Extruded Pellets: What Are They and Are They Good for Your Bird?

If you’ve ever discussed bird care, a frequently discussed topic is the use of extruded pellets. Whether or not they're beneficial to your pet is a common concern. Let's take a look at some information concerning these pellets so that you can determine if they're right for you and your bird.

What Are Extruded Pellets?

Extruded pellets are made via the process typically known as "cooked extrusion.”  They're produced by combining pulverized ingredients into a large pot and then heating them to their boiling point. This creates a liquefied form that can then be formed into shapes and molds that will be more enticing for pet birds and their owners.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The biggest advantage of extruded pellets is that they're much less susceptible to bacteria growth due to the process used to produce them. Bacteria counts can be high on certain types of bird food, so this can be beneficial. Also, the process creates less dust that contributes to bad air quality and pollution.

Unfortunately, the first thing you'll notice about extruded pellets is that they're harder than traditional types of pellets. This can cause quite a bit of waste, because as your bird breaks a pellet, pieces are likely to fall out of its cage.  Plus, these pellets don't contain as many nutrients because they are burned away during the boiling process. 

Which You Should Choose

The choice between extruded and traditional pellets can only be determined on a case-by-case basis. There is a lot of literature and information out there, and various pet owners can't agree on which are better. Your bird will eat either one, so they're probably not the best "person" to ask, even if they do talk. Instead, consult with your veterinarian for his or her opinion, in addition to conducting research yourself.

For more expert advice on extruded pellets, or for assistance with any other critters, please contact the professionals at United Pet Group. Whether your pet has feathers, fur or scales, we realize the importance of providing care for your smallest family members.