Using Our Foods
Harrison’s is proud to offer a friendly, live support staff to answer your questions in person, by phone: 1-800-346-0269 (8:30am-4:30pm E.S.T.)
- You may also choose to use our Contact Form
- Our online Handbook For a Healthier Bird contains many helpful usage tips
- Many common food-related questions are answered in our FAQ’s
- Birds converting from any other diet should be fed Harrison’s High Potency Formula for a period of at least 6-8 months.
- Harrison’s strongly recommends any diet change be overseen by a veterinarian.
New to Harrison’s?
To select a the right Harrison’s formula for your bird please refer to the chart below.
Most small birds (budgies/canaries etc.) should start out on HIGH POTENCY SUPER FINE
Most small to medium species (cockatiel/dove etc.) should start out on HIGH POTENCY FINE
Most med/large species (African Greys/Amazons etc.) should start out on HIGH POTENCY COARSE
All birds switching to Harrison’s should start out and remain on High Potency for a period of at least 8 months. After 8 months some birds may then switch to Adult Lifetime.
Certain species (African Grey and larger Macaw for example) should remain on High Potency. Most birds can remain on High Potency indefinitely.
Feeding Harrison’s for the first time:
Many birds will eat a new food without hesitation. Some birds require some assistance (diet conversion). If a bird does not immediately eat Harrison’s please see the following diet conversion methods.
Diet Conversion: Small Bird
Diet Conversion: Large Bird
Diet Conversion: Tips and Tricks
General feeding directions:
- to help reduce waste, feed as distinct meals.
- birds may eat all they want, but use the table below as a guideline.
- feed fresh food daily (discard uneaten food), do not “top off”.
How to store Harrison’s Bird Foods:
A complete list of properly Storing Harrison’s Bird Foods
How to Evaluate Your Bird’s Droppings
Clean white paper or other smooth surfaces can be used to collect the droppings. The normal appearance of the feces is usually soft and brown when the bird is eating a formulated diet but may be abnormally dry and black, yellow or green with a seed diet. The normally clear urine may be increased in amount due to excess consumption of fruits and vegetables. Normal urates are creamy white waste from the kidneys and are often suspended in the liquid urine or are “wrapped around” the feces. Any color change in the urates is abnormal. A sick bird may show a change in the volume, color, consistency or frequency of droppings. Feces from egg-laying females, baby birds on hand-feeding formulas and the first void of the morning may be larger than normal, and urine output may increase when the bird is nervous or ill.
If any of the following should occur *(behavior, droppings, weight), or you are unsure about your birds health call your avian veterinarian and reschedule the diet conversion:
BEHAVIOR: appears cold, listless, fluffed-up or reluctant to play or talk.
DROPPINGS: very loose or significantly reduced feces, while the amount of urine/urates has increased, or the feces changes color to yellow or dark green (a color change to brown is normal due to the formulation diet).
WEIGHT: monitor progress by weighing your bird daily with a gram scale. If he loses more than 10% (3g = budgie or 10g = cockatiel), resume feeding the previous diet and call your veterinarian.