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Organic Pellets from Birdtricks.com

Does anyone use these? And what do you think about them?

I have 2 pacific parrotlets and will be getting a 7 year old CAG in September and just looking for better diet for all....if possible.
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I couldn't see enough about the food to give you any kind of opinion. Can you tell me where to get more information. I couldn't see the contents nor how it is made.

I feed TOPS (Totally Organic Pellets) and Harrisons, and actually I also feed some other pellets which are just natural but not organic. Those pellets kind of look like the TOPS, but I can't tell from what I saw on the site.


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I haven't a clue.

I use Harrison's

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I have heard they are re-packaged TOPS pellets...
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What is the purpose of that?


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Umm...I also don't see the point of that. I use Harrison's as well.




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I am not sure about much of them...just that they did send me the list of ingredients when I asked about them...and that it is a 4 lb bag. And I had questioned them about what if I didn't need them as often as once a month...and they said that you could tell them how often to ship...if you only need it every 3 months that was fine.

Below is the list of ingredients they sent me:


Certified Organic Ingredients: Brown rice, barley, alfalfa leaf, [The following ingredients comprise no more than 5% of total volume each.] sunflower seed hulled, sesame seeds unhulled, amaranth whole, quinoa whole, buckwheat hulled, millet hulled, dandelion leaf powder, carrot powder, spinach leaf powder, purple dulse, rose hips powder, rose hips crushed, orange peel powder, lemon peel powder, rosemary whole leaf, cayenne ground, crushed red chili peppers, wheat grass powder, barley grass powder.

Guaranteed Analysis: Protein 15% Max., Fat 6% Min., Crude Fiber 6% Max.

Contains NO BHA, HGT or ethoxyquin. NO artificial colors, flavors, vitamins, preservatives, or sucrose/sugar. GMO free. Does NOT contain any animal products, or by-products.

Pellet Processing: Designed by avian nutritionists to be the best diet on the market today. Life Enhancing Organic Parrot pellets are cold-pressed (not extruded or baked) to keep natural enzymes, vitamins, and other nutrients intact.

Naturally preserved with Rosemary, Rose Hips, Lemon and Orange Peel.

Storage: Store in a cool, dry place, free from insect infestation.
Refrigeration is not required. Pellets can be frozen to extend shelf life. Once opened, please reseal in original bag or similar container. Do not feed old or moldy food.

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I looked on my bag of TOP pellets, and the ingredients are not exactly the same, but very close. I am looking at an older bag of TOP pellets because I buy the 25 lb bags and then repackage them into the smaller bags I have from earlier years, freeze them, and take out only smaller quantities at a time. I can look at a newer bag of TOP pellets soon - if I remember to.

Perhaps the ingredients are slightly different on purpose even if they are manufactured by the same company. I think sometimes businesses do that. They might package under their own label and then also as Kroger or some store brand, and they might change up the ingredients slightly, or they might be exactly the same.

At any rate, your list of ingredients and the processing technique look good to me. I would say they are very similar to TOP pellets, if not exactly the same.

TOP pellets are my number one preferred pellets for any birds I can get to eat them. (My rosey bourkes just doesn't seem to be able to break them up to eat them, but all my other birds do.) My daughter's parrotlet eats TOP pellets just fine. Even though he weighs less than the bourkes, his beak is stronger. He loves them.

I feed everyone except Stanley (bourkes) mostly TOP pellets, with Harrison's rotatoed often. I would estimate, as far as pellet consumption, that they eat about 60% TOP pellets, 30% Harrison's pellets, and 9% Zupreem naturals. (I will throw in an occasional day of the Zupreem fruity pellets for some of them, as a treat, because they love them, but I liken it to feeding them Fruit Loops for the day. It won't kill them as an occasional treat, but it sure hypes them up. I WON'T handle the grey or the senegal on the days when they get their fruity treats, because they WILL bite me if I do. Shira, the green cheek, is also more nippy if she has had them, but she doesn't really like them, anyway, and her nips are not so bad that I won't take a chance on holding her.) My children's birds, the maximilian pionus, rosey bourkes, and linnie, seem to be able to handle the fruity pellets on occasion without becoming nippy. I have no idea how that will play out with the newer birds - the parrotlet, quaker, and princess of wales. They all weaned in the bird store onto the fruity Zupreem, but all preferred the natural Zupreem to the fruity stuff, anyway.

