Our company believes in feeding Lories/Lorikeets correctly. We have acquired many birds that were fed insufficient diets. Correcting these abnormalities take time. Below are some examples of our findings.
Chattering Lory in poor condition due to a pelleted diet. Note its pale beak, poor feather quality, and appears to be overweight.
Green Naped Lorikeet with pale beak, and poor feather quality. This bird was fed mostly a dry powder diet. The diet also lacked in essential vitamins,minerals and beta Carotene (Vitamin A)
Green Naped Lorikeet transformation. We transitioned this bird onto our formulas.
5 months later, and she is more vibrant, as well as a deep orange/red beak color.
This Red Lory was fed pellets as its staple diet. Note the poor feather quality, overgrown beak, and poor conformation.
Pellets vs. Nectar/Powder
Some companies push an all pellet, or all dry powder diet for Lories/Lorikeets. It is a marketing gimmick to convince the customer these will "lessen" the mess they make, as a selling point. This actually does more harm than good. By nature, lories were designed to consume nectar, with brush like fibers at the tip of their tongue to gather from flowers and palm shoots. This is also why they have projectile droppings. When fed pellets or an all dry powder diet, they cannot flush down the contents through their digestive tract correctly, and in some cases causing impaction.
What is the Correct Diet?
Lories will thrive longer on a wet nectar diet. Although our company also offers a dry powder mix, we always recommend only feeding the dry powder sprinkled into a fruit mix or "chop". Companies which claim to have formulas that are "complete" are far from. Lories as well as other parrot species do not have complete diets in the wild.