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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-20-2011, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
 
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Cool Converting birds to Harrison's bird food.

I was on Talk Cockatiels yesterday when I ran into a brand name called Harrison's in the food section. It said "high potency" so it made me interested to see what this bird food was.

I came to find that Harrison's is the bird food my avian vet recommended and sold to me for my cockatiel that I had when I was like 12. And I just remember how much emphasis she was putting on the fact that it was the best out of any bird pellets out there. But since then I forgot what that food actually was, cuz I only bought it once. And after all these years I finally found it again

I was looking over their website, and watched a video on why Harrison's is so good for your bird compared to other commercial bird foods. They totally sold me, and I've decided I'm going to switch all my birds to this food.

I really think it's a good choice because I've always wanted the best possible bird food for my birds. I'm always paranoid that what I'm buying for them at the pet store is just a load of junk. Especially the seeds.

Here's their website: http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/index.html

The video I watched is right at the bottom of that page if anyone's interested.

Has anyone ever heard of Harrison's?
Does anyone feed their bird Harrison's?
What do you think of the food?
Is there any negatives to feeding your bird Harrison's?


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Most of us use Harrison's, I don't know anybody on here that hasn't heard of it. My birds love it and I love them eating it knowing it is good for them, I put seeds amongst the pellets too for treats and it goes down really well. I feed it to mine in the late afternoon, fruit n veg are fed in the morning. I don't see any negatives, I do however disagree with people that say that feeding only pellets is good, always throw in fruit n veg etc

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Has anyone ever heard of Harrison's?

Yes - We used to go to Dr Harrison down here in WPB back when we had cockatoos It's a very good brand

Does anyone feed their bird Harrison's?

Yes, I have in the past, but I switched to Roudybush because Harrison's got too expensive

What do you think of the food?

It's a very high quality food, great for your birds if you can get them to eat it. I just find it to be a little expensive, but it is top of the line. I can't afford to feed it to my 7 I prefer to feed Roudybush, which is just as good but not organic, and spend the money I save on higher quality seed, fruit, and veggies.

Is there any negatives to feeding your bird Harrison's?

Only negatives I see in Harrison's is they want you to feed your bird ONLY the pellet - not even fresh fruit and veggies. That's not a flaw in the brand, just in how they want you to feed. But that's easy enough to fix, just give them what you want The only other thing to watch is, since it's a nutritionally complete diet, is you don't want to add many supplements to it, since the food contains high levels of vitamins already and you don't want to over do it.


Only other advice I have is that the high potency is meant for converting birds to the pellet - after 4-6 months when the bird is eating it regularly, you will want to switch to the adult lifetime blend. High potency is for breeding birds, sick birds, weaning babies, and converting birds because it has more fat, protein, and vitamins than the adult lifetime blend. It's also good to give as a daily mix for african greys, eclectus, and macaws because they need more protein and fat in their diets.



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Harrison's is an excellent pellet to feed. There are others I like too like Oven Fresh Bites (which is the only baked pellet on the market - all of the others are extruded), Goldenobles by Goldenfeast, Totally Organics, and Zupreem Natural. We have lots of great choices for healthy diets for our Fids nowadays, which is just awesome!
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I use Roudybush crumbles and both of my birds are doing well on it. Harrison's and Roudybush are the two most recommended around here. My avian vet says Roudybush is just fine, and the bird shop where I buy my birds, supplies, toys, food, etc., weans their birds to Roudybush pellets.

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Havent used it much except in the birdy bread, my parrotlet didn't seem to like it but I haven't tried anything with Cricket except the zupreem and seed mixed together because that is what the breeder fed him. Plus the fruit and veggies. Might have to change over to it. Or at least let him try it.
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Glad to see everyone knows about Harrison's

I've just never heard anyone mention them before. I go on a lot of differet bird sites too. I mostly hear about Kaytee or Zupreem.

And yes I know that the high potency is for a limited time for their conversion


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Harrison's is great! I use it on my own birds after very strong reccomendations from my vet. I really can tell a difference. They say things like your birds' feathers will be brighter and healthier, which I can see in them. They just seem healthier and happier to me. I also add in some seed as a treat sometimes and extra veggies, fruits and grains, just to mix it up a bit. If I were a bird, I'd really hate having the same exact food every single day, haha. I'd suggest to everyone to make the switch, or at least add it into their birds' diet. I originally thought Harrison's would be WAY expensive, but when I actually got to buying it I remember being surprised that it wasn't as bad as I thought. Maybe a little bit more than the seed you buy at pet stores, but not much, and it's TOTALLY worth it anyway.




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I feed my birds Harrisons, TOPs, and sometimes Zupreem. (Those are the pellet brands I feed. I also feed sprouts and fresh foods.) They like the Harrisons. Some of them seem to like the Harrisons the best. Some like the TOPs the best. Some like the Zupreem the best. I feed only one type of pellet per day, but I do like to offer variety even in pellets. I think this is especially important in case as some point a brand becomes unavailable, or you just can't get that brand for a while. I feed more TOPs than anything else. It is totally organic and cold pressed. However, my bourkes won't eat TOPs, and I think perhaps she is unable to do so due to the shape of her beak and the limited beak pressure she has, although perhaps she just doesn't like it. The parrotlet LOVES TOPs, so even many little birds do eat it.

I know you asked specifically about Harrisons. I do like Harrisons, and my African grey and my Maximillian pionus prefer Harrisons to all other foods. All of my birds do eat Harrison's very well. Even though the Maximillian seems to favor Harrison's the most now, she did take a long time to start eating it. Everyone else ate it right off.


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So i ordered the Harrisons kit, for transfering birds from seed to harrisons. I know that i will keep feeding fruits and veggies and the occational treat plus a tiny bit of seed. (seeds in the treat mix too) It was pretty pricey by the time shipping was added on but hopefully it makes the transition easier.

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