Best Pelleted Brand

Hi there, my name is Eliene form Florida and I am getting an Indian Ringneck bird for my family and we are very excited. This is our first bird. I have a question regarding the food. I understand that ringnecks love food and they can eat pretty much everything. My bird is young (8 months the most), and I would like to ask you which pellets and seeds should I feed him besides fruits and vegetables? My husband got home with this brand (Wild Harvest- Daily blend- for parrots), but I don’t know if is good for him. It does have many seeds. I am forward you a picture. Please, I really would like your advice on which ones to buy. Thank you and God bless you.

Hey Eliene,

Firstly, let me congratulate you on your new addition to the family. I know how exciting it can be getting a Ringneck and trying to do everything you can to ensure your new bird is happy and healthy.

This may be a bit controversial, but pellets should be given in moderation. In my opinion, pellets are nothing more than commercially fortified foods that should be used in moderation. Now I know this might upset a lot of people, but the reality is these birds were not designed to eat foods that have been processed or cooked. The ultimate diet you can give your parrot should be a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grains daily. In fact, you should look into chop.

In a nutshell, chop is nothing more than all kinds of fruits and vegetables mixed together and chopped finely so the bird cannot be too fussy about what it eats. Because Ringnecks are not picky, they will likely eat everything in the bowl. In such a case you could add dark leafy greens, peas, carrots, whole grains, brown rice, and quinoa. You can add whatever you think your bird needs. Just make sure it’s chopped finely. I’m a huge proponent of this as you can add all kinds of foods and freeze it throughout the week and give it to your bird. The healthier, and more natural the diet, the longer and healthier your bird will live.

I keep my bird’s diet very low in fat. Maybe at 5%.  In the winter I give my birds more seeds, and in the summer they get an ample amount of fruits and vegetables. I do this on purpose, and it seems to work great so far.

The base of my birds’ diet is rice and vegetables. All bloodwork has come back perfect as a result. I took on this diet for my birds as my Alexandrian parrot plucks his feathers. Personally, I am convinced it had a lot to do with the pellets I was giving him. As I modified his diet to a more natural state, his feather picking has reduced a vast amount. I have done so much research, and he responds best to a natural plant-based diet that’s organic and raw.

You have to remember pellets are products made by manufacturers looking to make money. This synthetic food can be used in smaller quantities, accompanied by natural foods. So, whatever brand you choose is up to you.

Now, here’s another caveat to this whole thing. We live in a time where everyone is opinionated. And many bird owners have strong convictions of a “proper” diet. That being said, my advice to you is this; you have to do what’s right for you and your bird. It’s important you talk to many people, listen to their opinions, read articles, and talk to your vet — then determine your own conclusions. I know it’s not the exact answer you wanted, but I wanted to be honest and authentic with you to ensure you do what’s right for you and your bird.

I should state that pellets are not bad and I do use them, but they do have their place in my birds’ diet. I should also say that I do give my birds seeds during training sessions or when I want to spoil them. For this, I’m not too fussy.

So, to answer your question about the brands I use, I use ZuPreem: Natural with Vitamins, Minerals & Amino Acids Medium Bird Food, or Roudybush: Daily Maintenance Bird Food Mini.  Again, these are my favorite brands; however, you have to find one that works for you.

Anyway, I hope this helps to point you in the right direction.

Best wishes,