Diet & Nutrition

Contrary to popular belief, grit is not necessary and not recommended.
  • Nutritional Requirements - Contains some basic information on each of the nutrients required by birds, including a table which details approximate "recommended nutritional allowances for granivorous (passerine) companion bird diets."
  • Feed & Feeding Hygiene - Discusses problems associated with unhygienic feeding practices and provides information on how to avoid these problems.
  • Seed Mixes & Formulated Diets - Addresses the deficiencies present in seed-only diets and discusses the recommended use of formulated diets.
  • Safe, Toxic, & Unsafe Foods - Provides a list of fresh foods which are safe to provide to finches in moderation, as well as a list of unsafe foods which should be avoided.
  • Preparing an Egg-Mix & Other Soft Foods - Includes instructions for making an egg-mix and recipes for other healthy supplements.
  • Sprouting Seeds - Instructions for how to sprout seeds at home, including a list of needed materials.
  • Mealworms & Other Live Food - Instructions for starting and maintaining a mealworm colony and a discussion of other live food alternatives.
  • Introducing New Foods - Tips for weaning finches onto formulated diets and encouraging them to eat novel foods such as vegetables.
  • Austerity Diet & Feeding for Breeding - Discusses appropriate diets for breeding and non-breeding birds as well as why nutrient requirements are different between the two groups.
  • Is Grit Really Necessary? - Presents the facts you need to know regarding the use of grit for finches.
  • Nutrients & Their Sources - Includes a table which covers the major nutrients required by the avian body, their likelihood of deficiency, and some natural sources that contain the nutrients.
  • Nutrients: Signs of Excess - Some symptoms of nutrient overdose/toxicity.
  • Nutrients: Signs of Deficiency - Some symptoms of nutrient deficiency.

Under construction:
Has this article helped you? Please consider making a donation to keep online and growing!

Disclaimer: As the creator of, I take no responsibility for any mishaps which you may experience in following any advice given, nor in purchasing any products suggested. I will therefore not be liable for any consequences that arise from following any advice provided in these pages.

External SiteExternal sites open in a new browser. does not endorse external sites. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Proceeds will be used to help this site grow.

©2015 No part of this page (including, but not limited to pictures, articles, advice, logo, or otherwise) may be copied or retransmitted by any means without expressed written permission from the author/creator of this page.

This page is hosted by DreamHostExternal Site.

Styles: Former FIC | Art Deco | Spring | Magazine