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Alfalfa in Pellets

Tommy95

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Hey guys, I’m a new owner of a young caique, and have started out feeding Roudybush, but also recently tried TOP’s pellets. Lucky for me, it eats both! But I would like to ask something regarding the ingredients.

Is alfalfa, being the main base ingredient, a concern? What are the experiences of those who have fed Top’s long term?

I can see a parrot eating corn and soy meal, as those are grains (even if they may not eat them in the wild), but I’m unsure about alfalfa.
 

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@Mizzely has extensively researched pellets. There is a thread of hers about pellets, but I can not find it right now. She may be able to help you.
 

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I have the same concerns about alfalfa lol. So I really don't know. I know so many people hate on corn and soy, but I'm not sure that alfalfa is the best substitute. I'm sure they use it primarily because it is one of the very few vegan sources of Vitamin D3, but if I gave my birds a bowl each of corn, soy, and alfalfa, I'm not sure they would touch it ;)

Realistically it's probably fine; I know Roudybush has added some to their Pellets in recent years, and I trust them more. It doesn't make up the bulk of the pellet though.
 

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Well I bought tops and it was a big fat no they prefer roubybush the gcc and indie Hagen
 

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Another point to make though - animal bodies need nutrients; they don't usually care too much where those nutrients come from as long as it can be utilized. So while ingredients are one way to compare products, it's not the only way. So while I am personally not going to be buying TOPS anytime soon, that doesn't necessarily make it a bad food. I don't know enough either way about how digestible alfalfa is for birds.
 

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My Green Cheek conure has been eating TOPS for 16 years with no problems. I mix it with Harrison’s off and on and sometimes throw another pellet in there, such as Roudybush, but always TOPS. He also eats veggies, fruits, and chop mixes regularly. He’s just one little guy, but he’s in great health.
 

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My Green Cheek conure has been eating TOPS for 16 years with no problems. I mix it with Harrison’s off and on and sometimes throw another pellet in there, such as Roudybush, but always TOPS. He also eats veggies, fruits, and chop mixes regularly. He’s just one little guy, but he’s in great health.
And his feathers are amazing
 
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