccolini. He likes crunchy stuff, so he'll nibble on the stems of kale, spinach, and other greens (not the leafy part). Try as many crunchy vegetables as you can: green cabbage, red cabbage, snow peas, green beans, pea pods, etc. If I make a big show of eating sweet peppers and carrots ("mmm, yum yum, these peppers are sooooo good!"), my bird will get interested and try a bit. If you can, make yourself a little salad with lots of different vegetables and pretend to keep it away from your bird. When she comes up to steal a bite, let her get away with it. My bird will eat more vegetables if he thinks he's sneaking "people food!"

u/SabrinaT8861 · 2 pointsr/parrots

Try Amazon for pellets? Or theres this place which does toys, perches ect. Akd you can buy in bulk.

My vet reccomends this for both my tiel and gc conure.

Also. PM me. Not sure where your located but I could help you find a good vet.

As for interaction. Take it slow. Open the cage. Let it come out as it wants. Talk to it. Then slowly get closer. Respect boundaries. It may take a while but be patient

u/rickearthc137 · 2 pointsr/parrots

Sure thing, absolutely--thanks for asking!

Getting your bird to switch to pellet is THE CLASSIC new parrot problem. The reason is pet stores and breeders feed seed diets to young birds. This serves two purposes: first seeds are cheap, second seeds add weight which is good for young birds in potentially stressful situations.

Here's a great article on switching your bird from an all-seed to a primarily pellet-based diet:

Seeds aren't bad as PART of your Conure's diet. I'm a big fan of Volman's seed products, one reason is that they package their seed in breed-specific mixtures.

Pellets are extremely important. They are specifically designed to give your Conure the nutrition a growing bird needs. Even offset with fresh fruit and vegetables a seed-based diet is not good for your bird's health and pellets are specifically formulated to include proteins and trace minerals that your bird is not going to find elsewhere.

My bird's cage has four feeding stations: Pellets, Water, Seed and I have this acrylic thing that holds up to four bowls for fresh foods. So you can provide a whole lot of variety in your bird's diet once you establish pellets as the base.

Additionally, you're going to want to give your bird small amounts of occasional good fats like coconut oil and red palm oil. This can be done by infusing it into your pellets. It's pretty easy to do, just gently warm some of the oil to liquid and drop in some pellets and shake them around until they soak up the oil. Store and feed.

You'll also want to be sure to provide either direct sunlight (not through a window) or a bird-specific full-spectrum lamp as this is how birds produce vitamin d and process calcium. Check on Amazon for "bird light full spectrum" for the light that best works with your cage setup--be very careful to get the "avian" bulbs and not the "reptile" bulbs, as some companies make products for both. The reptile lights are different and can harm your bird's eyes.

Another GREAT habit to get into is weighing your bird every day. A gram scale with a T-perch like this one is super easy to use and changes in a bird's weight are the best indicator of health. This is because birds are very good at hiding any illness so as not to be banished from the flock. To them, looking healthy is a matter of life and death. Having an understanding of your bird's current and usual weight is the quickest diagnostic tool available. Once grown your bird should weigh about the same within a +/- 5% window.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 2 pointsr/BackYardChickens


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u/NeroJoe · 2 pointsr/leopardgeckos

BUY ONLINE! There is no reason why you should drop $5 every two days.

Order 1,000 at a time, and divvy them out in little plastic cups yourself. They stay good in the fridge for months!


1000 mealworms $13

100 small cups $10


Don't forget to supplement and add variety though!

u/Mychotic · 2 pointsr/shrooms

You want one that's mostly milo/sorghum (same seed, different names). I can't confidently recommend a specific brand because I have only just started PF Tek for the first time over the weekend, my first grow. Just recalling what I've learned from months of studying the results of others. According to some quick Amazon and Shroomery searches, this should work.

u/Tenziru · 2 pointsr/parrots

stuff like this

and some time the smallest amount of seed enough where he enjoys it every few days of the week. I give him seed on sunday and wednesday along with fruit blend and stuff.

and other accsanal stuff I haven't done in a while. also give him protean stuff to help with molting and what not. Cooked Eggs sometimes.

u/uncannybuzzard · 2 pointsr/bird

his wing feathers will grow back. clipping isn't such a big deal and is sometimes necessary for the safety of the bird.

for diet, feed him a sunflower seed free cockatiel mix, something like this mixed with a pellet like roundybush maintenance crumble size or roundybush california mini size

u/goopa · 1 pointr/parrots

Thanks for the help! Do you think this type of pellet will be good?

u/deityofchaos · 1 pointr/parrots

Ideally you'd be purchasing food that doesn't contain sunflower seeds at all. I've been buying this and mixing it with this and this. Gradually I've been including less seed in general and reserve it for treats. I've also taken to growing millet in my garden, so soon I'll have fresh millet to give my conure as well.

u/GerardMH · 1 pointr/Conures

Conures should NOT be eating seed mix for their primary food, although they love it. You need to switch him over to a balanced pellet diet. I recommend Harrison's, but there are other decent brands as well.

