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At pet shops or other stores, one can find different seed mixtures for budgies
or other pet birds.
The prices vary in a large range and most people might think that the most
expensive mixtures are the healthiest ones. This is not always true, so
you have to know what is important about bird food. Some of those seeds seem
to be ok concerning the expiry date on the package. But is this food really
fresh and healthy? What about the nutrients? If food is stored in a wrong
way or if it was exposed to the sun or heat, the vitamins decay and in the worst
case the seeds are no longer fresh. The healthy contents may
have been destroyed long before you bought the food and even if you serve it to
your pets immediately. If this happens, the lack of vitamins may cause
severe health problems.
Let's point this out: I am not saying that every seed mixture is bad or too old. But I made too many bad experiences with cheap seed mixtures. Therefore I have decided to buy seed mixtures from special retailers who offer food for parrots only. Many of these retailers can be found on the internet.
How fresh is your bird food?
In this subcategory of Birds Online you will find a number of seeds that are described and shown in detail. Please note: It is not recommended to create own mixtures of bird seeds from single ingredients because budgies and other pet birds need a well balanced diet and it is complicated to fulfill their body's needs concerning energy, minerals and vitamins by mixing seeds haphazardly. If you can get a recipe for a suitable seed mixture from an avian vet or a biologist you can of course mix your own bird food.
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