What pellets does your bird eat?

What pellet does your bird eat?

  • Harrisons

    Votes: 9 42.9%
  • TOP's

    Votes: 8 38.1%
  • ZuPreem

    Votes: 3 14.3%
  • Roudybush

    Votes: 5 23.8%
  • Lafeber's

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Pretty Bird

    Votes: 1 4.8%
  • Vetafarm

    Votes: 1 4.8%
  • Higgins

    Votes: 1 4.8%
  • HARI(Tropimix/Tropican

    Votes: 2 9.5%
  • Vetafarm

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Passwell parrot pellets

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Kaytee

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Versele Laga

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Goldenfeast

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Psittacus

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other pellets

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • I don't feed pellets.

    Votes: 1 4.8%

  • Total voters
    21

PippTheBananaBirb

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Saw a poll like this on another forum and thought it'd be cool to post here.


I'd find it interesting to know what people feed their birds.


Some additional questions-

What else does your bird eat?
Why did you choose the food?


Please keep this thread civil and don't argue with others about what they feed their bird. You can share info about why or why not a pellet is good or not. This thread is purely just to see what others feed and learn more about certain brands.


I feed TOP's with some dry mix and a variety of veggies, grains, sprouts etc, so I'm voting TOP's


I am just going to name the manufacturer and not each individual pellet. If you want to state your pellet, feel free to reply to this thread.


I hope you guys find this interesting :)


Anè
 
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For my sun conure:
Tropican High Performance Formula in the deep winter
Tropican Lifetime Formula otherwise
Also bought Hagen Tropimix, will try soon

My son liked roasted unsalted cashew the most. He would do anything for a cashew. He learned to open half locked door within 1 minute cuz there was a cashew on the other side.

My son liked carrot, kiwi and blueberry too. He hated egg yolk and would kick it out of his food bowl.

This newly adopted red sun likes everything my son liked, except he is not a fan of cashew.
 
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Cotton gets fed a mix of Harrisons High Potency Fine, Roudybush, Tops, and a cockatiel seed blend. I don't think he's ever actually eaten the TOPS and he's iffy on the Harrisons most days. Veggies for breakfast and dinner mixed with a little seed; he's gotten good about trying new foods :)
 
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SunConureBaba

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I'm actually gonna order TOP's after I run out Tropican in 3 months. I found a store nearby that sells them in small quantities. It's more expensive than Tropican, but not crazy expensive.
 
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Willow eats Harrison’s high potency fine. Jasper eats zupreem naturals and the pellets Willow doesn’t like.

They also sample my meal if it is parrot friendly and get bits of vegetables (some fruit) at least once a day.

Avicakes are a treat for Willow and Jasper just ate a seed treat stick. That was a first, but he enjoyed it and he so likes to destroy things.
 

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I'm out of luck feeding my red sun Tropimix, dry or soaked. He doesn't eat it much and I'm forced to buy TOP's ASAP, since I don't have Tropican Lifetime Formula pellets now.

The Tropimix doesn't have the weird bubblegum smell that the Tropican Lifetime Formula has. But Tropimix has a sweet smell, I'm not sure if it has a lot of sugar, I didn't taste it. It also has peanuts and corns + lots of seeds / dried fruits in it. I have the impression that my red sun is just chewing on it before dropping it, and he isn't really swallowing it.
 
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Squiggles eats nutriblend vetafarm because it was what the breeder had him on - he also eats lots of veggies sprouts and walnuts
 

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I bought 1lb bag of TOP's pellets and Harrison's high potency fine.

The store owner told me that her customers prefer Harrison's to TOP's. She believes TOP's is a small company with only a few machines (would that matter?). She added that TOP's pellets contain pepper = spicy. I put TOP's pellets in my mouth, it tastes good, and not spicy at all.

She also told me she wouldn't feed her parrots the Tropimix, saying those dried fruits were leftovers from human products.

