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  • 100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1" Thick Sold by the Foot
    100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1" Thick Sold by the Foot
    100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1" Thick Sold by the Foot The largest size 100% pure long fiber cotton rope we sell. Make your own swings and toys. Sold by the foot in one continuous piece - Example: If you order 10 feet you will get one 10 foot long piece of rope   Note: It takes about one foot of 1" rope to make a knot so plan your projects accordingly. 1" white Cotton, 3 strand twist... 100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1" Thick Sold by the Foot The largest size 100% ...
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  • 100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1/2" Thick x 10 feet
    100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1/2" Thick x 10 feet
    100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1/2" Thick x 10 feet 10 Foot package This 1/2" thick, three strand twist rope size is good for big bird toys, Fits 1/2" beads and up (tip, use masking tape on end to make tight point to go through beads, etc.) This rope is a natural fiber and is subject to variations in weave color and tightness and knots within the weave are possible. Made in the USA by a pet... 100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1/2" Thick x 10 feet 10 Foot package This 1/2" ...
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  • 100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1/4" Thick x 20 feet
    100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1/4" Thick x 20 feet
    100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1/4" Thick x 20 feet 20 Feet (6.1 m) of 1/4 Inch (6.4 cm) 3 starnd twist cotton rope, Our most popular size of white cotton rope for bird toys. Fits well through 3/8 Inch (9.5 mm) holes in beads, and 1/4 Inch (6.4 mm) holes if the end is taped tightly. Knots tie easily.     100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 1/4" Thick x 20 feet 20 Feet (6.1 m) of 1/4 Inch...
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  • 100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 3/8" Thick x 10 feet
    100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 3/8" Thick x 10 feet
    100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 3/8 in" Thick x 10 feet NOTE: This batch of 100% cotton 3 strand twist rope is bright white, it is woven tightly, more likely to fit through 3/8" holes easier. 10 Feet of Thicker 3/8" cotton rope size is good for big bird toys. Fits 1/2" holes in beads best, wind around slippery parrot stands or get creative. Produced in the US for pet toys by pet friendly... 100% Natural Cotton Twist Rope 3/8 in" Thick x 10 feet NOTE: This batch of 100%...
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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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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Krusty
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Krusty
    So Cool!! 8" ball of brightly tinted coco fiber that will satisfy the picky preener. Comes flattened, fluff up for your feather buddy.   So Cool!! 8" ball of brightly tinted coco fiber that will satisfy the pick...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Barn Dance
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Barn Dance
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Barn Dance This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts.  Approx: 5" diam. x 9 1/4" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Barn Dance This new collection prov...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Car Wash
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Car Wash
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Car Wash This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features rope pieces. Approx: 4 1/2" diam. x 8 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Car Wash This new collection provides l...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Jellyfish
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Jellyfish
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Jelly Fish This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts.  Approx: 9 1/2" diam. x 14 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Jelly Fish This new collection prov...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Laundry Day
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Laundry Day
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Laundry Day This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts.  Approx: 4" diam. x 10 1/8" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Laundry Day This new collection pro...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Ritual Dance
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Medium Parrots - Ritual Dance
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Ritual Dance This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features rope pieces. Approx: 4 1/2" diam. x 13" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Ritual Dance This new collection pr...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Accordian Crinkle
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Accordian Crinkle
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Accordian Crinkle This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features paper tissue pieces. Approx: 11" L x 3" W x 8 3/8" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Accordian Crinkle This new collection p...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Appeteaser
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Appeteaser
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Laundry Day This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features paper tissue pieces and coconut shell. Approx: 3" diam. x 6 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Laundry Day This new collection provide...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Basket Banquet
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Basket Banquet
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Basket Banquet This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts.  Approx: 4" diam. 7 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds stimulated! A good... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Basket Banquet This new collection provi...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Baskets of Bounty
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Baskets of Bounty
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Baskets of Bounty This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features crinkled paper. Approx: 4" diam. x 11 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Baskets of Bounty This new collecti...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Dessert Delights
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Dessert Delights
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Dessert Delights This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. Approx: 6 1/4" diam. x 10" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Dessert Delights This new collectio...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Dixie Dance
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Dixie Dance
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Dessert Delights This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. Approx: 2" diam. x 9 1/2" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Dessert Delights This new collectio...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Grassy Dance
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Grassy Dance
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Grassy Dance This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts.  Approx: 5" diam. x 10" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Grassy Dance This new collection pr...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Menagerie
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Menagerie
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Menagerie This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts.  Approx: 3" diam. x 9 5/8" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing, grabbing, chomping and chewing birds stimulated! A good... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Menagerie This new collection provides ...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Miami Frost
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Miami Frost
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Miami Frost This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features crinkled paper. Approx: 5" diam. x 9 1/4" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Miami Frost This new collection pro...
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  • Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Rocket Tails
    Calypso Creations Bird Toy for Small Parrots - Rocket Tails
    Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Rocket Tails This new collection provides lots of shreddable fibers, paper, threads, and materials to pick apart—great for nesting or everyday foraging/seeking instincts. This toy features paper cups and ribbons. Approx: 5" diam. x 10" H Delight for a full range of chomping and chewing bird sizes These toys will keep climbing,... Prevue Pet Products Bird Activity Toys Rocket Tails This new collection pr...
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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 ...
    Your Price: $14.00
  • 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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  • Clay-Cal Calcium Supplement for Birds by Hagen Hari 1.27 lb (575g) Box
    Clay-Cal Calcium Supplement for Birds by Hagen Hari 1.27 lb (575g) Box
    Clay-Cal Calcium Supplement for Birds 1.27lb (575g) Box New Larger Size. The 8 oz size has been discontinued New picture to come   Recommended Species: All companion pet birds or breeding birds. Passerines and Psittacines exposed household toxins. Egg laying females benefit from the calcium in Clay-Cal.   ENSURES NORMAL DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF BONES   Clay-Cal offers... Clay-Cal Calcium Supplement for Birds 1.27lb (575g) Box New Larger Size. The ...
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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 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
    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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    Fabric Soft Sided Backpack Carrier by Prevue for Medium Parrots 20x10
    Brand New Backpack Design in Blue and Black *Price includes shipping within the 48 contiguous US states Dimensions: 20 1/4" H x 14 1/2" W x 10 1/5" Deep Very nice new item, A safe way to travel with your bird New Backpack style to carry your bird easily anywhere Double-stitched durable canvas fabric exterior  Stiff panel sides and floor  Breathable wire mesh window screens  Padded backpack... Brand New Backpack Design in Blue and Black *Price includes shipping within the...
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    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 *PRICE INCLUDES SHIPPING WITHIN THE 48 CONTIGUOUS US STATES 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  ... Attractive Abstract Design Dimensions: 18" H x 12 1/2" W x 9 7/8" Deep *PRICE I...
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    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... This Clamp Light and Bulb set is suitable for any and all species of birds. We ...
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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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