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No artificial colors.
No chemical sweeteners.
No added flavors.
First certified organic pet food.
Binds toxins and allergens.
Firmer droppings = easy clean up.
Increases feed efficiency, lowers volume consumed and of stool.
Bacteria - yeast problems reduced.
High quality protein.
Natural source of vitamins:
B vitamins (riboflavin).
Stimulates vitamin K production in the bird's intestine.
Wild birds do not eat vitamin A. Their diet provides vitamin precursors (carotenoids) found in these food items. Nor do they eat vitamin D3 but produce it from exposure to sun light
New roles for carotenoids & sun light:
Healing of digestive (pancreas, liver, and colon), nervous and respiratory tissues if diseased and ready for healing.
Infrared ovens stabilize natural enzymes.
Reduces extrusion temperature needs.
Fish meal - animal proteins = waste by-products.
bacterial contamination potential
Vegetable protein eliminates problems.
Extrusion = 'cooking' resembles baking.
Toasting allows low temperature extrusion
maximum acceptance and health benefits.
Avoids degrading vitamins.
Minerals are less interactive.
No heat denatured by products.
No over-formulation accommodation.
Whole grain flour - lower temperature.
Each and every product is analyzed using a nutrient profile.
Five of the worlds leading pet bird nutritionists have reviewed our formulas for nutritional content.
1. Peroxide formation from damaged fats (rancidity).
1. Stop light or moisture but not oxygen or heat.
2. Break down of essential nutrients or change their biological activity
advertised vitamin A 12,500 IU/kg reduced to 1,500 IU/kg (McDonald D, CAM 2006) further after being opened
To compensate some companies have added excessive levels
So only old bags have ideal levels
New bags may have excessive levels
3. Most companies use preservatives.
Used by high-end coffee companies.
Poly coated extruded paper.
Nylon for puncture resistance.
Metal alloy oxygen barrier.
Polyethylene layer moisture resistance, retain oils.
Increased shell life - 14 months.
Opened six weeks food needs to be replaced.
Cannot be preprinted.
Cannot be formed at packaging.
Preformed, top sealed, hand labeled.
Used by most companies.
Mass produced bags.
Rolls of preprinted plastic formed at packaging.
Faster than preformed.
Healthiest food preferred by 9 out of 10 veterinary avian specialists surveyed.
Any claim made about a potential problem with a product is followed up by independently monitored feeding trials in healthy birds. No unhealthy links to our products every substantiated.
Not designed for entertainment but preferred by birds in independent tests.
survey of ultra violet properties show high level in HBDs natural ingredients is attractive to birds.
Echols studies show birds need more than colored shapes for enrichment.
Handbook For A Healthier Bird is our most popular item for client education.
Avian Medicine Online at http:/www.avianmedicine.net
current questions answers
commissioned White Papers
Normal bacterial flora created without probiotics.
Normal body weight = increased muscle mass.
Loss of lipomas and xanthomas.
Decreased sugar in urine.
Corrects pancreatic and liver malfunctions.
Recovery ideal sick bird gavage.
Neonate & Juvenile give least problem hand rearing and sick bird support.
Production of breeding birds is enhanced and baby bird survival is maximized.
AVIAN MEDICINE: Principles and Applicationby Ritchie
little basic science changed since publication
the foundation for Clinical Avian Medicine. Pages: 1384 pp. Published:1993
1300 color images
current scientific data
practical diagnostic support
published 2006. Pages: 1008pp. ISBN: 00-9754994-0-8
Assistance in birds health and feeding.
Developed in avian practice.
Developed to correct breeding and hatching problems in Hyacinth macaws.
Nine years feeding trials.
Two breeding collections.
Parrots, mynahs, toucans hemachromatosis:
all formulas low iron.
no vitamin C which enhances iron absorption.
some birds need vitamin C added on an individual basis.
Small birds do better on chia than psyllium.
African greys, macaws, budgerigars, recovering wild birds.
Ideal levels of intestinal bacteria - reduces Gram-negative bacteria without antibiotics.
Levels of calcium and vitamin D3 prevent seizures, osteoporosis.
No corn, sunflower, peanuts for sensitivity to develop.
Gray millet, wild buckwheat, sesame and chia seeds clinically reduce allergy symptoms.
· Veterinarians do not want to stock a wide variety of diets.
· We listened.
· We teach veterinarians how to use our 15 products in dozens of different ways.
The following is a list of questions Dr
1. Who is/are responsible for the background
Who is/are the nutritionist(s) that the company is working with?
2. What is the philosophy of the company concerning health and welfare of
birds in captivity and in nature?
3. What kind of projects are sponsored by the company? What are the
contributions related to avian medicine?
4. What can they tell you about the differences between common species like
macaws, budgerigars, African greys?
Amazons and cockatoos, related to nutritional needs?
5. Do they have different products because of different nutritional needs?
6. Are they adding preservatives to prolong the shelf life, if so which ones?
Are they organic and non-toxic?
7. What can they tell you about the quality of the packaging related to shelf
life and the risk of rancidity?
8. Are they using artificial colors, flavors and if so what makes it in the best
interest of the birds?
9. Are the products certified organic and if so by which organization and is it
mentioned on the label as certified? If not, what is the reason that the
products are not certified organic?
10. How long does it take before the birds are accepting the products? What
are the companies recommendations to convert a bird?
11. How much are the birds eating per day? What are the daily costs or the
yearly costs for instance for an African Grey, Amazon and a cockatiel?
12. Can they refer you to well known avian veterinarians/specialists/diplomats
worldwide that are using/advising birds be fed their products for at least 5
13. Can they refer you to well known aviculturists that are using their products
for at least 5 years and are they willing to provide their breeding results?
14. Can they refer you to publications and/or research publications that show
that their products can be recommended based on scientific data?
So can we afford not to use or advise