How Mother Nature Dictates the Appearance of Harrison’s

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Batches of Harrison’s Bird Foods may differ from production run to production run. You may notice changes in kibble size, color, density or other minor appearance details. Harrison’s has not incorporated changes to the formulation for several years.

Harrison’s ingredients are NOT GMO nor are they processed in a manner that destroys naturally occurring seasonal crop characteristics. This limited processing may result in very normal variances in finished nugget sizes and the color, density and taste of the food may vary from batch to batch. While this happens to an extent in all of our formulas – it is typically most noticeable in the Super Fine formulas, which is the smallest and most difficult to produce of the formulas.

Noticeable seasonal variances seen in a product indicate true “natural”! When reduced to an easily manipulated ‘white bread’ form (bleached, fine-milled and often chemically preserved), grain-based foods have mostly been stripped of their natural characteristics and are devalued nutritionally.  Harrison’s formulas alternately are made from whole, intact, certified organic ingredients. This means your bird is getting the very best part of ingredients (the germ, bran and endosperm – all of it).

Why does the nugget size sometimes vary? Ingredients fluctuate from year to year and production environment changes from season to season. Whole food ingredient being produced in an extrusion facility will expand differently in different seasonal environments (hot season vs cold season)

Ingredients themselves have differing features from year to year. Gardeners who grow hot peppers will attest to the fact that wet seasons result in milder peppers while dry seasons result in hot peppers. Just like organic apples on the shelf of an organic produce bin, one apple may be more crunchy and the next may be more juicy, and both may be of a differing color. Production in summer is in a moist environment, winter is dry. This may affect expansion of finished products. There are a number of ways Mother Nature may dictate the details of the finished Harrison’s product.

Some birds are picky eaters and can occasionally be wasteful or reluctant when encountering these natural variances. In these instances we recommend moistening or crushing the kibble and re-offering.

Questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us directly at 800-346-0269 or via our online contact form:

Alternative to E Collars for Feather Pickers and Multilators

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Shared by Dr. Kim Danoff,

“I put together some info for your pluckers and mutilators in case you are interested.  Much better for quality of life then rigid collars.

I have many friends w mutilating cockatoos and they swear by these vests/hoodies.
They usually have a few at home so they can have one in the wash and one on bird.   It’s very important for big mutilators to get the vest with kevlar reinforcement over the chest.  They can also reinforce the neckline too with fabric so a… determined bird cant reach the chest.  They have many many options and personally I find the website confusing only bc the many options aren’t clearly listed.  I recommend placing first order by phone and allowing them to guide you based on needs and then future orders can be placed online.  They are very stylish and even make super cute holiday fashions.

A few women also make and sell fabric collars that are great but look very different from the above (personally I find the vests more appropriate for long term use, as do my friends w mutilators; the fabric collars below would be a great item to keep in stock in clinic to sell to clients for short term use but many people use them long term too, it’s just a bit more cumbersome simply bc it’s a collar).

Protective Parrot Petals By Pam Pam Skidmore To place order: Or Like Facebook Page
Patti Lemaire-She is great but you need to contact her on Facebook to get more info.  They look like very colorful felt collars that are wide and have lots of fabric pieces and stuff dangling off for birds to chew on.  Her collars are a huge hit in the parrot welfare community!”

The Effect of Mega-agriculture on the Health of Animals

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The Effect of Mega-agriculture on the Health of Animals

Dr. Greg Harrison presented a very well received lecture on “The Effect of Mega-agriculture on the Health of Animals” at an IWRC Symposium. Below you will find a link to the full presentation and a shorted (5-minute) version for your viewing pleasure and to share as you see fit.

There is broad evidence of the adverse effects of today’s mega-agriculture on all animals. Mega-agriculture includes the use of GMO or genetic modified organisms, glyphosate-ready crops, pesticides and artificial fertilizers. The effects range from behavior and reproductive disorders to immune suppression and cancers. All these issues point to the value of encouraging organic farming and being proactive in preventing these calamities in the first place.


PETS and VETERINARY CLINICS – Creating a Calm Environment

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We all know how stressful evenumbrella-cockatoo-showing-affection the most basic of veterinary visits can be for both the pet and pet owner. Pets may be extremely sensitive to an owner’s anxieties.

We encourage a discussion on  how the experience can be improved so here are our initial thoughts on creating/improving a “calm environment” for pets and clients. Below is a list of some ideas we have compiled.

We are very interested to hear your thoughts on these ideas in addition to any ideas you may have.

