What bird food can I grow to save money?

Question by Alex: What bird food can I grow to save money?
I spend to day 20$ for 8 pounds of bird food, and I think its ridiculous. Is there a way to save money? I’m going to start buying this bird food and cheap wild bird food (5$ for 10 pounds) and mix. What other ways can I save money? I will also join petco pals thing to save.
I was thinking millet. Not sure if it will work but I will try to sprout the spray millet I have

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3 Responses to “What bird food can I grow to save money?”

  1. Yorkie the Cheeky Monkey says:

    Have you tried feeding your pet bird fresh fruit and vegetables and what about, chick peas, mung beans, black eyed beans, mix them all together and soak them in cold water for 24 hours. However you only need to do enough to last a couple of days as they soon go off “sour”.
    You can even get mung beans and place a single layer in a tray on tissue and water them to grow “bean sprouts” or even just buy bean sprouts.
    You could try sweet corn, tomatoes even buy frozen veg if it’s cheaper, the alternatives to cut down the cost are endless and a lot more nutritious than the run of the mill dry bird food.
    Hope this is of help, kind regards, Yorkie.

  2. Laura K says:

    first of all an all seed diet will cut your birds lifespan by two-thirds and is almost a form of animal abuse. if you cannot afford to feed your bird a healthy, happy diet than you should be giving it up to a bird rescue. your bird deserves better.
    if you actually care about this bird and want to be good to it an affordable thing to do is have a garden and grow your own veggies. plus pasta is good for birds. for the most part if it’s good for you it’s good for them. when you eat and orange give him some, same with apples, bananas, bread, ect.

  3. chidori one thousand birds says:

    Here is an article I wrote on diet for the Elite Parrots Club: I hope it helps you to get a better idea of what your bird should eat.

    How Important Is Your Parrots Diet?
    Friday, June 19th, 2009
    While working with over 30 Macaws and about 50 other parrots of different species on a daily basis one of the most common questions I get is “What do you feed your birds?“ People are always amazed at how beautiful the birds at our park are and my response is two fold, first and most important is diet and second, sunshine/exercise.
    I often see Macaws and other parrots who look as though they are not properly cared for despite how loving their family may be and I usually find this is attributed to the diet. Most families are encouraged to feed their birds a pellet type diet supplemented with fresh foods and without knowing better they do this thinking that they are doing what is best for the bird. Pellet diets are similar to the process and enriched foods we consume in our daily lives, the same foods that cause obesity, disease and poor nutrition in humans.
    When choosing the best diet for your bird research what they would eat in the wild and then provide them with a diet as close to that as possible. Our Macaws for instance are only fed mixed nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, hazel nuts and brazil nuts) all unshelled, fresh fruits and fresh veggies.
    We alternate a schedule of nuts one day, followed by veggies the next, then nuts again, followed by fruit the next feeding. We find that by alternating days and not combining fruits, veggies or nuts on the same day we prevent them from picking out only the items they want so that in the end they eat a well balanced diet.
    My challenge to anyone who ask me about a bird’s diet is to make the change to a natural diet and I guarantee within two weeks you won’t believe your eyes. The improvement in you bird in just two weeks will amaze you.
    I can’t tell you how many skeptical bird owners have come back to me after that two week period and just couldn’t get over the changes in their bird. Some even said that their friends thought they had gotten rid of their old bird and gotten a new one. Now that is a major change! So take the challenge and see what a difference nature can make for you and your bird.