Good No Sunflower Bird Food Mix for Birds

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Good Morning Catherine,

Debra here with a concern as to my past orders. I noticed that you did not advertise my African Grey’s Bulk Food (20lb) in

the Volkman Avian Science Parrot Food-“No Sunflower Seeds”. Are you still selling this item as you know my parrot has become

quite the fan of the Volkman No Sunflower Seed brand.

At your earliest convenience, please get back to me with a response. I know the seed was being shipped from another destination.

Thank you.



We love this food too but Volkman is having a production problem and has not supplied any of my distributors with this product lately and all of us are flat out in any size package.

It is scheduled to be in stock with suppliers and hopefully us within 2 weeks.

We have this item turned off so we do not oversell.

Meanwhile Higgins Safflower Gold Large is a good NO Sunflower mix that can fill in at this time.

If you would like us to let you know when the Volkman Hookbill is available again, let me know and we will contact you.

Thank you for asking.



Crazy Corn vs Bean Cuisine – Cooked Food for Birds

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Crazy Corn vs Bean Cusine – Cooked Food for Birds

I have been feeding my parrots Crazy Corn for the past 20 odd years.

Question – Would L’Avian Plus Bean Cuisine be similar where it could be used for about 50% of the birds diet? Or it really considered more a treat?

Please advise – Thank you – Steven

Dear Steven
I have heard back from the manufacturer.
This is their response.
LBean-Cuisine-3-lb Our L’Avian Plus Bean Cuisine is designed for weaning birds and birds that are recuperating from a sickness or an illness.Although an excellent source of protein, we do recommend that you use this product in conjunction with a diet that consists of seeds, fruits and vegetables.

I hope this helps you with your selection.

L’Avian Plus Bean Cuisine

Repacked Bird Food Can Be Bad for Your Bird’s Health

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It has come to our attention that some of our retail outlets have been re-packaging our small animal and bird food products to suit to their market needs.

For whatever reason our retailers choose to repackage these products, please note that we at ROLF C. HAGEN, Inc. take extensive measures to protect our premium food products with specialized packaging and we advise our retail customers of these attributes so they know we take great pride in presenting a product they can trust for their pets.

  1. Each air barrier bag is sealed to protect the contents from environmental and or pest pathogenic contamination.
  2. Each air Barrier bag is also CO2 flushed to prevent degradation of nutrients and to prevent seed moth or seed weevil infestation or activity.
  3. We also utilize a micro ingredient mixing method to ensure the same ratio of each ingredient is consistent with each bag of product packaged.
  4. Each bag is stamped with an expiration date for “best used by” status.
  5. Each bag is also stamped with an assigned production lot number for identification purposes.

Additionally, should a consumer purchase our product in a repackaged state, we would find it very difficult to assist them should they have concerns about the product, which means the burden of product satisfaction and quality assurance and liability issues may fall back on said retailer without assistance from us.

We appreciate your efforts in supporting this issue. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our packaging of Bird Food and Small Animal Food, please feel free to contact your sales representative.

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Great Bird Food Pellet Conversion Tip from Hagen

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Tropimix method of diet conversion helps in removing any instinctual tendency a bird might have in a new diet; i.e. if the bird doesn’t recognize the food as food, their instinct advises them that it is probably poison.

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How Do I Reduce Wasted Bird food?

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I’ive been feeding my grey Loving World/Hari premium large parrot food. Her feathers have improved, but I notice there’s a lot of waste. She doesn’t like the tropican biscuits, and doesn’t always eat much of the small black sunflower seeds.

Frankly, I don’t know what she does eat. I need to reorder. I want to continue witlh this food, but would like to suppliment with another food with th e thought to eventually switching.Could you please advise on alternative foods. Thanks you. Lita L
Dear Lita

You might consider switching to or mixing in Hagen Tropimix Large Parrot. It is 100% edible with no shells. There are nut meats, dried fruits and vegetable and yes, Hagen Pellets, but the smaller ones (Parrot Sticks, not the Biscuits). 

