I currently have all my birds on a seed based diet. In addition to the seeds, I of course give them all extra foods such as grains, vegetables, and fruits. For a while, I had been homeschooled, which gave me plenty of time during the day (especially in the mornings) to prepare all of their foods and make sure they are eating them. Now that I am going back to public school (something I really wish I wasn't doing for the sake of my birds) I am finding it more and more difficult to consistently give them the extra foods they need to have a well balanced diet.
The reason I used to not want to feed my birds pellets was because I felt as if pellets were artificial and that seeds would be more like what the birds would feed on in the wild. I have read, however, that seeds are more fatty and can lead to obesity and bad habits/behaviors in birds. I have also read that pellets give a whole lot more nutrition than seed, so less of these extra foods would be needed (but of course, not completely abandoned) and therefore makeup for what I don't have energy to provide in the mornings. I know switching from seeds to pellets is a long and hard process, but if it'll end up being better for my babies, I'm all for it. What are your experiences and opinions on seeds and pellets?
Another question I have is regarding Harrison's Bird Foods. While at the vet one time, I picked up a pamphlet about Harrison's Bird Foods, which are pretty much pellets. The experienced vet highly suggested that we think about switching to Harrison's Bird Foods and that it will greatly improve the health of our birds. Now, (with Harrison's Bird Foods) not only would it be a long and hard process, it would be expensive and difficult to buy, as I've never seen Harrison's Bird Foods sold in regular pet stores, only a few specialty places and on the internet. Does anybody have any experience with Harrison's? Would it be worth buying, more than any other pellet brands?
What other pellet brands would you suggest? I want the healthiest kind I can find, with lots of nutrients.
Any help on this topic would be great, thanks.