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#205457 - 08/01/09 02:12 PM what are the best parrot mix foods out there??  
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Hi guys i just bought this parrot mix for my parrot.

i just want to know how good it is for her or are their any better one's out there?

here is the link... i got the one for 16.85

http://www.gjwtitmuss.co.uk/PARROTFOOD/cid823/PARROTFOOD.asp

she also eats.... fresh fruit potatoes vegetables

i just want to make sure she has good diet...

regards
brian

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#205459 - 08/01/09 03:13 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: brian reynolds03]  
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Loaded with peanuts and sunflower seeds, that is not a good choice. Peanuts, especially raw can harbor bacteria and fungi and sunflower seeds are very high in fat content. If you chose to offer peanuts, they should be roasted (not salted) human grade and sunflower seeds should be used only as treats and in moderation.

Your bird should be on a pelleted diet, backed up with a quality dry mix (I use Golden Feast Fruit or make my own), lots of vegetables, and a little bit of fresh fruit.


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#205461 - 08/01/09 03:27 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: EchosMom]  
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The only seeds I feed my bird are sprouted. It is easy to do, she loves them and they are very nutritious.


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#205470 - 08/01/09 05:58 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: JBryan]  
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We make our own seed mix here, saves a lot of $$ and completely healthy.

You can use any combination of these or add your own variations.

Organic Granola
Wheat Kernals
Oat Groats
Toasted Soynuts
Pumpkin Seeds
Flax Seed
Millet
Barley
Whole wheat pasta


I add the occasional sunflower seed (no salt), roasted peanuts (non salted in the shell), and pine nuts.

I get all of this at my regular grocery store.


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#205473 - 08/01/09 06:15 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: FeatheredAngels]  
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Any seed mix should be fed sparingly. Peanuts should be human grade. The pet food industry will use less than perfect seed for their mixes. Look for mixes that have no sunflower seeds. Safflower seeds are better. High fat too, but takes a lot more energy to get at them.

Typical diet for my flock;

Morning - Carrots, corn on the cob, broccoli, necterine, apple.

Evening - tablespoon of seed mix, five peanuts, a walnut
a pecan, 2 almonds, 2 filberts, and some people food
like pasta, flatbread, or whatever I'm having for
dinner.

Limit how much citrus fruit you feed. There has been some discussion about the Toos feather picking caused by citrus.

#206500 - 08/13/09 08:33 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Elliott]  
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Hi Brian,
I am no expert but I have been feeding my M2 Harrison's Pellets for several months now. She loves them, and I've never heard anything bad about them. Good quality food, organic, nutritionally balanced. Price-wise I don't know how it compares to what you bought (I'm in the U.S.); it's not cheap but it's well worth the peace of mind, knowing she's getting good nutrition.

#206583 - 08/14/09 10:45 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: christina0001]  
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Harrisons for all of our perosnal guys. If that's out of your price range, Roudybush is a decent brand as well. Most others are high on the fat/calorie list without providing a lot of nutrition.


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#206584 - 08/14/09 10:49 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: ParrotPerson]  
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A 5 pound bag of Harrison's cost almost the same as a 20 pound bag of Zupreem Natrual. For me, both bags last a month feeding my four highnesses. Pound for pound Harrison's is higher, but last the same.

#206589 - 08/15/09 03:15 AM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Elliott]  
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I use Harrison's personally. My birds have been doing really well on it, they look great and they are quite fit (My vet says Jojo is very muscular lol). The only problem you might have with Harrison's is that it has no preservatives, so it won't last more than 6-8 weeks. You can freeze/refridgerate to prolong the freshness a bit (in it's own bag only). You can buy very large bags (25lbs), but will have to use it up pretty quick. Buying the 5lb bags is usually more economical.

If it's too expensive, Roudybush is also a quality pellet and costs a bit less. I'd go with one of the regular types of Roudybush.. The California blends seems to be more for weaning or conversion and the rice type seems to be for parrots that can't tolerate gluten .

#206601 - 08/15/09 09:13 AM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Cidsa]  
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Harrisons is the best pellet out there. then Rowdybush. i also use Hagen & Zupreem. they do get some seed. it's a very high quality mix. other than that, they get stuff i ccok. scrambled eggs, oatmeal, rice, lentils. i also give them some vanilla granola i get at Whole Foods. it's really good.

