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Re: Pellets?

Posted by Kitty.J on 6/20/05
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    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
    kidney
    > and liver failure in these birds.
    > Many more active birds,like conures,Quakers and such,kept
    on
    > pelleted diets grow quite bored with them and this leads to
    > plucking.
    > 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