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  • Fun Plastic Links For Bird Toys 20 pc NEW!!
    Fun Plastic Links For Bird Toys 20 pc NEW!!
    Plastic Links For Bird Toys  20 pc Assorted colors 1-5/8" long and 5/8" wide x 1/8" thick. Plastic links to connect together, or for fun parrot hand toys. Can be used to hang toys, connect other sized rings, squares, plastic chain. Be creative! Assorted colors. Certified Non-Toxic, BPA-Free, Lead-Free and Phthalates-Free. N ote: Link 1" Marbella Rings and squares with the... Plastic Links For Bird Toys  20 pc Assorted colors 1-5/8" long and 5/...
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  • Wrought Iron Travel Carrier by Prevue 1307 for Medium Parrots
    Wrought Iron Travel Carrier by Prevue 1307 for Medium Parrots
    Prevue #1307 Wrought Iron Travel Carrier for Parrots, Reptiles 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 Bar Spacing: 1/2" inch Wrought iron construction Automotive Safety: Secure using the welded brackets and your car seat belt Playtop area with wood perch ... Prevue #1307 Wrought Iron Travel Carrier for Parrots, Reptiles This durable tr...
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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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  • Bird Bath Ceramic Water Dish by Prevue for Small Birds
    Bird Bath Ceramic Water Dish by Prevue 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... Bird Bath Ceramic by Prevue Pet for Small Birds   Cool to the touch, pleasing ...
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  • Bird Bath Hook On Cage for Small Birds by Hagen Hari
    Bird Bath Hook On Cage for Small Birds by Hagen Hari
    Bird Bath Hook On Cage for Small Birds by Living World Hagen   The Living World Outside Bird Bath is a great way to promote proper hygiene and care for your bird. The tub adjusts to both round and square cages and fits most bird doors so your bird has easy access inside. All birds love to splash around in a bit of water, making this a great addition to your birds cage and it will also help keep... Bird Bath Hook On Cage for Small Birds by Living World Hagen   The Living Worl...
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  • Bird Bath Multi Cage Fit for Small Birds by Hagen Hari
    Bird Bath Multi Cage Fit for Small Birds by Hagen Hari
    Bird Bath Multi Cage Fit for Small Birds by Living World Hagen The Living World Multi Cage Outside Bird Bath is a great way to promote proper hygiene and care for your bird. Deluxe adjustable bird bath for parakeets and canaries. All birds love to splash around in a bit of water, making this a great addition to your birds cage and it will also help keep your bird clean. The Bird Bath is made of... Bird Bath Multi Cage Fit for Small Birds by Living World Hagen The Living World...
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  • Ceramic Bird Cage Crock And Mounting Ring 14 oz Black
    Ceramic Bird Cage Crock And Mounting Ring 14 oz Black
    All Ceramic dishwasher safe heavy duty crock in solid black stoneware .   14 oz (.41 l) At Widest top lip measures 5 1/4" across, below 9/32" lip it is 4 1/2", across outer bottom 4 1/4", 2 3/4" tall. Interior 2 1/4"deep. Ring holds 4 1/2" dish. Includes bolt on wire ring and fits most cages or animal crates. Wash all food/water dishes with warm water using a damp soft cloth and mild soap.... All Ceramic dishwasher safe heavy duty crock in solid black stoneware .   14 ...
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  • Ceramic Bird Cage Crock And Mounting Ring 14 oz White
    Ceramic Bird Cage Crock And Mounting Ring 14 oz White
    All Ceramic dishwasher safe heavy duty crock in pure white stoneware .   14 oz (.41 l) At Widest top lip measures 5 1/4" across, below 9/32" lip it is 4 1/2", across outer bottom 4 1/4", 2 3/4" tall. Interior 2 1/4"deep. Ring holds 4 1/2" dish. Includes bolt on wire ring and fits most cages or animal crates. Wash all food/water dishes with warm water using a damp soft cloth and mild soap.... All Ceramic dishwasher safe heavy duty crock in pure white stoneware .   14 o...
