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Old 04-27-2011, 02:40 PM
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Colored food pellets?

I'm planning the pellet diet I'm going to get for my soon-to-be baby green cheek conure. The breeder says she's feeding the babies Zupreem Fruitblend. I've heard good things about Zupreem, but the Fruitblend is dyed, and I've also read that it's not good to give birds too much colored pellets.

I'm thinking of getting the Fruitblend and mixing it with the Zupreem natural diet, I've read that some people like this mixture.

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Old 04-27-2011, 03:00 PM
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Re: Colored food pellets?

the person im getting my baby from feeds them the same thing
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:29 PM
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Re: Colored food pellets?

Its a long term debating question.....im inbetween pellets and seeds still....there's stuffs that have happened in the past that made me stop using pellets for awhile....
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Old 04-27-2011, 03:47 PM
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Re: Colored food pellets?

Our birdies eat Zupreem Fruitblend. All 3 of them eat the purple ones first. Then usually the red ones, but sometimes, Max eats the orange ones 2nd. Since I really don't have access to their native diets, I do the best I can with pellets, sprouts and fresh produce.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:10 PM
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Re: Colored food pellets?

Here is what the ZuPreem website says (on another note I use the fruit blend for my parakeets and Xander)

I have friends who say that the coloring in some ZuPreem diets has had an effect on the bird's skin and feathers. Why do you put the coloring in some of your products?

Through research, ZuPreem scientists have confirmed that birds find a diet filled with a variety of flavors, shapes and colors more interesting and entertaining. This is why ZuPreem developed FruitBlend Flavor. This premium bird food contains differently colored, individually shaped, fruit-flavored pellets. It is scientifically formulated to contain the highest quality ingredients - complete and balanced nutrition for birds. These colorants are the same as those used in almost every processed food found on grocery store shelves today
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:48 PM
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Re: Colored food pellets?

HRH Di - You can have all of my purple pellets. My guys won't eat the purple ones. LOL!

I feed Zupreem. My parrots love it. But I have been doing research on pellets and it seems that most name brand foods are no good. Here is a link: Pellets and their (poisonous) ingredients - Parrot and parakeet food and diets

Also this one: Organic Parrot Food %7C Organic Bird Food %7C Urgent Avian Annoucement!

I am thinking about trying to switch to organic.
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Old 04-27-2011, 05:54 PM
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Re: Colored food pellets?

I have talked to a lot of breeders and bird owners that prefer zupreem or harrisons!
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:12 AM
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Re: Colored food pellets?

Quote: Originally Posted by Abzeez View Post
HRH Di - You can have all of my purple pellets. My guys won't eat the purple ones. LOL!
that's so funny!

It comes down to providing the best you can for your birdies. Our 3 don't like Harrisons, so it's silly (to me) to buy a premium pellet that I end up throwing out. From the research I've done, Zupreem is a quality pellet and my birdies love it. It's like buying high-dollar organic yogurt that sits in the fridge, but your kids inhale Gogurt. Yeah, the organic stuff is probably better for them, but the Gogurt is better than potato chips and they like it.
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Old 04-28-2011, 12:48 PM
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Re: Colored food pellets?

Good point!!! My guys do very well on Zupreem. They just don't like the purple ones. I like the way it smells. I tried Kaytee pellets once, and when I opened the bag I thought Yuck! These don't smell good and my guys didn't like kaytee.
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Old 04-28-2011, 02:25 PM
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Re: Colored food pellets?

Bongo gets these as "treats" in his bowl on the playstand on top of his cage. He likes them a lot and will pick them up one at a time and dunk them in his water and eat them. He seems to pick up the orange ones last. I guess every bird is a little different.
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