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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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  • Beak Links Bird Toy for Large Parrots
    Beak Links Bird Toy for Large Parrots
    Great toy for your Large bird.   22" long with black link, Each main link is almost 4 1/2" long.   Six sturdy but dentable bumpy textured plastic chain links in six colors for lots of chomping fun.   Use as a single chain toy or separate and use as hand toys in your parrot cage. Includes one sturdy black link to hook over cage bars easily.   The... Great toy for your Large bird.   22" long with black link, Each main...
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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...
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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 Size: 3" W... Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming wi...
  • Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Dollar
    Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Dollar
    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 calcium wafers. Soft cotton threads, shells, and 14 crunchy wafers provide extra beak exercise and fun Great Fun for... Prevue Pet Products Cal-Sea-Yums combine hours of beak exercise and trimming wi...
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  • Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Legs
    Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Legs
    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. Latex chunks, shells, crunchy wafers 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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  • Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Mate
    Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Mate
    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. Latex ropes, shells, crunchy wafers 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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  • Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Urchin
    Cal-Sea-Yum Calcium Fun Bird Toy by Prevue - Urchin
    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. Latex ropes, shells, crunchy wafers 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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  • Calypso Creations Preening Small Bird Toy - Spinning Straws
    Calypso Creations Preening Small Bird Toy - Spinning Straws
    Prevue Pet Products Calypso Creations Spinning Straws provides your bird with plenty of ways to satisfy plucking and preening urges. Easily connected to your bird cage with quick-link attachments and made from 100% safe, non-toxic materials and FD&C colors Calypso Creations bird toys may contain a combination of knotted rope, plastic beads, crinkly paper, wooden circles and woven natural palm... Prevue Pet Products Calypso Creations Spinning Straws provides your bird with p...
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  • Calypso Preening Bird Toy - Over The Rainbow
    Calypso Preening Bird Toy - Over The Rainbow
    Prevue Pet Products Calypso Creations provide your bird with plenty of ways to satisfy plucking and preening urges. Easily connected to your bird cage with quick-link attachments and made from 100% safe, non-toxic materials and FD&C colors Calypso Creations bird toys may contain a combination of knotted rope, plastic beads, crinkly paper, wooden circles and woven natural palm leaves. Overall... Prevue Pet Products Calypso Creations provide your bird with plenty of ways to ...
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  • Calypso Preening Bird Toy by Prevue - Straw Stacker
    Calypso Preening Bird Toy by Prevue - Straw Stacker
    Prevue Pet Products Calypso Creations provide your bird with plenty of ways to satisfy plucking and preening urges. Easily connected to your bird cage with quick-link attachments and made from 100% safe, non-toxic materials and FD&C colors Calypso Creations bird toys may contain a combination of knotted rope, plastic beads, crinkly paper, wooden circles and woven natural palm leaves. Overall... Prevue Pet Products Calypso Creations provide your bird with plenty of ways to ...
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  • Calypso Preening Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Dagwood
    Calypso Preening Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Dagwood
    Prevues Calypso Creations Dagwood Toy is packed with stuff to pick and shred. Approx: 26" long x 6" wide Birds love to pull these toys apart and unravel the materials Filled with elements like colorful rope, papers, plastic or wooden beads, hardwood blocks, plastic straws and more Satisfies every birds shredding, plucking and preening urges 62607 Prevues Calypso Creations Dagwood Toy is packed with stuff to pick and shred. A...
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  • Chewy Lolly Stix Paper Sticks for Bird Toys 25 pc Medium
    Chewy Lolly Stix Paper Sticks for Bird Toys 25 pc Medium
    6 Inch x 7/32 Inch rolled paper lollypop sticks in WHITE ONLY, 25 Pieces. Great fun for parrots to pick up and chew up. Disolves in water. Stick these sticks into other toys for a whole new toy idea.   Chlorine & fluorescent free. Certified to be in compliance with USFDA standards & similar international regulations for direct food contact. Independently tested as 100%... 6 Inch x 7/32 Inch rolled paper lollypop sticks in WHITE ONLY, 25 Pieces. Great...
