Pet Age Staff//May 1, 2019//
Pet Age Staff //May 1, 2019//
The base diet for any pet bird is one that features balanced nutrition. A quality diet consists of the primary food that is consumed by the bird on a daily basis, followed by everything else that is fed in addition to the diet, which often comes in the form of a snack.
In the wild, birds eat seeds, nuts, grasses, flowers, fruits, insects and other items. Wild birds eat whatever their habitat offers them, which enables them to ingest vital nourishment through the seasons. Pet birds are no different, consuming the foods they are offered to gain the vital nutrition they require to be healthy pets. That means it is the bird owner’s responsibility to uphold a balanced diet of food and treats to sufficiently sustain their feathered companion’s overall health and mood. If a bird is on a poor diet, it may succumb to any number of viral, bacterial and fungal infections, and is likely to not reach the typical life expectancy of its species.
These days, the trend of transparency with food and treats is thriving within the industry, and this is especially crucial within the bird sector. Because birds require unique diets, it’s important that their food and treats mimic what they would find in the wild. And food sources with added dyes, fillers or artificial ingredients are not what a bird would find in its natural habitat. That’s why consumers seek fresh, high quality, nutritionally rich products for their birds that feature only natural ingredients without compromising flavor.
Manufacturers and retailers are responding to this demand for transparency, and having products that highlight the qualities pet parents are looking for is crucial. It’s important to provide consumers with options so they can find the natural product that best suits their bird. The needs of each bird varies even within breeds, and that’s why this selection of bird food and treats caters to all birds. These products contain the clean, delicious ingredients that birds require for a stimulated, balanced diet, as well as for a long, healthy life.
Featherglow Fancy Soak & Simmer
Featherglow Fancy Soak & Simmer makes a great addition to both seed and pellet diets. Birds will love this protein-packed legume and grain mix that can be served with fresh chop or by itself. Pet owners should show their birds that they love them with a home-cooked meal.
Original Avian Supplement
Original Avian Supplement from The Missing Link adds the missing daily nutrition birds in captivity need. With Omega-3 essential fatty acids, dietary fiber and phytonutrients, this powerful supplement powder supports digestive health, sustained energy levels, fertility and overall wellness. In fact, a sprinkle or two has been known to make plumage thicker and enhance color and shine.
Wild Birdseed Blends
Premium wild bird food brand Nature’s Window has new package designs coinciding with recipe reformulations that are free of wheat and fillers for maximum nutrition and energy. Nature’s Window’s revolutionary square bag makes merchandising easy, featuring realistic bird photography on a clean background, helpful icons, birding tips and species-specific feeding information.
No Filler Bird Thriller is a hull-free blend of chunky sunflower bits and pieces, juicy red peanuts and cracked yellow corn. Containing seeds that are high in oil, this blend is beneficial to wild birds in every season. Wild Wings offers premium, certified organic/non-GMO verified seeds and blends for backyard birds.
Kaytee Spray Millet is a favorite treat all birds enjoy. Millet comes naturally on a stem and is good for encouraging weaning and getting birds to eat. Spray Millet is great for fledglings, juveniles and full-grown birds. With no artificial colors or flavors, this highly palatable natural treat is good for encouraging weaning and getting birds to eat while adding recommended nutritional variety to their diets. It is ideal for bonding and playtime.
Bird Lover’s Blends
Brown’s Bird Lover’s Blends are designed for a variety of birds. Nuts, Berries & Bugs! will attract nature’s most colorful fruit- and insect-eating birds to backyards. Dove, Pigeon & Quail Blend is designed to provide the highest-quality seeds and grains required for the nutrition of doves, pigeons and quail. Duck & Goose Blend is formulated with the natural grains waterfowl love to eat.
Sunseed SunSations Natural Parakeet Formula
Sunseed SunSations Parakeet is a natural diet with a variety of grains, seeds, pellets and specialty ingredients. Containing over 10 percent veggies, fruits and nuts, it’s the “Sunthing Special” that birds need and pet parents expect. What people won’t find in SunSations are artificial colors and preservatives—just natural, delicious nutrition and foraging fun.
Sunburst Freeze Dried Fruit
Sunburst Freeze Dried Fruit is an assortment of all-natural, whole-food fun treats that companion birds enjoy. These healthy treats are free of added sugars, sulfites, preservatives, gluten and GMOs. Fruits are harvested and freeze-dried at optimal ripeness to capture the best, natural flavors, including Pineapple Mango or Strawberry Banana. Great for Conures, Lovebirds, Eclectus, Parrots, Cockatoos and Macaws.
A&E Cage Company is the exclusive U.S. importer of Smakers bird snacks, which are treat sticks created with high-quality, natural ingredients that supplement and compliment a pet bird’s daily diet. These treats are handmade, never baked, and packed full of vitamins and minerals.