How Mother Nature Dictates the Appearance of Harrison’s

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.

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