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Hand-Feeding Formula

PREMIUM PARROT FOOD FOR OPTIMAL GROWTH

Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula provides proper daily nutrition for baby parrots up to fledgling, which is a critical age of a parrot’s life. Its flavorful recipe simplifies transition to the next Tropican Life Cycle Formula.


Did you know that Hand-Feeding Formula for Parrots …

  • Is a micro-ground extruded multigrain and peanut formulaTropican_HFeeding-Food
  • Contains no artificial preservatives, colors and flavors
  • Contains “Human Grade” Sunflower kernel and peanut meat
  • Contains optimum levels of protein, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients required by growing babies
  • Contains multiple sources of protein to generate impeccable feathers
  • Contains optimal, balanced and safe levels of calcium and vitamin D for all psittacine species’ requirements
  • Contains natural omega and fatty acids from flax seeds
  • Has a high caloric density
  • Provides optimum nutrient density and gut motility
  • Is flavorful and simplifies transition to Tropican High Performance Formula
  • Is easy to prepare; just add hot water to dry formula and mix
  • Is easy to clean as it does not stick to feather
  • Is fully processed and pasteurized to eliminate bacterial and fungal organisms; high level starch gelatinization
  • Has no solid/liquid fractionation, resulting in effective crop peristalsis and no impaction

… all this results in excellent growth rates and health!

A Unique Formulation with Optimum Nutrition for Baby Parrots

A long-time favourite among parrot breeders and aviculturists alike, the Hand-Feeding Formula is a result of industry-leading research and development at HARI. Parrot breeders worldwide have grown to trust Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula for providing their baby birds with all the essential nutrients necessary for excellent growth and brilliant plumage. The Hand-Feeding Formula is a finely ground up form of the High Performance biscuits. This is to include the benefits of high temperature extrusion cooking such as gelatinization of the starches which improves the water holding properties of the formula, destruction of field bacteria, and easier digestion.

Tropican’s advanced Hand-Feeding Formula delivers all the nutritional potency that makes it a leading baby parrot food. It’s an excellent peanut-derived source of fat and protein, as well as a source of essential grains that complement amino acid profiles, all critical to the proper growth and well-being of parrot chicks from hatch through the fledgling age. A rich source of Omega fatty acids from flaxseed, peanuts and sunflower seeds, Tropican makes feathers shine and helps support a healthy body.

Proudly Canadian Made

Hand Feeding Formula ParrotsWe are very proud of Tropican’s outstanding 30+ year tradition of raising thousands of parrots over several generations at HARI. At a time when most bird food companies have shut their research centers, HARI continues its ongoing work on the research and development of advanced bird nutrition. In fact, HARI is the longest-standing research facility dedicated to studying the care and breeding of parrots.

Ingredients are sourced locally, which means consumers get fresher food faster. In addition, the fact that it’s now made in close geographical proximity to HARI, located in Rigaud, means quicker turnaround times for final HARI quality assurance approvals and enhanced freshness-to-market efficiencies.

Quality Control

Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula is made at Hagen Industries in Montreal, Quebec and undergoes rigorous 3-stage testing, which is unprecedented among bird food makers. Two onsite tests at Hagen Industries and final batch testing at HARI ensures that consumers get safe, dependable and top quality bird food for their treasured feathered companions.quality-control-enFor more in-depth information on the scientific development of Tropican Formulated Diets read Avian Nutrition: Trends and Philosophies, by HARI Director, Mark Hagen

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Who can benefit from Hand-Feeding Formula?

Hand-Feeding Formula is suitable for baby parrots up to fledglings. It can also be fed dry to Lories, Finches, Canaries and other small species as food supplement. View the photo gallery below to learn more about the benefits of providing Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula to your pet bird.

Feeding Guide

Administration of food with a feeding syringe is recommended provided you are confident of the proper technique to be used. Use a separate syringe for each clutch. If you are not confident with syringe feeding, a spoon bent on either side can also be used.