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  • Ceramic Bird Cage Crock for Prevue Select Cages 10 oz 1 pc
    Ceramic Bird Cage Crock for Prevue Select Cages 10 oz 1 pc
    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 specifically. 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... 1 pc Replacement Ceramic Crock for Prevue Select Line Parrot Cages and stands (M...
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  • Ceramic Bird Cage Crock for Prevue Select Cages 10 oz 4 pc
    Ceramic Bird Cage Crock for Prevue Select Cages 10 oz 4 pc
      4 pc set Replacement Ceramic Crocks for Prevue Select Line Parrot Cages and stands   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 specifically. 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...   4 pc set Replacement Ceramic Crocks for Prevue Select Line Parrot Cages and s...
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  • Ceramic Bird Cage Crock Veggie Dish by Prevue Green 8 oz
    Ceramic Bird Cage Crock Veggie Dish by Prevue Green 8 oz
    Green Ceramic Veggie Crock for Parrots and other Pets. Just so cute! Measures 4 1/4" Wide and 2" high.   3820 Green Ceramic Veggie Crock for Parrots and other Pets. Just so cute! Measures 4...
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  • Crazy Good Cookin' Cookable Bird Food Cajun Bean & Corn 1 lb (454 G)
    Crazy Good Cookin' Cookable Bird Food Cajun Bean & Corn 1 lb (454 G)
    Sunseed Crazy Good Cookin' Cajun Bean & Corn 1 lb Factory Sealed bag for Freshness. Bonus Bags with 25% more while Supplies Last! A nutritious, cookable snack for birds featuring a naturally colorful blend of veggies, seeds, and fun shaped pasta. Sunseed Crazy Good Cookin' adds fun and flavorful variety to your companion bird's diet. With three different kinds of pasta, carrots, red... Sunseed Crazy Good Cookin' Cajun Bean & Corn 1 lb Factory Sealed bag for Fr...
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  • Crazy Good Cookin' Cookable Bird Food Kung Fu-Licious 12 oz (340 g)
    Crazy Good Cookin' Cookable Bird Food Kung Fu-Licious 12 oz (340 g)
    Sunseed Crazy Good Cookin' Kung Fu-Licious 12 oz Factory Sealed bag for Freshness. Bonus Bags with 25% more while Supplies Last! A nutritious, cookable snack for birds featuring a naturally colorful blend of veggies, seeds, and fun shaped pasta. Sunseed Crazy Good Cookin' adds fun and flavorful variety to your companion bird's diet. With three different kinds of pasta, carrots, red lentil... Sunseed Crazy Good Cookin' Kung Fu-Licious 12 oz Factory Sealed bag for Freshn...
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  • Dome Top Bird Cage for Medium Large Parrots by Prevue 34531 Black
    Dome Top Bird Cage for Medium Large Parrots by Prevue 34531 Black
    Dome Top Bird Cage for Medium Large Parrots by Prevue 34531 Black *PRICE INCLUDES SHIPPING WITHIN THE 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES Parrot Cage Dimensions: Overall Size: 30" L x 22" W x 66" H Interior Space: 29 3/8" L x 211/4" W x 49 3/8" H Dimensions with seed guard: 38 3/8" L x 30 1/4" W x 66" H 3/4" wire spacing Wire Gauge: 8 & 10 If you live with one African Grey, Eclectus, Jardine, small... Dome Top Bird Cage for Medium Large Parrots by Prevue 34531 Black *PRICE INCLUD...
