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Steve S. is concerned about the amount of corn in bird food,
Message: We have been using Harrison’s adult lifetime fine. The first ingredient is corn. We would like to cut back on her corn consumption.
If we understand correctly Higgins has less corn. If this is correct which Higgens would you recommend?
You are correct. Harrison’s first ingredient is Corn.
Yes, corn mainly serves as a filler although birds do like it. As to the actual ratios of corn in each of these lines, we cannot say if Higgins Intune is lower than Harrisons.
Pellets are not natural for birds and there are no pellet trees in the rainforest.
If you can find a pellet your bird will eat, stick with it, and don’t bounce around looking for the elusive perfect pellet that your bird will relish.
Every time you change pellets there will be a period where your bird will have to adjust and they might not for quite some time.
Pellets are made out of ingredients formulated to serve as a basic diet. Every manufacturer uses something as a base for their pellets. Corn is common, mainly due to availability and cost. But birds like corn and it helps to get them to accept pellets as a food.
Other things can be used instead of corn. TOPS uses Alfalfa which is grass. Hagen Tropican Alternative Formula uses Wheat, a grain.
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Beyond the pellet base, each pellet manufacturer uses other ingredients to provide as complete a diet as possible. Ingredients for their main protein vary from ground sunflower seeds to soy or bone meal.
Each manufacturer’s recipe is different but with a mutual goal of keeping our captive birds healthy without guesswork for the owner.
Pellets are not meant to be a 100% diet and should be supplemented with fresh vegetables and some fruit and even a few nuts and even some seeds.
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