Archive for September, 2015


A nutritional balanced diet for a parrot

posted by Gudrun @ 11:23 AM
September 22, 2015

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:

Morning: vegetable

Lunch: some nuts

Evening: seeds

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.

 


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Arsenic in our parrot food

posted by Gudrun @ 16:03 PM
September 17, 2015

 

 parrot food

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.

 


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Sustainable, the new organic

posted by Gudrun @ 13:38 PM
September 16, 2015

 

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.


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From Totally Organics to TOP’s Parrot Food

posted by Gudrun @ 11:19 AM
September 4, 2015

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.


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