Getting the little guy to switch over might not be easy. You should start by mixing the pellets in with the food he WILL eat. Overtime, simply reduce the ratio of "bad" food and increase the amount of pellets. Make sure that you are not allowing him to gorge on treats (like millet), so that he gets hungry enough to (begrudgingly) eat the pellets. If you give him a choice, he will always go for the tastier food, ie. the sunflower seeds. I've had some birds immediately take to the pellets (generally if they are younger), and some that took some time and patience, but eventually they all come around. It's worth it though, as you will have a much healthier and happier friend!

If you have any other questions, let me know!

u/itsmine91 · 1 pointr/parrots

Can you have anything shipped to you? Harrison's pellets are pretty popular, since the company is USDA.

u/Registurd_User · 1 pointr/crows
u/Racer1 · 1 pointr/Paleo
u/freckled_porcelain · 1 pointr/cockatiel

Harrison's, mixed with
Roudybush, topped with mixed human grade freeze dried veggies (broccoli, spinach, peas, corn, tomato, bell pepper, and carrots). He gets a couple nutriberries in his hanging treat ball. Plus he eats his share of whatever we're eating.

It sounds like a lot, but I mix the pellets in one container, and the veggies in another. In the morning I put half a shot glass scoop of each in his bowl, plus a couple nutriberries in his treat thing.

He is a healthy weight, and recovering from a blood infection. If I could get him to eat fresh veggies instead of dried, it would be great, but he refuses. Loves the dried. It would cost a lot to get everything at once, but buying over time wasnt that bad.

Edit: fixing the formatting.

u/styxx374 · 1 pointr/budgies
u/timeforanewdove · 1 pointr/PetDoves

Hi there, this is lastaccount, from an alt :)

Ok, food. Here's what I use

As for baths, I don't know much about th specifics for diamond doves (going off of Saphine's post) but my doves quite enjoy bathing in water. Their body temperature is higher than humans, so the water used for bathing should be quite warm. If my dove is particularly soaked after a bath, I'll try to dry him off with a thin absorbent cloth (or usually a t-shirt I have hanging around :P).

As for interaction time, the more the better. Having the frogs is probably better than nothing, but honestly the bird might be happier with a dove friend to keep it company. I would suggest immediately bringing the dove into a common area once you get home, but I can see how that might be an issue if you have cats as well.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/pics

I was excited while the picture was loading because I thought I recognized the packaging.

u/lauralately · 1 pointr/Conures

I have a 21 year old cherry-headed conure. I feed him a mixture of Roudybush Maintenance pellets in Mini and ZuPreem colorful pellets (either [Pure Fun] ( or another colorful type pellet), and I add one or more types of Goldenfeast nut/dried fruit mix - Central American Preservation Blend II is a favorite. I mix all this together, and that's his regular dry pellet food.

I only recently found out that he will eat the ZuPreem pellets MUCH more readily than he eats the Roudybush ones! The rescue where I got him fed him coloring-free Roudybush pellets mixed with Goldenfeast II, so I always figured it was the best - all natural, dye free, expert recommended. Apparently my bird child is like every toddler, and likes brightly colored nonsense that looks like fucking Trix or Runts or some shit, so I've been mixing the ZuPreem in.

Fresh fruits/vegetables is his second serving of the day, and we try to mix it up. Again, he's super picky, but he likes mango, frozen bagged corn and peas (doesn't like corn on the cob), sugar snap peas (frozen and fresh), egg white, grapes, strawberries, and apples. He doesn't touch kale, spinach, or healthy leafy greens, which sucks. It can't be a color thing, because he loves frozen peas!

He takes medication for his kidneys, and we put his liquid medication into a little piece of bread crust. If we want to get him to do stuff with treats, he is a whore for processed carbs - bread, pasta, pizza crust. For non-special treats, we give him Lafeber's Senior Bird Treats. He likes the Lafeber's Fiesta better, but he's a senior bird and our bird shop folks said other bird owners reported these were beneficial, so he can fucking deal.

u/CynicKitten · 1 pointr/AskVet

Great! Definitely keep him at fewer hours of daylight for a while, then you can increase some.

For food: Here is a recommended brand for cockatiel food, in case you wanted my opinion. ;) Just make sure it's not his whole diet (include some veggies) like I mentioned, because we don't want him to get Hypervitaminosis A or renal disease.

u/healthyfitcreature · 1 pointr/Conures

what type of Conure?

Are you planning on keeping Him flightened or clipping his wings?

You have to train and discipline him like a small child.
He will require love and attention daily. Respect his space, but handle, and pet him as much as he will allow you to.

Make sure he has plenty of things to chew on. And get lots of bird safe bells that he can wack around. Conures get wound up, and can be aggressive at times. They need toys to be aggressive towards.

