If you keep domestic birds, you know how much pleasure they can bring to your home, but they need looking after. We’ve enlisted the help of the domestic bird experts over at The Parrot Society for their tips on keeping your caged birds chirping for years to come!

We are all aware of the importance of top quality, clean seed in our bird’s diet to ensure they are in the best of health and full of vitality.

This is especially true when they are going through their ‘moult’, which will usually occur in the autumn. When replacing their feathers our birds generally need more food and vitamins to help in the production of new feathers, so we need to make sure that they have plenty of good food available to them. If young birds show growth lines across their feathers it is a sign that during their rearing they went short of food at this critical time. Don’t worry though, because if you feed your birds a good quality seed diet when they do moult into their adult plumage, the new feathers will lose the growth lines and you will have an even more beautiful pet or aviary bird.

A less generally known fact is our birds’ need for access to natural daylight.

If a bird is permanently kept indoors then the natural ultra violet rays are filtered out by glass so putting your bird next to a window does not help. Just imagine how sallow you would become if you never went outside. Giving your bird access to daylight for just twenty minutes a day will ensure they receive the natural ultra violet rays that they require like us for certain vitamin production.

And it costs nothing!

Wilko have plenty of healthy, nutritious bird seed mixes, for both domestic and wild birds. They’re available online or in your nearest Wilko store.

You can find more information about keeping domestic birds over at The Parrot Society.

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