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Organic Bird Food
A significant number of bird fanciers are starting to notice that their pets may be displaying a particular sensitivity to a variety of ingredients in commercial bird foods that may include coloring, preservatives and even nutritional additives. The reason for this sensitivity is due to the fact that the digestive tracts in many birds are delicate and sensitive, therefore additives and preservatives found in many standard shelf brand non Organic Bird Foods might contribute to some unpleasant syndromes and conditions.
Organic Bird Food are produced exclusively according to the rules and regulations of the Organic Foods Production Act in the United States which specifies that the Organic Bird Food must be produced without the use of most artificial chemicals, fertilizers, bioengineering, herbicides, pesticides, ionizing radiation, or sewage sludge. It is widely acknowledged that Organic Bird Food meeting these standards and methods emphasize the utilization of renewable resources and promote ecological integrity which is good for everyone on the planet, not just the buyer of Organic Bird Food.
Any bird fancier should be very careful to read package labels on Organic Bird Food products carefully. Birds can be sensitive to what would initially seem to be fairly harmless ingredients in Organic Bird Food pellets, such as peanuts, soy, corn or other grains. Every bird fancier should consult an avian veterinarian and discuss the subject of Organic Bird Food even before their bird is reacting to a food allergy or some other and possibly severe manifestation of dietary intolerance.
It must also be noted that avocadoes can be deadly to pet birds as the persin it contains is poisonous to them. Other common human foods that can kill pet birds include: Raw beans which contain a substance that acts as a trypsin inhibitor; nutmeg that contains myristicin; peanuts which are often contaminated with aflatoxin, and the leaves from tomato, potato and eggplant leaves which contain poisonous alkaloids.
It is always an excellent idea to review the Organic Bird Food manufacturer's directions and store the Organic Bird Food as they recommend, which is generally dictated to be in a cool, dry area. The reason for this is because mold growth on Organic Bird Food can be induced by moisture and once any mold sets into a food it is imperative that it be destroyed immediately.
You should only have on hand as much Organic Bird Food as your birds can consume in a reasonable period of time, which is generally recommended to be a month or less. It is always a good idea before adding Organic Bird Food, to wash and dry your bird's feeding dishes daily. Any uneaten portions of Organic Bird Food must be discarded and the cage area be kept meticulously clean, because pieces of fruit that have been scattered, splashed water, and other droppings can encourage the growth of mold and bacteria on leftover seed or pellets. It is also important to wash rod-style skewers and clips as well. A clean cage will make for a healthy Organic Bird Food eating bird!