One day, I asked a bird food seller, what bird seeds can gain birds’ weight. He introduced me sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and canary seeds. I were curious, besides gaining weight, what other benefits of canary seeds for birds? I summarize the findings as below from various websites. Small and medium sized parrots love canary seeds, but it is not suitable for large parrots because the size of seeds is too small for them. Canary seeds is high in fat, don’t treat it as regular meal for your birds.
Some friends asked me how to grow wheat grass (cat grass) for their birds. The method of planting wheatgrass is actually very simple, no matter by water or soil. I am going to introduce you the water-planting (hydroponics) method. I like water-planting because it is much more easier and convenient than soil-planting. You can even have harvest in just a few days. Growing your own wheatgrass is healthier for your birds because the grass is fresh and grown without chemicals. Wheatgrass seeds can be found in the shops/places where are selling plants.
Most birds love to eat hemp seeds. Although hemp seeds are high in nutrients, they cannot be used as a single food for your birds. Hemp seeds are high in fat and cannot provide the full nutrients needed by birds. You can put a small amount of hemp seeds to birds’ daily food, fruits or vegetables, you can also use hemp seeds as a reward for birds.
Wheat grass, or cat grass, is good for humans and birds. Humans love drinking wheatgrass juice, and birds can eat wheatgrass directly because they have beaks. You can grow wheatgrass at home, can be water or soil. Just place the wheatgrass seeds in the water and it will begin to germinate in about a day. You can also put seeds in the soil, don’t forget to spray the seeds everyday.