Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula provides proper daily nutrition for
baby parrots up to fledgling, which is a critical age of a parrot’s
life. Its flavorful recipe simplifies transition to the next Tropican
Life Cycle Formula.
Did you know that Hand-Feeding Formula for Parrots …
Is a micro-ground extruded multigrain and peanut formula
Contains no artificial preservatives, colors and flavors
Contains “Human Grade” Sunflower kernel and peanut meat
Contains optimum levels of protein, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients required by growing babies
Contains multiple sources of protein to generate impeccable feathers
Contains optimal, balanced and safe levels of calcium and vitamin D for all psittacine species’ requirements
Contains natural omega and fatty acids from flax seeds
Has a high caloric density
Provides optimum nutrient density and gut motility
Is flavorful and simplifies transition to Tropican High Performance Formula
Is easy to prepare; just add hot water to dry formula and mix
Is easy to clean as it does not stick to feather
Is fully processed and pasteurized to eliminate bacterial and fungal organisms; high level starch gelatinization
Has no solid/liquid fractionation, resulting in effective crop peristalsis and no impaction
… all this results in excellent growth rates and health!
A Unique Formulation with Optimum Nutrition for Baby Parrots
A long-time favourite among parrot breeders and aviculturists alike,
the Hand-Feeding Formula is a result of industry-leading research and
development at HARI. Parrot breeders worldwide have grown to trust
Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula for providing their baby birds with all
the essential nutrients necessary for excellent growth and brilliant
plumage. The Hand-Feeding Formula is a finely ground up form of the High Performance biscuits.
This is to include the benefits of high temperature extrusion cooking
such as gelatinization of the starches which improves the water holding
properties of the formula, destruction of field bacteria, and easier
Tropican’s advanced Hand-Feeding Formula delivers all the nutritional
potency that makes it a leading baby parrot food. It’s an excellent
peanut-derived source of fat and protein, as well as a source of
essential grains that complement amino acid profiles, all critical to
the proper growth and well-being of parrot chicks from hatch through the
fledgling age. A rich source of Omega fatty acids from flaxseed,
peanuts and sunflower seeds, Tropican makes feathers shine and helps
support a healthy body.
Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula for Parrots is made in Canada at Hagen Industries
in Montreal and undergoes rigorous 3-stage testing, which is
unprecedented among bird food makers. Two onsite tests at Hagen
Industries and final batch testing at HARI–where staff gently hand-feed
precious nursery chicks with tender care–ensure that consumers get safe,
dependable and top quality bird food for their treasured feathered
We are very proud of Tropican’s outstanding 25-year tradition of
raising thousands of parrots over several generations at HARI. At a time
when most bird food companies have shut their research centers, HARI
continues its ongoing work on the research and development of advanced
bird nutrition. In fact, HARI is the longest-standing research facility
dedicated to studying the care and breeding of parrots.
Ingredients for the formula are sourced locally, which means
consumers get fresher food faster. In addition, the fact that it’s now
made in close geographical proximity to HARI, located in nearby Rigaud,
means quicker turnaround times for final HARI quality assurance
approvals and enhanced freshness-to-market efficiencies.
Hand-Feeding Formula is suitable for baby parrots up to fledglings.
It can also be fed dry to Lories, Finches, Canaries and other small
species as food supplement. View the photo gallery below to learn more
about the benefits of providing Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula to your
Administration of food with a feeding syringe is
recommended provided you are confident of the proper technique to
be used. Use a separate syringe for each clutch. If you are not
confident with syringe feeding, a spoon bent on either side can also be
Place syringe tip slightly into left side of beak with one hand.
Pressure should be placed on the Beak’s commissures with the fingers of
the other hand and palm of hand held behind the head of chick,
preventing the syringe to injure the mouth when chick will react with
a feeding response.
When bird gives feeding response (head pumping), start feeding and
aim towards the back right side of the mouth. Close monitoring of chick
response and respiration is essential to prevent aspiration. Fill crop without excess stretching.
A daily weight monitoring
and amount fed chart should be kept for health growth parameters and
future reference. Allow crop to completely empty between feedings.
A bent teaspoon may also be used to slowly drip food into beak.
Metal feeding tubes are not recommended, as they can pierce the crop and
esophagus, allowing food to leak out.
Can be fed dry to lories, finches, canaries and other small species as food supplement.
Lories: Feed the formula as a dry powder in a separate bowl. A second bowl may contain some diced fruits mixed with Prime
and the formula however make sure the birds first are eating the dry
food. Some sugar can be mixed up to 10 % with the formula to get the
lories to start eating it, but discontinue this once the birds are
eating the food. On a liquid diet of simple sugars, lories are sensitive
to bacterial gut infections thus feeding exclusively a dry powder such
as Tropican Hand-feeding Formula is not only easier but also leads to
Finches, canaries and other small species: As a dry powder in a separate bowl during stress, moulting, and breeding.
Mix hot water with correct volume (see chart below) of Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula (alternatively, use cold water and microwave).CAUTION: Always mix food completely and beware of hot spots.
Because of Tropican’s beneficial gelatinization properties, it will
take a minute to fully moisturize with water. Therefore, fine tuning the
consistency is advised. Simply add a little bit more water if needed.
Final temperature should be slightly above body temperature
(38°C-100°F) and should never be fed to chicks in excess of 40.5°C
(105°F). An accurate, calibrated thermometer should always be used to
verify the desired temperature. Overheated food can burn delicate mouth,
throat and crop tissues. The suggested brooder temperature (see chart
below) should be used as a guideline for keeping chicks at proper
Tropican Hand-Feeding Formula for Baby Parrots is a complete diet. Do
not dilute this food with other baby foods or its complete dietary
balance will be lost, and the mixture may become deficient in vital