Priam Parrot Breeding

Diet & Nutrition from Priam Parrot Breeding Centre

Parrot Diet Sheets

December 21, 2009

Parrot diet sheet for weaning young Macaws, Amazons and African Grey Parrots

 

Parrot diet sheet for Small birds – breeding

Parrot diet sheet for Small birds – non-breeding

 

Parrot diet sheet for Medium birds – breeding

Parrot diet sheet for Medium birds – non-breeding

Parrot diet sheet for Medium birds – breeding Green-cheeked Amazons

Parrot diet sheet for Congo African Greys & Jardines – breeding

 

Parrot diet sheet for Large birds – breeding

Parrot diet sheet for Large birds – non-breeding

Parrot diet sheet for Moluccan Cockatoos and Large Macaws – breeding

 

*scoop size is 60ml

Pelleted Diets: abbreviations

HBD ALF – Harrison’s Bird Diets: Adult Lifetime Fine

HBD HPF – Harrison’s Bird Diets: High Potency Fine

HBD ALC – Harrison’s Bird Diets: Adult Lifetime Coarse

HBD HPC – Harrison’s Bird Diets: High Potency Coarse

PB DSS – Pretty Bird: Daily Select Small

PB BSS – Pretty Bird: Breeder Select Small

PB DSM – Pretty Bird: Daily Select Medium

PB BSM – Pretty Bird: Breeder Select Medium

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Priam Avian Diets – General Information

Seed alone does not provide a balanced diet for birds. There are a number of diets available for pet birds that are nutritionally balanced. Extruded diets that are commercially produced and nutrionally balanced are available for birds on both a species-specific or a general maintenance basis. Seed mixes that contain dried fruits and vitamin and mineral supplements are also commercially available, which in addition to fresh fruits, vegetables and depending on the species, various forms of insects are essential to form a more balanced diet.

A balanced diet is essential when hand rearing birds. Pretty Bird Ltd, Harrisons Bird Foods, and Vetafarm are companies specializing in the successful development of hand rearing diets. Continual perfection and product refining have contributed to the popularity of their products amongst breeders.

Hand Rearing Diets

Hand rearing baby birds has always been popular amongst aviculturists. Commercially produced hand rearing diets have been available for many years. Over time, these diets have been specifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of developing chicks. Pretty Bird, Harrisons Bird Products, and Vetafarm have all developed hand-rearing diets that address nutritional requirements by promoting increased digestibility and solution consistency. Both Harrison’s and Vetafarm now produce a neanate formula which has shown to be excellent for newly hatched psittacines and passerines.

Extruded Diets

The availability of commercially produced avian diets in Australia has increased over the last several years. This has been a direct result of the increased research and breeder demand. Companies such as Pretty Bird, Harrisons Bird Foods, and Vetafarm have developed diets that address nutritional requirements of captive birds, especially parrots. These nutrionally balanced diets are presented in pellet form, providing birds in the home convenient access to nutrition they would not otherwise obtain.

Nuts & Seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PPC produces a range of nuts, seeds and seed mixes.

– Almonds in shell

– Almonds shelled pieces

– Sunflower seed

– Sprouting seed.  Sprouted seed are beneficial as their nutrients are more readily digestible than in seeds in an unsprouted form.  Enzymatic reactions in sprouting seeds result in the breakdown of complex carbohydrate molecules into smaller forms, thus more readily digested.  Rapid digestion of nutrients promotes efficient conversion of food to energy.  See our Sprouting Seed video.

– Parrot Fruit and Nut

– Canary Mix

– Budgie seed (green and blue)

Pretty Bird – Bird Foods

PRETTY BIRD SPECIES SPECIFIC

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Pretty Bird Species Specific Cockatiel Select

An extruded food made just for cockatiels.  Manufactured with 14% protein and 10% fat in small sized morsels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird Species Specific Eclectus Special

Manufactured with fructose which is a naturally occurring ingredient in fruit in a smaller shaped nugget.  Eclectus love fruit which should also be offered on a daily basis.  16% protein and 6% fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird Species Specific Lory Special

Easy to feed alternative to nectar diets and contains fructose.  Lories love fruit which should also be offered on a daily basis.  16% protein and 6% fat in mini sized morsels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird Species Specific Softbill Select

For the feeding of management of softbill birds such as toucans and mynahs.  Manufactured with fructose which is a naturally occurring ingredient in fruit in a smaller shaped nugget.  Softbills love fruit which should also be offered on a daily basis.

