If your bird loves eating seeds but as the owner, you are worried that your bird will be overweight by eating too many seeds, try using oats instead of seeds. Oats are good for humans’ cardiovascular and also good for our birds. Oatmeal is rich in dietary fiber, carbohydrate, low fat, high protein, vitamins and minerals.
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.
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.