Sick of heariong how good Harrison's is

by Tracie
(Texas)

Someone posted a complaint that they are sick of hearing how good Harrison's is for birds. They feel that we push them way too much. I wish not to apologize, but explain why we do this.

First of all, Linda is a gracious lady that I have never even met. She is a reader, just like those of you reading this, but she has taken it upon herself to help others with their birds. She was a breeder for many years and has a strong desire to help other people with their birds.

Second, we have to assume that many people that post a question my never read any other questions or answers that have been written before. If their bird needs to be on a healthy diet, then we are going to suggest Harrison's, Totally Organics, Goldn'obles, or Roudybush. We have seen sick birds turn around quick on Harrison's so that is our vet's first choice.

Last, the point of this forum is to help people with their birds. If you don't like our advice, you don't have to take it. We are just human beings doing the best we know how. We don't claim to be the smartest or most knowledgeable, we just want to be helpful.

Tracie

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Nov 20, 2009
Making the switch to pellets
by: Tracie

Hello Dana, People have all kinds of methods, Dr B's method can be found at the link below.

Switching Birds to Pellets article.

My method is different. I put pellets in the cage every day in a dish with a favorite treat. I actually count the pellets, so I can tell if the bird has eaten them at all.

Once I see for sure that the bird sees the pellets as food, I start the switch listed below and follow this routine for the rest of the bird's life.

I only put pellets in their food dishes in the morning, when they are the hungriest. At first, I don't give any extra treats in the morning. Once they are eating pellets regularly, they get a tiny treat from our healthy breakfast and lunch so that they feel a part of the flock. ;-)

For birds conure size and up, I will keep a Goldn'obles pellet or two on MY plate when eating breakfast and lunch. I act like I am eating it, then I get up and "share" with the bird.

You can actually feed Goldn'obles as the pellet diet if you want. It is also a good diet and they smell so yummy, your bird will think it is always getting treats.

Sometime between lunch and dinner, I add a very small amount of fresh food, treats, seed etc.

This way your bird is forced to eat the pellets when it is hungry. Your can do without food for half a day if it is stubborn at the beginning, water is the only thing that is a must.

I and my friends have had a 100% success rate with this method. Again, you MUST make sure the bird knows the pellets are food, that is important.

I hope this works for you!

Nov 20, 2009
pettets vs. seed and such
by: Dana Mueller

I realize that pellets are better for our birds then seed and nuts. I also know how fast a bird can get sick and die when it loses too much weight. I tried and tried to get Lucy to eat pellets. She would have nothing to do with them unless served hot and very moist. What she does not eat, quickly sours.
Lucy eats apples, oranges, cherries, green beans, carrots, grapes, broccoli, cauliflower, black berries, etc... All she can eat as much as she wants. I spend a small fortune on fresh fruits and veggies. The nuts are more of a snack in between feedings and she enjoys trying to open the nut. They keep her stimulated and teaches her foraging skills. If you can tell me how to get her to eat the pellets I will give it another go.

Nov 14, 2009
Re: Harrison's Pellets
by: Patti Stalma

Nothing is going to add to the health and vitality of you bird like a good diet. Every Vet I have been associated with in the last 30 years has told me to use these pellets. They are essential for adding years to your birds life- nothing will promote a healthier bird than its diet- it is of utmost importance. My bird has resisted eating the pellets for years so I actually use an oral syringe, some blended up sweet potatoes, and I crush up the Harrison's pellets in a coffee grinder and add them to the mix. I give her minimum 3-4 10ml oral syringe fulls a day to make sure she eats well. When I got her as a baby she had already been started on seeds from the previous owner. This was the only way I could make her eat healthy. It will save you and your bird a lot of misery by using the Harrison's- other wise it may be too late when health problems develop- so why not prevent it?

Nov 13, 2009
Sick of heariong how good Harrison's is
by: Linda

As Tracie says, we are just here to help all of you be better birdy parents.

The advice about the high quality organic pelleted diets may get boring for some of our readers, and think of how boring it may be for us to say the same things over and over and over. We are, however, committed to all parrots' health and well-being, so have these conversations over and over again in the hopes a few people will understand how basic and important good nutrition is for birds. It can mean spending a lot more good, fun times with your birds as opposed to having sick, low energy birds who don't want to play, talk or interact with their human guardians.

Both Tracie and I have seen the worst of the worst with people and their birds. We've also met some of the best people in the world who just want someone to help them KNOW how best to take care of their birds. That is what we do, and if we have offended anyone, please understand we're here for the birds and the guardians who love them.

Neither of us gets "kick-backs" from any of these companies we speak of, so rest assured you are getting the best advice for taking good care of your birds. We give advice when asked, and there is no law saying any of you HAVE to take it.

Love and Light to all of you and your lovely birds,
Linda

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