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  • A Better Bird Scale for All Size Birds
    A Better Bird Scale for All Size Birds
    8 3/4 inches (22.2 cm) Long x 5 29/32 Inches (15.0 cm) Wide x 22/32 (.71 cm) High This scale will weigh any size parrot or parakeet. Got a long tail Macaw? watch the video at the bottom (hint: place scale on edge of counter or table and let the tail hand over)   I don't have time to weigh my bird just came off your caged bird keepers excuse list. Weigh Range from 0~11lb (0~5 kg) Grams and... 8 3/4 inches (22.2 cm) Long x 5 29/32 Inches (15.0 cm) Wide x 22/32 (.71 cm) Hi...
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  • Awesome Window Play Center for Cockatiel Budgie Small Birds
    Awesome Window Play Center for Cockatiel Budgie Small Birds
    Paradise Toys - Awesome Parrot Window Play Center for Small Birds - 12"x9 3/4"x6 3/4"-2.5" dia suction cup Cockatiel & Budgie Window Play Center We're recommending this for birds no larger than green cheek conures. Ideal for parrotletts - lovebirds - cockatiels and budgies.  Keep your windows damage free Your parrot can view outdoor safely Strong suction cups... Paradise Toys - Awesome Parrot Window Play Center for Small Birds - 12"x9 3...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Bamboo Shoots
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Bamboo Shoots
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Bamboo Shoots Bird Toy will provide hours of mental stimulation plus foot and beak exercise as your bird climbs, swings and gnaws on a variety of shapes and textures. Ideal for Large and X-Large birds, this toy is made from a variety of materials including colorful wood blocks, coconut shell, sea grass rope, bamboo, heveawood, mangrove wood and sisal and cotton... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Bamboo Shoots Bird Toy will provide hours o...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Blockhead
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Blockhead
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Blockhead Bird Toy 60943 will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Blockhead is made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and quick-link... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Blockhead Bird Toy 60943 will provide hours...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Building Maze
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Building Maze
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Building Maze Bird Toy 60947 will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Building Maze is made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and quick-link... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Building Maze Bird Toy 60947 will provide h...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Fluff N Stuff
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Fluff N Stuff
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Fluff N Stuff Bird Toy will provide hours of mental stimulation plus foot and beak exercise as your bird climbs, swings and gnaws on a variety of shapes and textures. Ideal for Large and X-Large birds, this toy is made from a variety of materials including rattan, bamboo, heveawood, mangrove wood and sisal and cotton rope. All materials are 100-percent safe,... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Fluff N Stuff Bird Toy will provide hours o...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Tentacles
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Tentacles
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Tentacles Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Tentacles is made from solid hardwood and each can be left to dangle, or attached to the cage. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Tentacles Bird Toy will provide hours of fo...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Waterfall
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Waterfall
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Waterfall Bird Toy 60944 will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Waterfall is made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope and leather strips. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Waterfall Bird Toy 60944 will provide hours...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Wood Chimes
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Wood Chimes
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Wood Chimes Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Wood Chimes is made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and quick-link... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Wood Chimes Bird Toy will provide hours of ...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Akimbo
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Akimbo
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Akimbo Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Akimbo is made from poplar wood blocks and a stainless steel bell at the bottom. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and held together by a... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Akimbo Bird Toy will provide hours of foot ...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Wacky Slider
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Wacky Slider
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Wacky Slider are an ideal beak exercise toy comprised of solid natural hardwood strung together with cotton rope or leather strips. Additional materials include leather shapes, plastic beads, sea shells and knotted ropes. These toys are finished with 100% safe FD&C colors and attach with quick-links. Intended for medium to X-large sized birds. Approx:... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Wacky Slider are an ideal beak exercise toy...
    Your Price: $11.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Beacon
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Beacon
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Beacon Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Beacon is made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and a stainless steel quick-link... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Beacon Bird Toy will provide hours of foot ...
    Your Price: $14.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Crazy Legs
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Crazy Legs
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Crazy Legs Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Crazy Legs is made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and a stainless steel... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Crazy Legs Bird Toy will provide hours of f...
    Your Price: $12.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Deco
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Deco
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Deco Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Deco is made from a poplar wood that is stylistically interconnected. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and a stainless steel quick-link... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Deco Bird Toy will provide hours of foot an...
    Your Price: $13.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Deliteful
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Deliteful
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Deliteful are an ideal beak exercise toy comprised of solid natural hardwood strung together with cotton rope or leather strips. Additional materials include leather shapes, plastic beads, sea shells and knotted ropes. These toys are finished with 100% safe FD&C colors and attach with quick-links. Intended for Large to X-Large birds. 16 1/2" W x... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Deliteful are an ideal beak exercise toy co...
    Your Price: $19.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Scrumptious
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Scrumptious
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Scrumptious Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird climbs, swings and gnaws on a variety of shapes and textures. Made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope or leather strips, Bodacious Bites bird toys may also include leather shapes, plastic beads and knotted ropes. All materials are 100-percent safe, non-toxic ft-c... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Scrumptious Bird Toy will provide hours of ...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Slice of Life
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Slice of Life
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Slice of Life Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Slice of Life is made from poplar wood wedges strung together by a stainless steel chain with a bell at the bottom. All materials are 100% safe, made with... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Slice of Life Bird Toy will provide hours o...
    Your Price: $14.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - The Bridge
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - The Bridge
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites The Bridge Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites The Bridge is made from solid hardwood and can be hung vertically or horizontally. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and quick-link... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites The Bridge Bird Toy will provide hours of f...
    Your Price: $15.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Tower
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Tower
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Tower Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Tower is made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and a stainless steel quick-link... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Tower Bird Toy will provide hours of foot a...
    Your Price: $14.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Treat Me
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Treat Me
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Treat Me Bird Toy 60961 will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation. Bodacious Bites Treat Me is made from a poplar wood frame and filled with sisal fiber. You can put in other items and treats as well. All materials are 100% safe, made... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Treat Me Bird Toy 60961 will provide hours ...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Wizard
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Wizard
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Wizard Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Wizard is made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and a stainless steel quick-link... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Wizard Bird Toy will provide hours of foot ...
    Your Price: $22.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Accordion
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Accordion
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Accordion Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Accordion is made from poplar wood, plastic connectors and metal bell at the bottom. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and a... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Accordion Bird Toy will provide hours of fo...
    Your Price: $4.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Ding
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Ding
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Ding Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Ding is made from poplar wood, plastic beads and metal bell at the bottom. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and a quick-link attachment... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Ding Bird Toy will provide hours of foot an...
    Your Price: $3.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Sassy
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Sassy
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Sassy Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Sassy is made from poplar wood with dangling strands of sisal rope at the bottom. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and held together by a... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Sassy Bird Toy will provide hours of foot a...
    Your Price: $5.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Stack
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Stack
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Stack Bird Toy 60952 will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Stack is made from poplar wood, plastic beads and a stainless steel bell at the bottom. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and held... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Stack Bird Toy 60952 will provide hours of ...
    Your Price: $5.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Abacus
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Abacus
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Abacus Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Approx. 4" L x 1 1/2" W x 10 1/2" H Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Abacus is made from a poplar wood frame with wooden beads and plastic rings. All materials are 100% safe, made... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Abacus Bird Toy will provide hours of foot ...
    Your Price: $9.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Buffet
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Buffet
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Buffet is an ideal beak exercise toy comprised of solid natural hardwood strung together with cotton rope or leather strips. Additional materials include leather shapes, plastic beads, sea shells and knotted ropes. These toys are finished with 100% safe FD&C colors and attach with quick-links. Intended for small to medium sized birds. Overall Size  ... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Buffet is an ideal beak exercise toy compri...
    Your Price: $7.00