  • Place syringe tip slightly into left side of beak with one hand. Pressure should be placed on the Beak’s commissures with the fingers of the other hand and palm of hand held behind the head of chick, preventing the syringe to injure the mouth when chick will react with a feeding response.
  • When bird gives feeding response (head pumping), start feeding and aim towards the back right side of the mouth. Close monitoring of chick response and respiration is essential to prevent aspiration. Fill crop without excess stretching.
  • A daily weight monitoring and amount fed chart should be kept for health growth parameters and future reference. Allow crop to completely empty between feedings.
  • A bent teaspoon may also be used to slowly drip food into beak. Metal feeding tubes are not recommended, as they can pierce the crop and esophagus, allowing food to leak out.

HARI Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula

Can be fed dry to lories, finches, canaries and other small species as food supplement.

  • Lories: Feed the formula as a dry powder in a separate bowl. A second bowl may contain some diced fruits mixed with Prime and the formula however make sure the birds first are eating the dry food. Some sugar can be mixed up to 10 % with the formula to get the lories to start eating it, but discontinue this once the birds are eating the food. On a liquid diet of simple sugars, lories are sensitive to bacterial gut infections thus feeding exclusively a dry powder such as Tropican Hand-feeding Formula is not only easier but also leads to better health.
  • Finches, canaries and other small species: As a dry powder in a separate bowl during stress, moulting, and breeding.

Formula Preparation

Mix hot water with correct volume (see chart below) of Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula (alternatively, use cold water and microwave). CAUTION: Always mix food completely and beware of hot spots.

Because of Tropican’s beneficial gelatinization properties, it will take a minute to fully moisturize with water. Therefore, fine tuning the consistency is advised. Simply add a little bit more water if needed.

Final temperature should be slightly above body temperature (38°C-100°F) and should never be fed to chicks in excess of 40.5°C (105°F). An accurate, calibrated thermometer should always be used to verify the desired temperature. Overheated food can burn delicate mouth, throat and crop tissues. The suggested brooder temperature (see chart below) should be used as a guideline for keeping chicks at proper temperature.

Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula for Baby Parrots is a complete diet. Do not dilute this food with other baby foods or its complete dietary balance will be lost, and the mixture may become deficient in vital nutrients.

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MAKE A FRESH BATCH OF FORMULA FOR EACH FEEDING. ALWAYS USE CLEAN UTENSILS AND ACCURATE MEASURES.

 

Baby Age (days) Hot Water to Dry Formula Ratio Baby Brooder Guideline Temperature
0-2 90% / 10% 35.5°C – 36.5°C 96°F – 98°F
3-7 85% / 15% 33.5°C – 34.5°C 92°F – 94°F
7-21 80% / 20% 30.0°C – 32.5°C 86°F – 90°F
21+ 75% / 25% 27.0°C – 30.5°C 80°F – 86°F

Ingredients

Ground corn, soybean meal, corn gluten meal, ground wheat, ground brown rice, ground dehulled sunflower seeds, ground dehulled peanuts, sugar, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, dried yeast, ground flaxseed, lecithin, dried beet pulp, dried kelp, oat groats, L-lysine, choline chloride, DL-methionine, biotin, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium L-ascorbyl-2-monophosphate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, rosemary extract, beta-carotene, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, inositol, folic acid, vitamin A supplement, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement.

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein min 22.0%
Crude fat min 10.0%
Crude fiber max 3.5%
Moisture max 9%
Calcium min 1%
Phosphorus min 0.8%
Iron max 85 mg/kg
Vitamin A min 5,500 IU/kg
Vitamin Dmin 550 IU/kg
Vitamin E min 220 IU/kg
Beta-Carotene min 0.42 mg/kg
Omega-3 Fatty Acids min 0.03%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids min 0.25%

Available Sizes

B2259 Hand-Feeding Formula 400 g 0.88 lb
B2263 Hand-Feeding Formula 2 kg 4.4 lb
B2262 Hand-Feeding Formula – bulk 5 kg 11 lb

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