Iron levels are less than 60ppm, which is well below the safe maximum levels currently recommended.  18% protein and 8% fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird Hi-Pro Amazon and Cockatoo Special

Designed primarily for cockatoos and amazons, this food provides a higher protein (17%) and a lower fat (4%) to ensure proper nutrition and minimize weight gain in adult birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird African Special

Designed for most African species and medium and large conures, contains higher calcium, 14% protein and 8% fat in medium sized morsels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird Hi-Energy Macaw Special

Designed for species that require high fat levels such as macaws, golden conures and black cockatoos.

This food provides the high fat content required by these species with the proper vitamins and minerals to provide a balance diet.

Available in medium sized morsels with 16% protein and 10% fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAILY SELECT

 

Pretty Bird Daily Select Large

Provides a balanced diet for large cockatoos and macaws.

Multicoloured, multi-shaped, extruded bird food containing 14% protein and 5% fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird Daily Select Medium

Provides a balanced diet for African Greys, Amazons, small and medium cockatoos, larger conures, small macaws and similar sized birds.

Multicoloured, multi-shaped, extruded bird food containing 14% protein and 5% fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird Daily Select Small

Provides a balanced diet for budgies, lovebirds, cockatiels, small conures and other similarly sized birds.

Multicoloured, multi-shaped, extruded bird food containing 14% protein and 5% fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird Daily Select Mini

Provides a balanced diet for canaries and finches and other similarly sized birds.

Multicoloured, multi-shaped, extruded bird food containing 14% protein and 5% fat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BREEDER SELECT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pretty Bird Breeder Select Medium

Provides a balanced diet for breeding birds.  Contains 16% protein and 10% fat plus extra calcium.  A coloured and flavoured extruded diet.

 

Pretty Bird Breeder Select Small

Provides a balanced diet for breeding birds.  Contains 16% protein and 10% fat plus extra calcium.  A coloured and flavoured extruded diet.

 

Pretty Bird Hand Rearing Formulas – the first number denotes the protein % and the second number denotes the fat %.

 

Pretty Bird Weaning Pellets

Nutritionally balanced weaning food extruded in a corn shaped curl that is easier for young birds to hold while they are learning to eat.   16% protein and 10% fat.

 

 

Nekton Minerals and Supplements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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High quality bird supplements with human grade ingredients

 

Nekton-BIO

A protein enriched food supplement to ensure good feather growth and helps to prevent plumage defects.  Helps to grow and maintain beautiful glossy feathers.

Nekton-BIO Product Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nekton-E

A Vitamin E supplement for birds as an aid to good health and increased fertility, especially during the breeding season.  Protects against defects in bone structure. Helps produce better laying results.  Guards against degeneration of heart and skeletal muscles.  Protects against kidney and liver trouble.

Nekton-E Product Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nekton-Gelb

Prevents colours from fading or heightens yellow shades of plumage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nekton-Lori

A high grade supplement especially developed to meet the particular dietary needs of Lories.   Contains a carefully selected combination of carbohydrates similar to flower nectar, macro and micro trace elements, 13 vitamins and pro-vitamins (including Vit A to protect the outer tissues of the respiratory, digestive and reproductive organs, and B group vitamins for healthy metabolism), 18 amino acids and proteins (including finely ground bee pollen) and fatty acids.

Nekton-Lori Product Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nekton-MSA

A high grade calcium supplement with other macro and vital trace elements boosted by vitamin D3 to help rear young animals and treat calcium deficiencies.

Nekton-MSA Product Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nektar-Plus

Nectar concentrate for hummingbirds and other nectar-feeding birds.

 

Carefully composed and balanced formula of vital ingredients including:

•               Carbohydrates

•               Protein

•               Vitamins

•               Macro and Trace Elements

In their natural surroundings the main source of nourishment for these species is nectar and for some small insects. That is why the carbohydrates in NEKTAR-PLUS have been composed to copy nectar and provide the bird’s basal metabolism with the necessary energy. In the main the essential protein is already in its digested form, that is sophisticated amino acids in the natural L form, plus bee pollen. 18 indispensable amino acids are included in NEKTAR-PLUS to make sure the supply of protein is immediately available to the body. Vitamins and interrelating minerals have been added to the formula because animals can synthesize no minerals and only a few vitamins. Their diets must contain both to ensure smooth running of the metabolic machinery.

This nutritious powder must simply be mixed with lukewarm water to provide a complete diet for good health and condition.

In addition to providing a complete diet for hummers, sun birds, lorikeets and various other nectar-feeding species of birds, NEKTAR-PLUS ensures that butterflies and other valuable insects get an all-year-round supply of vital nutrients.

