In the January 2010 issue of BIRD TALK Magazine, you learned about the importance of good nutrition and portion control. Now take our quiz, and find out if your pet bird is at risk for becoming overweight.
Which of the following best describes your bird’s dining motto:
a. “Handover the sunflower seed and no one gets hurt.”
b. “Super-size me!”
c. “Peanuts. It's what’s for dinner. Again."
d. “A good birdie mash takes time, but it’s well worth the wait!”
Which of the following is true for your bird:
a. My bird always gets a sample of what I am eating, in addition to its treats and main diet.
b. My will only eat seed.
c. My bird eats a formulated base diet, along with healthy veggies and some fruit as a treat.
d. My bird will only eat “people foods,” like bread and white rice.
The most appropriate nickname for my bird would be:
a. “Eagle Bird Birdie” because he/she loves our daily wing-flapping exercises and supervised free-flight time.
b. “Perch Potato” because he/she has a tendency to stay perched in the same spot a lot of the day.
c. “The Penguin” because he/she tends to waddle and is too heavy for “lift off” when it attempts to fly.
d. “The Garbage Disposal” because he/she goes crazy until he/she gets a sample of people’s food.
How well do you monitor fluctuations in your bird’s weight?
a. Weekly weigh-ins are part of our routine.
b. I hold my bird when I way myself; if the numbers go up, I can blame the bird.
c. My bird was weighed at the vet’s office once four years ago.
d. I can tell just by looking: some days my bird just looks bigger than others.
My feeding philosophy is:
a. Fill the bowl to the brim.
b. Watch the portions and feed the right foods.
c. If he/she likes it, it must be good for him/her.
d. My bird always knows which bits to pick out of the food mix
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