One of the hardest things about owning any type of a pet is finding foods for this pet that are really the best possible foods for it to eat. I have always struggled with finding a pet food company that I can really trust to give my pets the food that is best for them. I worry even more when it comes to feeding my parrot because he is small so potential chemical additives would be more likely to harm him.
To make sure that I can keep him safe, I have started to make sure that everything that he eats is organic. This helps to ensure that he is not exposed to a wide range of poisons which might be on foods that are not organic. When I give him the organic parrot pellets and the organic fruits and vegetables, I feel like I am doing everything that I can to take care of him.
When I started to look at different foods for my parrot, I was determined to find something that I would be able to feed my parrot without really worrying too much about what was in them. I had to have something that would be nutritious and good for my bird so that I could trust this feed. I did a good amount of research so I could find something that could be trusted.
To make sure that I would be able to get something that would be good, I looked at reviews from people who were actually feeding this food to their birds on a regular basis. By looking at reviews, I quickly saw which types of food to avoid using. I was then able to find some parrot pellets that I knew would be the very best for my bird to eat.
Most bird owners recognize the importance of investing in a roomy cage. A parrot or parakeet’s dwelling should be large enough to accommodate the stretching of wings as well as some lateral movement. People certainly don’t appreciate being cooped up for extended periods in an enclosed space, and birds are no different. But did you know that the interior decor is just as important as the cage space itself?
Decor might not be the right word, exactly, as it implies that birds have an eye for aesthetics. In truth, they appreciate having the ability to stay occupied during long stretches of time when they’re left alone. Hanging bird toys such as bells add an element of fun to an otherwise austere cage. Small though their brains may be, birds still have a desire to stay busy; bird toys provide an outlet for that desire. And, of course, always be sure that there are fresh bird pellets available to your avian friend.
Polly may want a cracker, but birds need their vitamins too! Since they can’t really take pills like a cat or dog, they a unique method of getting their vital nutrients. In my experience, one of the easiest ways of ensuring that your bird is receiving the proper nutrition is with organic parrot treats.
These vitamin-packed goodies provide your feathered friend the additional nutrition that they don’t get from their ordinary birdseed. Not only will you be nourishing your parrot, but they will also love the flavor of these tasty treats. Organic parrot treats will ensure that Polly will have a long and happy life.
In Europe we cook with fresh ingredients of the highest quality, we can find or afford. So, I was clueless what this woman was talking about, when she told me that she makes her parrot food from scratch. Curious as I am, I looked up the meaning of the word SCRATCH. And I found “score, gash, scrape, rasp, wound, lacerate, deface, erase, withdraw, reject, scribble, scrawl, irritate, and sputter”. Or “made from scratch derives from a line or mark drawn or scratched into the ground to indicate a boundary or starting-point in sports”.
Why do Americans mean scratch are fresh ingredients? Not one of these words sound like something to eat to me. What am I missing?
I always read labels, but since I found out I have a soy allergy, I am becoming a master in labels reading. Most products which are already prepared, I would not even consider food anymore. They are a conglomeration of artificial colors, flavor, sugars, etc. In short a chemical cocktail. There are two ingredients which are almost not avoidable: SOY and CORN. Both easy to grow, cheap in production and therefore a wonderful cash machine. If we don’t find them as fillers in products, we find them in form of lecithin, starch, emulsifier, etc. I bought some “ancient grain quinoa pasta”, where the first ingredients was corn flour. But that was nowhere on the package, but only on the ingredients list.
When we now look at our parrot food, we will find lots of soy, corn and peanuts, next to artificial vitamins, color, fake flavor and sugar on the ingredients list. But where is the real food? And does it make any difference if I feed organic fillers with a chemical mix?
Soy and corn allergies are on the rise. And not only with humans. Many parrots have issues (plucking, screaming, etc.) which might be allergic reactions to their daily soy or corn. It becomes more important all the time to feed as much fresh food to our parrots as possible. And if we feed premade food, to look at the ingredients and make sure it contains real food.