  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Chow
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Chow
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Chow is an ideal beak exercise toy comprised of solid natural hardwood strung together with cotton rope or leather strips. Additional materials include leather shapes, plastic beads, sea shells and knotted ropes. These toys are finished with 100% safe FD&C colors and attach with quick-links. Intended for small to medium sized birds. Prevue Pet Products... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Chow is an ideal beak exercise toy comprise...
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  • Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Ferris Wheel
    Bodacious Bites Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Ferris Wheel
    Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Ferris Wheel Bird Toy will provide hours of foot and beak exercise as your bird pulls, chomps and grips a variety of shapes and textures. Designed to provide mental and physical stimulation, Bodacious Bites Ferris Wheel is made from solid hardwood strung together with cotton rope. All materials are 100% safe, made with food grade coloring and a stainless steel... Prevue Pet Products Bodacious Bites Ferris Wheel Bird Toy will provide hours of...
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  • Braided Palm Leaf Munchie Balls For Birds 4 pc
    Braided Palm Leaf Munchie Balls For Birds 4 pc
    Fun chewy natural foot toys for parrots 4 pc 2" Palm Leaf Balls Natural paper pulp ball inside.   Reminds me of "How Many Licks does it take to Reach the Tootsie Roll Center of a Tootsie Pop" Tootsie pop now enshrined as a bird toy courtesy od Windy City Parrot. You're old if you remember this     Fun chewy natural foot toys for parrots 4 pc 2" Palm Leaf Balls Natural pa...
  • Braided Sea Grass Munchie Balls For Birds 4 pc
    Braided Sea Grass Munchie Balls For Birds 4 pc
    Fun chewy natural foot toys for parrots 4 pc 2" Sea Grass Balls Natural paper pulp ball inside.   Fun chewy natural foot toys for parrots 4 pc 2" Sea Grass Balls Natural pa...
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  • Bungee Play Soft Rope Perch by Living World
    Bungee Play Soft Rope Perch by Living World
    The  1/2" cotton rope has an inner bendable wire that can be twisted and/or stretched to desired length - as small as 16 inches (15 cm) or as long as 30 inches (75 cm) Living World Bungee Play is a colourful, interactive bungee perch made of a variety of ropes and chews. The multiple-activity perch toy promotes exercise and play while providing a bouncy perch. Two cloth ropes have... The  1/2" cotton rope has an inner bendable wire that can be twisted ...
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  • Bungie Jute Spring Rope Perch by Prevue
    Bungie Jute Spring Rope Perch by Prevue
    This wire cored jute rope bungee coil perch can be used for your parrot in so many ways. Simply hang from a bird cage hook or uncoil perch into a really fun parrot perch. Both ends have loops and includes two quicklinks for hanging horizontally or vertically FYI: Jute rope is browner and softer than Sisal. Approx: 1" thick. Coiled: 10" L x 10" W x 4" H Uncoiled: 72" H Naturals toys are handmade... This wire cored jute rope bungee coil perch can be used for your parrot in so m...
    Your Price: $6.95



