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Re: Pellets?

Posted by KarenH on 6/20/05
(4) Comments

    I use pellets in addition to seed & veggies. I keep a dish of
    pellets and a dish of seed in the cages at all times. I give fresh
    veggies in the a.m. for about an hour and then remove it. In the
    p.m. I give more veggies for another hour or so and then remove them.

    If your birds have never seen pellets before, they won't realize
    they are food. Don't take away their seeds completely or they will
    starve to death.

    I've never bought a bird yet that knew what a pellet was. However
    I have successfully gotten all of my birds to accept pellets. I
    use both the natural, brown ones and the colord ones, Zupreem
    brand for both.


    On 6/20/05, Kitty.J wrote:
    > 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