Purina Garden Goodness

Purina  has recently expanded their product line, and has introduced a line of bird food for pet birds. These new foods are known as the Purina Garden Recipes, and cater to all sizes of pet birds, from finches to macaws. I picked up a bag of the Parrots and Large Conure Diet at my local PetSmart and gave samples to my bird to see what it was all about.

The food itself was not dusty, and smelled decent. I am used to Higgins line of food products, who uses orange oil to preserve their products. The Purina food smells a bit flowery, probably due in part to the Rosemary extract included in the ingredients. I did not notice any sort of ‘chemical’ smell that you can sometimes get from other foods, especially those laden with preservatives.

The ingredients list for Purina Garden Recipes is as follows:

Safflower, Red wheat, White millet, Red milo, Rolled corn, Oat groats, Black oil sunflower seeds, Black stripe sunflower seeds, Whole corn, Soybean meal, Shelled peanuts, Wheat middlings, Split green peas, Ground corn, Whole peanuts, Flax seed, Calcium carbonate, Dehydrated carrot, Chili peppers, Dehydrated banana chips, Buckwheat, Salt, Dicalcium phosphate, Coconut oil, Soybean oil, L-Lysine hydrochloride, Algae meal, Potato protein, Ground oats, Wheat flour, dl-Methionine, Fructose, Ground raisins, Wheat germ, Dried egg product, Ground coconut, Ground dried papaya, Ground dried apricot, Ground dried banana, Ground dried sweet potato, Ground dried pineapple, Ground dried apple, Ground dried spinach, Ground dried broccoli, Ground dried carrots, Ground dates, Cane molasses, Choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, Ascorbic acid (source of Vitamin C), Isoleucine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, Biotin, Yucca schidigera extract, Zinc oxide, Manganous oxide, Calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, Vitamin B12 supplement, Niacin, Copper sulfate, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Riboflavin supplement, Magnesium oxide, Ferrous sulfate, Vitamin D3 supplement, Beta carotene, Active dried yeast, Brewers dried yeast, Rosemary extract, Mixed tocopherols (a form of Vitamin E), Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Menadione bisodium sulfite complex (source of Vitamin K), Calcium iodate, Menadione dimethylpyrimidinol bisulfite (source of vitamin K),Thiamine mononitrate, Citric acid, Sodium selenite, Zinc sulfate, Cobalt carbonate, Cobalt sulfate. Color Added (FDC Yellow #5, Blue #1, Red 3#, Red #40, Yellow #6).

Crude Protein (min) 14.00%
Crude Fat (min) 11.00%
Crude Fiber (max) 10.00%
Moisture (max) 12.00%
Calcium (Ca) (min) 0.60%
Phosphorus (P) (min) 0.35%
Zinc (min) 40 mg/kg
Vitamin A (min) 9,000 IU/kg
Vitamin D3 (min) 900 IU/kg
Vitamin E (min) 65 IU/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acid (min) 4.00%
Omega-3 Fatty Acid (min) 0.40%
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) (min) 0.035%

There are a couple ingredients that I noticed that would potentially turn off bird owners  - specifically the sunflower seeds, wheat middlings, corn, and soy. Wheat, corn, and soy are all inexpensive fillers that aren’t very good for your pet parrots health on a regular basis. Unfortunately such fillers are not uncommon in bird food – Browns, Kaytee, and EcoTrition all include these fillers as well, and are also available at PetSmart. I also noticed this particular bag of food listed salt as an ingredient, which is personally a turnoff for me.

However, I was glad to see that this food does not contain peanuts.

My birds did eat their samples, and out of the 6 I fed it to, I did not notice anyone leaving their food dish particularly full. They did seem to eat around the extruded pellets that were a part of the mix, but as my birds are also on a pelleted diet, so their reluctance to eat an unfamiliar pellet is not a huge indicator of anything. I did also note that while this mix does contain sunflowers, I didn’t find it to have an overwhelming amount of them in the particular bag I purchased, as compared to other diets on the shelf that included sunflower seed.

The overall impression I was left with of this diet: it’s another viable option for a bird person in a pinch that has to shop at Petsmart. I know of several people that feed Kaytee and similiar diets, and I couldn’t find any gaping difference between those diets and this – with the exception of Purina Garden Goodness seeming to be a lot ‘cleaner’ seed. If a bird is on a primarily poor sunflower seed diet, you could use this diet to transition the bird over to a larger variety of foods, and then gradually phase out to a healthier plan, ideally a pelleted based food.

If anyone wants to try this food out for themselves, I have a coupon that is good until 12/31/2012 – click here to print it. If you do try it, I would love to hear your feedback – and I’m sure Purina would as well.

* Disclosure: I received a free gift card from Purina to try their new Purina® Garden Recipe® bird food and treats. All opinions given are my own.

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Emily November 27, 2012 Bird Food, Blog, Parrot Products