Are pellet diets harmful to birds?

Pelleted diets are far superior to seed diets. They can be supplemented with fresh fruits and vegetables.

There are many brands on the market, but any chosen should have been through extensive feeding trials. Brands I recommend include Harrison’s, Lafebers, ZuPreem, Roudybush and Mazuri. Birds usually must be trained to eat pellets unless they were weaned onto them as chicks. Pellets come in various sizes and are usually sold for specific species.

There are some diets designed to wean birds from a seed-only diet to pellets such as Lafeber’s Nutriberries and Pelletberries. I have had excellent success getting birds to eat pellets. Please check out the websites to the various brands listed above. And no, pellet diets listed above are not harmful to birds. Just the opposite. 

Answered by Cathy Johnson-Delaney, DVM, Dipl. ABVP-Avian Practice, Dipl. ABVP-Exotic Companion Mammals. 

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