Maximum Nutritional Formula for Medium to Large Birds
USES and STORAGE
Year-round formula for all medium to large parrots, especially African greys, cockatoos, large conures, eclectus, macaws and pionus. Other species may be switched to Adult Lifetime Formula after a 6 month conversion period.
Conversion: All birds should start out and remain on High Potency Formula for a period of at least 6 months.
Special needs: For birds that are molting, overweight, underweight, particularly active, housed in a cold climate, recovering from an illness or affected by liver or kidney disease.
Weaning Birds: Feed High Potency Formula for at least 6-9 months.
Breeding Birds: Birds should be fed High Potency Formula 1-2 months prior to the breeding period and until chicks are weaned or for at least six months before resuming Adult Lifetime Formula. The amount of supplemental certified organic vegetables and fruits may be increased until the chicks are weaned. For each 2 Tbs (20 g) formula, add ½ Tbs (5 g) certified organic peanuts or almonds and 1Tbs (10 g) certified organic sunflower seeds.
Storage: Harrison's Bird Foods do not contain artificial preservatives. Once opened, a bag of Harrison's should be used up within 6 weeks. Storing food in fridge or freezer helps maintain freshness. Note "use before" dating printing on bag.
feed fresh food daily, do not "top off".
to help reduce waste, feed as distinct meals.
birds may eat all they want, but use the table below as a guideline.
It is not recommended to supplement with vitamins or other bird or animal food products. Supplementation should be limited to no more than 10% of the overall diet. Offer certified organic vegetables and fruits in small quantities; select dark yellow meaty or dark green leafy items such as sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, winter squash, broccoli, parsley, spinach, mango or papaya.
[For birds with suspected iron-storage disease: Avoid citrus fruits, tomatoes, kiwi, strawberries and other foods containing vitamin C. Avoid grapes, currants, raisins, liver, red meat, egg yolk or dark green vegetables such as spinach, which may contain high levels of iron.]
Recommended by our vet for the African Gray named Peter, this organic pellet has been fed to the bird, who suffers from thyroid problems and is on thyroid medication, for several years.
Several years of this pellet and the medication seem to have kept the bird as healthy as it was when it was naturally healthy. Mind you, this is a serious health issue for a one-pound parrot and one that can be the end of life for the bird.
I think that the Harrisons High Potency Coarse directly contributed to maintaining the parrot healthy and hopefully living for many more years in our company! :
We exclusively buy this brand, and we should switch our Sun Conjure to the appropriate coarseness of this brand as well.
This is the best, and veterinarian-recommended!
- Anton Golovin, FL
10+ year user
We have fed our African Grey this food for over ten years. More like 15. It was recommended by our Avian Vet. Our Grey is a healthy, happy camper. This food is his main diet. We never have to worry about the quality, it is always consistent and fresh. He is the best barometer, he loves it. The only reason he throws it out of his bowl is because of his compulsion to seed the forest. When you love your pal like we do, you want the best. Harrisons High Potency, coarse for large hookbills is it!
Did we forget to mention, our pal is 21 now.
Huge improvement for my B&G Macaw
I have a 35 year old male Blue and Gold Macaw who had been extremely aggressive for years and was obsessed with different forms of breeding behavior. He seemed frustrated and angry all the time. He had been on different brands of other pelleted diets over the years. I switched him completely to Harrisons High Potency and removed all seed from his diet. It took about 6 months but he is a changed bird. He still has his issues but he is calmer, much less aggressive to my husband, and has lost his obsession with wreaking havoc around the house. He is actually a good companion again.
- Cindy Yepez, TX
Glad I came back to Harrisons
My African Grey Pongo came up on Harrisons High Pro food and did well for his first 2 years. I joined an online forum where fellow members advised me to switch off of Harrisons to a mixture of seed, beans and chopped up fruits and vegetables. He seemed to do Ok the first year or so of this new diet but he eventually started pulling feathers and looked kinda ratty after about the second year. I decided to go back to the Harrisons but Pongo really had a thing for seeds and it took some time to get him off of them but with the help of a few people at Harrisons we were able to get back on track. It has been a few months since hes been back on this food but he has been molting finally and I hope this will help with the plucking which has started to subside lately. Fingers crossed that these improvements continue. So glad Harrisons is now organic and non-gmo. Thats how I eat and it should be good enough for Pongo too. Thanks Dr. Harrison!
- Anna P., LA
Bindi LOVES Her Harrisons Pellets!