Also, if you are not sure what your bird IS eating out of the mix, you may be filling the bowl too full.

Start with a quarter cup in a large heavy bowl. I prefer to feed on the bottom of the cage on top of a fresh piece of newspaper, when they bird flings the food (they all do), some will end up on the paper for a second chance. 

At the end of the day, look at what is left. If it is all gone and she ate it, give her some more to get through the day. If she tossed it, give her less the next day. A day or two of less food, she will start trying some of the other pieces she normally tosses.

Good Size Roudybush Pellet for Amazon Parrot

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You had asked what would be a good size Roudybush Pellet foran Amazon. 

Amazons come in many sizes. 

But most should be fine with the MEDIUM size pellets. 

The 10 lb listing is at this link

 The 44 oz listing is at this link


I have a very picky female eclectus parrot

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From: Susan M
Date: Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 8:07 PM

I have a very picky female eclectus parrot. I have tried every food that I could find in pet stores etc. Someone told me about Windy city Parrot . 

After checking out their products I purchased eclectus mixed seed, food to cook, and food to soak. My parrot took to the food immediately.
You can smell how fresh it is and my bird is now satisfied after she eats. Any products I’ve purchased from Windy City Parrot are exceptional. 
I now order only from Windy City Parrot. Thanks Windy City!
Susan ordered the following bird foods

Bird Food Factory Sealed for Freshness

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Close up Military Macaw parrot eating
Like any good retailer, we constantly check our competition on line. Sometimes we see prices on some of the same bird food pellets or bird seed that is priced just too low to make sense and like anything else in life, you-get-what-you-pay-for.
Upon investigation we often find that the bird food or pellets they are selling have been rebagged in zip locks, canisters and boxes. We’ve even seen the term “heat sealed.” (Remember Seal-A-Meals?)
Aside from offering
  • Free shipping on orders over $49
  • All bird food shipped from our facility is clearly marked “perishable”
  • Rewards points for free bird food shipped free
  • Bird food inventory replenished 2 – 4 times a week
  • All bird food bags are factory sealed for freshness

The value of clean, fresh and warrantied bird food is invaluable. Bird food that has been re-bagged can suffer from the following:

  • No expiration date on the bird food bag. (You don’t know the age of the bird food or parrot pellets)
  • Bird food manufacturer warranties are voided. (No bird food company will honor a claim of lack of freshness or insects if the food is not in its original packaging with the UPC)
  • Bird food manufacturers draw out oxygen and inject CO2 (this is for a reduction of insect egg hatching – insect eggs are in all bird seed – all bird seed is grown outside. This practice lowers the inevitability of nature that cannot be prevented with re-bagged food)
  • Insects can be found in bird food pellets
  • Once the seller opens the factory bag to re-bag the bird food, the bird food is now exposed to oxygen and insect development will begin.
  • Insects can enter bird food that is sold in bins or tubs and infest it.
Stores that sell bird food in bulk bins rarely will remove, clean out and thoroughly dry the bins before dumping more bird food into them, thus mixing old bird food with new bird food. If the bird food bin is damp, mold can grow at the bottom and infect the bird food as well. If birds are kept, bred or sold in the same vicinity as bins, tubs or bird food e-bagging areas, the bird food can be contaminated as well with droppings, dander and feathers.
Many online sellers store their bird foods in garages, musty basements or leaky barns thus exposing it to heat, cold, humidity and rodents. They place huge orders to get maximum discounts, but in the end the bird food that sits for much longer than it should in conditions that are not ideal. They may sell at bird shows. Stacking, transporting and restacking causes bird food to physically break down. Pellets will crumble.
Be assured, that all bird food sold at Windy City Parrot has not been in our temperature & humidity controlled store for more than a few weeks before it is sold in factory sealed bags or containers with clear expiration dates. We sell no livestock. We don’t sell at bird shows.
We insist that all manufacturers we purchase bird food from <spanstyle=”font-style: italic;=”” “=””>have expiration dates, best if used by dates and/<spanstyle=”font-family: arial,=”” sans-serif;=”” font-size:=”” 10pt;=”” color:=”” rgb(34,=”” 34,=”” 34);=”” “=””>or will fully guarantee the quality of the product. We will not sell bird food from manufacturers who don’t meet these criteria.
We have no insects in our store, no rodents, no moths. We do not sell, carry or keep birds or animals in the facility. We are constantly told by pet supply company representatives that we have “the cleanest store they have ever seen”.
Be assured that we will not ship out-of-date or re-bagged bird food. We took the birds out of the skies and made them live bird cages and houses for our entertainment. The birds deserve the best quality bird food and avian products possible while they are in our care.
Catherine Tobsing
Windy City Parrot, Inc

