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I've fed my parrotlet a predominately fresh diet since I brought her home a while ago, something which mutated from a short-term refrigerated layered salad ordeal into a longer-term bagged-and-frozen thing augmented by fresh bits daily. (TOP and soaked/sprouted seeds are simply mixed in to the batch.)
At my most recent vet visit, the doc told me that feeding a parrot "moist food" results in unwanted hormonal activity, including feather destructive behavior. She demanded I feed the bird exclusively pellets (she named Harrison's) augmented with fresh fruit and veg in tiny amounts--10% of the diet (how these can't be "moist" evades my logic). She handed me a photocopied pamphlet, branded and sourced from Harrison's (she must think I am an idiot--in her defense: I look like one), which supposedly corroborated her advice (I threw it away without looking at it--you might as well have been trying to sell me a Mazda with that thing).*
I don't have any evidence to the contrary other than nature and the whole wide world outside and book authors and photographs of parrots eating "moist food" in the wild, though I have to ask: Is this advice as insane as it sounds? Does feeding a parrot "moist food" truly result in 'unwanted hormonal activity'? Is it possible that feeding a bird exclusively pellets is pure and beneficial taking psychology and foraging and fun and experimentation and different needs on different days into mind? Or has my skepticism in re: vets become a touch nonsensical and adversarial?
I like the 'Chop', 'Gloop', fresh fruit and veg, soaked seed, fun food, pomegranate, kiwi, how about some quinoa, rice is nice, bung some broccoli in the batch thing because my bird seems to love it and thrive on it and it is great to watch a captive bird explore various food ideas.
Any thoughts on this vet's advice? Has corporate interest invaded psittacine medicine, or am I being paranoid?
*She also produced samples of Harrison's pellets which I refused to take (though I'll admit: if she had had some super-fine pellets for a parrotlet, I may have snatched a bag... but alas, there were none).
Last edited by Deresy; 03-13-2014 at 07:21 PM.