The Veterinary Hospital

• Reduce the time the animal needs to spend in the reception area being exposed to unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells. Establish a “pager” system similar to popular restaurants whereby the animal can remain in the car or outdoors until the owner is alerted to actually enter the exam room.

• Have a streaming video of calming scenery and sounds in the exam room to promote a more relaxed animal and owner.

• Get acquainted with exotic animal practitioners in the area and be willing to refer a patient to one who will be knowledgeable about working with all species.

• Provide for the mental health of the hospitalized pet. Designate a person in the hospital who is not directly involved in treatments who can provide compassion and comfort for the patient – just ‘being’ with the animal to encourage a sense of security and healing.

• Any air neutralizer or disinfectant used between patients should be of the “safe” variety as many are toxic (should be specifically safe for birds).

Service to Owner

• Much of the fear expressed by the animal relates to the fear of the owners, especially regarding cost of the diagnosis and treatment. Offer a pre-visit consultation regarding financial options for care regardless of the problem and some discussion of what to expect during the veterinary visit.

• Owners may be fearful because they do not know enough about their species. Establish a networking relationship with exotic animal professional organizations to refer owners for proper husbandry and other care requirements: Association of Avian Veterinarians (AAV), Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV), Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians (AEMV).

• Depending on the case and problem, be willing to offer some prophylactic/preventive/holistic suggestions.

Service to Patient

• Some birds respond to the following suggestions for a more pleasant experience:

– Transport the bird, if possible, in a box with fabric covered holes so it can vaguely see out.
– Keep exam rooms dimly lit (or even dark) to keep the bird calm.
– Pick up the bird from a low area, low table or even the floor.
– In some cases, it may work to take the bird out of the client’s sight to do the procedure.

• Allow owners to spend sufficient time with a hospitalized animal for comfort and to provide feeding or other special/social needs

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

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This photo was sent to us from Dr. Rolfe in Lake Worth, FL. Her client brought in a pet budgie with some health issues. The client was feeding a common seed mix from a popular big box store.
The bird’s owner had dumped the seeds out on her driveway and later, upon cleanup snapped this photo – showing a very noticeable chemical reaction.

The image is quite shocking and says a lot about what chemical pesticide/preservative content in common seed.
Would you continue to feed such an item knowing the chemical content was strong enough to visibly erase driveway stains?

Do you know what’s in – or isn’t in – the foods you feed your bird?

#committed to organic


SUNSHINE FACTOR – Here are the facts

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We feel it’s a good idea to go over the cover these bases from time to time as they are common questions regarding Palm Fruit Oil.

CLAIM 1: Sunshine Factor is simple palm oil.
FACT-CHECK: Incorrect.
Sunshine Factor is made from red palm FRUIT oil. There is a very significant difference, and there are many commercially available sources of simple palm oil, but few of red palm fruit oil.
Palm fruit oil is a cholesterol-free member of the vegetable oil family. It has been erroneously grouped together with coconut oil and palm kernel oil under the “tropical oil family,” which are known as high-cholesterol or trans-fat oils. Palm fruit oil is one of the most nutritionally filled vegetable oils currently on the market.
Red palm fruit oil originates from the flesh of the fruit from the palm tree Elaeis guineensis. This oil is not hydrogenated or processed and contains no trans-fats. It has a dark orange to red color.
Palm fruit oil is naturally semi-solid at room temperature and does not require hydrogenation. It is an excellent replacement for partially hydrogenated fats for many reasons. Like other edible fats and oils, palm fruit oil is easily digested, absorbed and used to maintain a healthy metabolism.

CLAIM 2: Use of Sunshine Factor results in high LDL cholesterol, clogs arteries, causes heart disease due to high levels of saturated fats and varying other negative claims.
FACT-CHECK: Incorrect.
In human studies, the general properties of red palm fruit oil include the following: decreased incidence of arteriosclerosis, lowered blood cholesterol, decreased occurrence of blood clots by increasing vasodilatation, lowered incidence of strokes and heart attacks and improved immune function. Red palm fruit oil has also been reported as a “chemopreventative drug,” because it has been shown to inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and improve the effectiveness of tamoxifen therapy.

Red palm fruit oil is considered to be one of the richest natural sources of carotenoids. The benefits of carotenoids in humans include their antioxidant and anticancer effects. These antioxidants scavenge free radicals. The accumulation of free radicals in human medicine has been associated with heart disease, cellular aging, cancer, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease. Carotenoids are needed for the growth and repair of body tissues, the formation of bones and teeth, the resistance to infection, the development of healthy eye tissues and proper cellular function and differentiation. Red palm fruit oil contains beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lycopene and phytoene. Beta-carotene can be converted to vitamin A as required by the body. Alpha-carotene may also be converted to vitamin A and has been found in human medicine to be superior in the inhibition of some forms of cancer in cell-culture studies.

