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 Parrot Food is comprised of 100% natural 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 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.
We offer these natural pellet options:
Author Patty Jourgensen specializes in avian health, behavior and nutrition and has been working with and caring for rescue birds since 1987.