Kaylor of Colorado has been manufacturing ultra-premium nutritional products for pets since 1976. Mel Kaylor is Kaylor of Colorado’s founder. Mel Kaylor’s innovative ideas and firm belief in high quality natural products continue to be the mold for Kaylor of Colorado. Kaylor has a very proud and loyal team of employees. Kaylor’s management team has an average tenure of ten plus years with Kaylor. Kaylor is committed to developing world-class products and personalized relationships with all of our valued customers. Darrell Kaylor proudly runs the company to this day.
Editor’s note: we all like variety. They just opened a supermarket not far from us called Pete’s – it is 55,000 ft.² with not only groceries but prepared foods and salads.
This is what we demand as humans which is why we offer so many brands and varieties of bird food.
Small birds can live 15 to 20 years – larger ones 40 to 60 years, some even longer. Don’t you think it’s important that your birds should enjoy variety in their diets for the decades they are going to be around?
Nutrition of Psittacines (Parrot Family) Client Information Series™
Th is information is designed as a means of communication between veterinarians and clients who are concerned about their pet bird’s nutritional needs. Diet, nutrient requirements, and feeding are discussed. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your veterinarian to answer them for you.
Birds are divided into 27 orders, varying from high-fl ying Falconiformes, such as the bald eagle, to the Struthioniformes, such as the ostrich, that do not fl y at all. Most pet birds are found among the Psittaciformes (psittacines: parrotsfamily), Passeriformes (perching birds), Columbiformes (pigeon family), and Galliformes (chicken-like birds).
The weather is cooling off and humans like to begin cooking comfort foods such as pots of chili, chicken and dumplings, bean soups and other hearty meals to warm the tummy and spirit. The same applies true to your parrots.
As the weather becomes colder, we slowly lower our indoor temperatures unless we don’t care how high our heating bills run. It is important to remember that if you are cold, your birds are chilly as well and need to have supplemental heat such as thermo perches or heated cage panels that allow them to position themselves at the temperature they prefer.
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I have 3 birds, a conure, cockatiel and a parakeet. My birds are really fussy about their food. I feed the parakeet Hartsfield, the cockatiel is very fussy, I’m trying to teach her to forge her food. She just throw her food out of the cage and use her dish as a toilet. The conure is very fussy too but she does look for her food until she finds what she wants.
You didn’t mention how your birds are housed so I must assume they are each in their own cage of appropriate size. If they share a big cage or aviary, the dynamics of the situation change somewhat.
You mentioned that you feed the parakeet Hartsfield. This is not a brand I’m familiar with nor could I find it on the internet. I believe you mean Hartz Mountain, a common brand of small bird food sold in cardboard boxes in superstores and grocery stores. I can’t recommend using that type of food because it may have been on the shelf and in warehousing for a very long time since it was packaged. The food can be old and won’t provide good nutrition for your little keet. The same is true if you are buying food for your cockatiel and conure at places that do not specialize in the freshest, healthiest bird diets. It can contain moth larvae that eat the inside of the seeds, leaving nothing for the bird and only causes seed moths to fly around your house unless you are unusually clean about removing every single seed every day.
Any all seed diet requires supplementation or you are slowly starving the bird to death, significantly shortening its lifespan and leaving it open to opportunistic diseases. All your birds may fit into this category. More about supplements further on.
Birds that are on all seed diets can be converted to pellet diets with which no supplements are required. The conversion can be very easy with some birds but require a little longer with others. You find your birds to be picky eaters but they would convert over time. In fact, we have a plan on how to do the conversion as easily as possible. This plan happens to refer to Hagen pellets, a very good balanced option available for every size bird but the concepts are valid for any brand of pellet diet.
Great choices in pellet diets include those available for your size birds from Higgin’s Intune line of pellets or Harrison’s Organic NonGMO pellet line. Either of these choices are available in sizes for every parrot species and they are great for foraging by hiding some in foraging toys.
We have found that Hagen Living World parakeet seed is a very excellent, fresh product that comes in factory sealed bags. It has a “use before” date, just like human foods so you know you are not feeding old, stale seed. The fresher the seed, the more nutrients it has available for the bird. Higgins Vita Seed with Probiotics is also available for your parakeet as well as your other parrots.
we have learned these Australian lorikeets are carnivores
You didn’t mention what you are feeding the cockatiel and conure so I imagine you are feeding them seed diets as well. You’ll find a great choice for each in Hagen Living World Cockatiel blend and Hagen Living World Small Parrot blend or choose the appropriate size Vita Seed blend from the Higgins link above.
You mentioned the conure picks through the food until it finds what it wants. The problem with this is that it is only eating some of the types of seed in the food. All too often they choose the high fat seeds like sunflower, rejecting all else. Cockatiels sometimes do the same thing with their food. By choosing a no sunflower blend like in the size for cockatiels to conures, you’ll avoid the “sunflower addict” problem and round out their nutrition. Or choose one of the other no sunflower foods for your cockatiel and conure.
