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 to 275 degrees under high pressure 300 to 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 to 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.
- Free of artificial food colors & dyes
- Omega 3 & 6 Balanced
- Naturally Preserved
- Naturally Flavored
- Non-GMO formula