When was the last time your bird got excited about a bowl full of pellets? While pellets offer complete nutrition they can be bland with not much texture or taste. Lafeber’s Pet Bird Food Company came up with a good idea. Lafeber’s approach to nutrition also has a different view of how your parrot should consume food. Their belief is that your companion parrot should play with their food. What a concept, and it works!
In the early 1970s, Dr. T.J Lafeber developed the very first commercial bird food pellet in the back room of his veterinary clinic. Around the same time Lafeber bought five acres of Illinois farmland from his father. On this acreage, the Lafeber Company started to grow. Lafeber’s desire to provide pet birds with a high-quality, nutritious diet became the driving force behind the Lafeber Company. His son, Tom, shared the same dedication to avian health and nutrition was apparent at a young age. At age 9 he would accompany his dad to the clinic and worked weekends at the hospital through high school, eventually earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University. After Tom Lafeber received his DVM in 1988, father and son became close business partners.
In the fall of 1990, Nutri-Berries were introduced to the pet bird market and have remained a favorite food of companion parrots to this day. The Nutri-Berries diet started out with the classic line. The Lafeber Company has found a way to nutritionally balance their food line without sacrificing taste or texture the way pellets can. The seeds and grains that are used in production are hulled and coated with stabilized vitamins, chelated minerals and amino acids, which keeps the nutrition right where it belongs — in each and every bite. Nutri-Berries are designed to be held and pulled apart, not simply picked through like a seed mix or crumbled like pellets.
Classic Nutri-Berries contain 16.5-percent pellets that bound together with other wholesome ingredients, and they offer balanced omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids to boost your bird’s immune system and to promote healthy skin and feathers.
The company expanded to include a gourmet line of Nutri-Berries and their ingredients include pineapples, papaya, sweet carrots, raisins and hot bell peppers to name a few. The four Gourmet Nutri-Berries varieties are Tropical Fruit, Sunny Orchard, Garden Veggie and El Paso. They contain the same nutrients and pellet ratio of the Classic Nutri-Berries.
Since many people wanted to use a diet that contained more pellets then what had been offered in other Nutri-Berries flavors, Pellet Berries were created. They are the same round berry shape as we all expect of the Nutri-Berrie line, but are comprised of 81-percent pellets, and 19-percent fruits and grains. Pellet-Berries contain apricots, dates, cranberries, natural grains and more.
The latest Nutri-Berries that premiered last year was created specifically for older and ageing companion parrots: Senior Bird Nutri-Berries. As birds age they do not have noticeable changes in appearance, but they do have nutritional requirements that should be met. The Senior Bird Nutri-Berries has all the nutrients your parrot needs, just as the classic line, but has additional ingredients and herbs such as milk thistle for its anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effect, as well as dandelion to support bone health and improve liver function. Ginger has been added and is a powerful anti- inflammatory herb to help ease tendonitis, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and to help prevent blood clots. Lafeber’s also combined the joint- health supplements glucosamine to combat osteoarthritis and chondroitin to ease joint pain and swelling. Senior Bird Nutri-Berries contain 61-percent pellets, 26-percent wholesome grains and 13-percent fruits and herbs.
Regardless of your companion parrots needs and likes, the Lafeber’s Company has the flavor you need to keep your bird happy and healthy.
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