Hagen Tropican Alternative Granules for Parrots 4 lb are here! NO Soy, NO Corn!
Scientifically formulated as completely balanced extruded 4 mm granules
What makes the Alternative formulation different than Tropican Lifetime and Tropican High Performance formulas? Tropican Alternative Formula provides proper daily nutrition for Parrots who are diet challenged, adult, senior, requiring lower protein and fat content (versus High Performance formula)
- Alternate protein sources: pea and quinoa
- Formulated with no soy or corn
- A higher amount of bentonite clay
- New ingredients such as walnuts, maple syrup, cranberries, sunflower oil, sweet potato, wheat germ oil, pumpkin seeds, marigold extract
- Higher levels of omega 3, 6 and Beta-carotene
- … all this results in optimum feather structure growth, vivid colors, and luster!
A Unique Formulation to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle: Alternative Formula, a diet with 15% protein was developed for companion birds who are diet challenged, adult, and/or senior.
It’s an excellent soy-free diet that is rich in pea and quinoa as alternative sources of high-quality protein.
Peas are a premium source of protein due to their high digestibility score and they provide a great complementary amino acid profile when combined with the other plant-derived proteins (wheat, rice) found in the Alternative Formula.
Natural ingredients such as peanuts, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin seeds are included to increase the palatability for Parrots.
A rich source of Omega fatty acids from flaxseed & peanuts makes feathers shine and helps support a healthy body. The bentonite clay (montmorillonite) found within the Alternative Formula is effective and powerful in assisting ailments in Parrots who are diet challenged.
Recommended Species: AFRICAN GREYS • AMAZONS • COCKATOOS • CONURES • ECLECTUS • QUAKERS • MACAWS • PIONUS
Who can benefit from Alternative Formula? Alternative Formula is suitable for Parrots who have less active lifestyles and/or who are diet challenged. It can also be fed to adult and senior Parrots requiring lower protein and fat content and to non-breeding, non-molting birds.
Ingredients: Wheat, brown rice, pea protein, dehulled peanuts, sweet potato, barley, pumpkin seeds, montmorillonite clay, dried tomato, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, quinoa, yeast culture, maple syrup, dried kelp, cranberry, walnut, L-lysine, yeast extract, choline chloride, DL-methionine, green tea extract, wheat germ oil, lecithin, carotenoids, marigold extract, algae extract (source of DHA fatty acid), rosemary extract, biotin, vitamin E supplement, niacin, calcium L-ascorbyl-2-monophosphate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, beta-carotene, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, inositol, folic acid, vitamin A supplement, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement.
Guaranteed Analysis: Crude protein 15.0% (min), Crude fat 9.0% (min), Crude fibre 8% (max), Moisture 10.0% (max), Calcium 0.8% (min), Phosphorus 0.6% (min), Vitamin A 5,000 IU/lb (min), Vitamin D3 500 IU/lb (min), Vitamin E 200 IU/lb (min), Beta-Carotene 600 mg/kg (min), Omega-3 0.4%, Omega-6 3%
Manufactured in a facility that packages products containing nuts.
Not recommended for Softbill Parrots or Birds with iron storage issues.
Vets are happy to see a formulated diet made without soy and corn as it is suggested by many that soy increases estrogen. Keep in mind…it’s soon to be spring…the time of year when some of our sweet little guys are getting a little randy…
I sampled a bag of Alternative to some avian vets (private practice & Texas A & M) at Parrot Festival last week-all I had to say was NO CORN NO SOY! Automatic interest!!!!!
Birds with a delicate digestive system (sensitivities to corn and soy) benefit. Some species just don’t digest these ingredients well. We see some species, such as quakers, that have gout at 2 years of age. Gout is traditionally a condition from eating too rich of a diet, and in humans, gout doesn’t usually present until middle years.
Melanie Allen Product Specialist
Satisfied Customer Review
“I wanted to thank you for carrying the new Tropican Alternative Granules. I have been desperately searching for parrot food specifically designed for overweight parrots. My 35-year-old double yellow head Amazon has diabetes and it is extremely difficult for her to lose the weight. I believe her metabolism is off because of the disease. Since I started her on this food she has dropped a significant amount of weight and I believe within the next 2 months she will be where she needs to be! This is good stuff and she likes the taste.”
Patricia and Pancho 6/13/2017
Subject: Amazon Parrot, overweight and diabetic.
Unfortunately, I had been a neglectful mother to my 35-year-old female double yellow amazon parrot a few years ago. She became overweight (460 grams) and from that, according to my vet, she developed diabetes.
It has been a year since she was diagnosed and we have the diabetes “under control” to the best of our ability by giving her 2 injections of .02 units of diluted insulin.
The biggest struggle is getting her to lose weight. Our vet would like to see her at 425 grams. I finally discovered Hagens Alternative diet and giver her ½ tsp 2x a day along with cooked lentils and flax seed.
Now for the question. How much should I give her? She seems to be at a plateau and she would eat more if I gave it to her.
Hi Patti – This is from Melanie Allen – Product Specialist at Hagen
“Serving of Alternative Tropican is about 10% of the birds’ weight. So, I don’t think the ½ X 2 per day is really of benefit for this bird.
More like a 1/8 cup during the day is best. Despite the diabetes and the need to reduce weight, the bird still needs the vitamins and minerals and overall nutritional benefit of Alternative to function properly.
Exercise is recommended in weight control-and this has benefit in dealing with diabetes. I would recommend that the bird owner, instead of putting Alternative in the dish, to allocate some of the morsels in a foraging device. The bird will burn off a few calories by looking for food”