Get a sanding perch to keep nails trimmed

Keep your toilet seat closed and bird proof your house. Do not use chemical cleaners, poison, candles, perfume, teflon pans in your home. These things will kill the bird.

Buy the bird the largest cage you possibly can.

Always put your hand in the cage to take the bird out to established shared territory. If bird shows aggression to an object put it in his territory (onto of cage/playstand)

Feed him harrison bird food pellets fine

Give him lots of safe fruits and veges daily, and occasional cooked meat. Make sure he get 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Keep him on the same routine. Establish how much attention you can give him from the start and the bird will expect that from you daily. I spend most of my time with my bird in the morning and evening, and he is okay being alone during the day because he was raised on this routine.

When putting him to bed at night ignore him if he makes noise, or screams. Ignore him if he screams during the day and he will eventually learn not to.

Leave music on for the bird when you leave him alone.

If you have bitting issues:

If bites you tell him no, and do a bunch of step ups with him
if he bites again tell him no and put him in the cage.
if he attacks you tell him no, grab him with a dish towel,and put him in the

Only feed the bird where you want him to eat: my bird only gets food in his cage or play stand.

You can PM me with questions. The quality of the bird you raise depends on the owner. I have a 3 year old green cheek conure. I got my conure when he was 3 weeks old, and hand raised him. I have no issues with my bird. He doesn’t bite, or scream, he doesn’t try eating my food when I’m eating, and is potty trained.

u/The_Masturbatrix · 1 pointr/parrots

Ah yes, okay. As far as feeding him is concerned, I feed my Luna Harrison's Bird Food. You can find it here for a decent price. They recommend feeding the kind that I linked you to for the first year of eating it. It's their High Potency mixture, and I think it just has extra nutrients and whatnot. Then they recommend you switch to this kind here. It's just the basic everyday diet. On top of the pellets, fruits and veggies and nuts are a good thing to give him. Apples, carrots, grapes, sweet potato, broccoli, any kind of hot or sweet pepper, greens like kale or collard greens, oranges, tomato, etc. Stuff like that. Lots of parrot owners will get an assortment of fruits and veggies, chop them up real small, and mix them together. They call it "chop", and both of my parrots love it. Seeds are something you probably want to give your parrot in small amounts, mostly as a treat.

As far as talking is concerned, you want to make sure you are spending plenty of time with him talking to him and interacting. The time that you spend with your parrot is very important, and should happen every day. Even if you're just holding him while watching TV and chatting with him during the commercials. They are social animals, and they crave to be interacted with.

To train him you might want to consider looking at target training. Here is a video that goes over the basics. There are lots of resources, both free and paid, that can be found on the internet. Google is a great tool to find all of this. There is also lots of information in different posts right here on /r/Parrots.

Hope that helps!

u/molligum · 1 pointr/Goldfish

First of all: Nice username. Every time I see it puts me in mind of John Hartford.

Second: Where are you getting your BSF larvae? Are you growing them or just feeding them up to the fish. I read about some that took it on themselves to move into an outdoor red wiggler compost bin. So I've been thinking about moving some like these into their own floor of my indoor high-rise worm farm. Sara and Maybelle are anxious for me to get on with it.

Third: Regarding periodic weigh-ins, in the beginning, neither Sara nor I were too excited about the idea but Maybelle didn't seem to mind too much. So didn't weigh Sara for a couple months. Then, as people fish are wont to do, she felt left out. So now sometimes they are outright cooperative. At worst there is minor perfunctory resistance. Either way, it only takes a couple minutes at the low water point of a water change. I'm not trying to talk anybody into anything though.

But mainly: Thank you for your thoughtful reply.



u/Passan · 1 pointr/cockatiel

You guys should try Nutri Berries. Supposed to be just as healthy as pellets for them. They came recommended by my vet.

u/BulDinoo · 1 pointr/budgies

I'm not sure on that, i've introduced younger birds to older ones and they've went on fine, but I really don't have that much experience to answer your question.

Only suggestion that I will throw is try to change her diet. I see her food bowl has only seeds, which is not healthy. Pellet food like this is best for them and if you can have them eat green veggies like spinach it would be awesome. Note that changing the diet of an already mature bird will probably take some time as they will refuse to eat anything else than seeds. You can search online for how to switch to a different diet.

Also checkout /r/parrots, lots of information there and I think there's more people there. A lot of the advice for other bird usually can apply to parakeets as well.

Good luck!

u/argentmaelstrom · 1 pointr/cockatiel

Did you ever get an answer to this? I've been wondering about it too.

edit: I did some prodding at the product over on amazon and learned that apparently it works for them too!

u/EspeonValesti · 1 pointr/cockatiel

Try Nutriberries. A lot of tiels that have trouble with seed to pellet transitions have a decent time with those. They're a lot healthier than just seeds, since they're 50% pellets. The only thing is it can get expensive to feed them only the Nutriberries, as a 4-Pound Tub costs almost $30.