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Old 07-15-2012, 10:53 PM
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I don't know if this is the right section for this question, if it is not I apologize.
I have been reading a lot about food, feeding and pellets. It seems that Harrison's is recommended the most, followed by roudybush. I found an other brand I feel more comfortable feeding, Totally Organics. I will explain a little why I feel this way.

I have been raw feeding my dogs, cats and ferrets for almost 8 years. And I feed my other animals as naturally as I can. So the first thing I do when picking a food is to read the ingredients. Harrison's looks pretty good. But I see sunflower seeds is first, and peanuts fourth. Both those are really high in fats. I know it is not recommended to feed a lot of either to birds (or rodents), but if feeding this brand you are feeding a lot of both. Also listed is soy, which I try to avoid if possible. There is a lot of conservancy around soy, so I am not going to get into it here.

So next is roudybush. I remember when this was the food to feed. First, I couldn't even find their ingredient list on their website. I am not going to feed a food if I don't know what is in it. But I did find them on another site. Ground corn, ground wheat, peanut meal, soy oil and soy meal are the first ingredients listed, followed by a bunch of vitamins and words I can not pronounce. I don't know how healthy corn is for birds, or how digestible it is. Maybe it is because I know how bad corn is for dogs and cats, but I don't think it should be a main ingredient for any animals diet. I do know that corn and soy are cheap, so that is probably why they use a lot of it in their food.

Lastly is Totally Organics. I found this at a local bird store. They have no corn or soy. They do have sunflower seeds, but it is not near the top of the list (ingredients are listed by weight from highest to lowest) Even better, I know what everything is in this food. And it has a lot of good stuff in it like, quinoa, barley, other grains and veggies. They say on their site that they use natural vitamins, which are much easier for the body to absorb and use. It is also cold pressed, which keep a lot of the nutrition intact.

So I guess my question is, why is this brand not recommended? Is it not widely available? Is it newer? Or just not advertised as much as the other brands? Does anyone here feed Totally Organics Pellets (TOP)? What do you think of it? Do your birds like it?
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Re: Pellets

Tops is a great brand, it's not recommended because most people don't know about it and it's not widely available like some other brands. I only feed organic foods to my fids but haven't tried tops yet, I use roudybush, Harrison's, and my personal favorite,Hagens. Tops is a perfectly good brand so you should have no problem using it, msbs carries it, just FYI!
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