Hagen's (HARI) Alternative Formula Pellets offer better nutrition for Mature birds -

Hagen’s (HARI) Alternative Formula Pellets offer better nutrition for Mature birds

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December 10th of last year I sprained my ankle. I finally got my boot on that foot for the first time last week on 1/24/17. In less than a month Medicare will be paying all my medical expenses (in conjunction with a supplemental plan F policy). I can relate to getting old. I look old. I have a long gray beard. Look at me and you know that I’m old.

Not so much with birds

For those of you that have stuck with your birds through the screaming biting and destruction – kudos! You’ll learn how much life bird’s can bring into a home.

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Birds do not appear to physically age but they do internally. They can get diet challenged, meaning that they need less protein and fat content to get through the day. This is why Hagen developed Tropican Alternative Formula for birds

What makes the Alternative formulation different than Tropican Lifetime and Tropican High-Performance formulas?

  • Alternate protein sources: pea and quinoa
  • Formulated with no soy or corn
  • Higher amount of bentonite clay
  • New ingredients such as walnuts, maple syrup, cranberries, sunflower oil, sweet potato, wheat germ oil, pumpkin seeds, marigold extract
  • Higher levels of omega 3, 6 and Beta-carotene
  • Darker brown pellets
  • Premium daily nutrition for ALL adult life stages

Tropican Alternative Formula provides proper daily nutrition for for Parrots who are less active or diet challenged.

Tropican Alternative Formula provides proper daily nutrition for Parrots who are diet challenged, adult, senior, requiring lower protein and fat content (versus High-Performance formula

… all this results in optimum feather structure growth, vivid colors and luster!

A Unique Formulation to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Alternative Formula, a diet with 15% protein was developed for companion birds who are diet challenged, adult, and/or senior. It’s an excellent soy-free diet that is rich in pea and quinoa as alternative sources of high-quality protein.

senegal parrot stand on bowl of cooed peas whose beak is covered with peas

Peas are a premium source of protein due to their high digestibility score and they provide a great complementary amino acid profile when combined with the other plant derived proteins (wheat, rice) found in the Alternative Formula.

Natural ingredients such as peanuts, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin seeds are included to increase the palatability for Parrots. A rich source of Omega fatty acids from flaxseed & peanuts makes feathers shine and helps support a healthy body. The bentonite clay (montmorillonite) found within the Alternative Formula is effective and powerful in assisting ailments in Parrots who are diet challenged.

But How Does It Taste?

We are very proud of Tropican’s outstanding 30+ year tradition of raising thousands of parrots over several generations at HARI. At a time when most bird food companies have shut their research centers, HARI continues its ongoing work on the research and development of advanced bird nutrition. In fact, HARI is the longest-standing research facility dedicated to studying the care and breeding of parrots.

Unlike farm pellets, these granules break cleanly and do not explode into fine powder like most pellets do. The parrot is able to hold the rest of the morsel and eat the piece it broke off. Again this difference results in a benefit to the consumer as significantly less wastage is associated with Tropican.

Proudly Canadian Made

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Quality Control

Tropican Alternative Formula is made at Hagen Industries in Montreal, Quebec and undergoes rigorous 3-stage testing, which is unprecedented among bird food makers. Two onsite tests at Hagen Industries and final batch testing at HARI ensures that consumers get safe, dependable and top quality bird food for their treasured feathered companionsFor more in-depth information on the scientific development of Tropican Formulated Diets read Avian Nutrition: Trends and Philosophies, by HARI Director, Mark Hagen

Some Recommended Species

African greys • amazons • cockatoos • conures • eclectus • quakers • macaws • pionus – find more parrot species here

Who can benefit from Hagen Alternative Formula?

Alternative Formula is suitable for Parrots who have less active lifestyles and/or who are diet challenged. It can also be fed to adult and senior Parrots requiring lower protein and fat content and to nonbreeding, non-molting birds. Read our 6 Healthy Reasons for Tropican Alternative Formula.

View the photo gallery below to learn more about the benefits of providing Tropican Alternative Formula to your pet bird.

Tropican Alternative Formula

  • Contains marigold lutein to maintain eye health.
  • Is an optimal base diet that can be complimented with enrichment foods.
  • It also contains montmorillonite clay for excellent digestive health.
  • It’s an ideal formula for senior Parrots or for Parrots who have digestive challenges.
  • Is a GMO-free diet formulated without any soy or corn?
  • Morsel sizes available in granules and sticks for all species and preferences.
  • Can be offered to non-breeding, non-molting birds.
  • Provides proper daily nutrition for Parrots who are less active or diet challenged.
  • Is also pesticide and herbicide free – ensuring only the best for your bird.
  • Provides proper daily nutrition for Parrots who are less active or diet challenged.
  • Morsel sizes available in granules and sticks for all species and preferences.
  • Is fortified with vitamins and minerals and also contains quinoa – a super protein source.
  • Provides your bird with natural Omega and fatty acids from flax seed.

Premium daily nutrition for all adult life stages

    • Tropican Alternative Formula provides proper daily nutrition for Parrots who are diet challenged, adult, senior, requiring lower protein and fat content (versus High-Performance formula)

      Tropican Alternative Formula

      But How Does It Taste?

      Foraging Toy with Tropican

      Ingredients are sourced locally, which means consumers get fresher food faster. In addition, the fact that it’s now made in close geographical proximity to HARI, located in Rigaud, means quicker turnaround times for final HARI quality assurance approvals and enhanced freshness-to-market efficiencies.

      Parrot with pellets outside

      Some bird owners find it hard to feed their bird uniform, formulated diets. Tropican’s generous levels of important nutrients allow it to be diluted (up to percent on a weight basis) by the addition of fruits and vegetables. Tropican is a hard dense granule which parrots enjoy biting into. Tropican Alternative Granules ensure that fussy eaters get a full balanced diet. Since Tropican incorporates vitamins and minerals, a vitamin supplement is not needed. 

      For more in-depth information on the scientific development of Tropican Formulated Diets read Avian Nutrition: Trends and Philosophies, by HARI Director, Mark Hagen

      Crude protein (min.) 15%
      Crude fat (min.) 9%
      Crude fiber (max.) 8%
      Moisture (max.) 10%
      Calcium (min.) 0.8%
      Phosphorus (min.) 0.6%
      Vitamin A (min.) 5,000 IU/kg
      Vitamin D3 (min.) 500 IU/kg
      Vitamin E (min.) 200 IU/kg
      Beta-Carotene (min.) 600 mg/kg
      Omega-3 0.4%
      Omega-6 3%

To keep your pet bird healthy, the water cups should be cleaned daily and unsoiled Tropican Alternative Granules should be replenished as needed. Monitor your pet bird for daily consumption of Tropican.

Ingredients

Wheat, brown rice, pea protein, dehulled peanuts, sweet potato, barley, pumpkin seeds, montmorillonite clay, dried tomato, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, quinoa, yeast culture, maple syrup, dried kelp, cranberry, walnut, L-lysine, yeast extract, choline chloride, DL-methionine, green tea extract, wheat germ oil, lecithin, carotenoids, marigold extract, algae extract (source of DHA fatty acid), rosemary extract, biotin, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium L-ascorbyl-2-monophosphate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12supplement, beta-carotene, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, inositol, folic acid, vitamin A supplement, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement.

Tropican Alternative Formula

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