Organic Formulas because the single most important thing you can do for
your bird is to feed it right.
About Our Formulas
Today, formulated bird
foods are the choice of educated modern families because they know
malnutrition is the leading cause of death in companion birds. But what
they may not know is what is in the formulated diet that they are
feeding. Or better yet, what is left out.
Harrison's Bird Foods contain:
• No chemical insecticides, herbicides or fungicides
• No preservatives
• No artificial colors, sweeteners or flavors
• No double-dosed vitamins
• No bacteria or mycotoxins
Harrison's Bird Foods are made from premium, human
grade whole grains and legumes,
not pieces, parts, milled flours or by-products.
Easy and Economical
The use of Harrison's Bird Foods changes the way you look at feeding
• No supplements or vitamins to buy
• No foods to clean and chop
• No time needed to prepare—just pour and go
• Less volume of food needed
• No seed hulls, kitchen mess or cage mess
• No fuss, no worry
What You May See After
• Increased life expectancy
• Enhanced appearance
• Increased energy and vitality
• More vocal and playful nature
• Decreased biting, yelling, picking
• Increased affection
• Increased resistance to common bacteria.and yeasts
• Increased quality and quantity of offspring
• Healthier and happier bird
THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST IMPROPER NUTRITION
Improper nutrition is the cause of 90% of health problems and the
leading cause of death in pet birds.
It involves all of the systems of the body and is seen as:
abnormalities in body weight and shape; unusual appearances of
feathers, nails, beaks and skin; undesirable behavior; and disturbances
in all the body's systems. Nutritional deficiencies appear to
accelerate the aging process of birds, primarily through the loss of
moisture and tissue elasticity.
Often, the signs of improper nutrition in pet birds go completely
overlooked by the owner.
The value of a proper diet over the life of the bird is monumental.
Birds fed a poor diet will become malnourished, which will start a
chain of events leading to a decline in the bird's overall health. The
digestive system suffers first. The bacterial population of the
digestive tract becomes unbalanced.
Once this has occurred, opportunistic pathogens find it easier to
invade, and gram-negative rods and yeast counts increase. This opens
the door for bacterial infections and other ailments related to the
Over time every part of the body will reflect the condition of the
bird's health. If the bird reaches the latter stages of malnutrition,
damage to internal organs may be so severe that it is too late to save
the bird. All of this can easily be avoided if you choose to commit to
the health of your bird by feeding a high quality, nutritional diet and
maintaining an ongoing relationship with an avian veterinarian.
Any change in your bird's eating habits, behavior or personality could
be due to illness; it is important to discuss these changes with your
veterinarian. Your bird's health may depend on it.
Improper nutrition in the early stages often shows no signs at all. But
if it is allowed to continue, you will start seeing the following:
Skin: dryness, flaking, long nails and overgrown beaks
Respiratory system: sinusitis, sneezing, liths in the nose, air
Digestive system: enteritis, hepatitis (shows up as dark green-colored
droppings), pancreatitis (diarrhea or not eating, no droppings)
Reproductive system: egg binding, infertility, weak chicks, chronic egg
Behavioral abnormalities: feather picking, screaming, biting, aggression
In addition to following
the strict organic guidelines specified by the USDA we have some high
standards of our own to ensure the very best quality product for your
• Premium grains and other ingredients are contracted by HBD
to be grown on fertile organic farms throughout North America.
• A third party organic certifier verifies the certification
of the raw ingredients, making sure they meet the requirements
designated under the USDA's rules regarding organic certification.
• All grains and other ingredients are
tested throughout the manufacturing process for mycotoxins and
• For the extrusion process, the ingredients are ground and
thoroughly mixed. Then the various sized and formulated nuggets are
extruded, toasted, cooled and then packaged under careful supervision.
• An outside laboratory performs even more testing in the way
of post-production analysis. The finished products are checked to
verify that the protein, fat and mineral contents are consistent with
those listed on the label. The lab also cultures for bacteria. Periodic
batches are analyzed for vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids.
• Our state-of-the-art packaging (the Harrison’s
bag) protects the freshness of the products, which have only natural
tocopherols as preservatives.
• The foods are then shipped to and stored at the HBD
Distribution Center in Brentwood, Tennessee. The products remain in
this climate-controlled environment until being shipped for customer
Harrison's Bird Foods are certified organic by third party certifiers
and carry the official seal of the USDA's National Organic Program.
The term "certified organic" cannot be used casually. In this country,
there are strict guidelines set up by the United States Department of
Agriculture (as well as private certifying agencies) in order to
authorize a facility to use the term "certified organic." And being
part of the organic culture demands a significant commitment to the
In today’s market people use the terms “all
natural,” “organic” and
“certified organic” interchangeably, when there
really is a significant difference. Only “certified
organic” has been approved by a 3rd party agency after a
thorough study of the entire process of growing the ingredients and
manufacturing the final product to ensure that all steps have been
performed within the strict guidelines.
In order to qualify as
"certified organic," all products must adhere to the following
• Crops must be grown without the use of artificial
fertilizers or pesticides.
• There is generally a required conversion period to organic
methods, being two years (for ground crops) or three years (for
• In order to break the cycles of pests and diseases,
appropriate crop rotation is practiced for ground crops, which also
helps to maintain soil fertility and structure.
• No post-harvest chemical treatments are allowed.
• Fertility is provided by natural organic manures, composts
and fertilizers -- the use of synthetic chemicals is prohibited.
• The use of genetically modified (GM) seeds or other
materials is not permitted.
During the production phase, all organic producers must:
• Be certified by a recognized certification body and undergo
a rigorous annual inspection by qualified inspectors.
• Adhere to very strict standards that cover every aspect of
food production, such as growing, packaging, processing and transport.
• Maintain fully audited records of every stage of production
to ensure complete traceability from farm to table.
• Provide official certification numbers or logos of each
certification body on the packaging, as this is the consumer's
guarantee of authenticity.
If foods are to be processed, the manufacturers must also be:
• Certified by an organic certification body.
• Keep all ingredients used in organic products separate from
ingredients for use in conventional products at all times.
• Maintain detailed routine records, including cleaning and
processing schedules, which must be made available for audit by
certification inspectors at all times.
• Any business that packs, processes or re-labels organic
products out of the sight of the customers must also be certified.
• The stringent controls associated with the production and
processing of organic products ensure consistent adherence to
guidelines set up by the recognized certification bodies.