Feed Your Flock Pellets – The Best Out There

Feed Your Flock Pellets – The Best Out There

 May 5th, 2011
Posted By:
Patty

A lot of people have been asking for pellet brand recommendations lately, so I want to take this opportunity to explain why Birdtricks Feed Your Flock is such a great choice.

Let me begin by explaining that pellets should be considered supplemental to a fresh food diet. Fruits and vegetables should comprise the largest part of your bird’s diet, which should also include grains, cooked and raw, and nuts to varying degrees according to the requirements of your bird’s species. A pelleted diet alone will not fully supply the needs of any bird, but is there to fill in the gaps in the diet, and are especially important to birds with finicky eating habits. It’s important to select a good brand.

This Organic Parrot Food is comprised of 100% certified organic ingredients.There are NO wheat or corn fillers, NO added vitamins or minerals, NO artificial flavors, NO sugars/sucrose, NO animal products or by-products, NO GMOs and NO dyes. They are preserved using natural ingredients and they are suitable for any sized parrot. One of the best things about them is that the pellets are processed using a cold pressed method.

There are three things that destroy the nutrients in our foods: heat, air and time. Pellets are typically formulated in one of three ways: baking, extrusion or cold pressing. The processing of pellets that are baked or extruded uses very high heat, which eradicates most of the naturally occurring nutrients that exist in the ingredients. No matter how wonderfully healthy the ingredients may have started out being, they are not worth nearly as much nutritionally following baking or extrusion.

A cold pressed pellet is one that is simply pressed into shape, using no heat and allowing the full nutritional value to remain intact. (I recommend vacuum sealing half of the bag for later use if you have only one or two parrots. This will help combat the air and time related nutritional losses.)

Here is a list of Feed Your Flock‘s organic ingredients. It’s  truly impressive. You will not find anything in this list that does not come directly from nature:
Rice, hulled millet, barley, alfalfa leaf, sunflower seed hulled, sesame seeds unhulled, quinoa whole, buckwheat hulled, dandelion leaf powder, carrot powder, spinach leaf powder, purple dulse, kelp, rose hips powder, rose hips crushed, orange peel powder, lemon peel powder, rosemary whole leaf, cayenne ground, crushed red chili peppers, nettle leaf.

Of course, the very best thing is that the birds love them. I have actually had to limit the portions offered to some of my birds because I felt they were going more for the pellets than the fresh foods. And for those of you with birds that are not inclined towards a pelleted diet, each bag comes with a recipe for a birdy bread that incorporates the pellets for the purposes of introduction.

Birdtricks did not invent this recipe, nor do they manufacture the pellets. In their search to find the very best pellet for their own birds, they came across this product, which is as good as it gets. They offer it to you through their own private label called Feed Your Flock. It’s the pellet we choose to feed our own birds. We trust it to keep our flocks healthy and vibrant, and that is the highest recommendation I can give you.

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12 Comments on “Feed Your Flock Pellets – The Best Out There”

Patsy Seo  05/09/2011 11:31 am

My parot loves sunflower seeds. My vet said they were too rich. She thinks all nuts are too high in calories My bird is over weight and prefers nuts to fruit, vegetables and the pellets. I try to use the nuts for treats to get him to do tricks and that worked great till my son in law started feeding them to stop the bird from his normal yelling Hello in the morning and evening.


William Judson  05/09/2011 11:41 am

My Umbrella Cockatoo seems to love everything except her Harrison’s pellets. When she came to us 25 years ago, she was thrilled to have the pellets. Over the years, as she has gotten used to eating seedless grapes, banana, almonds, rice, barley and pasta, as well as Dr. Beex Birdcakes,
she would rather throw the Harrison’s pellets than eat them. Do you think these pellets would be treated any differently?


john  05/11/2011 6:29 pm

Harrisons is where its at.


Grandma  05/11/2011 7:31 pm

As you noted in your article, not all birds are created equal. My Carmen is an eclectus and her vet told me that she is built internally similar to a chicken, in that the fat she develops in her breast region is under the pericardium rather than between it and the skin. So as a result, she is on a strict diet to keep her from developing fatty tissue and gain too much weight. I do give her pellets(Kaytee which the dr. approved) but only in very small amounts per day, just enough to fit in the palm of my hand if it is cupped. So I recommend parrot owners also check with their vets to determine how much to give to their babies.


Liz  05/11/2011 11:15 pm

Sigh. Will you post about this again when you can ship to Canada? :(


Rhonda  05/12/2011 2:49 pm

Too bad you don’t ship to Canada :( My three birds would probably love these pellets.


John Heywood  05/13/2011 3:42 am

Hi, thanks for information on diet. Your reccomended advice on pellets sounds excellent. Please could you offer your opinion on “pretty bird species specific” designed for african greys.
They are also supposed to be well prepared for greys.

Thanks for your help. John H


Patty  05/13/2011 8:04 pm

Hi John,
I have never used this product, but I read through the ingredients and, honestly, I wouldn’t use it for my birds. The first several ingredients listed were fillers and binders and there are artificial colors, flavors and synthetic vitamins added (which are not easily absorbed and often sort of pointless). Further, I don’t see where the ingredients differ enough to call any of the pellet versions “species specific”. I think they are using that term to sell the product. Sorry. Wish I had better news.
Patty


Joann Murnane  05/14/2011 6:21 pm

I I had the opitunity to try them once . Some one brote me in from the USA .and there really great my Eclictuses loved it and also my cocatoo . And the delivery system yous set up seams very convent. BUT the only problem is VERY LARGE you do not deliver out of the USA


Lilian Lee  02/28/2013 4:34 am

Feeding parrots with feed pellets is a good idea. I have a cat, also I feed him with feed pellets for cat. My cat love the pellets.


Jim Jasutis  03/25/2013 2:14 pm

I am new to parrots. I am researching the possibility of adopting a Solomon Island Eclectus. I have read several places that due to their longer digestive tract that pellets can be too nutritionaly rich for them to handle. Any comments? thanks


Liz  01/02/2014 7:07 am

My birds are now on Harrisons thanks to BirdTricks :) My CAG now turns a blind eye to sunflower seeds, not even as a training treat will he take them! I love that both my birds look forward to their food. They have a mixture of fresh/Harrisons and muffins or bread that I bake for them