~ Facts, Care & Guidelines ~
Freeze Dried FACTS:
- Unopened, Freeze Dried Food can last 25 yrs.
- Freeze Dried food locks in 97-98% of its nutrition unlike other preserving methods. It is the next best thing to fresh and way more convenient!
- Freeze dried food is by nature brittle. The degree of brittle will depend upon the item. For instance, beets will be a hard-crisp brittle, zucchini is a soft crisp, greens are the most brittle.
- Treat the bags of Big Foot Foodie TM thoughtfully. Do NOT throw around. Do NOT pile anything on top of it.
- Store in a cool dry place, fully sealed WITH the oxygen packet. I also recommend transferring to an airtight, wide-mouth container for ease of use.
- You will notice when the environment is more humid the BFF in the bowl will become softer. This is because it is absorbing the moisture. During low humidity times it will remain crunchy. If it is still crunchy (and clean) when you change meals you can reserve it.
Big Foot Foodie TM (BFF) GUIDELINES:
- Birds LOVE crunch. You can rehydrate BFF but our recommendation is to offer it dry! I find that dry is their preference plus it’s also easier for you!
- Big Foot FoodieTM is delivered in large chunks that can easily be cut or broken smaller as needed. BFF is suitable for all hook-bills from the smallest parakeet up to the largest macaw. It is natural to have some amount of crumbs or smaller pieces at the bottom of your BFF container. This is due to its brittle nature. It should NOT be wasted. Be sure to use it all as the nutrition is still there. You can sprinkle this on any of their other foods, bake it into something or feed to your little canaries and finches.
- I highly recommend offering all foods you want your birds to eat as opposed to only what you know they like. Do not over fill your food dishes. Offering less will encourage that they eat better variety. We want to always be broadening their appetite horizons and you never know what day they will decide to do that – it can’t happen if the variety is not there.
- In my experience, on average, I’ve seen big differences in consumption at about 2-3 days then at a week and then at 2 weeks. I have found that some fresh veggies that are their least favorites – like broccoli – have suddenly become their top favorites! Interestingly, based upon my own flock and trusted testers, Big Foot Foodie TM is being enjoyed more than fresh by even the pickiest of eaters and has been instrumental in getting them to eat their fresh foods more.