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What we’re learning from the Healthy Bird Project

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The Holistic Parrot by Leslie Moran

With unbalanced nutrition and malnutrition being a leading concern that can adversely affect a parrot’s health, we’re seeing promising results in the Healthy Bird Project (HBP). The Healthy Bird Project is an going programme for identifying the ideal balanced food plan, providing complete nutrition, from feeding whole, real foods, for each psittacine species.

In more than one group of budgerigars, we’re seeing that the “Budgie Balanced Food Plan” is providing wholesome complete nutrition for these small parrots. When Avian Gastric Yeast (AGY) is a concern, the balance between raw and cooked, and the complete balance of essential nutrients, plays a crucial role in keeping the AGY organisms in check. This balanced food plan also provides nutrients that support a healthy immune system.

We’re also seeing an interesting size and weight range in these American budgies. In birds whose weights and muscle tone have been verified by their avian veterinarian on the low end we’re seeing them in the 25 to 30 grams weight range. With larger budgies ranging in weight from 35 to 50 grams.

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