A nutritional balanced diet for a parrot would be a diet consisting of different vegetables, fruits, seeds, pellets and nuts, in short “variety in moderation”.
So what happens when we offer our birds a nice dish with different vegetables or fruits or seeds? Right, the parrots eat what they like most and the rest ends up on the floor. Meaning we offer a variety of food, but the bird is not eating a variety.
If they would live in nature they would not eat a variety at one meal. They would eat the one food they find. If they are full or have wiped out whatever they found or the flock flys on they leave whatever they ate. Sometimes they find different foods on one day, sometimes it mean they eat the same for a day, a week or longer.
I like to imitate these one parrot food at the time scheme, because it gives me control in what they eat. If I offer a mix, I don’t know what they really eat or not. Yes, from what’s on the floor I can guess. But they pick out the same kind most of the time. So, when I give them one vegetable per day, one kind of seed (dry, soaked or sprouted) one kind of nuts a day, I can cover the birds’ nutritional need over a certain time. Like it would be in nature.
The food schedule for my birds looks like this:
Lunch: some nuts
In between they have a bowl with pellets in their cage, way away from the water bowl, so the pellets stay dry and I don’t have to change them every day.
Some years ago Consumer Reports brought to the light that rice was contaminated with inorganic (not natural) arsenic. Brown rice and rice grown in the South Central Region of the US and Texas is higher in arsenic, than rice grown in California.
This report started to bring to light more and more details about
arsenic in our daily food. Where did it come from? It’s in the soil. Arsenic-based pesticides were widely used in this country in the 20th century. So the soil and our ground water are inundated with it. Though the use of these pesticides is not allowed anymore in the US, the irrigation with the ground water containing arsenic from the soil still continues.
Arsenic-contaminated groundwater is to this day still used for irrigation purposes in crop fields and elevates the arsenic concentration in topsoil and the crops.
It looks like we can’t get away from inorganic arsenic, but in eating a variety of foods and keep an eye where it comes from, might help to keep it at a lower level.
I think it is important to feed your parrot (and eat) “a variety in moderation” and not foods which are mainly arsenic contaminated fillers with a few supplements added.
I am liking my suppliers and farmers here, who grow since many generations without chemicals, more and more.
Until about 70 years ago all our food was grown organically. Though, it was not called organic, but just normal food.
Then farmers started to use more and more fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides. So, more and more people started to buy ‘organically’ grown food and it became a moneymaker. Big business got interested and took over “organic”. If I look at organic “food” in our days I find mostly some cheap and easy to grow organic soy and corn with all kinds of chemicals. Even apples, pears and some other fruits are covered with a wax containing soy lecithin. Our food is by now inundated in chemicals.
So more and more farmers don’t care about organic anymore. They grow sustainable, rotated crops, use natural means like insects, etc. to create “real” food again, which nourishes the body and enhances the environment.
It takes a little research to find farmers and companies which operate sustainable and use principles that are based on the desire to maintain harmonious relationships between food production and the environment. But it is worth it, because of our and the planets health.
TOP’s Parrot Food is not allowed to use the word organic anywhere on the website anymore, without being certified with the USDA. We are not even allowed to say that TOP’s parrot Food started 2003 as Totally Organics. According to the USDA that would be a claim we can only make if we certify with them. But we can tell our customers which of the ingredients of our Parrot Food are organic.
We had to choose between applying for a certification or erase the word organic from our website and name, Totally Organics. If you are like me and read labels, you see that certified organic does not necessarily mean quality or real food. Many of the certified organic foods contain mainly fillers like soy, corn, etc. Some pet foods even contain chemicals, which are not allowed for human consumption. In my opinion organic is becoming a big money maker, which means there are more and more large companies in for the money and don’t really care about health and quality.
Totally Organics has never been certified for the above reasons. Our ingredients are just real foods, not fillers since 10 years. So, we changed our name to TOP’s Parrot Food and also changed two suppliers who grow ecological and sustainable. We are looking for more of them, because we think sustainable is the new organics. These growers are genuine about the health of the planet and its people.