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Estimated nutrient content of diets commonly fed to pet birds
  1. L. Hess, DVM1,
  2. G. Mauldin, DVM, MS1 and
  3. K. Rosenthal, DVM, MSc2
  1. 1 The Animal Medical Center, 510 East 62nd Street, New York, NY 10021, USA
  2. 2 Antech Diagnostics, 10 Executive Boulevard, Farmingdale, NY 11735, USA
  1. Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-8410, USA
  2. School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 3800 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6044, USA


The owners of 135 pet birds were surveyed by questionnaire to determine their birds' weekly food consumption. The birds were divided into six food groups on the basis of the amounts of seeds, formulated products and human food they consumed. The formulated products and seeds were analysed for their nutrient content by two independent laboratories, the nutrient content of the human foods was obtained from a standard nutrition reference, and each bird's nutrient intake was estimated. The dietary content of individual nutrients was then compared with the estimated maintenance requirements for pet birds. Birds consuming less than approximately 50 per cent of their diets as formulated products had inadequate intakes of vitamins A and D3, and calcium. Diets high in human food were low in protein, energy, vitamins and minerals. Diets high in seed were excessive in fat and deficient in vitamins A and D3, and calcium.

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