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  • Dome Top Bird Cage for Medium Parrots by Prevue 34521 Black
    Dome Top Bird Cage for Medium Parrots by Prevue 34521 Black
    Just think of the perch and toy creations you have room for with the high dome top!  A cross perch and snuggly sleep tent up top can create a separate area for your wee one that will be appreciated.  The tight dimensions of this cage makes it easy to move from room to room, or even outside with you.   Available in Black Parrot Cage Dimensions: Overall Size: 24" L x 22" W x 59 1/2" H Interior... Just think of the perch and toy creations you have room for with the high dome ...
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  • Dome Top Bird Cage for Medium Parrots by Prevue 34522 White
    Dome Top Bird Cage for Medium Parrots by Prevue 34522 White
    Just think of the perch and toy creations you have room for with the high dome top!  A cross perch and snuggly sleep tent up top can create a separate area for your wee one that will be appreciated.  The tight dimensions of this cage makes it easy to move from room to room, or even outside with you.   Available in White Parrot Cage Dimensions: Overall Size: 24" L x 22" W x 59 1/2" H Interior... Just think of the perch and toy creations you have room for with the high dome ...
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  • Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Birds by HQ 21816 Black
    Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Birds by HQ 21816 Black
    Small bird heaven in a cage.  So roomy with the dome top design, which also  adds elegance enabling you to place this cage in any room in your home.     Check out the up high living area for your small feathered friend with numerous places for perches, sleeping area up top, toy placement;  it's all right here. And the supply shelf is super helpful too.     If you're doting on an... Small bird heaven in a cage.  So roomy with the dome top design, which also  a...
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  • Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Birds by HQ 21816 Brass
    Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Birds by HQ 21816 Brass
    Small bird heaven in a cage.  So roomy with the dome top design, which also  adds elegance enabling you to place this cage in any room in your home.     Check out the up high living area for your small feathered friend with numerous places for perches, sleeping area up top, toy placement;  it's all right here. And the supply shelf is super helpful too.     If you're doting on an... Small bird heaven in a cage.  So roomy with the dome top design, which also  a...
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  • Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Birds by HQ 21816 Platinum
    Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Birds by HQ 21816 Platinum
    Small bird heaven in a cage.  So roomy with the dome top design, which also  adds elegance enabling you to place this cage in any room in your home.     Check out the up high living area for your small feathered friend with numerous places for perches, sleeping area up top, toy placement;  it's all right here. And the supply shelf is super helpful too.     If you're doting on an... Small bird heaven in a cage.  So roomy with the dome top design, which also  a...
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  • Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Parrots by Prevue 34511 Black
    Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Parrots by Prevue 34511 Black
    Roomy and refined dome top roofline with extra space for hanging toys and letting your bird stretch its wings.  Available in Black Parrot Cage Dimensions: Overall Size: 18" L x 18" W x 54 5/8" H Interior Space: 16 3/4" L x 17 1/4" W x 38 3/4" H Dimensions with seed guard: 26 1/4" L x 26 1/4" W x 54 5/8" H 3/4" wire spacing Wire Gauge: 9 & 10 Wrought iron dome top construction offers... Roomy and refined dome top roofline with extra space for hanging toys and letti...
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  • Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Parrots by Prevue 34512 White
    Dome Top Bird Cage for Small Parrots by Prevue 34512 White
    Roomy and refined dome top roofline with extra space for hanging toys and letting your bird stretch its wings.  Available in White Parrot Cage Dimensions: Overall Size: 18" L x 18" W x 54 5/8" H Interior Space: 16 3/4" L x 17 1/4" W x 38 3/4" H Dimensions with seed guard: 26 1/4" L x 26 1/4" W x 54 5/8" H 3/4" wire spacing Wire Gauge: 9 & 10 Wrought iron dome top construction offers... Roomy and refined dome top roofline with extra space for hanging toys and letti...
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  • Dome Top Cage Home & Travel Carrier by Prevue 31995 17x11
    Dome Top Cage Home & Travel Carrier by Prevue 31995 17x11
    Stay In or 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 or Go Out; Two Uses One Cage The New Home & Travel Dome Top Cage is...
