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Does My Pet Bird Need Additional Vitamins?

Judy M. is concerned,

I am wondering if I should give Alex his vitamins if he is eating Harrison’s bird bread?

Dear Judy


If your bird is not eating a 100% pelleted diet, it is assumed that the need for additional vitamins is required.


Other than a blood test, there is no way of knowing if your bird is vitamin deficient however, it is presumed most of our captive birds are low on calcium at the very least.


Can I Test My Pet Bird for Vitamin D?


Our birds have a seed-based diet but are supplemented daily with pellets and fresh veggies and fruits.


We mix some vitamins daily into their chopped fresh foods and in their water.


It would not hurt to add a simple multivitamin to cover any shortages.


I recommend Lafeber Avi-Era.




Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground.Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care.He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis.He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

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