Harrison food for lovebird

My lovebird is 9 months old, what texture of the harrison pellets would I need to gave him? I am not sure if it would be fine, course, mash or if he would need the adult feed.
Thank you. Please recommend the exact feed.
He also eats a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, eggs, cheese, and rice. He is currently on zupreem granules,fortified with vitamins and minerals along with tropmix with seeds. I would like to switch him to Harrison, but a little concerned if he would readily accept it.
If he is on Harrisons would I still need to gave him fruits and vegetables.

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Jul 21, 2010
Harrison food for lovebird
by: Linda

Since Tracie told you the exact size of Harrisons pellets to get, I'll just flesh out answer a bit.

Once you start feeding the Harrison's,stop giving ANY AND ALL SUPPLEMENTS as these will cause an imbalance. Fruit and veggies are given in small amounts a few times a week and not everyday. Stop with the eggs, pasta and only feed what is recommended on the Harriosns package. They recommend the veggies high in betacarotene which includes dark green lettuce, no spinich as this interferes with calcium uptake, baked sweet potato, squash either raw or cooked. Fruit can a variety of the safe kinds. Keep in mind that you need to feed NO MORE THAN 15-20% fruit and/or veggies which means small amounts a few times a week.

NO ANIMAL PROTEINS unless you are buying Harrisons wonderful Birdy Bread mixes which are great and without any additions to mix can be up to 30% of the diet. Get Sunshine Factor's organic Red Palm Oil to put in it, and it calls for 2 eggs and you can just use the whites if you wish, and oil and water are the only other ingredients. Our Amazons love the bread for treats several times a week, and it can store in refrigerator for up to a week and in freezer to up to 6 months. I make a loaf, slice it up wrap in clear saran wrap and put in double freezer bags and take out as needed for a day or two's worth of bread. Always allow it to warm to room temperature as you will have to do with the pellets as well. Harrisons has no preservatives and so their products have to be stored in refrigerator after opening. Take out a meal's worth 30 to 45 minutes before feeding so it is room temperature. DO NOT WARM BREAD IN MICROWAVE OR OVEN. Just allow it to get to room temperature.

You are wise to be thinking of changing to an organic pellet as the others have preservatives, possible pesticide/fertilizer residue and dyes that are not good for birds.

Thanks for writing,

Jul 20, 2010
Harrison's pellets for lovebird
by: Tracie

For a lovebird, I suggest Harrison's High Potency Fine.

You should feed 80% pellets and not more than 20% healthy treats. Please read the Switching Birds to Pellets article even though your bird already eats pellets. It will give you an idea on how to switch brands.

We have other articles on parrot health and training on our Parrot Training page.

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