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  • Ceramic Bird Cage Replacement Crock for Prevue Select Cages 10 oz 4 pc
    Ceramic Bird Cage Replacement Crock for Prevue Select Cages 10 oz 4 pc
      Replacement Ceramic Crocks for Prevue Select Line Parrot Cages and stands (May also fit other cages)   These are heavy commercial restaurant quality food crocks. You can even put them at the bottom of any cage. 10 oz crock fits Prevue Select cages May also fit other cages Measures 4 1/2" across the top, 4" across the bottom, 2 1/2" high. Fits in place of the stainless steel dishes that...   Replacement Ceramic Crocks for Prevue Select Line Parrot Cages and stands (Ma...
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  • Higgins Sunburst Parakeet Gourmet Bird Food 2 lb (1.36 Kg)
    Higgins Sunburst Parakeet Gourmet Bird Food 2 lb (1.36 Kg)
    NEW! Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Bird Food - Parakeet 2 lb with Protein Egg Food Introducing Sunburst Parakeet for the Smallest Hookbills -- Budgies . Also for other of the Smaller Hookbills like parrolets, small conures, lovebirds.  HIGGINS SUNBURST is the premium gourmet companion bird food that is loaded with natural goodness. Formulated as a food and treat all in one, SUNBURST for Parakeets... NEW! Higgins Sunburst Gourmet Bird Food - Parakeet 2 lb with Protein Egg Food I...
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  • Wrought Iron Travel Carrier by Prevue for Medium Parrots
    Wrought Iron Travel Carrier by Prevue for Medium Parrots
    NEW #1307 Wrought Iron Travel Carrier This durable travel carrier comes with everything you need for short or long trips. Overall Size: 18 3/4" L x 14 7/8" W x 25" H Interior Space: 18" L x 14 1/4" W x 14" H Wrought iron construction Automotive Safety: Secure using the welded brackets and your car seat belt Playtop area with wood perch Bendable rope perch 2 Solid-face cup doors and... NEW #1307 Wrought Iron Travel Carrier This durable travel carrier comes with ...
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  • 24-Hour Digital Timer with Daily Settings 2-Pack
    24-Hour Digital Timer with Daily Settings 2-Pack
    It is indisputable that your bird's circadian rythmn is set by daily light cyles. Timers make it easy to define "start of day" and "end of day" so your bird is no longer confused by north american light cycles. North American changing light cycles can lead to stress resulting in feather destruction and chroinic egg laying. This digital timer is easy to set, with a... It is indisputable that your bird's circadian rythmn is set by daily light ...
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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) ... 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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  • Adorable Teensy Tiny Treat Dish
    Adorable Teensy Tiny Treat Dish
    Adorable Tiny Bird Cup with Hooks Use with Tiny birds only. (Finches, Cararies) 2 1/4" Long x 1 5/8" Wide x 3/8" Deep Assorted colors Good for Grit, Song or Treat food. Just because it is SO CUTE! CCup M011 Adorable Tiny Bird Cup with Hooks Use with Tiny birds only. (Finches, Cararies)...
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  • Airline Underseat Travel Carrier for Small to Medium Parrots, Animals
    Airline Underseat Travel Carrier for Small to Medium Parrots, Animals
    Doskocil Cabin Kennel Wire Top 17"L x 12"W x 8"D The top bar spacing is 1/2 Inch and the air holes at the widest are 5/8 inch Small to Medium Birds, Pets The Doskocil pet carrier fits pets up to 7 inch tall and will fit under most airplane seats. It also has a convenient top-loading wire door that allows easy visibility of your pet. There is also a carry handle and an adequate side ventilation.... Doskocil Cabin Kennel Wire Top 17"L x 12"W x 8"D The top bar spacing is 1/2 Inc...
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  • Aluminum Travel Cage for Large Birds by King's Cages Blue
    Aluminum Travel Cage for Large Birds by King's Cages Blue
    King's Cages Aluminum Travel Cage - Large - Great for all kinds of trips, Vet visits, vacation homes, parks, and more! Suitable for Large cockatoos, large amazons, some macaws. Smaller bar spacing allows for smaller birds to travel safely.   Dimensions: 28-7/8"L x 20-1/4"W x 20-1/8"H Bar spacing - 5/8" - 5mm Bar thickness (Satin Blue & Silver Shown) Colors may vary depending on stock, if... King's Cages Aluminum Travel Cage - Large - Great for all kinds of trips, Vet vi...
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  • Aluminum Travel Cage for Medium Birds by King's Cages Blue
    Aluminum Travel Cage for Medium Birds by King's Cages Blue
    King's Cages Aluminum Travel Cage - Medium - Great for all kinds of trips, Vet visits, vacation homes, parks, and more!   Dimensions: 19-1/2"L x 17"W x 18-3/8"H Bar spacing - 5/8" - 5mm Bar thickness   (Satin Blue & Silver Shown)  Bird-safe aluminum gives this travel cage durability while remaining light weight and manageable. Patented front door lock with hidden magnets to ensure... King's Cages Aluminum Travel Cage - Medium - Great for all kinds of trips, Vet ...
    Your Price: $299.00