#206738 - 08/17/09 02:32 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: RK1]  
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Our RB2s will not eat Harrison's but like Zupreem fruit flavored.


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#206744 - 08/17/09 03:06 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: RB2sMom]  
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My Eddie will not eat Harrisions,but will on occasion nibble on their Power Treats. He was eating Zupreem Fruit,well only purple & red and everything else got tossed out on the floor. I now have him eating the Zupreem Natural and have less to clean up around his cage.

It's good to see people feeding roasted peanuts and can talk about it. grin

Does anyone feed Harrision Power Treats? My Macaws & CAG love them. Since I have been feeding them to my CAG I have noticed his tail feathers have gone from a red-orange color to a bright red.

#206747 - 08/17/09 03:41 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Doubleyolk]  
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Brandy LOVES power treats! Harlie only wants Harrison's Hi-Pro, the boys (BFAs) get Hi-Pro too. The tiels and keets both get Volkman and Harrisons.

I did notice it doesn't say RED Palm oil on the bag any more...jut Palm Oil.


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#206803 - 08/18/09 02:40 AM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Brandy's mom]  
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I also feed Harrisons and have for quite some time I do also feed a high quality seed mixture but sparingly. Fresh fruits veggies and pasta 2 times a day, Almonds are one of there favorites, never sunflower seeds and only sparingly on walnuts there very high in fat also.

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#207200 - 08/21/09 03:13 AM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Bonnie11]  
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I just started putting some of Harrison's Power Treats to the High Potency I give to Peepers. (I recently switched Peepers from Adult Lifetime to High Potency...mixed them together for a while, since she was used to the Adult Lifetime.) If I hand her a High Potency pellet she flings it, but mixed in with her regular pellets, I think she's been eating them. It's only been a week or two so obviously I'm not seeing any difference yet.

Also FYI if I put more than 1 layer of pellets in Peepers bowl, she is really wasteful of her food, flings pellets everywhere. So I put pellets in her bowl 2-3 times a day and she flings very few. smile A 5 lb. bag of food I'm guessing lasts us roughly a month. I order 2 bags at a time and I think I've been ordering about every 2 months, give or take a week or so.

#207208 - 08/21/09 03:54 AM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: christina0001]  
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You are going from Harrison's Adult Lifetime to High Potency to Power Treats? Why? You are increasing the fat level at each step.

I never put more than a dozen pellets ,of any kind and we use them all, in a bowl at any one time. Parrots and cockatoos are very wasteful when times are plentiful!

ETA: This thread was originally about "parrot mixes" and pellets are not in that category.

#207250 - 08/21/09 03:12 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Charlie]  
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Charlie, just a beginner but after watching my hubby's African Grey-Edgar throw SOOOOOOO much food EVERYWHERE, I told him to stop filling the bowl to the top. I don't fill Sig's bowl to the top, I fill it about half way, I notice each day that there is still food left in the bowl as well as some on the bottom of the cage (of course) so it seems to waste less...his food is a premix from a pet store special for his breed. Seems to have everything, pellets, fruit, veggies, calcium etc. (no seeds) Still giving him warm baby bird formula in the evenings for comfort feeding, this sound ok or am I missing anything?


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#207257 - 08/21/09 03:49 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Sigstheman]  
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It's just been my observation that feeding a few pellets more often results in less waste. If I put a full bowl in front of my 'Too, it would be all over the room, quickly! LOL

#207260 - 08/21/09 05:08 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Charlie]  
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Quote:
It's just been my observation that feeding a few pellets more often results in less waste.


You are so right Charlie and this is the reason people say Harrison's is just too expensive for them to feed, they are wasting too much, it doesn't take much. If I filled the bowl it would be consistent with doing a weeks worth of food.


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#207261 - 08/21/09 05:31 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Bonnie11]  
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I use Higgins Sunburst during the day when I can't change out cooked foods in a reasonable amount of time. I used many types of mixes over the years and I have little to none for waste. I have also found that when I changed to this that I stopped having seed moths problems like I had with some mixes.

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