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Old 02-19-2013, 04:59 PM
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Great thread, thanks for all the info. I have been thinking of switching Bosley over to TOPS, he seems to be pretty tired of the pellet he is on Pretty Bird species specific. This info is great to have handy.
TOPS is great! I love the smell and it doesn't go bad nearly fast as Harrison's. It's also a amazing price considering the quality of food you are buying.
And Bosley hates Harrison's LOL
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Re: Ingredients to pellets

Just a update, I went through and put all the ingredients I said to look out for in bold. I didn't do the filler ingredients, I don't know enough about filler ingredients and what is really bad, kinda bad or ok. I know that brown rice, Alfalfa, and barley are better. I do know that anything with the word meal(corn meal) and gluten isn't that great either, it's not recommended for people or dogs so I don't think it would be good for birds either. Also, sodium selenite is a type of salt but I'm unsure if it is bad for birds or not.

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Great thread, thanks for all the info. I have been thinking of switching Bosley over to TOPS, he seems to be pretty tired of the pellet he is on Pretty Bird species specific. This info is great to have handy.
TOPS is great! I love the smell and it doesn't go bad nearly fast as Harrison's. It's also a amazing price considering the quality of food you are buying.
And Bosley hates Harrison's LOL
Have you tried Harrison's Fine sized? I tried forever to get Rosie to eat Harrison's at the insistence of my avian vet but she hated it, randomly in the spur of the moment I grabbed the fine sized(I would of tried it earlier but my vet protested saying it is more processed and looses some nutrition) and Rosie took to it right away. I hope Bosley likes TOPS, if he doesn't right away don't give up
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:25 PM
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Re: Ingredients to pellets

No I haven't tried that yet. I have tried the roundybush fine though as we are also trying to get our african brown head switched over to eating pellets. Neither one of them liked that either.
I will keep trying the different ones until I get one they like. I like the ingredient list in TOPS and I've heard really good things about it.
Our vet said any high quality pellet is fine for them. I finally got Bosley eating nutriberries, he only likes the veggie ones. Still wondering how many of those he should have a day.
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No I haven't tried that yet. I have tried the roundybush fine though as we are also trying to get our african brown head switched over to eating pellets. Neither one of them liked that either.
I will keep trying the different ones until I get one they like. I like the ingredient list in TOPS and I've heard really good things about it.
Our vet said any high quality pellet is fine for them. I finally got Bosley eating nutriberries, he only likes the veggie ones. Still wondering how many of those he should have a day.
My vet is a pellet Nazi lol I love her though XD

When I was trying to get Rosie on pellets I gave her a mixture of different pellets mixed together in a bowl, then a 50/50 bowl with seed and pellets. I only use nutri-berries as a treat, but I know some people give them as a staple. I give Rosie a nutri-berry every other day except on days I feel like spoiling her and I give her a couple
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:13 PM
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Re: Ingredients to pellets

I feed all my fids the Feed your Flock brand. I tried Harrison's and Roudybush but they didn't like it at all. They really love the feed your flock pellets though. It's a bit pricey but I would rather spend money on food they eat than throw away food they don't. I keep it in the freezer so it doesn't go bad.
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Re: Ingredients to pellets

Thank you so much for this Copperarabian!! It is fabulous to be able to compare all the different foods.

I think Vetafarm just don't list all of them on the website Vetafarm makes extrusion cooked foods (I thought they all would, logically?) and they don't use by-products or seconds, only 1st grade ingredients directly from the source which they extrude themselves... I am not entirely sure why they avoid saying "human grade food", I guess there needs to be a distinction for legal reasons.

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:12 PM
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Thank you so much for this Copperarabian!! It is fabulous to be able to compare all the different foods. I have a few here for you as well, Aussie brands. You can add them to your post and I will come back and edit this one to leave just the thank you (incase it gets made sticky, which I think it should!!!)

I think Vetafarm just don't list all of them on the website Vetafarm makes extrusion cooked foods (I thought they all would, logically?) and they don't use by-products or seconds, only 1st grade ingredients directly from the source which they extrude themselves... I am not entirely sure why they avoid saying "human grade food", I guess there needs to be a distinction for legal reasons.

I have a couple of ingredient lists here, one a vetafarm product the others are Passwell products, all Australian made pellets commonly available in Australia.
I listed them, I had to move stuff around a little because of the word limit so there are pellets listed in my third post now. I moved two of the prettier bird pellets down and put the Passwell crumbles with them.

Thanks for listing those I felt so stumped trying to find their full ingredients list lol
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Re: Ingredients to pellets

Tropican really does smell like bubblegum. My sennie is on the smaller pellets and they're her absolute favourite. We're looking for better (and less expensive if possible) brands, but there's not much available here in store and shipping can be outrageous! Right now we're spending about $35 a month on pellets for our three birds, since my greys have recently became pellet-addicts. They get Zupreem natural, which costs about $28 for a five pound bag. The Tropican is about $20 for a ten pound bag.
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Re: Ingredients to pellets

You got me all interested in comparing ingredients now. I looked a little deeper into Harrisons on their website. Harrison's Bird Foods is a family of certified organic pet bird diets that were formulated to make your bird as healthy as it can possibly be. They have 2 tables showing percentages of a bird's diet and a table of additives per kg. Please take a look at that table that shows the additives, it states that Vitamin K is added...and in your initial thread you said Vitamin K is bad...so I don't know why it would be in Harrisons???
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You got me all interested in comparing ingredients now. I looked a little deeper into Harrisons on their website. Harrison's Bird Foods is a family of certified organic pet bird diets that were formulated to make your bird as healthy as it can possibly be. They have 2 tables showing percentages of a bird's diet and a table of additives per kg. Please take a look at that table that shows the additives, it states that Vitamin K is added...and in your initial thread you said Vitamin K is bad...so I don't know why it would be in Harrisons???
I'm not really saying if it's bad or not. I have no idea how Vitamin K effects birds, I only know that it was banned in human foods. Next time Rosie is at the vet I'll ask about vitamin K and see what she tells me about it. I didn't know that it was in Harrison's, I didn't see it on the ingredients though. I'll go look through the ingredients of their other products and try to find which have vitamin K in them.
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Also be aware that Vitamin K supplement has been banned in human food for toxicity.
I looked through all the ingredients and I didn't see vitamin K, but it has it on the chart O.o I'm very confused. I think I'll call just call my vet tomorrow and ask about it.
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