Why am I such a freak about diet? Well, let me explain something. You can take your bird to the Vet 90 times a year, but until you make sure their diet is healthy, no Vet is going to be able to do a thing. And it always comes down to the same thing, doesn’t it?
“What are you feeding your bird?”
Well? What are you feeding your bird? If you’re feeding it nothing but a seed mix, you’re down the road to Vet hell. Seriously, diet has a huge influence on a bird’s overall health. If you feed her crap, she’s not going to feel good, and I think we all know what a pain in the keester a cranky parrot is.
There’s tons of information out there. If you’re reading this blog, you are sitting in front of the best teaching tool ever invented. Use it. Listen, I know I’m a nag. I know I harp on this crap over and over again. I harp about a lot of things. And I nag about this particular thing because it’s worth nagging about. Quit. With. The. All-Seed. Diet. And try and spread the word. Share your Chop. Share the concept at your bird club.
Robert, who writes the blog, Confessions of a Crazy Parrot Person, wrote about a batch of chop he was making:
” …it is without a doubt ingenious because it almost guarantees our birds will get a smattering of everything, it really is a great way to get diversity of fresh foods consumed. I been making Chop now for a few months, and again, I have seen significant improvement in my birds health—significant!!”
Irena Schulz at Bird Lover’s Only stated that she noticed improvement in a bird’s health when she introduced one of her rescue birds to chop. The bird in question had slightly abnormal values on bloodwork that were spot on after being given the CHOP for about 2 months or so. While there is no hard conclusive evidence that the introduction of chop was responsible, Irena had a hunch:
” …someone could argue that over a year’s time, everything balanced out on their own. But I feel differently…I think it’s the addition of CHOP. Unfortunately, there is no conclusive evidence that it was the CHOP. It’s just my own gut feeling that it had something to do with it.”
Jacque Johnson at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary has birds at home as well as a hundred or so she’s in charge of at the Sanctuary. After my visit to Best Friends, she tried making chop for her birds at home. When she was finished with her second batch, she sent me an email:
“Made chop again this afternoon. This time the kids knew what I was doing and were dancing in anticipation as I dished up their bowls. I will never, ever feed my kids any other way.”
I’ve heard stories like this over and over. On forums, chat groups and in private messages, it’s the same story. “Chop:” It’s worth the effort.