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Kinny 10-03-2013 08:31 PM

Which Pellets are best?
 
Which Vetafarm pellets are best for pet and breeding Conures and Eclectus? -I voted Paradise.. :P but I'd like to hear others views/recommendations?

PARADISE:
Product Description
Completely balanced extruded pellet diet specifically designed to meet the particular dietary needs of pet and breeding Eclectus Parrots. Fruit flavoured for an attractive taste.

Recommended for: Eclectus Parrots and other Frugivores such as Birds of Paradise, Toucans and Mynas.

Key features: Contains increased levels of vitamin A and vitamin C that fruit eaters require, along with balanced minerals, calcium and amino acids for egg formulation, strong development of young and general ongoing health. Super palatable fruit flavours readily accepted by all birds. Reduces the mess, waste and cost of feeding fruit eaters.

Used and recommended by Taronga Zoo.

Also suitable for: Australian, Asiatic and Exotic Parrots

Can use with: Paradise Pellets are a complete diet; no additional dietary supplementation is necessary. Fruits and Vegetables can be given as behavioural enrichment, but to balance nutrition, Paradise Pellets should be fed as a minimum of 50% of the diet.

Feeding: Paradise Pellets are a complete diet, addition of other nutrients is not necessary, although Fresh fruit may be fed as environmental enrichment. For optimum nutritional balance the total diet should contain no less than 50% Paradise Pellets.

Ingredients: Australian whole grains: Corn, Wheat & Soybean, Oats, Fructose, vitamins, minerals, amino acids & vegetable oils.

General Analysis
Crude protein: 20%
Crude Fibre: 2.5%
Crude Fat: 10%
Iron: 60mg/kg


PARROT ESSENTIALS:
Product Description
Completely balanced extruded pellets suitable as a balanced diet for all parrots. The inclusion of 5% real fruit and 5% fresh nuts mixed through the pellets provides variety and is a great source of enrichment when compared to plain pellet diets.

Recommended for: All parrots, particularly pet birds

Also suitable for: Breeding parrots

Can use with: Parrot Essentials is a complete diet; no additional dietary supplementation is necessary. If using Parrot Essentials for exotic breeding pairs, additional calcium source such as D’nutrical is welcome addition.
Fruits and vegetables should be given as behavioural enrichment.

Key features: Vetafarm pellets are veterinary formulated to provide complete nutrition and balance in the diet, however they often offer little variety to the diet. Parrot Essentials covers both of these crucial areas by supplying the balance needed for optimum health, while also offering variety into the daily diet with the inclusion of quality first grade fruit harvested from the Mildura Riverlands and a pinch of Almond pieces from northwest Victoria. Variety, balance and absolutely irresistible flavours all in one – without the use of added colours!

Ingredients:
Whole grains: Maize, soybean, wheat and oats.
Vegetable Oils, natural organic acids, almond chips, and dehydrated fruit.
Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, B12, C, D3, E, H & K
Minerals: Calcium, cobalt, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium, sulphur & zinc

Guaranteed Analysis:
Min Crude Protein 17.0%
Min Crude Fat 5.0%
Max Fibre 3.5%
Max Salt 0.5%

SilverSage 10-10-2013 11:22 AM

Re: Which Pellets are best?
 
Since conures and Eclectus are very different species with very different nutritional requirements, I don't think you should feed them the same thing, especially if you are breeding! Research each individually. I can't really help with this specifically, I have never used either brand and know next to nothing about Eclectus and little about Conures, but don't Eclectus need a liquid diet? More fruit than nut based? You really need to look into each individual species needs and remember to feed supplemental foods like fruit and veggies.

Kinny 10-12-2013 05:55 PM

Re: Which Pellets are best?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SilverSage (Post 313715)
Since conures and Eclectus are very different species with very different nutritional requirements, I don't think you should feed them the same thing, especially if you are breeding! Research each individually. I can't really help with this specifically, I have never used either brand and know next to nothing about Eclectus and little about Conures, but don't Eclectus need a liquid diet? More fruit than nut based? You really need to look into each individual species needs and remember to feed supplemental foods like fruit and veggies.

Of course. My Eclectus always get more fruit, veg and nuts (moreso fruit) than my Conures. The Conures don't eat much fruit and veg. But they also get the Vetafarm pellets. Vets have health checked them all and my birds cannot be healthier. So I intend on keeping them on this sort of diet. Eclectus do need more Fruit than usual, yes.

I know much more and have researched a lot about Conures than Eclectus, (though I have been researching the Eclectus a lot more lately) and either one of those types of Pellets meet their nutritional needs. I have also ordered supplements in for breeding pairs who require more calcium/nutrition during breeding season. I just wasn't sure which Pellets are best. However yesterday I decided, and ordered the Paradise pellets. :) Paradise has a higher protein content, which eggs/chicks need.


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