27. RECOVERY FORMULA

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Complete Nutritional Support Formula for Sick or Injured Birds

(purchase online)

 

USES
• For birds needing an easily assimilated source of nutrients.
•For medical and surgical patients that are recovering from pansystemic failure.
• For nutritional support of a bird during the transition phase of a diet change.
• For birds in which anorexia has slowed gastrointestinal emptying time.
• Also used as a handfeeding diet for growth from hatching to fledging of small insectivorous birds with an apparent inability to digest cornstarch. Species include bushtits, wrentits, vireos, wrens & smaller flycatchers and warblers

Persons inexperienced with hand-feeding should consult a professional prior to  attempting.

 

For feeding directions please visit: HarrisonsBirdFoods.com/Handfeeding

 

Ingredients:

Soy protein isolate, Hi-oleic sunflower oil, Sugar, Calcium carbonate, Potassium chloride, Vitamin supplement (Vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3, dl-alpha tocopheryl acetate, vitamin B12, riboflavin, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, d-biotin, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, calcium carbonate, vegetable oil), Phosphatadyl choline, Di-calcium phosphate, Methionine, Vitamin E.

 

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude protein (min.) 35%, Crude fat (min.)19%, Crude fiber (max.) 1%, Moisture (max.) 10%.

28. HARRISON’S BIRD BREAD MIX

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A Premium Certified Organic “Bake at Home” Bird Bread Mix(purchase online)
SEE: Adding Sunshine Factor to Bird Bread Mix

 

USES
• Provides a healthy alternative for bird owners who choose to prepare their own bird food or those who give regular treats to their birds
• Can be offered instead of table food to birds that like to eat at family mealtimes
• Can be used to assist in converting birds to a formulated diet
• Can be hidden as a foraging reward
• Can be used as a vehicle for administering liquid medications
• Provides an easy-to-use transition for hospitalized or boarding birds until acceptance of the appropriate formulated diet
• Can be moistened and offered to birds that are feeding chicks as a soft food
• Is an excellent diet conversion tool – as documented here: EASY DIET CONVERSION VIA HARRISON’S BIRD BREAD

 

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
• May make up to 30% of the daily diet.
• If prepared with the addition of fruits, vegetables or nuts, Bird Bread should be considered a “treat” and fed only in limited quantities (no more than 10% of the daily food allotment when combined with all other treats).
• Can be served warm.
• Some flavorings (vanilla, maple) or herbs can be added as long as they do not change the nutritional content.

 

Ingredients:

ORIGINAL: *Harrison’s Bird Foods (Adult Lifetime Coarse & Fine, High Potency Coarse & Fine), *Grey Millet, *Sweet Corn, *Baking Powder, (aluminum-free) calcium carbonate
HOT PEPPER: *Harrison’s Bird Foods (Adult Lifetime Coarse & Fine, High Potency Coarse & Fine), *Grey Millet, *Sweet Corn, *Cayenne Pepper, *Baking Powder, (aluminum-free) calcium carbonate
MILLET & FLAX *Harrison’s Bird Foods (Adult Lifetime Coarse & Fine, High Potency Coarse & Fine), *Grey Millet, *Brown Flax Seed, *Baking Powder, (aluminum-free) calcium carbonate *CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENT

29. AVIAN ENZYME

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A source of live, naturally occurring enzymes for birds.(purchase online)

USES

•To improve digestion in any bird under any condition.

•Uses can also include, birds with chronic pancreatitis, malabsorption syndrome, proventricular dilation, neonates with slow-emptying of the digestive system, geriatric birds, or birds under stress of illness.

•May be beneficial in Day 1-7 neonates being hand-fed.

•Also indicated in chronically ill or geriatric birds that seem to not be getting all the benefits from their food and for sick birds under stress of illness.

•For hand-feeding when formula seems too thick when the correct amounts of water and powder are used.

 

Dose and Administration:

Add a pinch of Avian Enzyme over hand-raising formula and allow to stand after stirring to achieve desired consistency. If still too thick, add more Avian Enzyme. Do not add more water than called for in hand-feeding formula directions. Add to tube-feeding formula for sick birds – one pinch per feeding mixed in formula. Add to dry food for recovering birds – a pinch (1/16 tsp) per meal.

Ingredients:

Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cultured on corn, wheat, rye, malt, corn syrup and molasses.

