A Berry Good Diet for Birds

A Berry Good Diet for Birds

Based in Illinois, Lafeber is a second-generation family- and veterinarian-owned company that manufactures bird food using human-grade, non-GMO ingredients. Formulated by Dr. T.J. Lafeber and avian nutritionists, the Classic Nutri-Berries line of bird food can be given as a complete daily diet or a nutritious treat.

According to Lafeber, the Nutri-Berries shape offers important beak play and exercise, which helps prevent boredom and feather picking. The food provides the vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants to help support healthy skin, feathers and immune system that will enable a companion bird to live a long and robust life.

Lafeber hulls the seeds and then coats them with stabilized vitamins and chelated minerals that enable a bird to receive a balanced diet just like with pelleted diets. In addition, unground seeds provide the benefits of whole foots that replicate what birds encounter in the wild.

We met with the owner of Doughboy, a 20-year-old cockatiel, who introduced the senior bird to Nutri-Berries. It became a regular part of his daily routine, being given a fresh bowl of Nutri-Berries each day. Although Doughboy normally was a stubborn seed-eater who tends to ignore pellets, he quickly became attracted to the color, rich texture and shape of the berries. He appeared to get a boost munching on the crunchy whole grains.

The Cockatiel Nutri-Berries add 8% pellets to the taste and texture mix, and the size of the berries were appealing to Doughboy as were the fact that he didn’t encounter seed hulls.

Doughboy’s owner found that Nutri-Berries also make an excellent foraging treat. The act of searching for and finding food, foraging makes up a large part of a wild bird’s day. In the wild, cockatiels (like all parrots) spend the vast majority of their day foraging for food. Wild birds search for feeding grounds and manipulate their environment to get at tasty seeds, nuts and grasses. For a companion bird, however, eating is a quick and simple procedure, basically hopping over to a bowl.

His owner states that since incorporating Nutri-Berries into Doughboy’s life, including hiding the treats in foraging toys for a fun form of enrichment, he’s actually become more active and vocal – not in a screaming manner that is a sign of a behavioral problem, but in a happy chirping tone.

We recommend that owners of companion birds, from parakeets and other small breeds to macaws and other large parrots, incorporate Lafeber’s Classic Nutri-Berries into their pet’s daily routine. It can turn a fussy eater like Doughboy into a bird that’s eager to eat and consume a nutritious meal or treat.

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