Friday, November 27, 2009

Comparison of Seed Mixes

As you know from yesterday's post, I am now serving my own budgie seed mix, that I will continue to refine and change over time. This represents only a portion of their diet, with the main components being:

1. Fresh mix, served both dry and sprouted:
2. Pelleted Diet (Harrison's Bird Foods)

3. Beak Appetit (no longer in production, so soon I will be making my own, to which I add a dash of hemp seed oil for omega fatty acids). One flavor of Beak Appetit I have on hand contains:
  • Cous Cous
  • Hulled Millet
  • Cracked Wheat
  • Rolled Oats
  • Rolled Barley
  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Broccoli
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Peas
  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Parsley
  • Kelp Powder
5. Occasional millet spray for a treat

Below I have listed many of the easily available commercially seed-based budgie mixes. (In other words, pelleted diets are not included in this particular article.)

While seed variety is only one aspect to consider, simply l
ooking at seed ingredients we see substantial differences! I find that quite fascinating. Of additional note, many brands will have a standard mix, and then a 'select' or 'premium' product that has more seed variety than the basic mix.

Below is a listing of the seeds contained in 21 commercially prepared budgie mixes. Who knew there were so many kinds, and this is only the tip of the food bag! I have also provided a link to each:
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Vitakraft Menu Parakeet Food
Yellow Millet
White Millet
Red Millet
Golden Millet
Canary Grass Seed

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LM Animal Farms Parakeet Diet Bird Food
White Millet
Red Millet
Canary Grass Seed

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Kaytee Supreme Daily Blend Parakeet Food
White Millet
Canary Grass Seed

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Kaytee Forti Diet Pro Health Parakeet Food
Canary Seed Grass
White Millet
Red Millet
Flaxseed

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Kaytee Forti Diet Egg-Cite
White Millet
Canary Grass Seed
Small Yellow Millet
Red Millet
Niger Seed
Flaxseed

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Kaytee Fusion Daily Diet Bird Food for Parakeets
Canary Grass Seed
Millet
Red Millet
Flaxseed
Rape Seed
Hulled Sesame Seed

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Kaytee Fiesta
Millet
Canary Grass Seed
Niger Seed
Safflower Seed
Flaxseed
Hulled Sesame Seed
Rape Seed
Hulled Sunflower Seed
Caraway Seed
Lettuce Seed
Anise Seed
Fennel Seed
Melon Seed

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Kaytee Fiesta MAX Bird Food For Parakeets
Millet
Canary Grass Seed
Niger Seed
Safflower Seed
Flaxseed
Hulled Sesame Seed
Rape Seed
Hulled Sunflower Seed
Caraway Seed
Fennel Seed
Lettuce Seed
Anise Seed
Hulled Millet
Small Yellow Millet
Hulled Sunflower

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Dr. Harvey's Best Parakeet Food
White Millet
Canola Seed
Niger Seed
Canary Grass Seed
Red Millet
Hemp Seed
Sesame Seed
Flaxseed
Anise Seed
Poppy Seed
Caraway Seed
Fennel Seed

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Hartz Vita-Mix Parakeet Diet Bird Food
White Proso Millet
Red Proso Millet
Canary Grass Seed
Flaxseed
Rape Seed
Safflower Seed

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Healthy Select Natural Parakeet Diet

White Millet
Red Millet
Canary Grass Seed
Golden German Millet
Flaxseed
Safflower Seed
Rape Seed
Niger Seed
Caraway Seed

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Sun Seed Sunscription Vita Plus Parakeet Formula

White Millet
Canary Grass Seed
Red Millet
Flaxseed
Golden German Millet
Safflower Seed
Caraway Seed
Sesame Seed

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FM Brown's Encore Premium Parakeet Formula
White Proso Millet
Canary Seed Grass
Red Millet

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Brown's Tropical Carnival Gourmet Parakeet Food

Canary Seed
White Proso Millet
Red Millet
Thistle Seed
Safflower Seed
Rape Seed
Sunflower Chips
Anise Seed
Poppy Seed
Cantaloupe Seed
Flaxseed
Sesame Seed
Cranberry Seed

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Hagen Tropimix Budgie, Canary and Finch Food Egg Mix
Canary Seed
Hulled Millet
Niger Seed
Rape Seed
Flaxseed
Hemp Seed
Sesame Seed

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Hagen Living World Premium Budgie Food
White Millet
Canary Seed
Red Millet
Red Finch Millet
Rape Seed
Flaxseed
Hemp Speed
Niger Seed
Sesame Seed

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8 in 1 Ecotrition Essential Blend for Parakeet Food
White Millet
Canary Grass Seed
Rape Seed
Flaxseed

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8 in 1 Ultra-Blend Gourmet Harvest Celebration for Parakeets
White Millet
Canary Grass Seed
Finch Millet
Cantaloupe Seed
Hulled Sunflower Seed
Red Millet
Flaxseed
Rape Seed

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Fruit Bite Banquet for Parakeets
White Millet
Canary Seed
Red Millet

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Nutriphase Parakeet Food
White Millet
Canary Grass Seed
Red Millet
Flaxseed

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Nutriphase Gold Parakeet Food
Canary Grass Seed
White Millet
Red Millet
Sunflower Hearts
Small Yellow Millet
Flaxseed
Niger Seed

And.... this is only a comparison of the seed ingredients. It does not account for the many other aspects of each product. For example:

Grains?
Sugars?
Preservatives (such as ethoxyquin)?
Artificial Colors?
Protein Content?
Fat Content?
Other ingredients such as herbs, dehydrated vegetables, fruits and added vitamins?
How much of the mix is actually consumed?

I hope you found this limited comparison as interesting as me! I know it will also give me ideas of the type of variety to seek when I am at the organic health food grocery!


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4 comments:

Goldielover said...

Midge and May eat Hagen Budgie Gourmet. The seeds in that are as follows:

Canary Grass Seed
White Millet
Red Millet
Oat Groats
Red Finch Millet
Rapeseed
Flaxseed
Hemp Seed
Niger Seed
Sesame Seed

It has something they call "extruded kibble" (read, pellets) which contains a whole whack of things, most of them unpronounceable, but including ground corn, brewers rice, dried egg and various vitamins and minerals.

It also has dehydrated papaya, coconut and carrot.

They've done pretty well on this for years. The labeling recommends adding fresh greens to round out the diet.

They get the occasional millet spray, and very occasionally a honey stick.

Robin said...

Thank you, Midge & May! And your beautiful feathers display your mom's good choices in your diet! I'm going to look up this Hagen blend and add it to my list! :D

Arlene said...

Holy cow. It must have taken you hours to get this information together. Days?
I've been getting the Kaytee mix in bulk from the pet store. Besides the regular small seeds it has the long ones and also the long green and orange seeds. (I have no idea which seeds are called what.)
They like it okay but they're not crazy about it. Seems their favorite is the finch seed and their Oats Groats.
So you're going to get all the different ingredients and make your own? Sheesh. I'd have to travel to ten different health food stores to find stuff like that here.

wolfgirl1987 said...

I essentially make my own as well, Robin.

I buy a basic budgie mix (with white and red millet and oat groats) and a finch mix (with different kinds of millet then the budgie mix), mix it together, and then add other seeds and grains such as flax and hemp seed, canary seed, niger/nyger seed, and a small bit of sesame seed, sunflower seed and safflower.

I also like to buy different sample sizes of Goldenfeast seed blend (specifically those that have lots of dried veggies and fruits) and mix those into my own seed mix as well.

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