So I have five birds at home at the moment: 3 budgies, a lovebird and an Indian Ringneck. Right now they're mostly on seeds as it's pretty much all they'll eat, but the ringneck will get fruit most days which she happily eats. The seeds I do offer them are ones that have maybe 12 different types of seed in so they get a bit of variety.
What I'm wondering is what is the best possible diet I could put them on?
I am reluctant to go with pellets as I've done some reading about positives/negatives and additionally they can be pretty expensive, so what I'm looking for is a diet that's a mix of seeds, veg and other stuff.
Firstly, do you guys think it's best to have a bowl of seeds around all day, or is it better to have set meal times? Is this more likely to get them to eat things they wouldn't usually eat? If you choose mealtimes, how many times do you feed your birds per day?
Could anyone please offer any examples about how they would feed their birds in a day.
How often should I try feeding things like brown rice, sprouted seeds etc. or is it best to mix this sort of stuff up into a chop?
Sorry for all the questions; I'm very interested to hear some of your answers.