Many, MANY years ago, I had a Blue and Gold McCaw and an African Grey, both of whom I loved dearly. But, those were the olden days, before computers, and before the information highway and so, not knowing any better, my poor birds lived for 20 plus years on a diet of 90% sunflower seeds, some nuts, a few veggies & fruits... and little else. When I look back on those days, my heart breaks for those much-loved birds who didnt get their proper nourishment. Sadly, my beloved B&G passed away of an upper respiratory infection...and my CAG was stolen, and never found. Fast-forward to 2 years ago. I finally decided to purchase another bird. My Congo African Grey, Bindi, was shipped across the country to me, with a huge supply of bagged, mixed seeds, nuts and dried fruits. She was just a 5 mo. old baby, newly weaned... but was healthy and content...so I supplemented with organic seeds and nuts which I purchased online, from a human-food source, as well as a ton of veggies and fruits which I chopped up for her, daily. Then, after only 2 months of reading many articles and visiting tons of parrot sites, online...I discovered your wonderful Harrisons Pellets. EVERYONE in the know about Parrots, online, highly recommended them...so, of course, I had to give them a go. Bindi...LOVED them! Although, the advice is to wean them slowly, Bindi took to the Harrisons so quickly, that I was able to eliminate all the seeds and nuts within a week...and except for on VERY special occasions... Her birthday and mine, holidays, etc. and the occasional just because day... she gets no nuts or seeds; just a steady diet of Harrisons High Potency, Coarse...along with her veggies and fruits. Immediately after begging the Harrison Pellets, Bindi began talking! She TALKS up a storm...participates in lengthy, entire conversations, is happy, friendly, healthy and is a wonderful weight! Her feathers, nails and beak are all in excellent condition...although I do wish she would let me spray her with water or feather conditioner, rather than insisting on taking daily baths in her drinking water! Because she cant seem to stay OUT of her water dishes...Ive supplemented them with a huge Lixet Water Bottle, which hangs on the outside of her cage. She took to drinking from it, instantly...and she loves it! Now I can keep her water sparkling clean and full of pristine, bottled water...and I dont worry about bath germs! We dont have an Vet in the area who specializes in birds, although, after much searching, Ive found one who WILL clip nails and wings and do well-bird check-ups. For illness though, we will have to go much, further away. He examined Bindi, pronounced her in EXCELLENT condition, and said I was ABSOLUTELY doing the BEST thing for her, by feeding her your Harrisons Pellets! I want to THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, for providing myself, and all other bird owners, with such a wonderful, healthy, and complete food! Also I would like to commend you for your EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE and your oh-so-FRIENDLY and HELPFUL staff, Patricia and Penny...who answer the phones and place my orders for me. They are so kind and patient and never seem to tire of my questions and/or bird stories! I appreciate you so much...and I love chatting with you, each time I call to place an order! I learn a lot...and feel as though Ive made life-long friends for myself and my bird! So again; thank you for a FANTASTIC PRODUCT...and for your CARING AND HELPFUL STAFF! I will be your life-long customer; of that you can be sure! PS:-Bindi just piped up with a couple of added words for this review; Want some? YUM!! VERY TASTY!... That about says it ALL; dontcha think?
- Lynn Turner, WA
My conure will eat only this pellet
I have a 28 yr old jenday/gold cap conure female who was on seed for much of the first part of her life. I was told by my vet to get her off seed and slowly transition her to Harrisons, which he high recommended. Bo has been on Harrison and wont eat some of the other brands - though I tried. Im told at her age shes ancient - but she doesnt act it. Wish I could buy the product in my area so I have to order on line. Thank goodness I can do that!
Best Feed ever
This is the best feed that I have ever given my African Gray, Pappy, who is 12. His feathering, stamina, vocabulary, and overall health are drastically improved in the years he has been eating this diet. I thank Harrisons for helping me to maintain a very healthy bird.
- JANE TRACE, LA
My Grey loves it. Unfortunately she still picks too much---was hoping it would help with that but alas, she likes it and its good for her. I learned from a friend that the store bought pellets CAN be bad; it almost killed her Grey and she put me onto Harrisons. Thank you for a quality, reliable food
- Kim, CA
Even Daisy Likes It!
When I brought home my baby African Grey Oliver I was prepared by his breeder with a bag of Harrisons which is Olivers staple food. I gave some to my seven year old Red Bellied Daisy who is a finicky eater at best. She loves it!
Great food for picky birds
My Sever Macaw. has been on Harrisons since she was weaned. I tried several other foods but she would just throw it everywhere. My vet suggested Harrisons and she took to it right away.
- Susan, FL
Best Bird Food Ever!
My two African Greys love Harrisons Bird Foods, including the power treats. I like that the foods are organic, and full of essential vitamins and minerals. Only the best for my kids!
- NOREEN RYAN, VA
I wish I had known
African greys, Sun Conures
I have been an avid bird owner for many years and always bought petstores seed mixes. My birds wound up in the vets office many times due to various poor health problems. The vet expressed her preference that after the first bird passed away that I get the new one off seeds and on to Harrisons pellets. I had been afraid that they wouldnt switch, but I contacted Harrisons and spoke to gene, who helped me switch all the birds to High Potency Coarse. It was actually easy to do. This was maybe 15 months ago. Now all three birds have molted and my vet says they are problem free! They look like brand new feathers! Thank you to Dr. Harrison for making this food. My birds love it!
- Gerry Cologna, NY
High Potency Course
Great Product! Provides all the nutriants necessary for proper maintenance of health. We feed it to our 7 year old female eclectus and male african grey. They love it and can not get enough of it! The Vet always comments on how healthly they are and look. I highly recommended this product for both daily diet and health recovery.
- MARK GORNITZKA, VA
My Birds derserve the best!
My Amazon had poor coloring to his feathers caused by ignorance on my part. I fed him a seed diet plus table food most of his life. He is 26 years old now and I think he wouldnt be with me much longer were it not for Harrisons! I had changed him to a zupreem diet thinking that was good. Kept him on that a year and then discovered this feed. He has now been on it about 6 months and through a molt. Most of his discolored feathers are replaced with beutiful vibrant colored feathers and he is gorgeous.
We also have a precious young white cap Pionus that is the love of our family. She was hand fed and then kept on zupreem up until about 2 monts ago. I though that the blackish tips on her feathers was a normal coloring of this type of bird but now I know after a few months of Harrisons HP and the new feathers coming in from molting that she was also not properly nourished in her 2 short years thus far! I feel guilty that I hadnt fed her better until now. I will feed them Harrisons forever and am so thankful that I switched both of them to it!
- Lisa D, TN
Eric van Kooten Bsc
Im using this product for more than 15 years, great breeding results and healthy breeding stock. African Greys and Poicephalus species. Lesser vet costs and more babies.
Dr. Harrison thanks for all your effort you put in this product