Pajarita wrote:Seeds fortified with vitamins and minerals are a gimmick. The supplements are sprayed on the outside of the seeds and parrots and finches (the most common pet birds) peel their seeds before they eat them and have no saliva in their beaks so the vitamins/minerals don't really get ingested, they get thrown out along with the seed covering.
I think some seeds added to the diet, like safflower, is good for the bird. An avian vet said parrots (specifically in the conversation I had, on Greys) need some seed to help with the gullet, and process food. Or something like that. Point being, I bought the "Avian Science Super Hookbill" which is sold/recommended by the vet, and this mix is basically a mix of safflower, seeds, corn. I mix a little of this stuff with Harrison's, solely as a supplement to my Grey's diet while she receives fresh food.
When Chance was checked out by the Avian vet, the vet stated that her diet has been lacking in vitamin A (before adoption). So I've been making sure Chance is getting sweet potatoes and carrots and other very important vitamin-A foods in a daily meal.