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Lafeber's Macaw & Cockatoo Daily Diet
Lafeber’s Premium Daily Diet Pellets have been on the market for over 25 years. The pellets contain all the necessary vitamins, minerals and amino acids needed for good health and nutrition.
Why pellets vs. extrusion diets
Lafeber's pellets are the only real pelleted food found in pet stores. Most of the other “pellets” are actually extruded diets. Lafeber prefers to pellet because a higher quality product is achieved. Pelleting is a gentler food process as compared to extrusion. Pellets reach a temperature of around 165 degrees when formed and are then cooled. Because extrusion generally requires 100% gelatinization of the starches (the starches melt), the food is generally heated to 250-275 degrees under high pressure 300-600 psig when formed, and then must be cooked for approximately 20 minutes. Because of the extrusion processing, extruded foods generally need to be supplemented an extra 20-30% due to a nutrient loss as compared to only a 10% loss during pelleting.