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  • Chewy Lolly Stix Paper Sticks for Bird Toys 50 pc Small
    Chewy Lolly Stix Paper Sticks for Bird Toys 50 pc Small
    6 Inch x 5/32 Inch rolled white paper lollypop stick, 48 pieces. Great fun for parrots to pick up and chew up. Disolves in water. Stick these sticks into other toys for a whole new toy idea.   Chlorine & fluorescent free. Certified to be in compliance with USFDA standards & similar international regulations for direct food contact. Independently tested as 100% biodegradable.         6 Inch x 5/32 Inch rolled white paper lollypop stick, 48 pieces. Great fun for ...
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  • Cup Cover - Keep the Poop Out of Your Bird's Water Stainless Steel
    Cup Cover - Keep the Poop Out of Your Bird's Water Stainless Steel
    TIRED OF YOUR BIRD MAKING A MESS IN HIS FOOD AND WATER CUPS?   High quality mirror finish heavy stainless steel cup covers attaches easily to side of cage with included two bolts and nuts   Covers All Cups from 5 oz- 30 oz   ALL COVERS ARE QUALITY STAINLESS STEEL Measurements: 6-1/2 Inches (16.51 cm) Wide x 3-5/8 Inches (9.21 cm) High   Note: best to install 8 inches... TIRED OF YOUR BIRD MAKING A MESS IN HIS FOOD AND WATER CUPS?   High quality...
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  • Dome Top Cage Home & Travel Carrier
    Dome Top Cage Home & Travel Carrier
    Stay In ¦Go Out; Two Uses One Cage The New Home & Travel Dome Top Cage is the simple solution for transporting small birds around the house or on-the-go. The perfect addition to a larger enclosure; keeps birds safe while cage cleaning. Overall Size: 17 1/2" L x 11 3/4" W x 24" H Interior:  16" L x 10" W x 23 3/4" H Wire Spacing: 7/16" Includes:  2 7/8" diam. perches and 2 2 oz cups... Stay In ¦Go Out; Two Uses One Cage The New Home & Travel Dome Top Cage is...
    Your Price: $65.00



  • Fabric Soft Sided Carrier by AE for Small Parrots Pet Voyage Traveler
    Fabric Soft Sided Carrier by AE for Small Parrots Pet Voyage Traveler
    Attractive Floral Design Dimensions: 12.25" x 16" x 9" Very nice new item, A safe way to travel with your bird Lightweight reinforced plastic shell with a cotton canvas overlay Protects your bird from the sun and other elements while providing maximum cross ventilation. Removable washable textured insert. Front zippered entry allows for easy access. Wooden perch included. Great for car trips... Attractive Floral Design Dimensions: 12.25" x 16" x 9" Very nice new item, A sa...
    Your Price: $45.00



  • Goldenfeast Nectargold Complete For Lories Lorikeets 72 oz (2.04 kg)
    Goldenfeast Nectargold Complete For Lories Lorikeets 72 oz (2.04 kg)
    A healthy, nutritious nectar and complete Lory food for all lories and lorikeets that contains much less sugar than many other lory foods. Goldenfeast Lory Nectargold can be served dry, mixed with water or mixed with your bird's favorite natural juice. Unlike a lot of other Lory foods, Nectargold's number "1" ingredient isn't sugar which makes it a very healthy diet for any Lory or Lorikeet... A healthy, nutritious nectar and complete Lory food for all lories and lorikeet...
    Your Price: $49.00



  • Goldenfeast Pinnacle Hand Feeding Formula for Baby Birds 32 oz
    Goldenfeast Pinnacle Hand Feeding Formula for Baby Birds 32 oz
    Pinnacle, A Specially Formulated Food for Hand Feeding Exotic Birds Peanut Free! Corn Free! No GMO, No Synthetic Vitamins No Fructose Corn Syrup or Artificial Flavors Made with Organic Ingredients Ingredients: Quinoa, organic roasted Soybeans, par boiled brown Rice and Organic long grain brown Rice, raw Almonds, dehydrated and freeze dried vegetables composed of Carrots, sweet garden Peas,... Pinnacle, A Specially Formulated Food for Hand Feeding Exotic Birds Peanut Free...
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  • Hagen Tropican Alternative Parrot NO Soy NO Corn 20 lb (9.7 kg)
    Hagen Tropican Alternative Parrot NO Soy NO Corn 20 lb (9.7 kg)
    NEW!!! Hagen Tropican Alternative Granules for Parrots 20 lb. NO Soy! NO Corn! Scientifically formulated as completely balanced extruded 4 mm granules What makes the Alternative formulation different than Tropican Lifetime and Tropican High Performance formulas? Tropican Alternative Formula provides proper daily nutrition for Parrots who are diet challenged, adult, senior, requiring lower protein... NEW!!! Hagen Tropican Alternative Granules for Parrots 20 lb. NO Soy! NO Corn! ...
