On 6/20/05, Robin P. wrote:
> Kitty there is a wide variety of pellet brands available,and
> when they first became popular on the market,it was because
> they were touted as a "complete" diet for birds.They were
> less mess than seed,and alot of people made the switch and
> fed their birds ONLY pellets.Veterinarians made money from
> pellet companies by selling their customers various
> brands,and those that get their pockets lined refuse to look
> at the data involved after the fact now.
> Personally,I have found to be true,pellets have their place
> as part of a varied diet,they can help add vitamins and such
> when certain birds will not eat veggies.
> But certain brands of pellet,like Pretty Bird being one of
> the worst,have alot of added chemicals,preservatives and
> artifical colors that can cause problems with our bird's
> systems.Some species,like greys in particular,are very
> sensitive to things like ehtoxyquin and BHA,leading to
> and liver failure in these birds.
> Many more active birds,like conures,Quakers and such,kept
> pelleted diets grow quite bored with them and this leads to
> So basically,and I may come under fire for this,pellets are
> a very useful addition to a BASE diet,but by no means should
> they ever be the "only" thing you feed your bird,and if you
> do feel pellets are better than seeds,you should feed an all-
> natural pellet with as few additives as possible.
Do you feed pellets to your birds, and what kind? I want to
start feeding it to my birds :), thanks again