  • Cage Cover Fits Flat Top Cages 31 Inch to 37 Inch
    Cage Cover Fits Flat Top Cages 31 Inch to 37 Inch
    Very nice 100% Bird Safe Breathable Material, Machine washable black fabric gives your parrot the privacy it needs for a good nights sleep every night. Front flips up or down as desired. Covers are decorated with a handsome embroidered Prevue Hendryx logo Hand washing is recommended Each cover fits a range of cage sizes, and as a result, may overhang cages on the smaller end of the range ... Very nice 100% Bird Safe Breathable Material, Machine washable black fabric giv...
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  • Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Braid
    Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Braid
    Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming with natural sea shells. Easily connected to your bird cage with quick-link attachments and made from 100% non-toxic materials Cal-Sea-Yums may include latex ropes, rings, beads, natural sea shells and wafers. Soft cotton threads, latex ropes, and dangling objects provide extra beak exercise and fun Overall... Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming wi...
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Today's science lesson: because birds are small and have a high need for energy they can digest food rapidly. This is one reason young birds mature quickly and migrating birds are able to store fat which enable the long flights. There are some species of birds that are known to increase their weight 40% in 10 days.

Birds may break up their food or crush it with their bill, they don't chew it. Parrots, birds of prey, and finches have short, thick, fleshy tongues which allow them to manipulate their food. Where humans swallow with our soft palates, birds have to tilt their heads back to get the food from inside their mouth (buccal cavity) to the first part of their throat (Oesophagus). The oesophagus continues to draw the bird's food down into it's body - where it stands at the Crop.

