Pellets vs. Seed Diets
By Eleanor McCaffrey,
Copyright© , No photos or portion of this text may be used, copied,
printed or reproduced
without author’s written permission.
Cockatiels receiving proper nutrition sparkle with life. They are
healthy, alert, active, have thick glossy feathers and generally have a long
lifespan. Cockatiels require protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and
water just like humans do. In the past, cockatiels were fed a
seed based diet because seeds are inexpensive, readily available and they are eaten by birds in the wild.
has shown that an all seed diet is inadequate and leads to nutritional deficiencies and health problems
in pet birds. Diet related problems include
malnutrition lack of energy, a weak immune system, sinusitis, muscle weakness, nerve
damage, seizures, delayed blood clotting, liver and