 

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude protein (min.) 12%, Crude fat (min.) 3%, Crude fiber (max.) 7%,

39 – African Greys and Amazons

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AFRICAN GREYS
African
greys seem to be unique among parrots in their nutritional needs. The
two most commonly observed syndromes in this species are calcium
imbalance and respiratory disorders. New research sponsored by
Harrison’s indicates that African grey parrots must have direct daily
access to sunlight or UVB full spectrum lighting in order to obtain the
ideal levels of vitamin D3 and normal calcium levels in the blood. Diet
alone may not produce the ideal levels.

Although
African grey parrots may have a tendency toward atherosclerosis,
aggression and feather picking, feeding the High Potency Coarse
formulation exclusively, with no addition of seeds, nuts or table foods
to the diet, appears to minimize these negative characteristics. Birds
that are from parents selectively bred for their calm nature and are
parent-reared for several weeks before they are removed to be hand-fed
are the least likely to show these characteristics.

Geriatric
African greys may need some additional high quality fat in the diet.
One good source is organic Brazilian red palm oil, which is available in
Sunshine Factor as well as Harrison’s Power Treats.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for African Grey Chicks: Neonate Formula through Day 7, then Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula for faster weight gain and reduced numbers of feedings daily.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Adult African Greys:  High Potency Coarse.

AMAZONS
Some
Amazons have a tendency to develop atherosclerosis and become obese as
they get older, which is suspected to be related to a  metabolic
dysfunction involving glucose regulation, the thyroid gland, ovary or
liver. In contrast to what might be expected, these birds seem to
respond to the higher fat, higher protein formulation of High Potency
Coarse, as long as it is carefully measured by the piece to help
maintain their proper weight. Additional food items, such as sweet
potatoes, celery, bok choy and leafy greens may be added for bulk. Other
table foods, nuts or seeds are prohibited.

Amazon
parrots are best known for their excellent ability to mimic. Double
yellow-headed, yellow-naped and blue-fronted Amazons seem to have the
best potential for talking, laughing, coughing or even imitating a
baby’s cry— perhaps males more than females. Other species may whistle
or scream. All Amazons tend to form a bond with a specific individual,
which may turn into aggression toward other family members, especially
during the breeding season. 

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Amazon Chicks: Neonate Formula through Day 7, then Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula for faster weight gain and reduced numbers of feedings daily.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Adult Amazons:  High Potency Coarse.

40 – Budgies, Canaries and Finches

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BUDGIES

Budgies
maintained on Harrison’s experience longer, healthier lives, and their
former common health problems relating to the thyroid, kidney, fatty
tumors, obesity or reproduction are less evident.

Budgerigars
(commonly referred to as “parakeets” or “budgies”) are quiet,
intelligent, nondestructive birds that are easy to care for. They are
the most popular and numerous companion birds because of their
relatively gentle, gregarious and entertaining personalities. They do
not tend to bond with an individual person, and frequently interact with
all family members. Budgerigars are capable of developing a large
vocabulary (perhaps 200-300 words) but some effort must be made to
accomplish this, and their voice is not as clear as other pet bird
species. Some individuals are also good at whistling. Not talking at all
is not unusual.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Budgie Chicks: Neonate Formula through Day 7, then Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula for faster weight gain and reduced number of feedings.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Adult Budgies: High Potency Fine or Super Fine for a period of no less than 8 months, Adult Lifetime Fine or Super Fine optionally thereafter.

 

CANARIES and FINCHES

Canaries
and finches from a pet store often have a relatively short life
compared to other species, but when fed Harrison’s, they are robustly
healthy and longer-lived.

Canaries are tidy,
nondestructive and easy to care for, but they do not like to be handled.
They are appreciated most for their pleasant, melodious song. All male
canaries sing, starting as early as three months of age. If a male
canary becomes ill, it may stop singing until the following spring even
though the initial illness has resolved. Canaries are not social birds.
One bird kept as a single pet will be content.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Adult Canaries and Finches: High Potency Fine or Super Fine for a period of no less than 8 months,

Adult Lifetime Fine or Super Fine optionally thereafter.

Visit www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com/canaries.html for canary breeder egg-food recommendations

 

41 – Cockatiels and Cockatoos

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COCKATIELS

White
cockatiels with lutino ancestry have a reddish-colored iris and a
tendency toward yellow in the normally white feathers. These birds are
prone to liver and kidney disorders. Long-term administration of herbs,
such as lactulose and milk thistle, has been beneficial in controlling
the liver disorder. Adding a teaspoon of flax seed or spray millet to
the diet seems to help the kidneys if the birds are fed a formulated
diet. These birds require close supervision by an avian veterinarian.
White cockatiels with pied ancestry (dark-colored iris and pure white
feathers) seem to be stronger in both these aspects.