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  • Hagen Tropican Alternative Parrot NO Soy NO Corn 4 lb (1.8 kg)
    Hagen Tropican Alternative Parrot NO Soy NO Corn 4 lb (1.8 kg)
    NEW!!! Hagen Tropican Alternative Granules for Parrots 4 lb are here! NO Soy, NO Corn! Scientifically formulated as completely balanced extruded 4 mm granules What makes the Alternative formulation different than Tropican Lifetime and Tropican High Performance formulas? Tropican Alternative Formula provides proper daily nutrition for Parrots who are diet challenged, adult, senior, requiring lower... NEW!!! Hagen Tropican Alternative Granules for Parrots 4 lb are here! NO Soy, N...
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  • Higgins Sunburst Treat Stick Canary & Finch - Lil Fruits
    Higgins Sunburst Treat Stick Canary & Finch - Lil Fruits
    Sunburst Lil Fruits contains papaya, pineapples, and blueberries. 4 Inches Long x 1 Inch Diameter 3 oz (85 g) Higgins, the avian and small animal specialists who formulate the freshest premium diets available, now bring you the best treat for your pet. Higgins Gourmet Treat Sticks are the treat feasts your pets have been waiting for.  More fruits, more vegetables, more nuts, and more of... Sunburst Lil Fruits contains papaya, pineapples, and blueberries. 4 Inches Long...
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  • Higgins Sunburst Treat Stick Canary & Finch - Lil Veggies
    Higgins Sunburst Treat Stick Canary & Finch - Lil Veggies
    Sunburst Lil Veggies contains carrots, spinach, and more 4 Inches Long x 1 Inch Diameter 2.6 oz (74 g) Higgins, the avian and small animal specialists who formulate the freshest premium diets available, now bring you the best treat for your pet. Higgins Gourmet Treat Sticks are the treat feasts your pets have been waiting for.  More fruits, more vegetables, more nuts, and more of... Sunburst Lil Veggies contains carrots, spinach, and more 4 Inches Long x 1 Inch...
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  • JW Pet Activitoy for Small Birds - Birdie Basketball
    JW Pet Activitoy for Small Birds - Birdie Basketball
      JW Pet Activitoy for Small Birds - Birdie Basketball Just so cute!! Even has mirrored backboard for extra fun! 4" x 4" toy screws onto cage bars    JW Pet Activitoy for Small Birds - Birdie Basketball Just so cute!! Even...
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  • JW Pet Activitoy for Small Birds - Millet Holder
    JW Pet Activitoy for Small Birds - Millet Holder
    JW Pet Plastic Spray Millet Holder holds millet for small birds/ 1 to 1 1/2" inches wide x 8 inches tall Millet Not Included but can be found here .   JW Pet Plastic Spray Millet Holder holds millet for small birds/ 1 to 1 1/2" in...
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  • Lafebers Senior Bird Nutri-berries Macaw Cockatoo 10 oz (234 G)
    Lafebers Senior Bird Nutri-berries Macaw Cockatoo 10 oz (234 G)
    Macaws or Cockatoos are among the longest-lived parrot species. And just like us, their healthcare needs change as they age, especially their nutritional requirements. With Senior Bird Nutri-Berries, we’ve created a diet to give your bird all the nutrients he needs during his golden years without having to sacrificing taste or texture. We added herbs like milk thistle for its anti-inflammatory... Macaws or Cockatoos are among the longest-lived parrot species. And just like ...
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  • Lafebers Senior Bird Nutri-berries Parakeet Cockatiel 10 oz (234 G)
    Lafebers Senior Bird Nutri-berries Parakeet Cockatiel 10 oz (234 G)
    Your parakeet or cockatiel is not getting any younger. Budgies (parakeets) that are 5 years old and cockatiels that are 7 to 10 years old could be considered senior birds. That’s because they have already reached about half their expected life span. It’s great that your bird lived so long, but what can you do to help him live his full life expectancy? Veterinary checkups, exercise, and good... Your parakeet or cockatiel is not getting any younger. Budgies (parakeets) th...
