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Discover the best food to feed your birds and parrots

We are what we eat, and in the case of pet birds it’s no less true. Food is a fundamental factor in ensuring good health in any animal. Traditionally, food based on a mixture of seeds (birdseed, millet, oats, sunflower seeds…) has been used to feed any kind of pet bird (canaries, goldfinches, lovebirds, cockatiel, African greys, cockatoos, macaws…). The feeding based exclusively on seeds, dehydrated or dried, presents a nutritionally unbalanced composition. 

These mixtures are rich in fat and poor in protein. In addition, they have very deficient levels of essential vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, vitamin A, D3 and B12, selenium and iodine. Storage for long periods and/or in unsuitable containers can lead to the proliferation of microscopic bacteria and fungi that release toxins, which can cause food poisoning and damage to internal organs. In the long term, an unbalanced diet can have repercussions on the health of our birds.

Unfortunately, many of the pathologies that we see daily in our clinic (cardiopathies, obesity, liver pathologies, skin and feather problems…) are caused by chronic malnutrition.

There is an increasing variety of species that are kept as pets. Each species is different, and therefore their diet is also different. At our centre we will be happy to advise you on the most suitable diet for your little feathered friend. Thus ensuring him a longer and healthier life.

Let’s discuss about the best organic dry food for birds and parrots

You’re probably wondering what “organic food” means and how it differs from “natural food”. Organic food is grown without artificial pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides… Natural foods are free of synthetic or artificial ingredients or additives. Check below the best organic diets for your bird.

 

Harrison’s

It seems incredible, doesn’t it? This brand has developed a totally organic feed for birds of all sizes and breeds.

Because birds can be intolerant to pesticides, fertilizers and artificial preservatives, Harrison’s Bird Foods has developed the first and only 100% organic bird food. The ingredients are premium whole grains and are approved for human consumption.

High potency should be used when a bird has increased nutritional requirements, such as during molting, breeding, rearing, weaning and poor health. It is definitely the best basic diet on the market for African Greys and large macaws due to their higher nutritional requirements. Certified as an organic product by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture)

Quality organic diet that contains no pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, dyes, flavourings or genetically modified seeds. 

HIGH POTENCY FINE. Year-round formula for conures, lories, quakers, cockatiels, lovebirds, doves and other small to medium parrots. Conversion: All birds should start out and remain on High Potency Formula for a period of at least 6 months. Special needs: For birds that are molting, overweight, underweight, particularly active, housed in a cold climate, recovering from an illness or affected by liver or kidney disease. Weaning Birds: Feed High Potency Formula for at least 6-9 months.

ADULT LIFETIME COARS. Maintenance Formula for Medium to Large Birds An Adult Lifetime formula may be offered after a bird has completed a dietary program of a High Potency formula for a period of 6 months. This year-round maintenance formula meets the nutritional requirements for healthy, non-breeding, non-molting birds including pionus, Amazons, cockatoos, macaws and other medium to large parrots.

PEPPER LIFETIME COARSE. Spicy Maintenance Formula For Medium to Large Birds Premium, whole, certified organic, formulated diet for pet birds. USDA NOP Organic Seal ensures the highest quality, chemical-free products for your bird. No preservatives, artificial colors, sweeteners for flavors Pepper Lifetime formula may be offered after a bird has completed a dietary program of a High Potency formula for a period of 6 months. This year-round maintenance formula meets the nutritional requirements for healthy, non-breeding, non-molting birds including pionus, Amazons, cockatoos, macaws and other medium to large parrots.

HIGH POTENCY SUPER FINE. Year-round formula for canaries and finches as well as budgies (parakeets) and other small parrots. Conversion:All birds should start out and remain on High Potency Formula for a period of at least 6 months. Special needs:For birds that are molting, overweight, underweight, particularly active, housed in a cold climate, recovering from an illness or affected by liver or kidney disease. Weaning Birds:Feed High Potency Formula for at least 6-9 months. Breeding Birds:Birds should be fed High Potency Formula 1-2 months prior to the breeding period and until chicks are weaned or for at least six months before resuming Adult Lifetime Formula.

POWER TREATS. Can be used as the only food source to aid in weaning, changing a bird’s diet from seeds to Harrison’s Bird Foods or as a supplement for birds already fed Harrison’s Bird Foods that need extra energy following an illness. Beneficial to birds with dry flaky skin (beak, nails), balding of the feet, lack of sheen and proper color to feathers. Beneficial to most aging birds. Beneficial to certain species known to eat high oil diets. High antioxidant content (vitamin E and coenzyme Q10). High carotenoid content (precursors to vitamin A). Good balance of essential fatty acids.

ADULT LIFETIME FINE.Maintenance Formula for Small to Medium Birds •Premium, whole, certified organic, formulated diet for pet birds. • USDA NOP Organic Seal to ensure the highest quality, chemical-free products for your bird. • No preservatives, artificial colors, sweeteners for flavors •An Adult Lifetime formula may be offered after a bird has completed a dietary program of a High Potency formula for a period of 6 months. •This year-round maintenance formula meets the nutritional requirements for healthy, non-breeding, non-molting birds including lories, cockatiels, lovebirds, eclectus, Quakers, doves, pigeons and other small to medium birds.

