Nutri-Berries – Information for Vets

Birds eating Nutri-berries

Tired of hearing, “My bird won’t eat pellets”?

The nutritional alternative to pellets. Lafeber’s Nutri-Berries are nutritionally complete just like pellets.

• Pellets are created by grinding seeds and grains. Vitamins, minerals, and amino acids are then added to create a nutritionally balanced mixture that is pressed into a homogeneous “pellet” shape.

•Nutri-Berries are a mixture of whole grains and hulled seeds blended with pellets. Nutri-Berries are coated with amino acids, stabilized vitamins, and chelated minerals. Nutri-Berries are also omega 3:6 balanced and naturally preserved.

The key difference between pellets and Nutri-Berries is that all of the ingredients in a pellet are finely ground. Nutri-Berries are full of textures and shapes that promote beak and foot play.

Complete nutrition made irresistible
With Nutri-Berries, good nutrition is rolled into a fun-to-hold shape. The round “Berrie” stimulates beak and foot manipulation, and real pieces of fruit and vegetable also encourage birds to play with their food.

• Classic Nutri-Berries contain crunchy whole grains & seeds that birds enjoy
• Sunny Orchard Nutri-Berries contain apricots, raisins & cranberries
• Garden Veggie Nutri-Berries contain carrots, peas, broccoli, corn
• Tropical Fruit Nutri-Berries: Papaya, pineapple
• El Paso Nutri-Berries: Bell peppers, chili powder

Backed by research
In a scientific study performed at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, cockatiels were fed pellets or Nutri-Berries. Birds on Nutri-Berries were found to spend twice as much time in foraging or feeding related activities when compared to those fed pellets.

Avian veterinarians agree that a diet that provides mental and physical stimulation improves quality of life while minimizing stereotypic behaviors like feather destruction or repetitive movements.


Download the Nutri-Berries flier (203 KB PDF)

References
1. Klasing KC, Stevens C, Hawkins M. Nutritional equivalency report:
Comparison of a fortfied whole-seed diet (Nutri-Berries) with a pelleted diet for companion birds. LafeberVet Web site. 2009.
2. Meehan CL, et al. Environmental enrichment and development of cage stereotypy in orange-winged Amazon parrots. Dev Psychobiol 44(4): 209-218, 2004.
3. Meehan CL, et al. Foraging opportunity and increased physical complexity both prevent and reduce
psychogenic feather picking by young Amazon parrots. Appl Anim Behav Sci 80(1):71-85, 2003.