Recovery Formula

A Complete Nutritional Support Formula for Newborn, Sick or Injured Birds


  • For new-born chicks when hand-feeding from day 1 or 2. 
  • For birds and animals needing an easily assimilated source of nutrients.
  • For medical and surgical patients that are recovering from pansystemic failure.
  • For nutritional support of a bird during the transition phase of a diet change.
  • For birds and animals in which anorexia has slowed gastrointestinal emptying time.
  • Also used as a handfeeding diet for growth from hatching to fledging of small insectivorous birds with an apparent inability to digest cornstarch. Species include bushtits, wrentits, vireos, wrens & smaller flycatchers and warblers.

Veterinary surgeons - this product can be ordered through your wholesaler, or contact us for ordering information.

Feeding directions

Caution: The correct feeding technique must be used in order to prevent injury to the bird or inhalation of the formula that could result in pneumonia or death.


Step 1: Gently feel the crop to determine that it is almost empty before feeding.

Step 2: Mix fresh: 1 part dry formula to 1-3 parts bottled “drinking water” heated to approximately 103°F (39°C). Do not microwave. Allow to cool to lukewarm.

Step 3: Feeding with a tube is probably the most universally successful technique. As one faces the bird, position the tube to enter the oral cavity from the left side of the bird’s beak and direct it toward the right side of the bird’s neck. Deposit the food into the bird’s crop.

Step 4: Feed the bird until the crop is full but not overstuffed and clean the excess formula from the bird’s beak, feathers and enclosure. Repeat as often as needed to maintain or increase the bird’s body weight.

Feeding volumes

For further information on usual daily feeding volumes, please see this information page.

Other animals

Recovery Formula can be fed to any animals which require an easily assimilated source of nutrients, whether post-surgery or as part of a general rehabilitation process.

Step 1: Mix fresh: 1 part dry formula to 2-3 parts warmed (around 39°C/103°F) drinking water, or to a desired consistency. Do not microwave. Allow to cool to lukewarm.
Step 2: Tube feed or spoon feed warmed formula based on veterinary recommendations.
Step 3: Repeat feeding as necessary to maintain or increase the animal's body weight. Recovery is a low-fibre diet and is easy to digest, therefore frequent feeding may be necessary.


Soy Protein Isolate, Hi-oleic Sunflower Oil, Sugar, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Phosphatadyl Choline, Di-calcium Phosphate, Methionine.

Nutritional additives per Kg: Vitamin A 44092 IU, Vitamin B1 26783 IU, Vitamin B2 23800 IU, Vitamin D3 2756 IU, Vitamin E 992 IU, Vitamin B12 400mcg. Trace elements: Zinc Sulphate 132.5mg, Manganese Sulphate 44.1mg, Copper Sulphate 1.6mg.

Analytical constituents: Crude Protein (min.) 35%, Crude Fat (min.) 19%, Crude Fibre (max.) 1%, Moisture (max.) 10%.