Harrison's is a brand of certified organic, formulated bird foods that were developed by avian veterinarians and nutritionists after extensive research about the nutritional needs of pet birds and parrots. Available in two major formulas, these bird foods are a complete diet that is recommended by most avian vets who understand bird’s physical and nutritional needs.
It is recommended that you start all new and baby birds on Harrison's High Potency Formula for at least 6 months. Breeding birds, stressed or ill birds and molting birds also benefit from the increased nutritional benefits of high potency formulas. Some parrot breeds in particular do better on High Potency year round, but many species can "wean" to the Adult Lifetime Formula once they've established excellent nutrional status.
1/2 to 2 tsp, choose calcium rich leafy greens along with organic orange, red and green vegetables
1-1/2 to 3 Tbs (15 to 30g)
1 to 2 tsp
High Potency Consult with Vet 1-1/2 to 5 Tbs (15 to 50g)
2 tsp up to 1 Tbs
High Potency 2 to 6 Tbsp (20 to 60g)
2 tsp to 1 ½ Tbs; Omega 3 rich nuts, Sunshine Factor, Organic Coconut Oils
Conures & Pionus
½ tsp to 2 Tbs
2 tsp to 1-1/2 Tbs
Cockatiels & Parakeets
½ - ¾ tsp Fine Pellets
¼ - ½ tsp greens, grains & veggies
High Potency 2 to 4 Tbs (20 to 40g)
Organic juicy, fiberous fruits and vegetables, greens, legumes
High Potency 1 1/2 to 3 Tbs (15 to 30g)
1 to 2 tsp
How to Convert Your Bird to Harrison's Pellets
Before you embark on switching your bird’s diet, we suggest that you inform your vet.
**ALWAYS monitor your parrot’s weight in grams with a reliable bird scale at least 3 times per week while attempting a diet change. Weigh your bird at the same time each day, such as before breakfast or right before bed. Feel the birds keel and observe droppings several times a week, too Should your bird’s body begin to deteriorate you’ll be able to act quickly and slow the “pellet acceptance teaching” process down until your bird can maintain a desired weight relative to its body history and for its species.
While some birds may eagerly try new food items, a lot of parrots are fearful of trying new food. Birds learn what to eat from their parents or hand-feeders. Picky or fearful eaters will need special teaching methods and coaxing. Keep in mind that switching to a premium, healthy bird pellet is WELL worth the effort. Here are some methods for teaching your bird that Harrison’s Bird Food is safe, try these ideas:
Mix Harrison's Pellets into a bird bread mix that contains your pet’s favorite flavors, whether it is seeds, nuts, sunflower seeds or fruits and veggies. Gradually reduce your “undesired diet items” while increasing the amount of Harrison’s in the bird bread mix.
Slowly reduce the amount of time that your undesired diet is offered at both morning and evening feedings. For instance, if your bird loves seeds or pellets that contain additives, try offering the favored food for only an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. Gradually reduce the favored food offering by 15 minutes as tolerated.
If you have another pet bird that has started eating Harrison's Pellets, make sure that the resistant bird observes its flock-mate eating the pellets. If there isn’t another bird role-model, your bird will consider you its flock-mate. Make every effort to pretend that you are eating the pellets. “Oooh” and “ahhh” out loud as you pretend to or actually eat the pellets while NOT allowing your parrot to have a nibble. Eat other nutritious items in front of your bird offering an occasional nibble. When your bird shows high curiosity for Harrison’s pellets, give it a nibble. You may want to coat the pellet in Coco Loro or SunShine Factor for a burst of flavor.
It would not be unusual to allow 4-8 months to teach your bird that pellets are a safe diet.
Supplement Harrison’s with only 10% or less of your pets overall dietary intake. Harrison’s and noted avian nutrition experts recommend fresh, certified organic vegetables and low sugar fruits in small quantities. Choose bright yellow and orange root based or meaty vegetables like Vitamin A rich sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, mango or papaya. Vitamin A and Calcium rich dark green leafy like kale, broccoli, parsley, kelp and spinach are excellent bird food supplements.
If your bird shows signs of excessive iron please consult your avian veterinarian. Symptoms of Iron Storage Disease include difficulty breathing due to lung damage, a distended abdomen and paralysis.
Harrison’s is an organic diet with no preservatives. Store your Harrison’s Bird Food in the package it came in. Squeeze out all air and seal the bag. Smell the food to insure that it hasn’t become rancid. Air and warm temperatures speed deterioration. Avoid storing Harrison’s in storage containers as you can’t squeeze out the air.