Did your mother ever tell you to drink a glass of warm milk before bedtime to help you sleep? Especially in the winter? Well, believe it or not, we do something similar for our birds, except it’s not milk.
In the summer, we feed them early morning so they’re full and don’t exert energy during the heat of the day. But in the winter, just prior to dark we feed them twice as much as in the mornings.
You might think eating that much more would make our birds fat. People assume that if you have a caged bird, they’re going to get fat. But we don’t have that issue, because ours are free-flighted. They get plenty of exercise so their weight is proportionate to where it’s supposed to be.
Have you ever seen a fat bird flying around outside? Probably not.