what is better nutritional wise for conures zupreem or roudybush?

by thomas d'antonio
(monkton,md,usa)

I have a 10 month old yellow sided green cheek and in 8 weeks im picking up another green cheek as a new addition to the family. I have the option to tell the breeder what i want my new, yet to be weaned, baby bird to be weaned onto. so as a vet, what pellets would you suggest i tell my breeder to wean my new bird onto? Just know that harrisons would be a little to expensive for me... what is the second best pellet food that i should use for the new baby bird? i realize that birds need a varied diet of a little seed lots of pellets in their cup all day and lots of fresh fruits and veggies. She says zupreem for conures is better than roudybush for conures. is that true and/or is there a better 3rd option that neither of us are even concidering? please let me know. thank you for your time!!:-)

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Jan 13, 2010
Zupreem or Roudybush?
by: The Avian Vet

Harrison?s is the best, but I understand that it is expensive. The next best food to feed is Roudybush pellets. I recommend NOT feeding ZuPreem. This food has lots of preservatives and sugar. Sugar levels in this food cause yeast infections and the preservatives are not good for birds either. If you cannot feed Harrison?s, the next best thing is Roudybush.

Dr B

Jan 13, 2010

by: Anonymous

I mixed the smallest bag of roudybush(size small), a medium african gray sized zupreem fruit flavored, and the mini cockatiel zupreem fruit blend !! my sun conure loves it!! Hope this will help!!! :)

Jan 12, 2010
what is better nutritional wise for conures zupreem or roudybush?
by: Linda

Well, we highly recommend one of the organic pelleted diets, and Tracie has a couple more besides the Harrisons. The reason we recommend the organic pellets is that they are free from preservatives, dyes and any artficial ingredients and flavors. All the organics have to be refrigerated in the packaging they come in, and you can take some out an hour or so before feeding to warm up to room temperature.

I've been feeding the Harrisons to my Amazons for many, many years, and you will find that you have less problems with infections and better skin and feather condition when using it. It seems to be more expensive, and you are getting more nutrition for the money. There is no need to feed seeds because most birds will pick out the seeds and leave the pellets. The Harrisons uses organic seeds in their pellets, so that's all the seeds a parrot needs in his diet. The baby needs to be weaned onto one of the organic pellets and small amounts of baked sweet potato, squash raw or baked, banana and small amounts of apple cut up for your bird's size. Fruit and veggies need to be organic to avoid pesticide and fertilizer residue. Any dried fruit HAS to be organic as they use sulphur as a preservative in all the dried fruit you find in regular grocery stores. Sulphur is toxic for animals and people. We can process more toxins because we are larger. Fruit and veggies cannot make up more than 10% of the overall diet. Any fresh food also has to be thrown out and dishes washed within two hours of serving which you probably already know.

So, I cannot recommend the ZuPreem because it is inferior to the organic ones on this site. I've never read the specs for the Roudybush pellets though I know their handfeeding formula is good for the babies. So, check out the organic pellets Tracie has out here, and you may wish to choose one. Harrisons is my main pellet, and I also mix in some of the Golden Feast for variety. Happy to say our birds only go to the vet for toenail and beak clipping every once in a while.

Thanks for writing and congratulations on your new baby bird. You'll also need to cage him separately from the other conure until they get to know one another and the baby is totally weaned. Not good idea to put strange birds together until they become friends. Cages can be close and both need their own space and feeding dishes, toys, etc.

Linda

Jan 12, 2010
Pellets
by: Amy

I would have to say that Roudybush pellets is better than Zupreem. I would try to avoid anything that's artificially colored. I have had my birds on Roudybush pellets for years. They were recommended to me by a lovebird breeder when I couldn't get my birds to eat pellets.I tried many brands with no luck. She was correct, they did take to them. They're crunchy. I know a lot of people swear by Harrison's, but I didn't like them for many reasons. First, the first few ingredients are sunflower seeds and peanuts (unless they've changed the make up in the past few years). These are two things most information on birds will tell you to avoid. Secondly, the price is very high. If your birds are like mine, they'll take a pellet in their foot, take a bite or two, and drop what remains of the pellet. When you're paying a premium price, it kills you to see the waste! Third, my birds really didn't take to the Harrison's, and I was continually feeding them to my birds and essentially throwing them away when I changed their food.
I really like Roudybush. Some of the main ingredients are wheat, corn and soy,they're nutritionally complete, and they're naturally flavored with apple. My Severe Macaw will become very vocal if she wakes up and finds there are no pellets in her bowl! She prefers the Roudybush Mediums to her seed mix. My green cheeked conure, and my other smaller birds eat the Roudybush Mini's. Even my finicky cockatiel eats them. Make sure you have your breeder get your new birds accustom to eating a variety of fresh fruits and veggies, especially green leafy veggies like organic kale and some baked sweet potato or some other orange veggie. Good luck with your new babies!

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