> Dr. D's diets are complete with all nutrients, including vitamins and elements (both macro- and micro minerals). The diets contain the perfect amount of the nutrients to allow for stress situations.
None of the competitive cage bird diets surpass Dr. D's for its nutritional benefits. Our nutritionists formulate diets based on new proven concepts that bring the nutrients together according to energy ratios instead of percentages. This assures that the nutrients are balanced against one another so that one nutrients will not interfere with utilization of another. A typical example is the accumulation of excess fat in the bird's organs when diets are not properly balanced. That can result in kidney and heart problems.
> Because of the complete nutrient capacity in Dr D's diets, one does not need to feed greens, cuttlebone, egg food, or nesting food. Dr. D's diets are complete having all of the nutrients of these supplements already in the diet.
Seed-type diets with granules of goodies lack the proper balance in their formulation because the bird can under or over eat and waste the benefits of the granules. Adding these granules is an attempt by seed manufacturers to mimic Dr. D's diets. Thus, seed manufacturers recognize the inadequacy of seed diets and attempt to make up that inadequacy by including small pellets with the extra nutrients the seed lacks.
Ask a professional nutritionist to balance a diet when an unknown part of the diet disappears before the dietary ingredients are consumed. Given this dilemma, he or she will tell you it is not possible to formulate a balanced diet under those conditions. Yet, this is what happens when the birds de-hull their seeds - they remove an unknown portion of their diet.
In addition, the birds are discarding the fiber in the hulls, thus missing a very important nutrient required in proper amounts to complete balanced nutrition. Dr. D's diets contain that fiber right in the pellets, so when your bird eats our pellets, it also consumes all nutrients, including the necessary fiber.
> When you compare the nutritional content of Dr. D's diets with any competitive diet, you will find Dr. D's formulas way ahead.
Starter-Grower diets range from 23% crude protein for parrots to 26% for canaries and cockatiels.
The Layer diets have the proper amount of calcium for strong shells, and proper amounts of magnesium and manganese to assure proper bone structure and enzyme activity. These are only a few of the 13 elements (minerals) that are formulated into the diets.
> There is no waste from hulls. Recall that the important fiber needed in your birds diet is in Dr. D's and not discarded as in seed-type diets. Birds eat less of Dr. D's than seed-type diets, thereby providing another savings. Most seed-type diets contain excess fat and lack the proper amounts and ratios of vitamins and minerals.
> Convert your birds from seed-type diets to Dr. D's pelleted diets using our "moist method".
First moisten Dr. D's with any vegetable oil from your kitchen - enough so that the diet is crumbly but not mushy. Use 1 tbsp per 1/2 cup of Dr. D's pellets. Combine this mix with your seed-type diet at a ratio of 50/50.
In about 2 to 4 days your bird will eat Dr. D's along with the seeds. Now decrease the amount of oily diet and seeds and add the dry Dr. D's so that in about 4 days you are feeding only dry Dr. D's.
> The dry diet has a shelf life of 3 months - guaranteed at moderate temperatures - that can be prolonged 6 to 12 months with refrigeration, and 14 to 20 months by freezing. Many of our customers just go ahead and offer dry Dr D's right from the bag and find that the birds eat it right away. Cockatiels, large parrots, and canaries are particularly easy to convert. Young budgies convert very quickly. Older budgies are resistant to change, but will convert to Dr. D's when encouraged by their owners.
> Cage birds converted from seed-type diets to pellet will drink more water.
Why? First, there is a sodium deficiency in seed-type diets; whereas, Dr. D's has the proper amount of sodium (from sodium chloride - salt) to create a proper acid/base balance in the body, and for the regulation of food intake by sensors in the brain.
Dr. D's diets also contain the correct amount of dietary fiber, causing a slight increase in water intake.
NOTE: The proper amount of fiber will change the characteristics of your birds droppings to a normal type which allows proper consistency of digestive and peristaltic action of the intestine. The droppings from seed type diets are dry and hard, indicating constipation.
Furthermore, seed-type diets are higher in fat. When fat is metabolized by the body, more water is produced than when protein or carbohydrates are metabolized. This means more water will be consumed because Dr. D's diets have less fat and more protein.
> About the "fines". Most hook bills love to stand at the feed hopper and break up the pellets into fines; do not throw the fines away!
These fines have all of the nutritional value of the intact pellets. The birds cannot pick and choose what they want to eat when the pellets are fed; they must eat all of the nutrients in the proportion at which the diet was formulated.
>> Dr. D's Starter-Grower Diet
Start to feed to the breeders on about the 4th day after the last egg is laid and until the youngest chick is weaned. Also feed to the chicks until they are approximately 8 months old. If the mother hen is through laying, feed her the Maintenance diet. This is also called a "breeder diet"
>> When you look over our ingredient list, it is important to pay attention to what youdo NOT see as well as what is listed.
We do NOT add any artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives as we do not know what long term health effects these may have. We add no sugar as others do. We add no meat scraps. We add no ethoxyquin, but use natural preservatives such as Vitamin C and Acetic Acid (a mild acid, like vinegar). If you look at the ingredient list below, you will see that everything underlined below is the technical name for the natural preservatives we use.
Grain products (corn, oats, wheat), Plant Protein Products (soybean), Processed Grain By-Products (corn protein), Calcium Carbonate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Salt, L-Lysine, Manganous Oxide, Manganous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Riboflavin Supplement, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Sodium Selenate, Amorphous Silica, Lecithin, Mixed Tocopherols, Vegetable Oil (one or more of the following: corn, soy, canola, sunflower, cottonseed, palm, coconut), Medium Chain Triglycerides, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Propionic Acid, Natural Terpenes, Acetic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Benzoic Acid, Mono and Di Esters of 1, 2 Propanediol, Hydrated Ammonium Phosphate, Propyl Benzoate, Propyl Acetate, Butylated Hydroxyanisole, Ascorbic Acid.
(% Not Less Than) Fiber Moisture Fat Crude Protein
Starter Grower 7 14 3 2 3
>>> AVI-SCI, INC. IS THE ONLY PELLET SUPPLIER THAT GUARANTEES OUR PELLETS FRESH FOR 90 DAYS FROM THE TIME YOU ORDER OUR PRODUCT.
WE WILL SHIP YOU REPLACEMENT FEED TOTALLY FREE OF CHARGE (INCLUDING SHIPPING) IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT THAT THEY BECOME MOLDY OR BUGGY. Being a natural product without insecticides, there is a slight chance of this after about 5 months or so, but the risk is much less than with whole seeds. Our pellets contain no sunflower seed so you will never get moths from them. You can store the pellets for 2 years safely in a freezer. Since we are the manufacturer and not just a distributor of our pellets, you can be assured of receiving fresh pellets from us. The problem with most of our competitors is that you can not order directly from them but are forced to place your order with a distributor. Those distributors, in addition to marking up the product for additional profit for themselves, needs to order a large amount of feed at a time for resale. So they may ship you product that has already been sitting in their warehouse for months. When you receive it from them, it is already old. When we ship you pellets, they are always fresh.