Nutrition

Birds – Vitamins and Supplements

Claire Dunling

If you’ve got a bit of a fussy feathered one when it comes to eating the right diet, or if your parakeet’s a little peaky you should consider adding some bird vitamins and supplements to their diet…

The two most likely problems if your bird is under the weather is poor diet or environment. This may not necessarily be your fault, often birds are little seed junkies so it’s difficult to make them eat their greens! It will become apparent that your bird may need extra nutrients from their plumage, digestive or respiratory problems… we are what we eat after all.

One of the most effective things you can do it sneakily apply a multivitamin to their bird feed and water (they’ll never know!) but will get a good dose of vitamins and nutrients that they need to improve their condition.

The BSP Multivitamin Drops has a high potency of vitamin A, a vital component to a birds good health, that cannot be sourced from a completely seed based diet. If your bird has a bacterial, fungal or viral infection then it is indicative that they have a deficiency in vitamin A.

Common Vitamin A deficiency symptoms include:

First things first, a visit to the vets should be top of the agenda – just to rule out anything more detrimental to your bird’s health. There’s still no harm in administering a multivitamin to boost their vitamin A levels though.

Another option if your bird refuses to eat solid food is to offer a high potency fine/feed, which will not only help to convert them from a seed-based diet but will give them all the nutrients that a fresh vegetable diet would provide. Harrison’s bird food products are tailored to suit specific birds needs. The High Potency Fine is perfect if you have a young bird, or bird that’s moulting; has poor feather quality; entering breeding or if they’re recovering from illness.

This post is an opinion and should only be used as a guide. You should discuss any change to your pet’s care or lifestyle thoroughly with your vet before starting any program or treatment.

If in doubt contact your veterinary practice

And always keep your vet's phone number handy - just in case!