Other
common cockatiel problems of obesity, fatty tumors, xanthomas, and
reproductive and feather disorders are significantly reduced when
cockatiels are fed Harrison’s.

Cockatiels are
relatively quiet, nondestructive, entertaining birds that are easy to
care for. Because they are considered so gentle, they are excellent as
companion birds for children.  Cockatiels are limited talkers, but some
individuals are so good at whistling that their tunes are recognizable.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Cockatiel Chicks: Neonate Formula through Day 21, then Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula for faster weight gain and reduced number of feedings..

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Adult Cockatiels: High Potency Fine for a period of no less than 8 months,  Adult Lifetime Fine optionally thereafter.

COCKATOOS

Behaviorally,
cockatoos have a tendency toward aggression and feather picking;
however, these characteristics can be reduced by several factors:
feeding Harrison’s exclusively without the addition of seeds, nuts and
table foods, choosing parents that are selectively bred for their calm
nature, and parent-raising the chicks.

Large cockatoo
species (e.g., umbrella, Moluccan, sulphur-crested) need extra high
quality fat in the diet occasionally (Certified organic red palm oil –
available in Power Treats and AVIx Sunshine Factor).

Cockatoos
are appreciated as companion birds because they enjoy “cuddling.”
Cockatoos are like small children – they can be charming and may try to
“steal the show.” Care must be taken to avoid spoiling these birds.
Cockatoos have some capacity to mimic but their voice is not as clear as
other parrots.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Cockatoo Chicks: Neonate Formula through Day7, then Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula for faster weight gain and reduced numbers of feedings daily.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Adult Cockatoos:

High Potency Coarse.

 

42 – Lories and Macaws

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LORIES

There are many “lory diets” or nectars on the market that are not safe to feed long term. Many are too high in vitamin A (often containing toxic levels) and are deficient in many other nutrients needed by lories.

The primary disorders traditionally seen in lories, including obesity, liver malfunction, fatty tumors, bone disorders, respiratory diseases, and fungal and yeast infection, are significantly reduced when the birds are fed Harrison’s. In addition, the low levels of iron in Harrison’s formulations reduce the risk of iron storage disease, to which lories are particularly prone.

Lories are brilliantly colored, playful birds with extroverted personalities and entertaining antics. Due to their curious nature, these birds are often subject to traumatic injuries in captivity. Although they have limited talking ability, they can be noisy, making a variety of high-pitched sounds.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Lory Chicks: Neonate Formula through Day 7 then Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula for faster weight gain and reduced numbers of feedings daily.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Adult Lories: High Potency Fine for a period of no less than 8 months,

Adult Lifetime Fine optionally thereafter. Soak the formula in 2 Tbs water and ½ tsp glucose or fruit juice.

 

MACAWS

Macaws fed Harrison’s are usually problem free, living a maximum life expectancy. Commonly reported problems in the veterinary literature, such as reproductive and feather problems in adults or digestive disorders, bacterial, fungal, bone and beak problems in babies, are usually not seen in macaws fed Harrison’s.

Some of the larger species like Hyacinths may need extra oils, as derived from two large walnuts or a dose of Sunshine Factor daily.

Macaws require a great deal of attention and living space. Blue and gold macaws have a mischievous nature and are the most family-oriented macaw species, even though they may be nervous around strangers. Although scarlet macaws tend to bond with an individual person, they can be nippy with anyone. Green-winged macaws are less intimidating and calmer but can be very loud. Macaws have limited ability to mimic words. Their vocalizations are expressed primarily as loud shrieks and squawks, especially in the early morning and late afternoon.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Macaw Chicks: Neonate Formula through Day 7 then Juvenile Hand-Feeding Formula for faster weight gain and reduced numbers of feedings daily.

Recommended Harrison’s Formula for Adult Macaws: High Potency Coarse.

43 – ADDING HEALx PRODUCTS TO HARRISON’S FOODS

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Combining Packet of Sunshine Factor or Booster into Harrison’s Bird Foods

Hand-melt packet and squeeze contents into 1lb bag of Harrison’s Bird Foods

 

 

Mix thoroughly so contents are spread evenly throughout bag

 

 

 

 

Replace food back into bag. Express air and zip shut. Store in refrigerator.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using Sunshine Factor in Harrison’s Bird Bread

Sunshine Factor replaces cooking oil content in Bird Bread Mix