Nutri Berries Seem Quite Good As Daily Diet
Posted 26 February 2012 - 05:46 PM
What I found out is it does NOT contain Ethoxyquin, but a natural preservative. If you look on your Roudybush (even sample I got last week) Ethoxyquin is still listed on Roudybush. When I called them up about it they simply said "Tom Roudybush feeds it to all his birds and there is no problem". There may not be, but I don't want it in my food.
I also agree with Monica, about Fruit Zupreem, it was all Roger would eat and better than all seeds, but I do not like the sugar and dyes in it and he would not eat natural. So I did not want to use that with my new rescue, after Roger died.
What I (personally) like about Nutri-Berries, that I did not know until I called is they can be a daily diet. Now they say 80 percent of diet, with rest being fresh fruit and veggies. But yes, they can be a daily food not just treat. My new rescue, Rico, likes the Tropical Fruit and it states and so will the customer service that it is real fruit not dyed fruit. They also told me something interesting. Pellets contain seeds, they are simply ground up into pellets, so Dr. Lafeber hulls the seeds BEFORE putting the viatmins on them, as opposed to seeds that have vitamins on the outside but when the bird hulls them they get no vitamins. Then they shape them into berry shapes and have 26 percent pellets in the Tropical Fruit (pellets whole that you can see). Their idea is that a bird likes something like he would see in wild and what bird sees pellets laying around in wild? That makes sense to me and they are also balanced with the Omega 3 and Omega 6, as they said if those balances are off they can actually CAUSE inflammation, instead of reduce it. They really seemed on top of their game. Not saying others are not, but what they said made sense.
Now the new rescue (will) eat Harrison's Pepper Coarse and Power Treats (with red palm oil in them) but he does not like them much (other than power treats and he can't eat those as a daily diet. So what I do is feed Nutri Berries as his main food and put some Harrison's Pepper Coarse in for him, which is almost like the opposite ratio of food to treat, since both are daily diet. I will increase Harrison's if he will eat them, but a food does no good if the bird won't eat enough to survive. The only issue I have with Harrison's is the no preservatives, which at least Nutri Berries now has natural preservatives, as with Harrison's I have to throw out so much from his bowl if he does not eat it.
So, so far I am very happy with Labefer, the bird LOVES the Tropical Fruit Nutri Berries (he hates the Pellet Berries and Avi Cakes so I am glad they sent samples so I would find out before buying some) and he eats some Harrison's Pepper Coarse and will eat Power Treat Harrison's anytime, but it said to only give 3 to 4 a day. He also eats carrots and sweet potatoes. So I think/hope he is good.
I just wanted to pass on what I found about Nutri-Berries as many feel they are only a treat. Also the flavored ones, like Tropical Fruit, etc are, or seem to be, more readily accepted than Pellet Berries by my bird...and he only likes the one flavor so just because they like one flavor does not mean they will eat the others. If you request a sample pack they send everything and you can tell without spending a fortune.
Also, unlike Harrison's, Labefer WILL take any food back you or your bird is not satisfied with.
But look on your Roudybush and you will see Ethoxyquin still in there, it was in the sample ingredient list and also on the bags at stores. If that matters to you not to have it, I just wanted to mention that.
Bottom line is no food does a bird any good if he won't eat it (eventually). Since my new bird likes Nutri Berries and will eat some Harrison's (which most birds do not like) I will hopefully have him on a good diet this way. I sure hope so. Feeding parrots is like being a chemist...watching all ingredients.
REST IN PEACE ROGER A VERY SPECIAL BIRD
Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:37 PM
Posted 26 February 2012 - 08:26 PM
In a perfect word, maybe all birds would eat Harrison's readily, but if they don't - I think (for me) this is the next best thing, as the bird not only eats it, but totally ENJOYS eating it. I think/hope, that supplemented with the carrots, sweet potato and 2 to 3 Harrison's power treats a day, along with some Harrison's Pepper Coarse, he should be good. Both Harrison's and Labefer said you don't want to double dose a bird on food with vitamins, so I mainly give him the Nutri-Berries as the main food, with a few Pepper Coarse, then a few Power Treats. I would not give him a full daily diet serving of both foods, as it would be too much. If he decides to eat more Harrisons, then I will decrease Nutri-Berries or vice versa.
Like I said, if anyone is thinking of trying any of the Lafeber products, they send a very large assortment in their sample kit, so you can tell from start what your bird is going to like or not without wasting money "thinking" it would like it. Like I assumed Rico (new bird) would like ANY flavor of the Nutri Berries, but NOOOOOOOOOOOO, only Tropical Fruit, so if I had bought him a bag of another flavor, I'd have wasted time, even though LaFeber will take returns if your bird does not like one of their products.
If anyone has or feels there is a down side to the Nutri Berries, please feel free to say as I just want to feed the best way I can..and that he will eat and enjoy.
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