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#207620 - 08/25/09 07:15 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Charlie]  
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Originally Posted By: Charlie
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.


Because that is what is recommended on the Harrison's website, in their Handbook for a Healthier Bird. They recommend the High Potency for M2s, and they recommend the Power Treats as an occasional supplement, and especially if the 2 has flaky skin (which mine does, I already have to rub aloe on her ankles, or she will chew them if they get too dry). My bird is at the lighter end of the recommended weight range (although she is missing most of her feathers and that may contribute to weighing less) so at this point I am not worried about the increase in fat content.

#207625 - 08/25/09 07:38 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: christina0001]  
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Yep, you are paying attention! wink I was afraid that people would take that to mean they should normally strive for a progression towards more fat and sugar. Thank you for being clear. smile

#208235 - 09/01/09 08:05 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Doubleyolk]  
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I've noticed KiwiU2 tends to prowl through her food dish looking for something better than whats on top. I think cockatoos are 'rooters' by nature according to observations of her behavior when allowed some freedom outside. We feed her a mix of all the good brands and include a mix that has some seed in it too. Vet says she needs 15% seed included in her diet. She behaves the same as others regarding what she wants to eat. Color choice is also displayed at different times. Offering a lot of variety seems to be the key. She seems to know what she needs and when, such as fulfilling a protein need. Of course anything with fat in it is always a preferred choice, thus I repeat my concern that there is some food available in the wild that fulfills this need that we just aren't aware of. Janie/KiwiU2

#209954 - 10/06/09 05:30 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Janie]  
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Where do you order pelleted food?

I will be adding a U2 to my family soon, and want to know the best place to get feed.

#209957 - 10/06/09 05:40 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: New to Toos]  
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This is a good source for pelleted foods:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/

You can also order Harrison's Bird Foods direct from the source:
http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/

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#209959 - 10/06/09 05:44 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: MissYumYum]  
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You'll want to check this part of MYTOOS out: http://www.mytoos.com/food.shtml
I'm sure the Zon's will find something they like also, mine do!


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#209963 - 10/06/09 05:53 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Brandy's mom]  
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Our CAG loves that veggie mixture.


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#209968 - 10/06/09 06:09 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: JBryan]  
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All the birds here love the veggie mix as well. I change each batch up a bit, varying the types of beans and adding grains and pasta to the mix as well. This past time I added brown rice, barley and whole wheat pasta.


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#210100 - 10/07/09 11:20 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: EchosMom]  
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We are feeding our RB2s ABBA seed mixture along with Zupreem fruit pellets.

This is the link for the ABBA seed mixture:
http://www.abbaseed.com/Seed_Products/seed_products.html
This is not just seeds, but dried veggies and fruits and even meats and fish as well as vitamins and minerals added. Our vet said to give about 75% pellets and 25% seeds to our female who is still a little robust and 50:50 to our male who needs to gain weight and is very hyperactive.
And by the way remember ABBA the Swedish singing group, when you go to this link they have their music playing.....


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#210118 - 10/08/09 05:09 AM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: RB2sMom]  
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When I don't make my own dry mix, I opt for Golden Feast. There are quite a number of blends, depending on the size bird. Most of their blends also have dried veggies and fruit. As Susanne pointed it, dry mix should account for a very small portion of their diet.


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#210129 - 10/08/09 01:46 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: EchosMom]  
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I feed our Grey Zupreem pellets but my vet was concerned about the coloring. He prefers non-colored pellets. He also is concerned about coloring on toys and I can see his point on that. However, if the colors used in the food are food grade why would there be a problem? Does anyone else have a concern about this? Zupreem has a non-colored version I can try but I have two bags of this other stuff to use up first.


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#210180 - 10/08/09 10:42 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: JBryan]  
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Our RB2s for whatever reason did not like the non-colored plain zoopreem. So, I am back to the fruit flavored.


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#210255 - 10/09/09 08:13 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: JBryan]  
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Originally Posted By: JBryan
I feed our Grey Zupreem pellets but my vet was concerned about the coloring. He prefers non-colored pellets. He also is concerned about coloring on toys and I can see his point on that. However, if the colors used in the food are food grade why would there be a problem? Does anyone else have a concern about this? Zupreem has a non-colored version I can try but I have two bags of this other stuff to use up first.


Did your vet have a concern with your particular grey eating colored pellets, or is this a general concern?

I have seen some parrots that exhibit behavior issues when given artificial food coloring. Personally, I aim to not let my parrots (or me) eat artificial colors, though some certainly slips in occasionally!

My grey ate colored Zupreem for about 4 years until she started plucking. At that time, I did a ton of research and switched her to Harrison's. Though diet turned out not to be the cause of her plucking, when I look back on pictures, her feather quality greatly improved after switching from Zupreem to Harrison's.

The vet who sees all of the birds at the rescue where I volunteer has requested that we switch all greys that come in to Harrison's, which we've done for a couple of years now. I never really heard the reasoning behind this, though, and never pushed since it's what my greys eat anyway.

#210257 - 10/09/09 08:28 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: Beeps]  
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Actually, my vet is opposed to colored anything (food, toys) in general for all birds. When I use up all the colored Zupreem I have left I might consider switching to the Zupreem without coloring. Harrison's is not available in the local pet stores I have been to here. I am not real worried about the coloring but if she will eat the non-colored stuff just as well then why not avoid that issue.

As far as the toys, it is hard to find them without a ton of coloring on them and that stuff comes off on your hands when they are wet so I am a bit more concerned about those. I just got a big bag of un-colored plain wooden blocks of various shapes with holes drilled in them that I will use to make some toys. I really am not into sawing up a bunch of lumber. I might if I had a Too but this bird doesn't go through wood that fast.


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#210281 - 10/09/09 10:29 PM Re: what are the best parrot mix foods out there?? [Re: JBryan]  
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I like the higgins Sunburst large. Goldenfeast has a cockatoo creation but it only comes in 64 ounce size (silly, huh?). We always but organic human grade nuts such as Pine, pistachio, pecan, almonds, walnuts, star anise and add it in. Cheerios are fun in there as is whole grain pasta.


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