Feeding Lovebirds is really an easy task as they rely more on a pellet diet then a natural one yet addition of natural foods in compulsory for a highly nutritious diet. Before purchasing a Lovebird food must already be purchased and they should be fed diligently throughout the day to fulfil their requirements.
Quantity of food
A single Lovebird should be given 45-60 grams of feed daily. If one has two or more Lovebirds their dishes must be separate. By the end of the day the seeds left in the dish should be measured telling precisely how much the Lovebird eats and quantity changes to be made in the future.
When to feed
Food is a vital part of life not only for human beings but also for birds and fresh food needs to be provided every day. In captivity, Lovebirds should be fed seeds or formulated feed daily along with fresh foods 3 or 4 times a week.
There are two major types of food one can give to a Lovebird. One is formulated diet and the other is seed-only diet. Formulated diet comes in pellets; it has everything a bird needs except phytonutrients that are required to boost up the immune system and are found in fruits. Lovebirds get tired of eating the same food everyday thus an effort should be made to fill their dish with fruits and vegetables in order to provide variety and fill any nutrient gaps.
Some fruit and vegetables that can used to feeding Lovebirds are:
- Apple and cherries (without pits)
There are a lot of other fruits and vegetables that can also be fed, owners should feel free to experiment what their bird enjoy most. Other food that can be given to Lovebirds in order to balance their diet is cooked rice, barley, pasta or cooked beans.
Foods to avoid
Some food items can be detrimental to the bird’s health and must be avoided. Lovebirds should never be fed Avocados, Rhubarb, Onions, Processed Meat, Chocolate, Alcohol, Caffeine, Raw Milk Products, Apple Seeds or Fruit Pits.
Mostly people keeping Lovebirds explore their natural habitat and try to imitate it by offering them only seeds. Wild birds normally do tons of exercise compared to caged birds thus its fine if they live on seeds. Feeding caged bird’s seeds; that are rich in cholesterol, can lead to multiple dietary discrepancies, causing them to be less resistant to diseases, sometimes even cancer. As a result just a bag of seeds does not make a bird all cheery.
Like humans birds should not be given rotten, moulded food or food containing bacteria.
Fresh water should be replaced and provided every single day. Water is important to keep the diet balanced. Birds not only drink water but also love to take a bath on their own; a few times a week a Lovebird may take a dip in its water bowl.