OK - so that stuff you probably didn't need to read. Back to your question about these pellets. They look like a repackaged type of TOP pellets to me, given the ingredients list they sent you and the fact that someone on here said that is what they are. Their ingredients are only slightly different from the ingredients listed on the bag of TOP pellets I have here. My parrotlet loves TOP pellets and is VERY sweet. I wouldn't see any reason not to try these pellets if you want to.

One thing that needs to be done when you feed TOP pellets is to ensure that your bird has some exposure to natural sunlight whenever possible. Taking the bird outside for a few minutes daily in a carrier that allows exposure to sunlight is an easy way to do that. You can also try full spectrum lighting. It is ok, and even preferred, to put the bird in shade if it is too hot in the direct sunlight.

In the winter, when I can't expose my birds to sunlight, I do feed a higher percentage of Harrison's pellets than I do during the times of year when I can take the birds outside some.

I am curious now as to whether or not these are exactly the same formulation as TOPs or not, and whether or not they are manufactured by the same people.


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I looked on my bag of TOP pellets, and the ingredients are not exactly the same, but very close. I am looking at an older bag of TOP pellets because I buy the 25 lb bags and then repackage them into the smaller bags I have from earlier years, freeze them, and take out only smaller quantities at a time. I can look at a newer bag of TOP pellets soon - if I remember to.

Perhaps the ingredients are slightly different on purpose even if they are manufactured by the same company. I think sometimes businesses do that. They might package under their own label and then also as Kroger or some store brand, and they might change up the ingredients slightly, or they might be exactly the same.

At any rate, your list of ingredients and the processing technique look good to me. I would say they are very similar to TOP pellets, if not exactly the same.

TOP pellets are my number one preferred pellets for any birds I can get to eat them. (My rosey bourkes just doesn't seem to be able to break them up to eat them, but all my other birds do.) My daughter's parrotlet eats TOP pellets just fine. Even though he weighs less than the bourkes, his beak is stronger. He loves them.

I feed everyone except Stanley (bourkes) mostly TOP pellets, with Harrison's rotatoed often. I would estimate, as far as pellet consumption, that they eat about 60% TOP pellets, 30% Harrison's pellets, and 9% Zupreem naturals. (I will throw in an occasional day of the Zupreem fruity pellets for some of them, as a treat, because they love them, but I liken it to feeding them Fruit Loops for the day. It won't kill them as an occasional treat, but it sure hypes them up. I WON'T handle the grey or the senegal on the days when they get their fruity treats, because they WILL bite me if I do. Shira, the green cheek, is also more nippy if she has had them, but she doesn't really like them, anyway, and her nips are not so bad that I won't take a chance on holding her.) My children's birds, the maximilian pionus, rosey bourkes, and linnie, seem to be able to handle the fruity pellets on occasion without becoming nippy. I have no idea how that will play out with the newer birds - the parrotlet, quaker, and princess of wales. They all weaned in the bird store onto the fruity Zupreem, but all preferred the natural Zupreem to the fruity stuff, anyway.

OK - so that stuff you probably didn't need to read. Back to your question about these pellets. They look like a repackaged type of TOP pellets to me, given the ingredients list they sent you and the fact that someone on here said that is what they are. Their ingredients are only slightly different from the ingredients listed on the bag of TOP pellets I have here. My parrotlet loves TOP pellets and is VERY sweet. I wouldn't see any reason not to try these pellets if you want to.

One thing that needs to be done when you feed TOP pellets is to ensure that your bird has some exposure to natural sunlight whenever possible. Taking the bird outside for a few minutes daily in a carrier that allows exposure to sunlight is an easy way to do that. You can also try full spectrum lighting. It is ok, and even preferred, to put the bird in shade if it is too hot in the direct sunlight.

In the winter, when I can't expose my birds to sunlight, I do feed a higher percentage of Harrison's pellets than I do during the times of year when I can take the birds outside some.

I am curious now as to whether or not these are exactly the same formulation as TOPs or not, and whether or not they are manufactured by the same people.


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