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Best pellet and diet

My first question is about the pellets and whether or not harrisons is worth the cost. If not what pellet is better? I have been looking for ever for the answer and everyone has their own thoughts on it. Leona (my lovebird) is currently on zupreem natural.
My next question is what is the best way to get her to eat veggies?
What pasta and grains should I feed her and how?

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I had a flock of over 30 lovies and they all ate gloop for breakfast (cooked whole grains and pulses with cooked/diced/chopped veggies) and a good quality budgie seed mix for dinner. I don't believe in feeding pellets to birds.
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What kind of seeds does your mix contain?
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My first question is about the pellets and whether or not harrisons is worth the cost. If not what pellet is better? I have been looking for ever for the answer and everyone has their own thoughts on it. Leona (my lovebird) is currently on zupreem natural.
My next question is what is the best way to get her to eat veggies?
What pasta and grains should I feed her and how?
I don't believe in an exclusive diet. Harrison's, Roudybush, are supposed to be the best. I think zupreem natural comes in next only because it has sugar added. My birds get seeds in a limited quantity, fresh fruits and veggies daily with grains added a few times a week, and pellets available to them daily. The only kind they will eat is Roudybush. I think it matters more which one they'll eat and less about the brand. To get her to eat new things, put the veggies in the food processor and mix it with a tablespoon or two of seeds and pellets if that's what she likes. Worked for me and you can freeze it.

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I personally don't feed pellets, but if I did I would only feed Harrison's pellets, because they are organic and without sugar and salt.
I tested a local sort of pellets in summer, and they tasted as if there were nut shells inside. Yikes, I don't really trust these things.

I also got my guys eating fruits and veggies by mxing them under the seeds first.
Later I could offer both sorts of food seperately.
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My only complaint with Harrison's is that the pellets are a little bit too tough at times. Try TOPs pellets Just google them!

My lovebirds eat chop, an African parrot seed mix and some fresh fruits and herbs etc. as well as cooked meals. They are very good eaters

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Lovebirds are much better eaters than tiels and budgies so you should have no problem feeding them healthy stuff. My first lovie flock were nine show and breeding birds I got from the widow of a gentleman who showed/raised them (they lived in a penthouse on Park Ave in Manhattan) and, along with the birds in their cages, came a 50lb bag of a specially blended seed mix for them and I had to promise the woman never to feed them pellets because her husband had been completely against them (which was no big thing for me). In that flock (they were longfeathers), there was a lutino hen which had won first prize on every single competition she had entered (I called her Marilyn Monroe because every single male who saw her wanted her -she ended up with two husbands -LOL)
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I tried Harrison's for the knuckleheads and it seemed all they did was chew it up into dust and didn't eat much... I feed roudybush minis to them, and small to the conures.

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I tried Harrison's for the knuckleheads and it seemed all they did was chew it up into dust and didn't eat much... I feed roudybush minis to them, and small to the conures.
Do they hold the minis with their feet? I wondered if Mina would be more likely to eat pellets if she could hold them with her feet. Right now I have offered her crumbles and it isn't going so well.

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The only thing I have seen them hold is veggies. The conures will pick their smalls up and eat them.

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Mine all have taken to Roudybush really well, even a 14 year old stubborn seed eating tiel, and I personally quite like the brand. I got hooked on it when I lived in Orlando, the shop owner I worked for had been feeding it for almost 10 years exclusively and had a lot of success. I, personally, don't believe in serving only pellets... how would you like to eat a bowl of nutrient complete cheerios every morning? You're getting all you need but do you enjoy it at all?

I think, whether you feed pellets or not, as long as you are comfortable with the brand and can stand behind it, then go for it! There's no perfectly right way to feed your parrot. Everyone has their own idea on exactly what is right and it varies from vet to vet, region to region. I've used both Harrisons and Roudybush and prefer the Roudybush. I honestly feel Harrison's is overpriced, but it is a very good brand and you should feel totally safe feeding it to your bird as far as quality goes.

Personally, I feel as long as you supplement the pelleted diet with quality seeds, veggies, and fruits you'll do just fine Zupreem is a good brand. Think of it, in terms of dog food. Zupreem is your Eukanuba, Purina, etc. Good quality, not perfect but something you can feel confident feeding your bird. It's not like some yucky Walmart brand or full of dyes and such.

The highest quality, from what I've heard, and best rated are Roudybush, Harrisons, and TOPS. As I said, I think Harrison's is overpriced and I have no personal experience with TOPS, but everyone I know who has used it loves it. Research ingredients, benefits, etc and see what fits your personal belief as far as nutrition! Some people think all organic is the only way to go, others think natural is good, etc. If you would feel comfortable eating it yourself, then it's good enough for your bird!



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