Is Higgins Millet Really Organic?

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Hig_Spray_Millet_350WFind Organic Millet for Birds Here

Thanks for touching base with me on that. Actually, I havent used any of the millet yet because the package says on it natural not organic. What does that mean? Everything is natural, even preservatives and pesticides. Its all from nature.

Is it organic and why doesnt the package say so?

 Thanks, PattiCustom_Parakeet_Millet_595W-blog

Dear Patti 

The millet is indeed organic. But it is grown in France and as such does not have the USDA Organic seal. 

We have spoke to Higgins about this and they are working to get the seal but have been informed it will take a year before it comes through. 

We only found out there about the difference between organic grown out of the country and the organic grown in the US and gets the seal recently. 

There is really no difference, but the government wants to be involved and as such the Higgins company is removing the Organically Grown wording until the seal is obtained.

 We also have to change our listing description as well until then.

 It is fine organic millet that your birds will enjoy. Do not fear. We have sold this exact millet for over 10 years with no problems.

Thank you for writing and asking.

Catherine Tobsing President Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique

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What’s the Story with Parrot Food Pellets?

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5 Blue & Gold macaw parrots Eating

Parrot Food Pellets
So what’s the deal with parrot food pellets? They’re popular for many reasons but on the flip side, there are no pellet trees in the rain forest. With all the bird foods on the market, why would you select pellets over a seed diet? Can a bird survive on an all pellet or all seed diet?

Parrot Food Pellets
Parrot food pellets came about to provide better nutrition for caged birds. Although many soft bill birds (like canaries & finches) have been living on a seed diet for years. Larger birds require a more balanced diet. Early on, parrot food consisted of sunflower, peanuts, corn and dried chili peppers which made it high in fat and except for the chili peppers there wasn’t a whole lot of nutritional value. It was also thought at the time feeding your bird fresh fruits and mixed vegetables would cause diarrhea. Further, parrots in the wild don’t eat a lot of seed. It would be very difficult to duplicate a wild parrots diet unless you want to import ingredients from different continents. Things like insects, flowers, plants and tubers. At-the-end-of-the-day many seed diets are typically deficient in vitamins, amino acids and minerals.

Parrot Food Pellets
Choosing the right parrot food pellets can be a daunting task. The list of brand names and ingredients is long. One of the first things you want to look for is that you’re buying factory sealed bags. Many websites sell several sizes of bags starting at one pound. That’s your first red flag – there are no one pound bags of parrot food pellets offered by manufacturers. Why is this important? Let’s start with freshness. Factory sealed bags of bird food have expiration dates, the date you should no longer serve the food to your bird. There’s no way of telling the date your food expires with “re-pack” bird food. Hagen bird food extracts all the air out of their food and injects CO2 (carbon dioxide). This guarantees their food will be bug free. Yes bug free. All bird seed contains larvae which may or may not produce live bugs or moths in your bird food over time. Score one for bird food pellets – generally bug free.