Red palm fruit oil is rich in multiple forms of vitamin E. Although it is often assumed that there is only one type of vitamin E, there are actually eight different forms. These include four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta). Most diets only contain alpha-tocopherol; however, the tocotrienols are considered to be far superior in their antioxidant effects. The general properties of the tocopherols and tocotrienols in human medicine include the following: inhibit the enzyme that controls the rate of cholesterol synthesis, decrease LDL and triglycerides, raise HDL, increase immune function, have anticancerogenic properties, lower risk of cataract formation and modulate the formation of prostaglandins controlling a component of the inflammatory cascade. Palm fruit oils are the richest natural source of antioxidants, such as tocotrienols, which may exhibit activity against tumor promotion and, in turn, inhibit certain types of cancer. Tocotrienols may also have the ability to reverse blockage of the carotid artery and platelet aggregation, which reduces the risk of stroke, arteriosclerosis and heart disease.

In one human study, 31 subjects took a palm fruit oil supplement every day for 30 days. No other changes were made to their diets. They continued to eat whatever they desired. The results showed that palm fruit oil supplementation lowered both total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol in all volunteers. The magnitude of reduction of total cholesterol ranged from 5 to 35.9 percent and the reduction of LDL cholesterol ranged from 0.9 to 37 percent. What was even more important was the effect the palm fruit oil had on the cholesterol ratio. The cholesterol ratio was reduced in 78 percent of the subjects, demonstrating a highly significant and favorable response to supplementation (Tan, 1991).

CLAIM 3: Sunshine Factor is associated with deforestation and the devastating loss of natural orangutan environments in Malaysia and other areas in the South Pacific.
FACT-CHECK: Incorrect.
Sunshine Factor is made using Brazilian farmed red palm fruit oil. Sunshine Factor is a sustainable agricultural product grown on long established farms. It is not harvested from tropical rainforests in locations where burning for new plantations continues to add to the destruction of tropical rainforests and threaten endangered wildlife. Our farms are members of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

Changes of note seen in usage of Sunshine Factor in birds, reptiles, dogs, cats, and other small mammals.
– Improvement in coats/plumage
– Improvement in skin quality
– Increased and more consistent energy levels particularly in senior patients
– Decreased usage of arthritis medications
– Lowered blood cholesterol levels
– Improved weight gain and health in pediatric patients
– Increased the effectiveness of antihistamines for allergy patients

Taming Canaries – Archonny Corner

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After seeing a bunch of cool, cozy Canary photos on facebook we asked our friend Laura Miles of Archonny Corner in The UK to share how she managed to tame and nuzzle with her rescue Canaries. Not all Canary owners are able to accomplish what is a not-so-small feat with these small birds.

What follows are some pretty cool details from Laura…

Taming Canaries

~ Canaries are often damaged souls that suffer greatly with being in captivity, so for them to find comfort in one of their caregivers is a real savior for them.
Often they are shown or used for their colorful plumage in aviaries, sometimes I think that people really miss the intelligence & complex charm of the Canary.c3

To get close to your Canary they need to be in your world you need many hours of just watching them. This way you will start to see their unique qualities. You will not always gain the bond with your Canary  – if they become stressed on handling you must stop. Stress can kill Canaries.
How you gain their trust is go to their cage & teach them ‘the noise’.

This is a soothing sound you make with your mouth and it will keep your Canary focused and at ease. When they learn ‘the noise’ (best noise to make is shushing quietly) then begin daily health checks. Using the noise, slowly catch your Canary in your hand causing as little stress as possible. Then feel gently down the back, checking the oil gland (you can see if it’s waxy by eye) Then gently down their front, check wings, tail & feet. Then give them a tiny kiss. Not forgetting to do ‘the noise’ throughout.c2c1

Eventually your Canary will learn that no harm is coming to them – and they get a health check daily which is also vital. As each health check goes by they will grow more confident & find more comfort in ‘the noise’ as they start to associate it with gentle touch. You can then start to introduce more fussing. Their favorite spot for a tickle is under their chin, at first they will peck you, let them.

Canaries, particularly males, think they are the boss. What you need to teach them is that you are equal. If they nip, allow them and continue to chin-tickle. Over time they will start to tilt their head so you get the best angle and squint with pleasure. Sometimes Canaries aren’t tame-able, and sometimes handling is as far as you will get. But sometimes you can begin placing their feet on your finger so they feel safe, then slowly take your hand away. This will take a long time, but it benefits the Canary greatly. Once they are confident with sitting on your finger, you have a cuddly Canary. But if they don’t take to your hand, try taming them to the top of your head, sometimes this works better.

