Why Do Birds Need Pellets?


BirdTricks Seasonal Feeding System

If you are paying attention to your bird’s diet (and I know you are because you are reading this) you know that proper diet is crucial to a parrot’s health. The nutrients packed into a science-based vegetable diet like BirdTricks’ Seasonal Feeding System will not only maintain good health but will ward off future problems: the fact is, the majority of companion parrot diseases are the result of poor diet.

So, you may ask, if a vegetable dominant diet is so potent, why must we also feed pellets? The answer, in a word, is minerals.

BirdTricks Organic Parrot Pellets

While vegetables amply provide the vitamins that are so vital to good health, a well-chosen pellet brand will reinforce their mineral content to appropriate levels for a bird. Think of pellets as supplemental to a produce diet and even while the Seasonal Feeding System contains grains which have high mineral content, pellets will provide the majority of your bird’s mineral needs. 

If you take a pass on adding a great pellet to your bird’s daily diet, you are missing the opportunity to profoundly supplement the vegetable diet and guarantee full, complete nutrition for your bird.

For instance, that birds are an egg laying species and the shells for which are comprised mainly of calcium. If you have a bird that is producing eggs when calcium is insufficient in their diet, their bodies will alternately rob calcium from their bones. Calcium absorption is reliant on Vitamin D and magnesium…it’s just like an eco-system, all aspects of the diet play a role in the bigger picture.

Cold Pressed Parrot Pellets

Things you need to know…

BirdTricks Organic Life Enhancing Pellets for Parrots are 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 parrots of any size. One of the best things about these pellets is that they are formed using a cold pressed method which eliminates nutrient-destroying heat from their processing.

Conure Pellets

Take a look at the ingredients in BirdTricks’ Organic Life Enhancing Pellets for Parrots.  Not only does it have all the ingredients to round out your bird’s mineral needs, it also builds on the days vitamin intake with ingredients such as carrot and spinach powder and crushed red chili peppers and it adds the huge supplemental advantages of nettle and dandelion leaf powder. This is as good as it gets:

Alfalfa leaf*, millet*, barley*, rice*, (the following ingredients comprise no more than 5% of total volume each)  sunflower seeds*, sesame seeds unhulled*, quinoa whole*, pumpkin*, buckwheat*, 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*, cinnamon*. 


Cold Pressed BirdTricks Pellets

Ingredient Highlights 

ALFALFA LEAVES: Loaded with health-building properties. Its contents are not only balanced for complete absorption, but they help assimilate protein, calcium and other nutrients.

MILLET: A complete food, rich in minerals (especially calcium) and vitamins, particularly lecithin, which is important for the formation of healthy feathers.

BROWN RICE: Is a nutritious, wholesome staple food containing a sizable quantity of minerals. Its 8 amino acids are so proportionately balanced that it has the highest protein digestibility among staple foods.

SUNFLOWER SEEDS: One, if not the most, nutritious and healthy foods to be found in the dried foods sector. They have a high content of healthy unsaturated fatty acids, contain important nutrients like vitamin E, selenium, copper, zinc, folate, iron and phytochemicals, plus are a rich source of proteins and fibers. NOTE: While the above is true, sunflower seeds become harmful to health when overfed. The proportion of sunflower seeds used in our pellets takes advantage of their many benefits without crossing that line.

SESAME SEEDS: Loaded with minerals, especially high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium, and are so high in vitamin E that its oil or meal is often used as a preservative. Contains all amino and essential fatty acids known today.

QUINOA: A perfectly balanced ratio of amino acids and is rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements. 4.3% of those are Alpha – Linol acid, an essential fatty acid which is, otherwise, only found in fish.

DANDELION POWDER: A rich source of beta carotene, vitamins D, B complex and C. It has a very high potassium content, as well as numerous other minerals, like the bone, nail and feather-strengthening minerals calcium, boron and silicon. Dandelion powder is good for a sluggish liver, to remove toxins from the liver and gall bladder and to help cleanse the blood.

