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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Are nutriberries a complete food? I usually offer a fruit or veggie and some millet, but if they run out of seed mix (3-D Pet Products Premium Parakeet Food, 5 lb - Walmart.com is what they came with, but not what they will be staying on !) are nutriberries a good option to help balance their diet?

My avian vets feel nutriberries with fresh veggies and fruit's are the best diet you can feed a bird period. I questioned them on a high sugar content and they claim it's not true. I feed mine pellet's and fresh veggies and they get crumbled nutriberries at night and for treat's...

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According to my two avian vet's, nutriberries, along with fresh fruit's and veggies, is the best diet you can have your bird on. I feed my bird's pellet's and fresh veggies, and they get nutriberries crumbled up as evening snack, and for treat's/rewards...
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Silly question maybe, but they are supposed to eat all of the berrie, correct? They have nibbled at a few but not finished any off.
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Hi.. mine won't eat Nutriberries at all if I don't partially crumble them up for them. AND.. they only like the kind with the cranberries in them. I'm having them try the regular kind again now.
Has anyone used the Nutriberries Popcorn kind? Mine say nope. Trying them again anyway.
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I have used the kind with veggies in, fruit's in, and plain. I alway's crumble mine into the dish. I do feed them whole out of my hand...my bird's show more gusto over nutriberries than anything, including millet...
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Aren't they funny? What I wonder is.... what makes the WHOLE group like or not like a food item. Is "peer pressure" or follow the leader stronger than individual preferences?? Mine LOVE millet... only one of them (out of 5) could take it or leave it. Can someone who thinks like a bird (I mean this respectfully ) explain how this works to me? Do I need to appeal to the leader (Lemony) or to the adventurous one who tries anything once (Oscar)??
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Go to the le Faber web site and read the history that evolved to nutriberries.
There is an original product that is still available and each type has a different percent of seed vs pellet ratio. Nutriberries helps to transition to adding pellets to budgie diet, but also help with young and recovering adult birds. The seeds are pre hulled to be easier to eat the molasses add taste and energy when you want to add weight to your birds like during weaning. Finally many birds like them as treats and foraging and they have balanced nutrition when you are concerned that seeds only is incomplete nutrition. Best wishes,
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While some might disagree... I am going to be completely honest in saying that I have never offered nutri-berries to my birds, and I never would for any reason given that there are so many other options available

Budgies like many parrots are prone to health problems that are aggravated by glucose/sugar which is not a typical part of their diet in the wild in such large amounts.

Since the very first ingredient in nutri-berries is corn, which has a very high sugar content naturally and should be offered only in very limited amounts in itself, and it is then coated in corn syrup which can only increase the sugar content to an even higher amount.... offering them on a regular basis could easily lead to tumors, kidney and liver disease as well as a number of other health and mental problems.

While this article was written on a site pertaining to african greys, it is a good read for any parrot owner when it comes to offering sugary foods to any parrot that does not have a digestive system specifically designed to cope with it. It is definitely something to think about as not every dietary option marketed as "good/complete" is actually a good choice when it comes to our birds well-being in the long run

Refined Sugar: Is It In Your Bird's Diet?

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While some might disagree... I am going to be completely honest in saying that I have never offered nutri-berries to my birds, and I never would for any reason given that there are so many other options available

Budgies like many parrots are prone to health problems that are aggravated by glucose/sugar which is not a typical part of their diet in the wild in such large amounts.

Since the very first ingredient in nutri-berries is corn, which has a very high sugar content naturally and should be offered only in very limited amounts in itself, and it is then coated in corn syrup which can only increase the sugar content to an even higher amount.... offering them on a regular basis could easily lead to tumors, kidney and liver disease as well as a number of other health and mental problems.

While this article was written on a site pertaining to african greys, it is a good read for any parrot owner when it comes to offering sugary foods to any parrot that does not have a digestive system specifically designed to cope with it. It is definitely something to think about as not every dietary option marketed as "good/complete" is actually a good choice when it comes to our birds well-being in the long run

Refined Sugar: Is It In Your Bird's Diet?

I was of the same opinion on the sugar content after reading negative thing's about it. I didn't even start using them again until I got the tiel last august and wanted to get him going on pellet's. His wellness check at the avian vet was when I questioned the sugar content issue, and was told that the amount of sugar in nutriberries is miniscule, and of no health concern. This is the same guy who said you could feed no better diet than nutriberries with fresh fruit's and veggies. These two vet's out of this office have some pretty hefty credential's, and I would hate to think they misguide people over money, as they do sell LeFeber product's out of their office. My bird's absolutely love them but I guess I am going to do some digging/research before I continue to use them even as snack's or rewards.

One thing I do know...you are very experienced, and I highly value your opinion, and.....you don't sell LeFeber's product's....
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Forgot to mention in my previous post

While it is sad to say... many avian vets like other vets are paid to push certain brands/products. I have had repeated arguments with my dogs vets over the years with regards to the supposed "fact" that Iams, Purina etc are "complete and healthy brands" for our dogs. When it comes down to the truth of the matter however.... the facts are the facts and you will see the true difference between brands when you do a bit of digging and actually take the time to look at ingredient lists and understand what they really put into them.

I suggest that you always do your own research, and make an educated decision based on unbiased opinions from those who are not in it to make any money from the advise offered. That is what I do personally, and the health and longevity of my flock and their chicks has been amazing compared to so much of what I read as the norm from many supposed "experts" which as sad as it is to say, I can only suspect are paid to give such answers if they have read half of the studies on the subject that I have.
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