If I want to give my lovebird a live treat of some bugs, which ones can I feed him? Do they sell live bugs for birds anywhere?

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If I want to give my lovebird a live treat of some bugs, which ones can I feed him? Do they sell live bugs for birds anywhere?

Can anyone answer this?

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If I want to give my lovebird a live treat ... feed him? Do they sell live bugs for birds anywhere?

Can anyone answer this?

Mealworms are OK. I'm not sure that a lovebird that hadn't been weaned onto live food would eat them though. In the UK you can get mealworms from good bird food suppliers and AFAIK from angling supply shops.

I'd be worried about the bird catching any parasites in live food.

Alan
If I want to give my lovebird a live treat ... feed him? Do they sell live bugs for birds anywhere?

Can anyone answer this?

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Lovebirds are primarily seed and fruit eaters, so there's no need to feed them insects.
Their diet should include a high-quality cockatiel seed mix; small nuts; soft fruits (including apples, pears, bananas, peaches, melons, grapes, etc.); fresh &/or cooked vegetables (including carrots, red peppers, kale, broccoli, celery, spinach, parsley, sweet potato, etc.). You can also offer cooked pasta, rice (brown/wild). Treats can include millet, bits of unsalted cracker, dark breads, etc.
Forget the bugs which may introduce various bacteria into your bird's surroundings. Why risk your bird's health?

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~~ Lovebirds are primarily seed and fruit eaters, so there's no need to feed them insects. Their diet should include ... etc. Forget the bugs which may introduce various bacteria into your bird's surroundings. Why risk your bird's health? LindaA

The only other thing I might suggest is a finch food called "Insectivorous feast", which is freeze-dried. I wouldn't, unless your vet said the bird needed more protein. But it's available and safe from parasites.
If I want to give my lovebird a live treat ... feed him? Do they sell live bugs for birds anywhere?

Can anyone answer this?

Lovebirds require more than just seed. A pelleted diet, supplemented with fresh fruits, vegetables, boiled eggs, cereals, pasta, rice, and lentils will produce a heathly, beautifully feathered Lovebird. Many Lovebird breeders also feed a seed-based diet, with most of the other foods as supplements. A seed-based diet must consist of a mixture of seeds and grains. Canary seed, millet, rice, oats, safflower and a small amount of sunflower are the most popular parts of these seed mixes. Corn is often a big hit with Lovebirds, as is sprouted seed. Lovebirds also tend to drink a lot of water, and must have fresh water available at all times.
In other words, lovebirds do not eat insects as a prime part of their diet and I highly doubt they'd eat meal worms, crickets or any other insects.
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In other words, lovebirds do not eat insects as a prime part of their diet and I highly doubt they'd eat meal worms, crickets or any other insects.

Why do you doubt it? In evolutionary terms there's a strong advantage to a bird that, while mainly eating seed, will also eat any insects it comes across.
Alan
Can anyone answer this?

Lovebirds require more than just seed. A pelleted diet, supplemented with fresh fruits, vegetables, boiled eggs, cereals, pasta, rice, and ... sprouted seed. Lovebirds also tend to drink a lot of water, and must have fresh water available at all times.

I don't see mine drinking a lot, even though we change the water daily.
In other words, lovebirds do not eat insects as a prime part of their diet and I highly doubt they'd eat meal worms, crickets or any other insects.

Ok thanks for that then.

Coffee Lover
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In other words, lovebirds do not eat insects as a ... doubt they'd eat meal worms, crickets or any other insects.

Why do you doubt it? In evolutionary terms there's a strong advantage to a bird that, while mainly eating seed, will also eat any insects it comes across. Alan

Birds do not mainly eat seeds. If that's what you feed your bird/s you are not feeding them properly. Giving an animal a food they don't eat in nature is not always a good suggestion.
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