Feeding Instructions

Our Diets (what we recommend)

LoryNectar (wet mix) A wet diet is the best way to feed lories, and we always recommend feeding them this way. Lories have a short digestive tract, so their digestive process is rather quick. They need a high amount of moisture in their diet, so that they can process and pass the contents easily. Yes, this is why lories are squirters!

LoryNectar (dry mix) we also carry the formula in a dry powder that you do not need to mix with water. This way of feeding was originally based on convenience for the pet lory owner, as lories have projectile droppings. People sometimes view the messy droppings as an irritation. This view lead to other commercial brands developing pellets for lories, using slogans like “no messy nectar mixes”, “no squirting” or “fast and easy”. Convenience may sound great, but it comes at a dangerous cost. Keeping lories on an all dry diet or pellets, backs up their digestive system, resulting in constipation. They cannot properly pass the food they ingest, as they would on a wet diet. We only recommend feeding dry powder in a separate bowl beside a bowl of clean drinking water or using the powder as a treat by mixing it with a bowl of cut up fresh fruit for moisture absorption.

LoryNectar (breeder mix) The only difference in this mix is that we raised the protein level to a safe amount for breeding pairs that are feeding youngsters. Parrots in the wild, when reproducing, seek extra protein sources in order that the young chicks can grow at a steady rate and maintain healthy weight levels. We only recommend using this mix when you have chicks in the nest and when birds are breeding. Using it year-round can affect the bird’s kidneys and liver.

 

Feeding instructions & food storage

Lories should be fed fresh food at least twice a day. We highly recommend changing the food bowls with fresh nectar every 4-6 hours. In hot weather temperatures, food spoils and may need to be changed every 3 hours. Doing so will lower the chances of your bird becoming ill with a bacterial or fungal infection. Storage Keep any pre-mixed or leftover nectar refrigerated. Do not use any leftover nectar if more than 24 hours old. Store the bags of nectar mix in the freezer for long lasting freshness.