Bird Care Frequently Asked Questions
Should birds be fed at set times?
Birds become used to whatever feeding routine you set them as long as this routine is regular. Breeding birds are different - they need fed early and late in the day as well as in-between if possible.
Where should food be placed?
Most birds prefer to have their food placed in a cup next to a perch but you may need to put food and water on the floor for young birds. In time they will become accustomed to eating out of a cup.
At what temperature should exotic species be kept?
This depends on the breed. For sunbird or hummingbird varieties or very delicate lorikeets a temperature of around 20-25 degrees Celsius is best. Some exotic finches can be kept as long as their quarters are frost-free although will need at least 20 degrees C for breeding.
Should I use artificial lighting to extend day-length in winter?
It is advisable to having lighting in aviaries. For summer breeding birds or birds who panic in the dark a small night-light (perhaps 8 watts) is sufficient. This can if necessary be left on all night.
Do some breeds require live food?
Yes softbills need live food. The easiest is mealworms - these are clean odorless and easy to purchase. Both the grub and adult beetles are enjoyed. These birds should also be fed a dry seed mixture.
What about vitamin supplements?
All birds benefit from a tonic. This is best carried out in a three or four month rotation of 'on' and 'off'. You must get one specially made for birds.
Do birds need different foods in winter?
Aviary birds benefit from a small quantity of hempseed when cold and parrots enjoy maize and brazil nuts in winter.