Shop for bird seed by cage & aviary A to Z bird species
If you're unsure which bird diet is best for your cage or aviary bird, use our A to Z guide to finding out what we recommend based on more than 80 years of bird seed expertise.
Haith's offer a very wide range of Budgerigar mixes, which have been recommended by the most successful breeders over the last 75+ years, and it is only the bird-keepers themselves who are able to champion one mix against another.
This group of species includes the entire scientifically recognised group of Buntings (Emberizidae) apart from the tanagers. They are widespread over much of Eurasia, Africa and North and South America and some are migratory.
Feeding canaries is very much the same as all small seed-eating birds and over generations the champion breeders and showmen, particularly of the Type Canaries, have developed their own particular bird seed formulas, which they have relied upon to achieve their desired results
Cockatiels originate from Australia and can be treated exactly the same as other Australian Parakeets in their feeding and general management.
Cockatoos are frequently fed sunflower seeds, peanuts, pine nuts, canary and millet seeds often with some groats and maize all mixed in various proportions to the particular bird-keeper's preferences.
Coloured Canaries should be fed a similar diet to the Type or Posture Canaries with the addition of 'colour foods' or 'colouring agents' but adding colouring agents can be a risky business as too much will undoubtedly give unwanted colouring effects.
Fancy Doves and Pigeons
This group of doves and fancy pigeons include the many domesticated varieties that are kept especially for their appearance. They have been kept for thousands of years and now exist in a huge number of breeds and varieties.
There are now several varieties of domesticated foreign finches and their hybrids and many are becoming available in various colour mutations, but perhaps the most common are the Zebra Finch
Gouldian Finches originate from Australia and are perhaps the most brightly coloured of the small-domesticated exotic seed-eaters. They are widely kept in cage and aviary but are more sensitive to changes in environmental conditions than most other domesticated finches.
The Hanging Parrots get their name from their roosting habit of hanging upside-down amongst foliage and similarly they will roost hanging upside-down from the wire mesh of an aviary roof.
Found from the western Himalayas eastwards to China and southwards to Java, the Laughingthrushes are just part of a group of birds, known as Song-Babblers, which belong to the larger and very diverse family of Babblers.
Besides the many partially nectivorous but predominantly seed-eating parrot-like species, there are those similar-looking birds which depend almost entirely on nectar and fruit.
Lovebirds are best kept by themselves in small aviaries to prevent the bickering, which quite often occur when kept in colonies, especially during the breeding season.
The Macaws are the largest member of the parrot family and all have massive, powerful bills which indicates that they should be housed in a strong steel-meshed enclosure, preferably an aviary but at the very least, a large purpose-built parrot cage.
Haith's recognise that Domesticated Parakeets may have their own small differences in dietary preferences due to the differences in their origin and size, but in general their nutritional requirements are all very similar
Traditionally, parrots have been fed almost entirely on Sunflower Seeds and although many pet birds have survived for generations on just that they are no different to any other birds and require variety to ensure that they stay in good health and thrive.
Singing Canaries are judged on their song, not their appearance; yet they are not unattractive and do not lack the qualities of breeding apportioned to the Type Canaries.
Type or Posture Canaries
The Type Canaries (or as they are known in mainland Europe, the Posture Canaries) are those domesticated canaries whose ancestors are the Wild Canaries (Serinus canaria) originating from the Canary Islands and Madeira.
Zebra Finches originate from Australia and a few of the more eastern Indonesian islands. Domesticated forms include several colour variations as well as crested and yellow-billed varieties.
Our philosophy is simple: Healthy diet, Healthy bird. However, what exactly is a 'healthy diet?' At Haith's, a healthy diet is first and foremost about sourcing high-quality seeds and foods but it's essential each raw material and blend goes through strict quality control and that means putting it through our award-winning super-clean seed cleaning process. We do this because dusty seed can damage a bird's respiratory system.
Over the years, we've worked closely with expert bird-keepers to refine our range and ensure we stay ahead of developments in aviculture diets. Our A to Z is a gentle reminder that we're wholly responsible for the welfare of our cage and aviary birds and the least they should expect fro us is to be fed a diet that's healthy and clean.
That's why you and your birds are safe with Haith's bird diets.