HOW TO CONVERT YOUR PET
TO THE BEST...
Complete, or formulated diets are "balanced"
as the bird must eat the nutrients in the ratio
intended. MIXED diets (seeds, fruits, and table foods)
are much harder to balance, and require the
time-consuming use of a supplement. SEED diets are
invariably low in calcium and vitamin A and high in
fat and phosphorous.
A simple and SAFE way to convert most pets to a better
diet is to start by cleaning the cage each evening,
and leaving ONLY Tropican in the feeders ( may
sprinkle some on the floor or place a small dish on
the floor as well). The following day (usually mid
morning to start with), add some of the birds regular
food on the top of the Tropican. Birds that like
fruits and vegetables should have the dry Tropican
sprinkled right in with favourite items such as
oranges and fresh cut corn. Some birds will start on
this moistened form more easily. Sprinkling seed
kernel such as shelled sunflower on Tropican will also
help some parrots get the idea (ie you don't have to
take a shell off all foods!).
Every evening all of the remaining food is removed and
fresh Tropican is placed. Seed may be added later on
the following day. (As long as seed is provided sooner
or later each day safety is maintained). Most birds
are powerfully motivated to search for food each
morning and sample Tropican within a few days. You can
tell when your pet is eating the new food as the
dropping will become a paler colour, and Tropican will
usually be found in the water dish.
Once your pet is eating the Tropican well, keep seed
OUT of the cage. Seed can still be given of course,
but as a treat fed by hand. Feeding high water content
items such as oranges, fresh corn, green peppers,
spinach, broccoli, and berries will not unbalance the
Tropican diet significantly as the majority of
calories will still be taken in from Tropican.
Your bird is sure to enjoy an improvement in feather
quality and overall health on such a modern diet. Just
ask your pet retailer or avian veterinarian!
Louise Bauck BSc, DVM, MVSc.