life too easy for your birds and they will over-eat high-energy
foods. And fat birds are not fit and won't live as long as they
we can encourage them to eat less by one simple technique. That
is to improve the protein level of the food without increasing
the fat level at the same time.
does this work? Basically the bird requires a certain amount
of protein every day to renew and replace its body tissues.
It will eat until this requirement is satisfied. The lower the
protein level in the diet the more the bird needs to eat. Any
excess fat or carbohydrate is then stored as fat.
feed the bird a higher protein level in the diet and it eats
less so has less excess to turn into fat. It also reduces your
are two easy ways to raise the protein level. Firstly add Daily Essentials3
to the diet. The amino acids in this product improves the birds
ability to utilise the protein they are eating. For more information
read the article "Protein quality issues" (which is in our English
section so you will need to return to the US section after you
have read it).
control is also important for breeding birds. I recently borrowed
a parakeet for a crop tube demonstration at a club talk. The
bird, which was grossly overweight, had been sold to the local
pet shop because the owner couldn't get it to breed. Infertility
is a major problem with all obese animals!
doubt many of you would like to know whether it works for humans?
Yes it does! The trick is to eat high protein/low energy products.
Unfortunately many high protein foods are also high in fat.
Body builders however have been using this approach for years.
Lots of lean beef and supplement products similar to