  • Aluminum Travel Cage for Small Birds by King's Cages Blue
    Aluminum Travel Cage for Small Birds by King's Cages Blue
    King's Cages Aluminum Travel Cage - Small - Great for all kinds of trips, Vet visits, vacation homes, parks, and more! Measurements: Height: 18 3/4" Width: 12" Depth: 14" 4.5mm thick bars 5/8 " bar spacing   (Satin Blue & Silver Shown)    Revolutionary New ALUMINUM Travel Cages!! NO more chipping, NO more Toxic rust, Easy to disinfect! FEATURES: Patented... King's Cages Aluminum Travel Cage - Small - Great for all kinds of trips, V...
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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...
    Your Price: $45.00



  • Balls, Hard Plastic Birdie Ball 3", 1 pc
    Balls, Hard Plastic Birdie Ball 3", 1 pc
    Hard plastic 3" bell ball offer loads of fun for small birds. Includes small plastic sphere inside with ball bearings to rattle. 1 pc. Assorted colors Hard plastic 3" bell ball offer loads of fun for small birds. Include...
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  • Bird Bath Ceramic by Prevue Pet for Small Birds
    Bird Bath Ceramic by Prevue Pet for Small Birds
    Cool to the touch, pleasing to the eye, and standing up to moisture, ceramics are the ideal accessory for you and your favorite companion.     This bird bath is perfect for extra-small to medium birds. (Finches, canaries, lovebirds, parrotletts, budgies can bath in it. Larger birds can splash in it or use as water dishes)   Bath can be hung in the cage or set or the cage floor. Hole in top... Cool to the touch, pleasing to the eye, and standing up to moisture, ceramics ar...
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  • Bolt On Dowel Perch For Small Birds 4"
    Bolt On Dowel Perch For Small Birds 4"
    Hardwood dowel perches. Bolt them all over the cage for landing, resting, eating, playing, well, you get the idea. 4" x  10/16" (bit thicker than 1/2") Hardwood dowel perches. Bolt them all over the cage for landing, resting, eatin...
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  • Bungie Jute Spring Rope Perch by Prevue Large 72"
    Bungie Jute Spring Rope Perch by Prevue Large 72"
    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: $16.00



  • 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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  • Ceramic Bird Cage Replacement Crock for Prevue Select Cages 10 oz 1 pc
    Ceramic Bird Cage Replacement Crock for Prevue Select Cages 10 oz 1 pc
      Replacement Ceramic Crock for Prevue Select Line Parrot Cages and stands (May also fit other cages)   These are heavy commercial restaurant quality food crocks. You can even put them at the bottom of any cage. 10 oz crock fits Prevue Select cages May also fit other cages Measures 4 1/2" across the top, 4" across the bottom, 2 1/2" high. Fits in place of the stainless steel dishes that come...   Replacement Ceramic Crock for Prevue Select Line Parrot Cages and stands (May...
    Your Price: $10.00



  • 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



  • First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Blue
    First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Blue
    A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid kit. For all sized birds More first aid kit suggestions are found below 2" x 5 yards (15 feet) stretched., 2" x 2.2 yards (11.5 feet) unstretched Hand tear, no scissors needed. Won't shrink. Coheres to itself. No clips or tape needed. Will not stick to feathers, fur, skin or hair. Can help with grip on... A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid ...
    Your Price: $2.00