CARROT POWDER: One of the top rated vegetables, providing protein, calcium, iron, and the vitamins A, C, and B, the phytochemicals alpha carotene, p-coumaric, clorogenic acids and the carotene complex.

NETTLE LEAVES: Helps the blood break down proteins, making it a natural kidney and adrenal cleaner.

SPINACH LEAF POWDER: An excellent source of beta carotene, vitamins C, E and K, calcium, potassium, iron, sodium, sulphur, folic acid and oxalic acid. They contain more protein and chlorophyll than most vegetables.

PURPLE DULSE: A sea vegetable that is a natural source of essential minerals, especially iodine, vitamins, ions, sea salt and roughage.

ROSE HIPS: Contain an extremely high amount of natural vitamin C, and are, therefore, a great antioxidant and strengthener of the immune system. They are also very rich in beta carotene, vitamin B-complex, E and rutin.

ROSEMARY: A stimulant for the circulatory system and strengthen the nervous system. Used as a heart tonic, for respiratory ailments, gout and rheumatic pains.

CAYENNE AND RED CHILI PEPPERS: High in vitamin A, C, iron, calcium and contain vitamin G, B-complex, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sulphur. It is a harmless internal disinfectant, increases the effect of other herbs, cleanses the blood, wards off and equalizes blood circulation, increases heart action but not blood pressure, and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks.

Why NOT Soy, Peanuts and Wheat?

Soy beans in their natural state contain large quantities of natural toxins and there is data that soy is cumulatively toxic when fed to animals. For example, The PARROT SOCIETY NEW ZEALAND claims that soy products in bird food have caused such problems as immune system breakdown, failure of organs and multiplication of the birds’ own benign bacteria. Soy products are also commonly GMOd.

Since so many birds have developed allergies to peanuts in recent years, and because raw peanuts can release aflotoxins when packaged and shipped inappropriately we do not recommend their use.

Wheat is a common allergen and contains about 80 different components that can cause a negative reaction. 


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When my cockatiel and lovebird eat they leave a lot of the food behind as crumbs. Seems really wasteful. Any suggestions on what to do to prevent that or maybe uses for the crumbs left behind?


What is different from your pellets and Tops?


I have a big garden including organic heirloom chickpeas, celery, spinach, snow & sugar snap peas, peppers, blueberries, strawberries, etc etc (30+ kinds). I plan to get an eclectus, currently volunteering at a rescue. I’d like to give my bird fesh garden veg like I do my kids, but I’m concerned that the vitamins are far higher than what is found in grocery store bought veg. (Google organic, compost grown veggie nutritional comparison) For example, the taste potency of of celery is at least 10x from my garden you’d never say it tasted like “bitter water” and bc sugar snap peas’ natural sugars turn into starch very quickly, the nutrition will be different. Snow peas have far less sugar, but the vitamin & mineral levels will be different since i test my soil & add azomiten also the symbiotic efficiency with good soil is far better than depleted soils. Can a bird self-regulate or sense when it’s possibly getting hypervitaminosis. (Store bought “organic” is not necessarily the same, it’s a matter of the health of your soil)


We live in England and have the same issue with being unable to get the topps pellets for sometime now. I am having to feed my grey and cockatiel on Harrison’s pellets. (they are not keen on ). While they are also organic they do not have the quality ingredients of topps. Have you any tips as to what we can add to the Harrison’s pellets to make them healthier. I also echo Luka’s comments, would be wonderful if you could manufacture birdtricks pellets in England Dawn


We live in Australia. Do you have any recommendations for alternative pellets like yours? I know TOP’s are often recommended but they are having import issues and haven’t been available for a long time by the look of it. All other ones I looked at are FAR from natural. Have you thought about finding a manufacturer here in Australia and helping them make your pellets locally in Australia? I’m sure you’ll have a TON of customers if you did.

Emily Gordon

Thank you for the info – We have used Harrison’s products since getting our CAG, originally the high potency and then switching to the Adult Lifetime Course pellet – do you know how Harrison’s pellets compare to your product? Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!

Emily Gordon

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