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UPB mission statement

We strive to provide you, the client, with the best quality hand-reared pet parrot available. We do this by providing the parent birds with the best environment possible to live in, the best fresh foods and pellets to eat and the most stress free life possible. All our baby birds are raised with their siblings, fully socialised with adults, children and animals. We stay in touch with clients for as long as they deem fit. We offer 24/7, lifetime support by email and telephone, as well as our exclusive web based forum. All our babies are bred by us, raised by us, and sold by us. We do not supply pet shops or other hand rearers

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Supplements

A thorny subject!

Supplements, some people swear by them, some wont use them under any circumstances. Others use them as they think appropriate. Supplement manufacturers, of course, would have you believe that they are vital to the health of your parrot.

The need for supplements

Certain species of parrots do require additional minerals/vitamins. The most common of these are African Greys and Timneh Greys. Both these species require a lot of calcium in their diet, as they are known to be calcium deficient naturally. All parrots would probably benefit from additional calcium in their diet if they are breeding. The production of eggs is particularly hard on calcium reserves and most breeders now recognise that a pair of birds will rarely breed if their calcium levels are low. If they do breed, it can be very dangerous for them. Parrots that have a bad diet (especially seed only diets) can need supplements to boost their systems

Balanced diet

A balanced, healthy diet can negate the use of most supplements. Species specific, good quality, pellet foods are usually well balanced with additional minerals, vitamins and nutrients. If fed a mainly pellet diet, most pet parrot species will not need any additional supplements. If in doubt (and it causes no harm) a decent calcium supplement (we use Calcivet by Bird Care Co) can be added to the soft food once a week. For those people who enjoy researching on the internet, it is fairly easy to find out which fruit and veg are high in calcium, iron, vit c etc. If fed in proper percentages to pellets, then most parrots will live long and healthy lives without supplements.

What we add to diets

As breeders we add calcium to all out breeding bird's diets. This is added twice a week throughout the year and raised to every alternate day when the parrots start to lay eggs. House pets are not given any supplements  as the diet can be better administered and any change in preference in foods can be countered quickly

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