Chia seeds are a healthy food for humans and other animals. They are high in fiber, antioxidants, protein and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also rich in phosphorus, calcium and folic acid.
However, they are not the ideal food for birds. Birds need a variety of foods to help them stay healthy. If they have a large amount of a single type of food in their diet, they will not receive the nutrients they need. Some of the most common food items that are harmful for birds include chocolate, alcohol and onions.
If you want to feed your bird chia seeds, you can use them to make a chia seed pudding. To do this, you'll need to soak the seeds in water. Once soaked, they will expand and form a gel-like substance. You can then add them to other foods, like nuts, fruits and vegetables.
While chia seeds are good for birds, they should not be their main source of food. They are a great addition to your bird's diet, but you should only offer them 10% of their daily intake.
For best results, you'll want to mix chia seeds with other bird seeds. This is because chia seeds contain some nutrients that will be lost if they are eaten alone.
If you want to offer your bird a little bit of chia seed, you can sprinkle a few on moist fruit. Or, you can press the seeds into suet dough and place them in a suet cage bird feeder.