BirD-elicious! Origins Wild Diet® - Avian Whole Raw Food Nutrition! - Really RAW for Birds!®
The original Un-Pellet bird food!®
"We've been feeding raw before feeding raw was cool!"
The freshest packaged exotic bird food on the market bar none.
"We make your bird's food as close to fresh as possible so you don't have to."
July 14, 2018
Purchasing by weight or volume?
Lately I've seen some retailers sell their foods by volume rather than weight. This type of measurement may border on illegal measurement according to the FDA and the tactic is questionable at best. (1) If a manufacturer uses dry weight measure, that is by volume such as “peck, quart or pint” and states for example there are 1, 2, 3 or 4 cups in the package and there is space leftover the manufacturer is operating on a slippery slope. * Personally I think it's confusing for the customer.
How does one go about comparing weight and volume even if the packages are identical? You really can't unless the retailer states both weight and volume on the package. Even then if the products from one producer to another are not similar it's still confusing.
Freeze-dried foods have 98% of their water removed. This reduces the food’s weight by about 90%. Dehydrated foods have 95% of their water removed for vegetables and 80% for fruits.
Obviously we can see that a typical 6"x9" package of freeze-dried food will contain less in weight than dehydrated food. But the same in volume. However if you were to rehydrate the same volume of a 6x9 package the freeze-dried package would give you 3%, on average more food if you were rehydrating vegetables. On the other hand, since dehydrated food shrinks more than freeze-dried food during each of the respective processes you might end up with more volume of the dehydrated food once it is rehydrated. In reality there is not that much difference in quantity overall.
Both dehydrated and freeze-dried offer similar nutrient retention when low, gentle dehydration is used in dehydrating foods (115 degrees or less). In other words, the only loss is moisture which can be replaced by simply rehydrating the food. If it’s long-term preservation you’re looking for, properly freeze-dried food can potentially be stored 40 years or longer. Properly dehydrated food can be stored longer than a year, maybe 2 years. Are we expecting an apocalypse?
Both freeze-dried and dehydrated food is considered “raw” by definition, but not fresh.
Fresh food is defined as such only because it contains moisture. Actually freeze-dried and dehydrated food contains dense nutrition because the moisture has been removed. On the other hand some amount of moisture in food is actually good for the digestive tract of birds. So is Omega 3s. Both moisture and Omega 3s lubricate the digestive tract helping with the total absorption of all nutrients.
Freeze-dried food tastes good. However, dehydrated food smells really, really great! And tastes good too. Both dehydrated food and freeze-dried food stores for a long time; fresh food does not. I would recommend a formulated, 3rd party lab-tested dehydrated food that contains Omega 3s, some freeze-dried food, rehydrate with Fiji or Evian water and you have a well-rounded diet for your feathered friend.
If the manufacture makes any nutritional claims has the food been 3rd party laboratory tested?
Does the food have any kind of nutritional profile panel, even if it is an estimated panel?
Finally, let’s not forget to ask each pet food retailer if they are licensed within the state they are producing and selling their pet food. Most U.S. states require all pet food manufacturers to be licensed to produce and sell pet food. The manufacturer must hold a current license to produce pet food if they, themselves manufacture the food they sell and they must hold a state and city sales tax license if they sell the pet food to anyone anywhere including Internet sales. They must also collect sales tax for any sales they make within their own state even for Internet sales.
* Regulations for labeling food products, including requirements for net quantity of content statement, can be found in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 101. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also published an Industry Guidance on food labeling that was updated in April 2008.©July 14, 2018 Machelle Pacion – All Rights Reserved
There are no regulations on the minimum weight of a food package. However, packaged food is considered misbranded unless its label bears an accurate statement of the quantity of the contents in terms of weight, measure, or numerical count. In addition, FDA issued a regulation on food package size in relation to net contents or "slack-fill," which became effective on January 5, 1994. "Slack-fill" is defined as the difference between the actual capacity of a container and the volume of product contained therein, and "nonfunctional slack-fill" is defined as the empty space in a package that is filled to substantially less than its capacity. FDA prohibits nonfunctional slack-fill except under certain conditions. One of these is when a manufacturer cannot increase the level of fill or reduce the size of the package (e.g., where a minimum package size is necessary to accommodate required food labeling, discourage pilfering, facilitate handling, or accommodate tamper-resistant devices). http://www.packaginglaw.com/ask-an-attorney/what-regulations-apply-labeling-net-weight-contents-packaging
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November 09, 2019
October 19, 2019
“Silica” is the most common name for “Silicon.” Silica is the second most prevalent mineral in most living bodies. It makes sense that foods containing silica are essential to the body.
Silica is present in nearly all body tissue, including bone. ... It also prevents deterioration of connective tissue like collagen, which is vital for bones' tensile strength. Silica has the unique ability to “make the most” of available calcium, almost amplifying its effects in building bone.
October 15, 2019
Let’s be honest, we all like to compare our brand of bird food to brands others are feeding. The thing we all need to realize is that there is no “one size fits all” for all exotic birds and their caregivers. What works for one bird may not work for another depending on species, overall health and vitality, environment, past homes, etc.
As much as scientific research has revealed regarding the nutrition of exotic birds, it is still very far behind in determining the actual nutritional requirements for any species for optimum, long-term health and vitality. I suspect we will never fully know and understand all of the nutritional requirements of each species of exotic birds – or any species of bird for that matter.
Here are some of the topics we are discussing:
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