And last but not least, the best pellets for birds and parrots

The most common preventable avian disease is hypovitaminosis A, or vitamin A deficiency, with or without accompanying secondary infections. Pet birds that eat only seeds (especially sunflower seeds and peanuts) are most prone to this problem because an all-seed diet is low in vitamin A.

Proper nutrition for companion birds historically has been and continues to be a concern for avian veterinarians, aviculturists, and owners. Although avian nutrition has greatly improved in the past decades, nutritional disease is still common in pet birds. The availability of formulated diets and hand-feeding formulas have been pivotal in improving avian nutritional health, but many birds are still fed inadequate diets.

The two most common reasons for malnutrition in companion birds are feeding diets that allow the birds to choose what they want to eat (either mixtures of seeds/nut and pellets, or table foods the owner considers healthy) and feeding pure seed or seed-based diets. Feeding a mixture of pellets and seeds is also common, resulting in selective eating and consequently inadequate nutrient consumption.

Many of the illnesses seen in pet birds have their basis in malnutrition. This includes hepatic disease, renal insufficiency, respiratory impairment, musculoskeletal disease, and reproductive problems. For additional information on nutrition in pet birds, see Nutrition in Birds.

 

Zupreem

Stuck on seeds? Converting your bird from seeds to pellets may not seen like an easy task, but making the switch to a pelleted food is worth the effort your bird’s health and wellbeing.

Mosts avian veterinarians recommend a pellet-based diet to keep your bird active, encourage a strong immune system and promote overall good health. Traditional bird seeds are mostly fat and lack essential nutrients, which is why a seed-based diet for your bird is like a cheeseburger-based diet for you. While your bird may appear to be at a normal weight when eating seeds, he is not receiving the nutrients needed to maintain proper health.

Pellets are the ideal diet for most companion birds. Pellets are a nutritionally complete and specially formulated to make up approximately 60% or more of your bird’s daily diet. The other 40% can come from small portions of fruits, vegetables, and nuts. For example, parrots have a high requirement for vitamin A to stay healthy, so choose fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamin A like melon, sweet potato, papaya, red and yellow peppers, tomato, carrots and mangos.

FRUIT BLEND FLAVOR.  Made in the USA specifically for Conures, Caiques, African Greys, Senegals, Amazons, Eclectus and small Cockatoos. HEALTHY and DELICIOUS. Provides essential nutrition for a healthy and balanced diet. Fruit colors, shapes and Natural Flavors with the Essential Nutrients your bird needs every day for good health. ESSENTIAL NUTRITION. Fortified with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Feed daily to provide the foundation of your bird’s diet. Convert Your Bird to a Healthier Diet. Converting your bird to a food that includes pellets is worth the effort for his/her health and wellbeing.

FRUIT BLEND FLAVOR. Made in the USA specifically for Amazons, Macaws and Cockatoos with real whole grains from North America’s Heartland. HEALTHY and DELICIOUS. Provides essential nutrition for a healthy and balanced diet. Fruit colors, shapes and Natural Flavors with the Essential Nutrients your bird needs every day for good health. ESSENTIAL NUTRITION. Fortified with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Feed daily to provide the foundation of your bird’s diet. Convert Your Bird to a Healthier Diet. Converting your bird to a food that includes pellets is worth the effort for his/her health and wellbeing.

FRUIT BLEND FLAVOR. Made in the USA specifically for Cockatiels, Quakers, Lovebirds and small Conures with real whole grains from North America’s Heartland. HEALTHY and DELICIOUS. Provides essential nutrition for a healthy and balanced diet. Fruit colors, shapes and Natural Flavors with the Essential Nutrients your bird needs every day for good health. ESSENTIAL NUTRITION. Fortified with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Feed daily to provide the foundation of your bird’s diet. Convert Your Bird to a Healthier Diet. Converting your bird to a food that includes pellets is worth the effort for his/her health and wellbeing.

FRUIT BLEND FLAVOR. Fruit blend flavor with natural flavors provides healthy and delicious nutrition for everyday Feeding for birds that prefer this pellet size. Fruit colors, shapes and flavors with the essential nutrients your bird needs every day for good health.

FRUIT BLEND FLAVOR. ZuPreem Avian Maintenance Fruit Blend Bird Diet for birds provides the balanced nutrition birds need every day to maintain good health. Five fruit shapes in five crazy colors deliver 21 vitamins and minerals in every bite. Fruity taste and aroma to delight your bird’s senses.

NATURAL. Made in the USA specifically for Parakeets, Budgies, Parrotlets, Canaries and Finches. Fresh, wholesome, natural bird food made with vegetables. Precisely formulated with the essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your bird needs every day for a balanced diet. Fortified with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. 