 

Nektar-Plus Product Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nekton-Q

Dietary supplement fortified with extra Vitamin K for birds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nekton-S

A multi-vitamin supplement enriched with amino acids and trace elements.  Nekton-S is a soluble powder vitamin which can be added to drinking water or sprinkled over soft foods.  Can be added daily to increase resistance to disease and improve productivity, especially during breeding.

Nekton-S Product Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nekton-Rep

A highly valuable vitamin and mineral supplement enriched with amino acids for reptiles and amphibians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance or if you would like more information on any of these products.

Harrison’s Bird Foods

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HBD ADULT LIFETIME

 

Harrison’s Bird Food – Adult Lifetime Coarse

A certified organic year round maintenance formula that meets the nutritional requirements for healthy, non-breeding medium to large parrots (eg. Pionus, Amazons, Cockatoos, Macaws).

Protein 15%, fat 5.5%

(http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/alc.html)

 

Harrison’s Bird Food – Adult Lifetime Fine

A certified organic year round maintenance formula that meets the nutritional requirements for healthy, non-breeding small to medium parrots (eg. Lories, Cockatiels, Lovebirds, Quakers, Doves and Pigeons).

Protein 14%, fat 6%

(http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/alf.html)

 

Harrison’s Bird Food – Adult Lifetime SuperFine

A certified organic year round maintenance formula that meets the nutritional requirements for healthy, non-breeding small to medium parrots (eg. Cockatiels, Canaries, Budgies, Parakeets, Finches).

Protein 14%, fat 6%

(http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/alsf.html)

 

Harrison’s Bird Food – Adult Lifetime Mash

A certified organic year round maintenance balanced nutrient and low antigen formula that meets the nutritional requirements for healthy non-breeding birds that are potentially allergic to other ingredients.   Can be used for Canaries, Budgies, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Doves, Lovebirds, Conures, Parrotlets, Pigeons and other small parrots.

Protein 17%, fat 6.5%

(http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/alm.html)

 

Harrison’s Bird Food – Pepper Lifetime Coarse

A certified organic year round maintenance formula that meets the nutritional requirements for healthy, non-breeding medium to large parrots (eg. Pionus, Amazons, Eclectus, large Cockatoos and large Macaws).  Contains 1% certified organic cayenne pepper and can be used as a flavourful alternative to Adult Lifetime Formula or as foraging treats.

Protein 15%, fat 5.5%

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/plc.html

 

 

HBD HIGH POTENCY

 

Harrison’s Bird Food – High Potency Coarse

A certified organic maximum nutrient year round maintenance formula that meets the nutritional requirements for healthy  medium to large parrots.   Can be used for weaning and breeding birds including African Greys, large Macaws and Queen of Bavaria Conures.

Can also be used for birds that have special needs such as birds that are moulting, overweight, underweight, particularly active, housed in a cold climate, recovering from an illness or affected by liver or kidney disease.

Protein 18%, fat 15%

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/hpc.html

 

 

Harrison’s Bird Food – High Potency Fine

A certified organic maximum nutrient year round maintenance formula that meets the nutritional requirements for healthy  small to medium parrots.   Can be used for weaning and breeding birds including Conures, Lories, Quakers, Cockatiels and Lovebirds.

Can also be used for birds that have special needs such as birds that are moulting, overweight, underweight, particularly active, housed in a cold climate, recovering from an illness or affected by liver or kidney disease.

Protein 20%, fat 12%

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/hpf.html

 

 

Harrison’s Bird Food – High Potency SuperFine

A certified organic maximum nutrient year round maintenance formula that meets the nutritional requirements for healthy  small parrots.   Can be used for weaning and breeding birds including Conures, Lories, Quakers, Cockatiels, Lovebirds Budgies, Finches, Canaries and other small parrots.

Can also be used for birds that have special needs such as birds that are moulting, overweight, underweight, particularly active, housed in a cold climate, recovering from an illness or affected by liver or kidney disease.

Protein 20%, fat 12%

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/hpsf.html

 

 

Harrison’s Bird Food – High Potency Mash

A certified organic maximum nutrient year round maintenance formula that meets the nutritional requirements for healthy  small parrots.   Can be used for weaning and breeding birds including Canaries, Doves, Budgies, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Lovebirds, Finches and other small to medium parrots.

Can also be used for birds that have special needs such as birds that are moulting, overweight, underweight, particularly active, housed in a cold climate, recovering from an illness or affected by liver or kidney disease.

Protein 20%, fat 14%

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/hpm.html

 

Harrison’s BIRD BREADS

Original, Millet & Flax, Hot Pepper

A premium certified organic “Bake at Home” bird bread mix.

