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Good Morning Parrot Forum Community,

Thank you for allowing us to be part of the parrot community. As an avid animal-loving organization we found it important that we connect with others that share our love for animals.

For over 40 years we have upheld our commitment to animals by providing quaility nutrition for the animals we feed, including birds.

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Auggie's Dad

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Welcome to the forums,

It may be interesting to have someone on the 'inside' of a food company to participate in discussions as nutrition often comes up. Zupreem is always on my list of recommended quality food - though I think there are many other fine choices as well.

Auggie's primary diet is Zupreem... any free samples? :D

Actually I am curious, Auggie eats the fruit blend but we tried the spicy one, I forget the exact name, and he really seemed to like that one too. Since then however I have rarely found it in stores and when I do it's only in the small pellet size for parakeets and the like. I haven't seen it in the mid sized pellet for conures and/or small/medium parrots.
 

RKZX2

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i thought those colored pellets were bad? personally, i use Harrisons, Hagen, & Rowdybush.
 

Auggie's Dad

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Thats a claim I've heard made many times ... by pet food companies that have color-free food. I have, despite looking, not been able to find any legitimate sources describing what's wrong with food coloring.
 

Shmexay

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It makes the poop colored so you can't see if anything's wrong with it, and coloring is full of sugar as well.
 

Auggie's Dad

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It makes the poop colored so you can't see if anything's wrong with it
That'd be true of any food, much more so fresh fruits than pelleted food. Yet no one campaigns against feeding fresh fruit and veggies.
coloring is full of sugar
Ah, no it isn't. Even if it were sugar is a necessary nutrient not a danger.
 

Auggie's Dad

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Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating for food coloring. I do however advocate for reasonable rational analysis of issues that affect the health of our pets. Scare tactics, propaganda, old wives tails, or blatant lies are not reasons to avoid food coloring.
 

TexDot33

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It makes the poop colored so you can't see if anything's wrong with it, and coloring is full of sugar as well.

As AD said, this is true of all fruits and most of the foods in a parrot's diet. The key with "poop-ology" is that a rapid, temporary (one to four poos, depending on the size of the parrot) change usually isn't indicative of a health issue if you have feed a different food recently; but, a prolonged one (more than half a day or so) with no diet change could be a warning sign ...

Seed based diets will produce green-ish poops, while pellet based diets will produce brown-ish, orange-ish, red-ish poops and if they have a diet of lots of fruits that will usually produce watery poops (feed loots of blueberries and see what happens).

The dyes used in pellet production are a natural dye and are not harmful to the birds (to my understanding it's the same types of dyes/food coloring they use when they produce colorful toys).

I was recently at an animal park (actually, an Aligator park) and they had "exocit birds" (macaws and sun conures ... ) and they all had Zupreme Fruit blend (along with fresh veggies and fruits) in the food dishes (it looked as though the pellets had been soaked in something). So colored pellets seem to be an acceptable food source ...
 

Missi

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Cash ~ military macaw
Chloe ~ red-fronted macaw
Brooklyn ~ Congo African grey
Jasmine ~ SI eclectus
Princess ~ Patagonian conure
Zupreem has wonderful all natural pellets. My flock enjoys them, along with Roudybush & Tropican, in their dry cage mix.

There is nothing wrong with dyes, I just don't like to give my parrots anything more than what they *need*.

The only thing that bugs me about mass-produced pellets is that their main ingredient is corn, which is a filler. Of course, I'm sure that is so they can keep cost down, but I personally don't mind paying more for a GREAT product. Food for thought, Zupreem ;) No pun intended!
 

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