There are many, often fanatical, views on what one should consume. That implies macrobiotic, vegetarian, fruitism, our ancestors’ diet, and so on. It’s either pellets or seeds for our birds. Though most of us agree on one point: fresh veggies and fruits are beneficial to both people and birds.
Let’s check into it now. Broccoli, for example, is a vegetable with one of the highest nutritious contents known. Even after cooking, it has more vitamin C than oranges and almost as much beta carotene as carrots. According to research, it fights germs, protects against toxins, and has many other beneficial properties. This list could go on and on. So, why don’t we simply consume and give broccoli to our birds every day? Because broccoli, like spinach, kale, and several other green vegetables, includes a component that, when consumed on a regular basis and without proper balance, contributes to hypothyroidism.
Take, for example, celery. It is beneficial to the kidneys and urinary system, as well as high blood pressure, gout, arthritis, and rheumatism. However, it is high in plant nitrates, which may be offset by include vitamin C-rich foods, such as orange juice, in the same meal. Peas, for example, offer almost the same nutrients as liver. Protein, iron, zinc, carotenes, folic acid, and other B vitamins are abundant in them. However, peas, like other legumes, are heavy in purines, which may aggravate gout episodes in humans and birds. Oxalates are found in spinach and rhubarb and, among other things, limit calcium absorption. We can go on for pages like this.
When ingested in moderation, almost all vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices have health-promoting, even therapeutic characteristics. However, many of them include built-in characteristics for protective or other reasons that, when ingested in excess or in excessive numbers, may be dangerous. Good does not always imply that more is better. The key to success is diversity and moderation.
When we simply have one or a few birds, we don’t have to give a wide range on a daily basis. We may provide one to two types of veggies and fruits every day or every few days. Some birds, such as budgies and cockatiels, are ground feeders and consume more seeds in their native habitat. While convincing this type to consume some fruits and veggies might be difficult, patience will get us there. Other birds, such as Macaws and Amazons, seldom eat at ground level since they dwell largely in the forest canopy and don’t have access to many seeds. Their natural diet consists of fruits, bark, and greens.
We know that if we put a range of foods in one bowl, our birds would eat the same things every day and toss away the majority of the remainder. Giving them one or two types at a time is the greatest approach to ensure they consume a variety. Feeding them fresh vegetables/fruits in the morning, soaking or sprouted seeds later, and pellets (depending on the species) in the evening is a smart approach to do this. Birds, like humans, like diversity. Mine even grow weary of seeds, so when I bring a dry fruit/vegetable combination or nuts once or twice a week, they all say “mmmm” and then I don’t hear them for a long time because they dive into their bowls.
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