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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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  • Bird Cage Cover Fits Flat Top Cages 31 Inch to 37 Inch
    Bird 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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  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Bamboo Shoots
    Bodacious 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...
    Your Price: $59.00



  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Blockhead
    Bodacious 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...
    Your Price: $29.00



  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Fluff N Stuff
    Bodacious 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...
    Your Price: $49.00



  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Waterfall
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Large Parrots - Wood Chimes
    Bodacious 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 ...
    Your Price: $22.00



  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Wacky Slider
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Beacon
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Crazy Legs
    Bodacious 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: $14.00



  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Deliteful
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Slice of Life
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - The Bridge
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Treat Me
    Bodacious 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 ...
    Your Price: $15.00



  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Medium to Large Parrots - Wizard
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Accordion
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Sassy
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Buffet
    Bodacious 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 Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Chow
    Bodacious 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...
    Your Price: $7.00



  • Bodacious Bird Toy for Small to Medium Parrots - Ferris Wheel
    Bodacious 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...
    Your Price: $13.00



  • 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 ...
    Your Price: $22.00



  • 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: $16.00



  • 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...
    Your Price: $5.00



  • 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...
    Your Price: $5.00



  • 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...
    Your Price: $5.00



  • 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
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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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  • Ceramic Cage Crock for Bird Parrot Small Animal Cages 4 oz
    Ceramic Cage Crock for Bird Parrot Small Animal Cages 4 oz
    Prevue Pet Stoneware Crock Dish for Bird Parrot Small Animal Cages 4 oz So cute and useful. Heavy and just the right size for treats, snacks, water or a nice dinner dish for small parrots. Assorted Marbelized color Stoneware Crocks.  1 pc 4 ounce crock 1 1/2" H x 3" W. (Holds about 2 1/2 oz liquid) Prevue Pet Stoneware Crock Dish for Bird Parrot Small Animal Cages 4 oz So cu...
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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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  • Cosmic Crunch Calcium Chewable Bird Toy by Prevue Pet - Venus
    Cosmic Crunch Calcium Chewable Bird Toy by Prevue Pet - Venus
    Prevue Pet Products Cosmic Crunch toys are made from 100% natural, digestible ground calcium with real sea shells! Your bird will "shave away" the toys, keeping beaks and nails trimmed while lasting longer than other types of toys. Made with 100% FD&C colors, leather strips and glow-in-the-dark beads (effect lasts for 20 minutes) this toy connects easily to your bird cage with... Prevue Pet Products Cosmic Crunch toys are made from 100% natural, digestible 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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