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.
Birds have a highly developed sense of light. In humans, we perceive light through our eyes. Our feathered friends have an additional way of interpreting light conditions, a special gland which surrounds the eye. Read more on this
As days get shorter and the temperature falls, we want you to be aware of some issues the changing weather may have on your birds. In the wild, animals rely on the cycling of the sun, and the seasons to adjust their biological clocks and metabolism. It is the sun, and changes in the quality of light and length of the day which set the stage for breeding, migration, molting, and daily behavior patterns.
I hope this helps you understand why we feel the lighting category on our site is so important to your Bird’s well-being. A full-spectrum light and timer on top or there your birds cage can help address everything from behavioral issues to incessant egg laying.
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 NonGMOpellet 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.
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