Nutrition resources for pet birds
Obtaining sound information on nutrition and feeding of birds from reputable sources is not always easy.
For your convenience, we provide links to several respected providers of information from professional and government organizations below.
The National Academies National Research Council – a non profit, private organization established in 1863 produces a series of science-based, objective, consensus reports of nutrient requirements of animals, including one on nutrient requirements of poultry.
These reports are used by government. private industry, researchers, and producers as the world-wide standard for animal nutrition.Comparative Nutrition Society
The Comparative Nutritional Society (CNS) is a society created to foster communication among laboratory and fields scientists from various disciplines with interests in comparative nutrition.
American Society for nutritional Sciences (ASNS) is a professional research society dedicated to improving the quality of life through the science of nutrition.
The American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) Nutritional Advisory Group (NAG) facilitates communication and coordination among nutritionists and those requiring nutritional information (i.e., AZA management groups, AZA member institutions).
The U.S department of Agriculture conducts research on animal and human nutrition. The National Agriculture Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides a web based resource of the agency’s nutritional information.
The Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) regulates the manufacture and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals. These include animals from which human foods are derived, as well as food additives and drugs for pet (or companion) animals.
Association of American Feed Control Officials
The Association of America Feed control Officials (AAFCO), an advisory body of state and federal feed regulators, develops recommended standards for nutrient contents of dog and cat foods.
AAFCO also publishes ingredient definitions and regulations. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration works in partnership with AAFCO to determine safe pet food ingredients and testing protocols.
In addition to federal regulation of pet food, most state governments regulate pet foods and labeling through their agricultural departments. AAFCO has created a model feed bill that states often adopt in their own laws.