According to Mark Hagen, prime developer of Hagen bird food “More pelleted food needs to be eaten by birds to maintain their weight, in fact almost twice as much as high calorie seed kernels. Fat has more than twice the energy value per gram than protein or carbohydrates and this accounts for the energy differences. The cost of feeding a bird is not based on the price per kilogram of food but the price per kilo-calorie of digestible energy. Extruded foods are able to incorporate more efficient fat levels into the texture of the “kibble” read more on Avian Nutrition: Trends and Philosophies here. Which brings us to the money thing. I feel overall parrot food pellets give your bird a good bang for your buck. Your bird can live a long and healthy life on pellet bird food alone. Harrison’s parrot food pellet dietsare fully organic and are especially useful for birds that are molting, over or under weight, highly active, live in a colder area or recovering from an illness.

Parrot food pellet manufacturers can more precisely target different species nutritionally. Pretty bird parrot food pellets offer some species specific pellet blends like Pretty bird African Grey and (large) Conure specific food. Roudybush pellet bird food offers each formula in different size pellet “pieces” depending on the size of bird you have. Scenic pellet bird food was originally developed for parrots kept in zoos. Zupreem offers several different varieties of pellets that can appeal to a wide variety of birds.

Parrot food pellets are by far and away cleaner to feed than a bird seed diet. If you feed your bird a seed diet and if you look under your bird’s cage, what do you see? Unwanted seeds and lots of seed hulls. By the way our most popular alternative to an all seed diet for those birds that won’t embrace a pellet diet alone should try Tropimix seed fruit and pellet blend. The seeds in this yummy and nutritional hulled seed, fruit, veggie and pellet mixture have no hulls making it a very clean bird food blend. What’s interesting, seed blend ingredient panels include the meat and the shells the hulls. In that parrots hull seeds before eating them, your birds is receiving lower fiber levels that are actually noted on the bags.

Overall if you’re considering a pellet diet for your bird, why not try using the pellets as a base 50%-70% pellets, some veggies fresh or frozen, legumes (beans), fresh fruits, table foods (in moderation) and some seeds never hurt. If you want learn more about the differences between bird foods, read this.


Quick tips for conversion to Harrison’s Bird Foods

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Quick Tips for Conversion to Harrison’s Bird Foods
Some birds will readily eat Harrison’s while others may require a little help.If your bird exhibits resistance to conversion try the following tips:
1. Harrison’s Bird Bread Mix can be used as an extremely effective conversion tool. Food that the bird currently eats can be added to the mix and baked in the bread. Gradually reduce the amount of that food and replace with the appropriate Harrison’s formula.
2. Change the bird’s environment. Try moving your bird to a new enclosure, such as a box, aquarium or even a new cage. Remove all the toys, perches and bowls and offer High Potency™ on a solid surface of the floor.

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Mark Hagen on Avian Nutrition Research

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Optimum nutrition can be achieved with many different diets. However it is not easy and understanding some basic principles of the pro and cons of each food item as it relates to vitamins, minerals, proteins, fat is important when trying to make up a mixture of foods.

Wild animals and birds are shown by their parents the right combination of sometimes very limited types of foods to meet their requirements for flight, growth, reproduction and living! These wild food items have been selected through thousands of years of evolution. In captivity, they are under different conditions and eating different foods and we expect them to select the best combination immediately.

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But it is not necessarily better to feed what birds eat in the wild to those in captivity. Many plants in the wild contain secondary plant compounds or are very low in many essential nutrients. Some Breeders have a romantic notion that captive diets which are complicated, labor intensive, using expensive ingredients are the most nutritious. Yet it is possible to feed easy to prepare, cost efficient diets which do not compromise proper levels of essential nutrients.Rather than explain each essential nutrient such as vitamins, minerals etc. and what their role is in the physiology of birds, I would rather discuss how to get these nutrients into birds at optimum intake levels. Seeds were commonly the main staple food fed to pet birds and parrots. Some birds even breed on them.