Feeding Parrots Nutraberries

by Suzie

My birds really enjoy nutraberries. I would like to know if it is ok for them to have them as their main source of food. They all love them but one of them wants to eat only nutraberries and I would like to know what you think.

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Jan 16, 2011
No Nutraberries!!
by: LooseChippings

I do not understand why those things are so highly recommended. They contain menadione sodium bisulfite, which is a toxic substance that is banned in Europe. It is for political reasons that they it is still allowed by the FDA for use in pet food. DO NOT EVER GIVE THIS CHEMICAL TO YOUR BIRDS...IT WILL CUT THEIR LIFE EXPECTANCY IN HALF!! but, do not take just my word for it- research it for yourself and you will see that I am correct. Feed fresh fruits, nuts and veggies and organic pellets (TOP, Totally Organic Pellets are the best!)to your bird and forget the Nutraberries and any other seed or pellet mix that has MENADIONE SODIUM BISULFITE!

Jan 15, 2011
Nutri-berries are only a treat
by: The Avian Vet

No nutri-berries should not be fed as a diet, but as a treat only. The company advertises that they are a complete diet, and they are if the bird eats ALL of the nutri-berry. However, most birds do not and eat only the seeds and leave the rest. Your bird should eat 80% pellets such as Harrison's, and 20% treats and Nutri-berries should be part of those treats.

Dr B

Jan 15, 2011
Feeding Parrots Nutraberries
by: Linda

No, Nutraberries cannot be used as a complete diet for parrots. Unless they have changed their recipe, there is a chemical in there to help everything stick together that is used in face creams and lotions. This chemical tastes like sugar and birds become addicted to it very quickly and will want to eat only the nutraberries.

Please get your bird changed over to a high quality organic pelleted diet like Harrison's which is Avian Vet endorsed and is a complete, healthy diet for parrots along with recommended fruit and veggies. Harrisons makes a good Bird Bread mix as well, and get Sunshine Factor's organic Red Palm oil for the oil it calls for. Do not use hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil in any bird foods because oil is not healthy for humans much less parrots.The organic pellets have to be refrigerated because there are no preservatives which are harmful to birds. There are also no pesticide/fertilizer residues or dyes either, so you know the food your bird is eating is safe and healthy.

So, what I'm recommending here is to wean your bird OFF the Nutraberries entirely onto organic pellets. I had to do this with my Amazons and Conures and once I found out WHY birds became addicted to it, I just took it away never to be seen again. I forget name of the chemical, but I think it's something like polypropyl or something similar. It is used in face creams and other human grooming products and tastes sweet like sugar which is what birds become addicted to. Read your ingredients because I hope they have stopped using it, and let us know.

Thanks for writing,

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