Lafeber’s pellets are the only real pelleted food found in pet stores. Most of the other “pellets” are actually extruded diets. Lafeber prefers to pellet because a higher-quality product is achieved. Pelleting is a gentler food process as compared to extrusion. Pellets reach a temperature of around 165 degrees when formed and are then cooled. Because extrusion generally requires 100% gelatinization of the starches (the starches melt), the food is generally heated to 250-275 degrees under high pressure 300-600 psig when formed, and then must be cooked for approximately 20 minutes. Because of the extrusion processing, extruded foods generally need to be supplemented an extra 20-30% due to a nutrient loss as compared to only a 10% loss during pelleting.
Since our pellets offer nutrition in every bite, pellets can be a full diet or an important part of your bird’s diet. Many owners have found their birds love a combination of foods with their pellets, such as Lafeber’s Nutri-Berries and Avi-Cakes, as well as a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.