  • First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Green
    First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Green
    A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid kit. For all sized birds   More first aid kit suggestions are found below   2" x 5 yards (15 feet) stretched., 2" x 2.2 yards (11.5 feet) unstretched Hand tear, no scissors needed. Won't shrink. Coheres to itself. No clips or tape needed. Will not stick to feathers, fur, skin or hair. ... A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid k...
    Your Price: $2.00



  • First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Pink
    First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Pink
    A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid kit. For all sized birds   More first aid kit suggestions are found below   2" x 5 yards (15 feet) stretched., 2" x 2.2 yards (11.5 feet) unstretched Hand tear, no scissors needed. Won't shrink. Coheres to itself. No clips or tape needed. Will not stick to feathers, fur, skin or hair. ... A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid k...
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  • First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Purple
    First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Purple
    A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid kit. For all sized birds   More first aid kit suggestions are found below   2" x 5 yards (15 feet) stretched., 2" x 2.2 yards (11.5 feet) unstretched Hand tear, no scissors needed. Won't shrink. Coheres to itself. No clips or tape needed. Will not stick to feathers, fur, skin or hair. ... A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid k...
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  • First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Red
    First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Red
    A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid kit. For all sized birds   More first aid kit suggestions are found below   2" x 5 yards (15 feet) stretched., 2" x 2.2 yards (11.5 feet) unstretched Hand tear, no scissors needed. Won't shrink. Coheres to itself. No clips or tape needed. Will not stick to feathers, fur, skin or hair. Can help with grip on slippery PVC... A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid kit. For all si...
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  • First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Sky Blue
    First Aid Self Adhering Tape Vet Wrap No Clips No Adhesive Sky Blue
    A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid kit. For all sized birds   More first aid kit suggestions are found below   2" x 5 yards (15 feet) stretched., 2" x 2.2 yards (11.5 feet) unstretched Hand tear, no scissors needed. Won't shrink. Coheres to itself. No clips or tape needed. Will not stick to feathers, fur, skin or hair. ... A must have in your "Houston we have a problem" bird's first aid k...
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  • Full Spectrum Natural Light Daylight Bulb by ExoTerra 26 Watt
    Full Spectrum Natural Light Daylight Bulb by ExoTerra 26 Watt
    ExoTerra Natural Light Full Spectrum Daylight Bulb 26 watt is a general light source with a high visual light output and a very high colour rendering index (CRI), but a lower UVB radiation. Designed for reptiles but just wonderful for captive birds Also can be used for indoor plants   Dimensions 5 1/2" H x 2 1/4" diameter (Narrow base fits well in Gooseneck lamps) Color Temperature: 6700K Bulb... ExoTerra Natural Light Full Spectrum Daylight Bulb 26 watt is a general light s...
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  • 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...
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  • 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
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    Higgins Sunburst Treat Stick Canary & Finch - Lil Veggies
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  • Kaylor's Sweet Harvest Treats Safflower Seeds 2 lb (907 g)
    Kaylor's Sweet Harvest Treats Safflower Seeds 2 lb (907 g)
    A Treat for Small to Large Hookbill Parrots. Mix with food or feed separately 3-4 times a week.    Ingredients: Fresh Dried Safflower Seeds in Shell   2 lb factory sealed barrier bag for freshness       X7102   A Treat for Small to Large Hookbill Parrots. Mix with food or feed separately 3...
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  • Kaylor's Sweet Harvest Treats Sunflower Seeds 5 lb (2.27 kg)
    Kaylor's Sweet Harvest Treats Sunflower Seeds 5 lb (2.27 kg)
    A Treat for Large Hookbill Parrots. Mix with food or feed separately 3-4 times a week.    Ingredients: Fresh Dried Sunflower Seeds in Shell   5 lb factory sealed barrier bag for freshness       X7405   Watch how a Parrot cracks and eat sunflower seeds A Treat for Large Hookbill Parrots. Mix with food or feed separately 3-4 times ...
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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)
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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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