NATURAL. Made in the USA specifically for Conures, Caiques, African Greys, Senegals, Amazons, Eclectus and Small Cockatoos. Fresh, wholesome, natural bird food made with vegetables. Precisely formulated with the essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your bird needs every day for a balanced diet. Fortified with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Feed daily to provide the foundation of your bird’s diet. Feed daily to provide your bird essential nutrition for a healthy and balanced diet. 

NATURAL . Made in the USA specifically for Amazons, Macaws and Cockatoos. Fresh, wholesome, natural bird food made with vegetables. Precisely formulated with the essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your bird needs every day for a balanced diet. Fortified with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Feed daily to provide the foundation of your bird’s diet. Feed daily to provide your bird essential nutrition for a healthy and balanced diet.

NATURAL.  Made in the USA specifically for Lovebirds, Quakers, Small Conures and Cockatiels. Fresh, wholesome, natural bird food made with vegetables. Precisely formulated with the essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids your bird needs every day for a balanced diet. EFortified with essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Feed daily to provide the foundation of your bird’s diet. Feed daily to provide your bird essential nutrition for a healthy and balanced diet.

NUTBLEND.  Made in the USA specifically for Conures, Caiques, African Greys, Senegals, Amazons, Eclectus and Small Cockatoos. NutBlend Smart Pellets have a natural nut flavor. Made with real whole grains from North America’s Heartland. Includes Vitamins and Minerals to provide the foundation of your bird’s diet. 

NUTBLEND. Daily essential nutrition for medium birds. NutBlend, with nut colors and flavors adds variety to a bird’s daily feeding program. Includes vitamins and minerals birds need every day. Suitable for Cockatiels, Small Conures, lovebirds, Quakers other medium birds that prefer this pellet size.

VEGGIEBLEND. Natural Carrot Flavor. Easy For Foot Feeding Birds To Hold. Enticing Carrot Aroma Birds Love. Veggie blend flavor with natural flavors provides healthy and delicious nutrition for everyday Feeding for conures, caciques, African greys, Senegal’s, amazons, eclectus, macaws, cockatoos, and other larger birds that prefer this pellet size.

PURE FUN. Premium, powerful blend of fruit, Natural FruitBlend Pellets, vegetables and nuts to help excite and enrich your pet bird. Made specifically for Conures, Caiques, African Greys, Senegals, Amazons, Eclectus and Small Cockatoos. This blend includes a delicious mix of right-sized pieces for your bird which helps minimize wasted food. Satisfy your bird’s playful and fun-loving instincts and help create an interactive activity with each feeding. 

PURE FUN. PPremium, powerful blend of seeds, Natural FruitBlend Pellets, vegetables and fruit to help excite and enrich your bird. Made specifically for Parakeets, Budgies, Parrotlets, Canaries and Finches. This blend includes a delicious mix of right sized pieces for your bird which helps minimize wasted food. Feed Pure Fun to help satisfy your bird’s playful and fun-loving instincts and help create an interactive activity with each feeding. 

PURE FUN.  Premium, powerful blend of vegetables, Natural FruitBlend Pellets, fruit and seeds to help excite and enrich your pet bird. Made specifically for Lovebirds, Quakers, Small Conures and Cockatiels. This blend includes a delicious mix of right sized pieces for your bird which helps minimize wasted food. Feed Pure Fun to help satisfy your bird’s playful and fun-loving instincts and help create an interactive activity with each feeding. 

SMART SELECT. Smart Selects Is Formulated To Ensure Your Bird Gets The Right Balance Of Nutrients Every Day. Essential Vitamins And Minerals For Consistent Nutrition. Smart Levels Of Fat And Sodium To Take The Guesswork Out Of Feeding Your Bird. Smart selects provides healthy and delicious blended nutrition for everyday Feeding for amazons, macaws, cockatoos and other large Parrots that prefer this food size.

SMART SELECT. Smart Selects Is Formulated To Ensure Your Bird Gets The Right Balance Of Nutrients Every Day. Essential Vitamins And Minerals For Consistent Nutrition. Smart Levels Of Fat And Sodium To Take The Guesswork Out Of Feeding Your Bird. Smart selects provides healthy and delicious blended nutrition for everyday Feeding for conures, caciques, African greys, Senegal’s, amazons, eclectus, small cockatoos and other medium to large Parrots that prefer this food size.

SMART SELECT. Smart Selects Is Formulated To Ensure Your Bird Gets The Right Balance Of Nutrients Every Day. Essential Vitamins And Minerals For Consistent Nutrition. Smart Levels Of Fat And Sodium To Take The Guesswork Out Of Feeding Your Bird. Smart selects provides healthy and delicious blended nutrition for everyday Feeding for cockatiels, Quakers, lovebirds, small conures and other medium birds that prefer this food size.

Wraping up

Since we’ve have selected some of the best  food for birds currently on the market, we’d like to recommend that you take a look at the Toys page, where you’ll find the best recommendations for keeping your bird’s mentallity and cognitive functions healthy.