Parrots use the crop to store food eaten in a hurry so they don't get caught by predators. From the crop food goes into the stomach where it finally begins to get digested. The stomach has two sections one of which produces the necessary digestive juices and enzymes which soak the food which is then passed to the gizzard. The gizzard has a lot of muscles that grind up the food - what we do with our teeth.

Digested food now moves to the first part of the small intestine which is divided into two parts and where most of the digestion and absorption of the food now occurs in the parrot's gut. A bird's pancreas is actually better developed than a mammal's pancreas. This is probably to compensate for a lack of some saliva and chewing. It produces proteins, digesting enzymes, carbohydrates and fat which are delivered into the small intestine.

The food then moves into the large intestine which is really small compared to mammals and doesn't really have a lot to do with digestion and birds. The food journey ends at the cloaca (which also serves as a reproductive organ) where waste materials are collected and expelled.


Soft billed birds like Finches and Canaries swallow their seeds whole. Parrots are able to remove the hulls from the seeds with their beaks. Now that we know about the gizzard, we should note that the soft billed birds could use a little help grinding down these whole seeds. This is why we introduce small amounts of grit they can swallow which will help grind up the seeds while in the gizzard.
 
African Grey Parrot Playing with Red Solo Cup - Video
(Toby Kieth song of the same name in background)
Nothing to do with food - just really funny

That said, a seed diet is okay, just be mindful that you need to supplement with some vitamins, minerals and amino acids. You can do this by supplementing with fresh fruits and vegetables. Halved walnuts for larger birds and cracked walnuts and slivered almonds for smaller birds are good source of omega-3 fatty acids. You can also simply add a commercial supplement like Prime.

And then there are all the brands. We just added our 15th brand of bird food to the website. Why do we carry so many brands? We offer everything we can based upon what you, our customer asks for. Which brand is better, that's up to you and your bird(s). To further complicate the issue, there are brands within brands Hagen offers Living World seed mixes, Tropimix hull-less which is a blend of seeds fruits and nuts and other nutritious items, and Tropican pellets. Higgins offers seven lines of food including Mayan Harvest, a natural gourmet blend of seeds fruits and legumes and exotic spices, Higgins Vita Seed an economy seed mixture and Worldly Cuisines cooked bird food.

Volkman is a very popular and very clean bird seed coming in a variety of species specific blends. They even offer a special Eclectus seed mix (which can also be eaten by other species) which is not vitamin fortified in accordance with the most recent avian nutritional research. Volkman has no chemical preservatives or artificial flavors and is a very clean, dust free seed line.  Dr. Harvey's bird food is an all-natural blend containing only human grade ingredients too.

Birds in the wild are scavengers, they have to be in order to survive. Mark Hagen says it well "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.

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
".


Wild Sulfur Crested Cockatoos Foraging - Video


This is one of the reasons that pellets were developed. Pellets combine all the "good stuff " into one relatively neat package. We know parrots can be picky so a dish of food where everything looks the same offers less visual temptation to remove the contents. Zupreem makes pellets with colors and without. If your bird likes colorful food Zupreem Fruit Blend or Pretty Bird Daily Select offer colorful pellets that many birds find attractive.

LaFeber's Nutriberries although considered a bird treat offer a comprehensive nutritionally balanced diet for your bird consisting lots of human grade ingredients like pineapple, papaya, carrots and raisins all rolled up in neat balls. The ball design provides your bird with a variety of beak and tongue sensations while enabling foraging activities.


Harrison's offers USDA certified organic bird food pellets. TOPS Parrot Food offers very pure pellets and seeds. Goldenfeast bird food has no dyes or preservatives. There can be benefits to these organic bird foods but just like in the grocery stores you'll find the cost of organic bird foods higher. Scenic bird food although not as well-known as the others has been around for more than 25 years and is popular in zoos and animal themed parks as a daily diet. Their pellets are shaped to improve feeding techniques, ease of manipulation, and low waste. Roudybush offers pellets in several sizes and uses different fruits like dried peaches, apricots, plums, bell peppers and carrots in their California Blend as an example.

written by mitch rezman
approved by catherine tobsing

 

 

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