*Provides a healthy alternative for bird owners who choose to prepare their own bird food or those who give regular treats to their birds.

*Can be offered instead of table food to birds that like to eat at family mealtimes

*Can be used as a weaning food, and to assist in converting birds to a formulated diet

*Can be hidden as a foraging reward

*Can be used as a vehicle for administering liquid medications

*Provides an easy-to-use transition for hospitalized or boarding birds until acceptance of the appropriate formulated diet

*Can be moistened and offered to birds that are feeding chicks as a soft food

 

For maximum nutrition, use Harrison’s Sunshine Factor (30ml certified organic palm fruit oil) instead of cooking oil when baking.

 

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/birdbread.html

 

Harrison’s NEONATE

A certified organic complete balanced hand-feeding formula for psittacine chicks from hatching to 1-3 weeks of age.

An easily assimilated source of nutrients for young birds with a smooth texture for acceptability.  Can be used for a wide range of passerines including swifts, swallows, large-sized flycatchers and warblers, shrikes, robins and finches.  It is important to use the correct feeding technique to prevent injury to the bird or inhalation of the formula that can result in pneumonia and death.

Protein 26%, fat 14%

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/neo.html

 

Harrison’s JUVENILE HAND-REARING FORMULA

 

A certified organic complete balanced hand-feeding formula for psittacine chicks until weaning.

 

HBD Juvenile Hand-Feeding Brochure

 

An easily assimilated source of nutrients for young birds with a smooth texture for acceptability.  Can be used following post-hatch feeding of HBD Neonate Formula for selected parrots.  It is important to use the correct feeding technique to prevent injury to the bird or inhalation of the formula that can result in pneumonia and death.

Protein 18%, fat 11%

http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/products/juv.html

 

 


AVIx SOOTHER OINTMENT

 

An effective pain reliever.

This topical pain reliever can be used in conjunction with any Harrison’s formulation and can be used topically on all birds of any age under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

• Effectively manages pain, swelling and inflammation
• Provides pain relief for bruises, trauma, muscle cramps, post-surgical incisions and self-inflicted wounds
• Uses transdermal technology for efficacy of topical application
• Can be applied directly to lesions

Contains pure aloe vera juice and micro-encapsulated 2.5% NH4 solution for analgesia

 


 

 

 

 

 

HEALx BOOSTER

 

Certified organic red palm fruit oil with the addition of patented monolaurin (monoglyceride of a fatty acid) for nontoxic antimicrobial activity

Booster is beneficial as a dietary supplement for all Harrison’s diets, except Power Treats. Booster is especially helpful for stressed or sick birds or for birds that need support of their immune system. It works well for birds during a diet conversion, in hand-raising formulas, for growing chicks and for any bird recovering from an illness or being medically treated by a veterinarian.

• May help eliminate recurrent infections without the use of antibiotics; also works well in conjunction with antibiotic protocols
• May support healing of conditions affecting the skin and plumage, such as dermatitis or feather-picking
• May benefit the animal’s skin, eyes, heart and immune system by strengthening the overall nutritional status
• Has a high antioxidant content
• Is a non-synthetic source of 6 forms of vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols)
• Is a whole food source of carotenoids (precursor to natural vitamin A, including alpha- and beta-carotene)
• Is a natural, rich source of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) compared to other oils
• Contains a good balance of fatty acids
• May improve the effectiveness of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
• May contribute to decreased risk of chronic diseases
• Is a vegetable oil that is more stable than flax oil

 


 

 

 

 

 

HEALx SUNSHINE FACTOR

 

100% USDA-Certified organic red palm fruit oil

 

This organic Brazilian red palm fruit oil complements all diets (Harrison’s Bird Foods or seeds) except Power Treats and can be used as a dietary supplement for all birds. Do not use in conjunction with Booster.

• May benefit the animal’s skin, eyes, heart and immune system by strengthening the overall nutritional status

• May improve the animal’s energy level, particularly in geriatric patients

• Beneficial for all aspects of the skin and coat/plumage, including dry skin and brittle or dull hair or feathers

• Has high antioxidant content

• Is a non-synthetic source of 6 forms of vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols)

• Is a whole food source of carotenoids (precursor to natural vitamin A, including alpha- and beta-carotene)

• Is a natural, rich source of coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) compared to other oils

• Contains a good balance of fatty acids

• May improve the effectiveness of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs

• Is a vegetarian oil that is more stable than flax oil

• Easy to administer; animals like the taste

• Kosher certified

Sunshine Factor Brochure

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on any of these products.

Sprouted seed for parrots – Movie

November 27, 2009

Sprouted seed for parrots. – Research from Priam parrot breeding centre.