Frequently Asked Questions
Why High Potency and do I have to switch to Adult Lifetime later?
Harrison’s recommends all birds start out and remain on High Potency for a period of no less than 6-8 months.
Subsequent to this period, Adult Lifetime is an optional formula for some species. Most birds can remain on High Potency.
(Some birds, including African Grey, macaws, larger Cockatoos etc should remain on High Potency for life).
Only in situations directed by your avian veterinarian would Adult Lifetime be directed instead of High Potency.
Keep it in the original bag! – Storing Harrison's
Another question asked often is in regard to storing Harrison’s. Please keep in mind that Harrison’s is a certified organic product. There are is chemical preservation at hand in Harrsion’s. With this in mind they developed a bag that will keep the food fresh BETTER than plastic, Tupperware, storage bins etc.
The Harrison’s bag is a very effective, re-sealable oxygen/moisture/light barrier. It’s layering consists of metallic foil (keeps light and oxygen out – VERY important!) plastic lining (Keeps moisture out). Blocking all of these processes is critical to keeping a food fresh. The zipper lock allows you to squeeze out any oxygen inside the bag.
Did you know? Oxygen ions can pass right through plastic, rendering Tupperware and zippie bags less effective than the Harrison’s foil-lined bag...
Use up contents of an open bag in 6 weeks. Would you eat food out of a cereal box opened longer than six weeks? It would be pretty limp – even preserved cereal. You certainly would not eat bread that had been opened that long either.
Power Treats – as a main diet?
Power Treats are an excellent choice for a number of situations including a) as a transitional tool for birds switching from seeds to Harrison’s nuggets, b) as an alternative supplemental treat for birds that like sweet items (instead of high sugar items etc) and may be fed as up to 30% of many species’ total daily diet.
In most cases however, we do not recommend Power Treats as a sole diet. Though you would very likely see superior health results over seed / tablefoods in doing so, the sugar content is too high in Power Treats for this purpose. If your bird is eating only Power Treats we recommend weaning the bird to High Potency with Power Treats making no more than 30% of the total daily diet.
Seeds/Peanuts as an ingredient
Why, if Harrison’s does not recommend peanuts or seeds, are these items included as an ingredient in many of the formulas?
In random amounts (especially free-feeding) items like peanuts and seed WILL unbalance a bird’s diet. This is a fact. When balanced out very specifically by other ingredients these items can and will play a role in achieving proper nutrition.
Harrison’s formulas have been very carefully calculated and created by the world’s finest avian nutritionists and avian veterinarians. Ingredients and ingredient amounts are chosen based solely on the intentions of balancing out a formulation that will yield excellent results. Harrison's have several DECADES of top results.
Most importantly - Harrison’s is the only diet (formulated or home-made) that is proven to prevent metabolic bone disease.