You mentioned foraging and birds need to forage for some of their food. It is more like the experience they have in nature. You can use special treats, fruits, veggies and Lafebers AviCakes and Nutriberries to provide enrichment in their diet and lives.
If you do choose to stick with a seed diet, and many parrot parents do choose to do so — me included, you can add Avitech Avivita Plus multivitamin supplement or Nekton S multivitamin supplement. If you have a specific health problem, your vet may recommend additional supplements which you will find in the Avitech and Nekton sections of the site.
Good luck and please let us know how you decide to proceed and your experiences.
written by nora caterino
approved by mitch rezman
your zygodactyl footnote
Sweet Harvest bird treats were first formulated and intoduced in 1977. At the time there was only a very limited selection of natural products for bird and small animals. The majority of the products available only offered artificial colors and flavors.
Sweet Harvest was the first to achieve its colorful appearance by using all natural ingredients. Kaylor of Colorado also enriches its blends with vitamins using a unique application process that ensures a balanced benefit to all pets. When feeding Sweet Harvest products for the first time you will quickly notice healthy changes in your pets health and mental well being.
WHY KAYLOR OF COLORADO?
Kaylor of Colorado manufactures premium bird and small animal food. Our manufacturing facility is located in Greeley, Colorado, and we buy the majority of our ingredients from local farmers. There are advantages to Kaylor’s natural seed and fruit based products.
Consider what the Kaylor of Colorado difference will do for you.
Clean Quality and Natural Products:
We contract the majority of our products through local farmers. We triple clean these ingredients to ensure they are free of all dust and foreign material.
All of our products are flushed with nitrogen and packaged in a barrier film. We do this to be able to guarantee freshness and eliminate bug infestations.
No Manufactured Ingredients:
Other manufacturers use processed pellets or extruded foods to create a colorful look. Kaylor of Colorado achieves its colorful look by using natural ingredients that birds and small animals search out.
Kaylor of Colorado has been manufacturing ultra-premium nutritional products for pets since 1976. Mel Kaylor is Kaylor of Colorado’s founder. Mel Kaylor’s innovative ideas and firm belief in high quality natural products continue to be the mold for Kaylor of Colorado. Kaylor has a very proud and loyal team of employees. Kaylor’s management team has an average tenure of ten plus years with Kaylor.
Kaylor is committed to developing world class products and personalized relationships with all of our valued customers. Darrell Kaylor proudly runs the company to this day.
written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing
your zygodactyl footnote
Windy City Parrot was hatched in 1993. It is comprised of the following entities.
WindyCityParrot.com – Internet Sales
Website launched 12/31/01 – Now shipping to north America, Europe, Asia and Australia Monday through Friday.
Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique
Open 5 days a week with the best selection of bird & parrot supplies in the Midwest
About the owners
Catherine Tobsing is the President of Windy City Parrot, Inc. Catherine enjoyed exotic birds as a hobby for many years before becoming an avian supply vendor in 1993. The birth of http://www.windycityparrot.com/ came on the heels of reduced bird fair attendance after 9/11. Opening the Windy City Parrot Birdie Boutique on Chicago’s northwest side enabled feathered companion enthusiasts to benefit from feedback Catherine received at more than 500 avian events spanning a decade.
Windy City Parrot recommends
the following bird cage bar spacing and perch diameters.
Every website has recommended cage sizes. We can’t recommend what size cage to buy. We don’t know your needs. We don’t know how much room you have. We don’t know how much social time your bird experiences.
You may have many small birds you seek to house together. Our point? Choose the size cage that’s right for you and your bird. Just make sure the bar spacing is appropriate.
Why is this so important? Birds are too smart for their own good. They’re inquisitive. They like to know “what’s going on.” Basically we don’t want them to get their heads caught in the bars.
At the same time, we had a male & female Indian Ringneck in an old cage with 1″ bar spacing. He was fine for years. We had to clamp down the lift up food doors because she would try to lift them and escape. Moral of the story – there are no absolute rules when choosing a cage
It’s also important to evaluate other areas of the cage where there is space say between the bottom of the front door and area below leading to the grate & the refuse tray. Some older cages have potentially problem gaps near the food dish doors. Please evaluate a new cage carefully.
Perch Diameter Recommendations: 3/8″ to 3/4″
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 3/8″ No more than 1/2″
Perch Diameter Recommendations: 3/8″ to 3/4″
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 3/8″ No more than 5/8″
Medium species of birds (Click for list)
Perch Diameter Recommendations: 1/2″ to 7/8″
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 1/2″ No more than 3/4″
Medium Large species of birds (Click for list)
Perch Diameter Recommendations: 5/8″ to 1-1/2″
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 5/8″ No more than 1-1/2″
Large species of birds (Click for list)
Perch Diameter Recommendations: 3/4″ to 2″
Cage Bar Spacing: Not Less than 3/4″ No more than 2″ (Hyacinth & Greenwing Macaws may enjoy
perch diameters up to 2-1/2″)