Updated Mazuri Small Bird and Parrot Diets

Updated Mazuri® Parrot and Small Bird Diets 
               
MAZURI® Parrot Maintenance 25 lb 56A8/0001454
MAZURI® Large Bird Maintenance 3 lb 56A8/54031
MAZURI® Parrot Breeder 25 lb 56A9/0001455
MAZURI® Small Bird Maintenance 25 lb 56A6/0001452
MAZURI® Small Bird Maintenance 2.5 lb 56A6/54885
MAZURI® Small Bird Maintenance Mini 25 lb 562A/ 3003273-703
MAZURI® Small Bird Breeder 56A7/0001453

                                                    
Parrot Breeder
These diets all now have added flaxseed, a source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to modulate blood lipid profiles of parrots, and may reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, a common disease in captive parrot species1
 
Parrot Maintenance
Small Bird Breeder & Mini
We have also added a special probiotic blend that is designed to survive the heat of extrusion, thus providing viable probiotic organisms to promote GI tract health of birds2

Finally, we have created multiple particle shapes and sizes to promote foraging behavior in our maintenance blends.

Companion avian species are at risk of obesity and stereotypic behaviors in part due to the low
er level of activity in the captive environment compared to the wild. In the wild, birds may spend more than 50% of their day foraging and feeding – much more than they would spend in their managed environments. By providing multiple shapes and sizes, we may increase the amount of time birds spend foraging and feeding to better simulate wild-
 
Small Bird Maintenance
type behaviors and potentially reduce the risk of obesity and stereotypic behavior3
 
At Mazuri®, we continue to improve on our diets to improve the nutrition of exotic animals, and we are excited to offer these updates to our Parrot and Small Bird diets. If you have any questions or concerns about these transitions, please contact your regional Mazuri representative or info@mazuri.com.


1For further reading:Heinze, C., M. Hawkins, et al. (2012). "Effect of dietary omega-3 fatty acids on red blood cell lipid composition and plasma metabolites in the cockatiel, Nymphicus hollandicus." Journal of animal science 90(9): 3068-3079.
Petzinger, C., J. Heatley, et al. (2014). "Lipid Metabolic Dose Response to Dietary Alpha-Linolenic Acid in Monk Parrot (Myiopsitta monachus)." Lipids 49(3): 235-245.
Petzinger, C., J. J. Heatley, et al. (2010). "Dietary modification of omega-3 fatty acids for birds with atherosclerosis." Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 236(5): 523-528.
Petzinger, C., C. Larner, et al. (2014). "Conversion of α‐linolenic acid to long‐chain omega‐3 fatty acid derivatives and alterations of HDL density subfractions and plasma lipids with dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids in Monk parrots (Myiopsitta monachus)." Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition 98(2): 262-270.
 
2For further reading:Rahimi, S., et al. "Effect of a direct-fed microbial (Primalac) on structure and ultrastructure of small intestine in turkey poults." Poultry science 88.3 (2009): 491-503.
 
3For further reading:Meehan, C., J. Millam, et al. (2003). "Foraging opportunity and increased physical complexity both prevent and reduce psychogenic feather picking by young Amazon parrots." Appl Anim Behav Sci 80(1): 71-85.
Rozek, J. C. and J. R. Millam (2011). "Preference and motivation for different diet forms and their effect on motivation for a foraging enrichment in captive Orange-winged Amazon parrots ( Amazona amazonica)." Appl Anim Behav Sci 129(2): 153-161.
Lumeij, J. T. and C. J. Hommers (2008). "Foraging ‘enrichment’as treatment for pterotillomania." Appl Anim Behav Sci 111(1): 85-94.