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  • Lafebers Senior Bird Nutri-berries Parrot 10 oz (234 G)
    Lafebers Senior Bird Nutri-berries Parrot 10 oz (234 G)
    Compared to us, Amazons, African greys and other parrots seem to age gracefully, at least outwardly. After all, they don’t have as noticeable changes in appearance. These long-lived parrots are, however, susceptible to many of the same age-related conditions we face.   And like us, their healthcare needs change as they age, especially their nutritional requirements. Fortunately, Senior... Compared to us, Amazons, African greys and other parrots seem to age gracefull...
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  • Living World Junglewood Large Rope w/Wood Blocks
    Living World Junglewood Large Rope w/Wood Blocks
    Junglewood Large Rope with 2 wood blocks & leather strips.   Living World s extensive line of Junglewood bird toys feature a wide variety of provocative hanging toys specially designed to entertain and stimulate play, exercise, and activity. Birds will enjoy hours of fun and amusement. Each unique toy consists of a combination of interesting trinkets such as solid wood shapes, rugged rope,... Junglewood Large Rope with 2 wood blocks & leather strips.   Living World...
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  • Locking Ring Coop Cup 10 oz Stainless Steel Bolt On Dish
    Locking Ring Coop Cup 10 oz Stainless Steel Bolt On Dish
    4 In Diameter - 2 In Deep - 10 Oz liquid capacity (silver color, the blue is a reflection)   If you are seeking an additional bird food dish that is difficult for your bird to remove this product will solve your problem.   It's designed to fit almost any size bird cage and is very easy to install. Simple 2 bolt installation   The bowls have "bumps" and must be rotated to a certain... 4 In Diameter - 2 In Deep - 10 Oz liquid capacity (silver color, the blue is a r...
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  • Locking Ring Coop Cup 20 oz Stainless Steel Bolt On Dish
    Locking Ring Coop Cup 20 oz Stainless Steel Bolt On Dish
    4-7/8 In Diameter - 2-1/4 In Deep - 20 Oz Liquid Capacity (silver color, the blue is a reflection)   If you are seeking an additional bird food dish that is difficult for your bird to remove this product will solve your problem.   It's designed to fit almost any size bird cage and is very easy to install. Simple Installation. (The 10 oz dish shown has only 2 holes with 2 bolts, the 20 oz... 4-7/8 In Diameter - 2-1/4 In Deep - 20 Oz Liquid Capacity (silver color, the blu...
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    Locking Ring Coop Cup 30 oz Stainless Steel Bolt On Dish
    5-1/2 In Diameter - 2-1/2 In Deep - 30 Oz Liquid Capacity (silver color, the blue is a reflection)   If you are seeking an additional bird food dish that is difficult for your bird to remove this product will solve your problem.   It's designed to fit almost any size bird cage and is very easy to install. Simple Installation. (The 10 oz dish shown has only 2 holes with 2 bolts, the 30 oz... 5-1/2 In Diameter - 2-1/2 In Deep - 30 Oz Liquid Capacity (silver color, the blu...
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  • Locking Ring Coop Cup 5 oz Stainless Steel Bolt On Dish
    Locking Ring Coop Cup 5 oz Stainless Steel Bolt On Dish
    3 In Diameter - 5 Oz liquid capacity  (silver color, the blue is a reflection) If you are seeking an additional bird food dish that is difficult for your bird to remove this product will solve your problem. It's designed to fit almost any size bird cage and is very easy to install.  Simple 2 bolt installation. (Bolts have 3/4" threaded bolt, threaded part is about 1/2").  The bowls have... 3 In Diameter - 5 Oz liquid capacity  (silver color, the blue is a reflection) ...
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  • Mineral Blocks with Toys on Chain by Prevue
    Mineral Blocks with Toys on Chain by Prevue
    Prevue Pet Products Mineral Blocks with Toys contain natural ground seashell and limestone grit for an excellent source of calcium. Treats are fruit-scented and also contain iodized salt, a required nutrient for avian health   2 dice shaped blocks on a chain with plastic beads and squishy dangling toys just for fun.     Overall size: 3" W x 10" L Excellent Source of... Prevue Pet Products Mineral Blocks with Toys contain natural ground seashell and...
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  • Natra NoPick Picking & Plucking Solution for Birds 8 oz (.236 l)
    Natra NoPick Picking & Plucking Solution for Birds 8 oz (.236 l)
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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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