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  • Fabric Soft Sided Carrier by Prevue for Medium Parrots 18x12
    Fabric Soft Sided Carrier by Prevue for Medium Parrots 18x12
    Attractive Abstract Design Dimensions: 18" H x 12 1/2" W x 9 7/8" Deep Very nice new item, A safe way to travel with your bird Double-stitched durable canvas fabric exterior  Stiff panel sides and floor  Breathable wire mesh window screens  Integrated handle strap  Detachable shoulder strap  Adjustable-position wood perch  Removable floor panel  Front panel unzips for full access to... Attractive Abstract Design Dimensions: 18" H x 12 1/2" W x 9 7/8" Deep Very nic...
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  • Fabric Soft Sided Carrier by Prevue for Small Parrots 14x9
    Fabric Soft Sided Carrier by Prevue for Small Parrots 14x9
    Attractive Abstract Design Dimensions: 14" x 9 7/8" x 7 1/2" Very nice new item, A safe way to travel with your bird Double-stitched durable canvas fabric exterior Stiff panel sides and floor  Breathable wire mesh window screens  Integrated handle strap  Detachable shoulder strap  Adjustable-position wood perch  Removable floor panel  Front panel unzips for full access to the... Attractive Abstract Design Dimensions: 14" x 9 7/8" x 7 1/2" Very nice new item...
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  • Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb with Clamp Light Lamp
    Full Spectrum Economy Daylight Bulb with Clamp Light Lamp
    This Clamp Light and Bulb set is suitable for any and all species of birds. We decided to include the clamp light to make it easy for the caged bird keeper to place this full spectrum bulb on the birdcage or elsewhere in the room like on a shelf or a piece of furniture.   We recommend setting this lamp or any other cage lamp on a timer set 12 hours on and 12 hours off for the most even lighting... This Clamp Light and Bulb set is suitable for any and all species of birds. We ...
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  • Higgins Snack Attack - Fresh In-Shell Peanuts - One Pound for Birds Parrots Snacks
    Higgins Snack Attack - Fresh In-Shell Peanuts - One Pound for Birds Parrots Snacks
    Higgins Snack Attack - Fresh In-Shell Peanuts - One Pound for Birds Parrots Snacks Safe, yummy fat peanuts for your hungry parrots Fresh raw peanuts in their shell from Virginia/North Carolina A Higgins Bird Food Product Give as snacks or part of a well balanced diet One pound hand packed zip bag From Higgins: We buy peanuts only from established farmers that are required to test for... Higgins Snack Attack - Fresh In-Shell Peanuts - One Pound for Birds Parrots Snac...
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  • Hook On Food Water Treat Dish for Small Birds 3" 1 pc
    Hook On Food Water Treat Dish for Small Birds 3" 1 pc
    1 pc Plastic Bird Cup with built in solid plastic cage Hooks Use with small birds. (Finches, Canaries, lovebirds, budgies) 3 1/4" Long x 1 5" Wide x 1.25" Deep Assorted colors Good for Treats. CCup M005 1 pc Plastic Bird Cup with built in solid plastic cage Hooks Use with small bir...
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  • Hospital Cage for Parrots Birds or Small Animal Home by Prevue 620
    Hospital Cage for Parrots Birds or Small Animal Home by Prevue 620
    Tub style Small Animal Cage or Hospital Cage for Medium to Large Birds and other Pets by PrevuePet 620 *Price includes shipping within the 48 contiguous US states. Overall Size: 47" Long x 22" Deep x 37" Height Three access points: Limited-access doors within front and top panels, and; entire top opens for full-cage access Removable comfort-weave mesh grille and 6 1/4"- deep debris tray with... Tub style Small Animal Cage or Hospital Cage for Medium to Large Birds and othe...
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  • Hospital Cage or Carrier for Small Medium Birds Pets by Prevue 1306
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    Lolly Stix Paper Sticks for Bird Toys 15 pc Large
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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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