As your bird converts to a diet which is predominantly based on Harrison's Bird Foods, and that forms the main part of its daily intake, you may see changes in both their appearance and behaviour.
The behavioural changes will likely be positive. Whilst there may be a brief initial period when your birds is dissatisfied with not receiving their usual food, in the longer term most owners report that their feathered friends have more energy, interact with them more, and seem generally more content.
Some physical changes may be readily apparent, and some may be more subtle. This change of diet - particularly if they were previously eating a lot of seeds - will likely be providing crucial nutrients to many of the body's organs and systems which may have been in a state of disrepair. As healthy cells grow in the body any dead cells must be 'flushed out'. You may therefore notice:
If during the conversion process, however, your bird becomes listless, appears cold or fluffed up, and interacts less, then pause, and return them to their usual food for a period of time. You can re-start the conversion when they seem themselves again. It is also recommended to weigh them regularly during conversion - if they lose 10% of their body weight quickly during this time, then return them to their previous diet while their weight stabilises. Whilst conversion to Harrison's might result in your bird becoming a more healthy weight, it would be expected that this would be a more gradual process, rather than occurring rapidly during conversion. Whilst conversion is best achieved by having a period of the day when Harrison's is the only food available to them - see here for some guidance on conversion - it is important to ensure that they are consuming sufficient food during this time, so making their usual diet available to them at times during the day is advised.
Always consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns about your bird's health.
Checking your bird's droppings is a way to monitor its health. Some changes should be a cause for concern whereas others - particularly during conversion to a formulated diet - may be expected. Always consult your veterinarian if you have any concerns.
Clean white paper or other smooth surfaces can be used to collect your bird's droppings.
Normal urates are creamy white waste from the kidneys and are often suspended in the liquid urine or are 'wrapped around' the faeces.
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