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Natural Products for Parrots

Naturally, think HARI!

Many bird owners are leaning toward natural products for their parrots-whether it’s food, treats, or toys. When someone thinks of a macaw or an amazon, they often think of this bird as being only a few generations from their wild cousins and the environment they live in. And, with that, natural bird products go hand in hand with our feathered companions.

We also have to consider typical behaviors of parrots in general. They will naturally chew or shred-it’s what they do! When it comes to toys that are made from natural fibers or safe wood-it’s better to chew on them than a pet owner’s wall trim or furniture!

Many of the materials used in the making HARI Rustic Treasures toys are part of a bird’s natural environment in the wild such as bamboo, oyster shells, abaca and palm leaves and coconut shells, creating both stimulating and charming toys for parrots. It is important to offer safe, quality toys to your bird as an outlet to encourage natural instincts to play and forage as well as an opportunity to satisfy a bird’s natural urge to preen and chew.

For our Rustic Treasures toy line, we use renewable and non-toxic materials such as abaca leaves, palm leaves, coconut and bamboo. From a health perspective, we at HARI know that natural components, derived from self sustaining sources used in making our HARI Rustic Treasure Toys are safe for birds to chew, shred and destroy. Toys made from plastics or some manmade fibers can be ingested and cause some serious damage. The sad part about a bird that ingests these unnatural particles is that the damage they cause often goes unnoticed by the pet owner until the bird becomes very ill.

As for foods or treats, HARI has always been very conscious of ingredients that are not only nutritious, but also from a very “clean” source. Avian trends most certainly support the idea of food that is free of artificial coloring and especially preservatives. This comes from the fact that because birds are supposed to live a long time, food ingested over a lifetime has a huge impact on health and life expectancy. Inferior ingredients, or ingredients laced with artificial preservatives and coloring, or ingredients infused with chemicals can cause health problems and negatively impact a bird’s longevity. Plus, we now have a generation of pet owners that also lean toward healthy diets for themselves. They often consider their pet bird as part of the family-and would never consider giving a “family member” food that is anything less than natural and wholesome.

For decades, pet bird owners and breeders alike can rest assured of our commitment to quality ingredients that are free of pesticides, artificial preservatives and artificial coloring for our HARI brands of bird food, like our Tropican Lifetime. After all, the name “Lifetime” for our maintenance extruded diet was inspired by our expectations for you and your bird!

Melanie Allen

About Melanie Allen

Melanie got her start with Parrots in the 1980's with her first parrot, a purchased yellow-naped amazon - who suffered from chronic health issues that stemmed from poor nutrition and inadequate care. Melanie also served as president of Florida Federation of Aviculture, Inc., as a Board Member for National Parrot Rescue & Preservation Foundation, and on the American Federation of Aviculture Nomination Committee. Today, she works closely with aviculturists, retail stores, and companion pet owners, and attends all U.S. “Avi-Industry” conventions, including the American Federation of Aviculture, Avicultural Society of America, and Parrot Festival, on behalf of The Hagen Group.

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