I opened the bag of TOP's, it smells so good and natural. The bag itself is also solid. Unfortunately she only has 2 bags of large sized pellets, so I have to break it into smaller pieces before feeding. The pellet is extra crispy and can create a lot of waste. I can't say for sure yet but my red sun seems to like TOP's. If he doesn't, Harrison's will be my last resort.

The store owner also told me all parrots love pomegranate juice. If they don't eat the pellets, I can soak it in the pomegranate juice. I remain skeptical because the juice itself is sweet.
 
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My birds eat TOPs, that is most of them do. My Quaker, Gcc, and budgies do, my cockatiels however won't eat pellets, little do the cockatiels know that the birdie bread they so voraciously eat everyday for dinner has a 'flour' base of Tops! I also sprinkle the pellet powder on their chop twice a week.
I feed Tops because it doesn't have anything artificial and it doesn't have corn, wheat, or soy which most other pellets have as there first of so in ingredient.
Other than Tops they eat chop, sprouts, Dr. Harveys seed, and as a treat twice a day they each get a nutriberry (the budgies all split one, crumbled) I don't love nutriberry ingredients but they all adore them, I tried making my own but they just didn't seemed too thrilled with them.
 

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My red sun doesn't appear to like TOP's, unfortunately. At times he was just chewing the TOP's without swallowing. His poops were mostly water, indicating he didn't ingest the actual pellets. He was also throwing a good amount of TOP's powder out of his food bowl.

Only exception is yesterday's afternoon, he actually ate a fair amount of TOP's after I gave him a cashew. I could tell from his consistent poops in the next 6 hours.

Overnight up till this morning, however, he didn't seem to eat the TOP's again.

Today, I put some Tropimix and TOP's in 1:3 ratio, mixed and soak in water, and he started eating the Tropimix pellets and peanuts. Not sure if he had any TOP's. His preference is clear: Tropican Lifetime Formula > Tropimix > TOP's.

What can I do to make my red sun like TOP's?
 
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Hedwig- Green budgie(F)
Striga- Blue Clearwing budgie(M)
Grim- Mauve budgie(F)
My red sun doesn't appear to like TOP's, unfortunately. At times he was just chewing the TOP's without swallowing. His poops were mostly water, indicating he didn't ingest the actual pellets. He was also throwing a good amount of TOP's powder out of his food bowl.

Only exception is yesterday's afternoon, he actually ate a fair amount of TOP's after I gave him a cashew. I could tell from his consistent poops in the next 6 hours.

Overnight up till this morning, however, he didn't seem to eat the TOP's again.

Today, I put some Tropimix and TOP's in 1:3 ratio, mixed and soak in water, and he started eating the Tropimix pellets and peanuts. Not sure if he had any TOP's. His preference is clear: Tropican Lifetime Formula > Tropimix > TOP's.

What can I do to make my red sun like TOP's?
I make birdie bread that has the 'flour' part as Tops pellets, that's how I some of my birds to eat it. As time goes on you start putting actual pellet chunks in the bread, not just powder. Even if your bird never eats them plain and dry at least they eat the bread, its also a great way to sneak veggies into their diet.
 

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My red sun doesn't appear to like TOP's, unfortunately. At times he was just chewing the TOP's without swallowing. His poops were mostly water, indicating he didn't ingest the actual pellets. He was also throwing a good amount of TOP's powder out of his food bowl.

Only exception is yesterday's afternoon, he actually ate a fair amount of TOP's after I gave him a cashew. I could tell from his consistent poops in the next 6 hours.

Overnight up till this morning, however, he didn't seem to eat the TOP's again.

Today, I put some Tropimix and TOP's in 1:3 ratio, mixed and soak in water, and he started eating the Tropimix pellets and peanuts. Not sure if he had any TOP's. His preference is clear: Tropican Lifetime Formula > Tropimix > TOP's.

What can I do to make my red sun like TOP's?
Ah, are you weighing your sun while doing this?

I’ve had better success getting birds to eat Harrison’s over TOPS. Either way though please be sure your bird always has a food they’re willing to eat in their bowl! They can easily and quickly lose a dangerous amount of weight and even die; I speak from experience. I would not wish that on anyone.
 

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