Once you go through this long & magical process, you will truly respect just how remarkable & beautiful Canaries are. ~

About Archonny Corner

Archonny Corner!

~ My pet Bird rescue is called Archonny Corner.
It is made up of half of the name of my first Bird Archie and half of the name of an African grey parrot I’m very close to called Sonny. (Sonny isn’t actually mine) Archie was bought for me for my 13th birthday, he was my first-ever Bird. Archie died very young, we now know from peanut mold. At the time I knew nothing about Harrison’s, I just knew my Archie was my soul-mate. Once I was ready for another Bird after Archie’s death, I got 2 of the most amazing Cockatiels called Pickle & Pumpkin.

After a few weeks Pickle lost all of his flight feathers & was almost dying, we rushed him to the vet. What was wrong with him? Liver problems due to a seed diet, in the UK Harrison’s knowledge is very rare & most Birds are very sick here, but luckily our vet is Harrison’s-aware. We got Pickle better & discovered the magic of Harrison’s.

This realization that I could have prevented my Archie’s death by feeding this amazing food made me feel awful. Had I failed my companion?
Every day I try to get UK seed feeders to read about Harrison’s, but it’s hard to get people to listen.

This realization that many Birds were sick & the cure is simple, to feed Harrison’s instead of seed, I needed to save these Birds. I came up with the name for Archonny Corner and it was nothing but a dream for many months. Until the vet put some pictures of 2 very sick looking Zebra Finches on their page, they were found by house clearance men after their elderly owner passed away, Archonny Corner was born! Harrison’s Bird foods & the most amazing flock members built Archonny Corner without me noticing. Almost a year & 30 residents on, we would not feed anything else. Harrison’s is just a life food, improving feathers, improving energy & giving your angel the nutrition they need. Archonny Corner is a 100% Organic-feeding pet bird rescue that we run in the UK. Harrison’s Bird foods & 100% Organic fruit & Vegetables are the only thing AC feeds. We are toxin-aware & give our flock intense stimulation daily.

We can guarantee that without the correct nutrition that Harrison’s Bird foods offer, not only would Archonny Corner not exist, but most of our residents would be dead. For Archie it was too late to correct his nutrition, he could still be here today, don’t leave it too late for your bird. Please choose Harrison’s! ~


We think it’s pretty cool that Laura has taken on the task of being a self-sustained rescue and we suspect she’ll make a whole lot of difference for a whole lot of birds. You know Harrison’s LOVES folks committed to organic!
Be sure to check out Laura’s current Facebook page that includes many great photos of her rescues. Archonny Corner – Before and Afters (updated with new link info).
We have more to share from Archonny Corner so keep checking in!


LOST – African Grey in Syracuse NY area

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Harrison’s has been contacted about a missing African Grey in the Syracuse NY area..
PLEASE use the contact info below if you have any info that can help Kiwi be returned to her beloved owners..
Thank you!”Congo African Grey Parrot named KIWI flew from his home on July 3, 2013, in the Manlius, New York area, REWARD – $500.00
If sighted or found : Call (315) 477.2814 or Vet’s office at: (315) 469- 3959.


Welcome to the All-New!

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siteWelcome to the all-new! Harrison’s is proud to announce our new website for 2013, that includes lots of cool new Harrison’s imagery, modern look and feel features, maximum synergy with social media, an all new layout and a simplification of the ordering process.

Our new searchable clinic map incorporates easy functionality in regard to finding a Harrison’s reseller close to you. We are even providing links to clinics so you can check them out as well! Clinics are encouraged to submit their website info to Harrison’s if it is not currently in place.

Harrison’s “Biggest Fans” is an album of photos submitted by Harrison’s users, of their pretty birds – via Facebook. Is your bird a “Biggest Fan”? Please tell us on Facebook and we’ll feature your photos!

The Flock” is an all new forum function that will continue to expand with avian nutritional info, FAQs, and even a talkback feature that will allow you to connect publicly with us.

Ordering Harrison’s products has never been so easy. We have stripped back extraneous layers of shopping cart departments and added all new product photos* for simplify your buying process and to help you more easily make the right choice for your birds.

These features are just the beginning. Please take a look around and let us you what you think!

*All images contained within the Harrison’s Bird Foods website and subsequent pages are property of HBD International and may not be used without written permission.