Kaytee Exact Rainbow Parrot & Conures Food

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Kaytee Exact has been a leading and internationally recognised nutritional brand by avian vets and breeders since its introduction in 1989.

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Like all Kaytee products, this food was developed by the nutritional experts at the Kaytee Avian Learning Centre. This naturally preserved exact is currently the most researched and popular food on the market. Learn More...

This complete dietary supplement provides premium daily nutrition for all Parrots, Macaws, Cockatoos, Amazons, African Greys, Eclectus, Pionus and Large Conures.

Exact Rainbow® combines the highest quality ingredients with all the necessary nutrients to produce an enticing rainbow of colours and shapes. Each nugget contains “exact nutrition” ensuring your bird gets exactly the right nourishment they need. Our recipe will help your pet produce better feathering, brighter colours, and maintain excellent health.

This specially formulated food doesn't leave behind shells or hulls. This is a small benefit in keeping your bird's cage clean and maintained. Which, in turn, allows for more time for you to enjoy your feathered friend's company.

The crunchy texture and fruity flavour is preferred by household avians of all kinds. By upgrading to Exact Rainbow, you'll create a diet that will help enrich your bird's life!


  • With DHA an Omega 3 fatty acid that supports heart, brain and visual functions.
  • Complete daily diet developed for the unique needs of Parrots and Conures.
  • Better Feathering, Brighter Colours.
  • Tried and trusted by Avian Veterinarians.
  • Leaves behind no shells or hulls for a cleaner feeding environment.

Why are pellets better for birds?

Pellets, along with Nutri-Berries, typically contain a more balanced ratio of nutrients in each individual unit. This is because they have been carefully formulated and backed up by years of scientific research. Although your bird is likely to enjoy seeds, they are known to have a significant imbalance in nutritional value. If a bird's diet consists of seeds, there is a significant increase in their risk of developing deficiencies and other health problems.

Additionally, pellets provide a balanced ratio of calcium and phosphorus. Both of which are vital for any bird's health and development. Seeds are known to be insufficient sources of calcium, and usually have a higher concentration of phosphorus.

This ratio should be balanced, with about 2 parts of calcium to every 1 part of phosphorus. If a long-term dietary imbalance of the two occurs, your bird may suffer from a varying degree of health conditions. A few of these may be weakness, rickets and thin-shelled eggs.

Another important benefit of feeding your bird pellets lies in the fact that they contain a healthy amount of iron. Seeds often lack this mineral, and when a bird's diet is exclusively seed-based, they may develop anemia.

What are the benefits of putting my bird on a pellet diet?

Each pellet contains a balanced ratio of nutrients and are all the same. Unlike seeds, which your bird may pick and choose from. This selective eating process is problematic because birds are known to choose the most unhealthy seeds. By feeding them pellets, you can be assured that they are getting all of the nourishment that their bodies and minds need.

A small benefit of placing your bird on a pellet-only diet is the clean up. Pellets are 100% digestible, unlike seed mixes which often contain ingredients that require dehulling. This means that there's a large decrease in waste leftover after feeding time. All of those shells and hulls usually accumulate into quite a mess on the cage floor.

You'll notice an improvement in your bird's behaviour as well as physique. Due to the balance of amino acids and other vitamins in pellets, the development of your birds feathers, bones and immune system are optimised. Your bird will most likely look healthier and more vibrant after you switch their diet from seeds to pellets.

What are bird pellets made of?

Most pellets generally contain a blend of vegetables, fruits, grains and seeds. They also include additional nutrients and minerals needed for your bird's overall health. Kaytee exact Rainbow pellets are made up of ground oats, ground corn and ground flax seed. A diverse range of vitamins and minerals are also included in these pellets, such as vitamin A, vitamin B12 and vitamin E.

How do you introduce pellets to birds?

If your bird has been on a seed-based diet for most of their life, getting them to switch to pellets may be difficult. Birds can be picky eaters and many of them aren't enthusiastic about making the change to a new diet. If given enough time and patience, however, your bird will eventually accept their new formulated diet.

The time that it may take for the transition from seeds to pellets can vary - for some birds it may take a few weeks and for others, it could take up to a few months. This all depends on your bird's state of mental and physical health.

Often, a sudden change in the food being served can cause immense amounts of stress. Therefore, it's important to ease into the transition by using subtle yet effective methods.

Younger birds are usually more willing to try new foods compared to their older counterparts, which can sometimes be 'stuck in their ways'. Since pellets are unique in their flavour, it would be better to introduce your bird to other new fruits and vegetables before starting them on their new diet.

Experimenting with different types of pellets can also be an effective way of switching your bird onto a new diet. Based on their own tastes and personalities, some birds may prefer pellets of certain shapes or sizes. It is also suggested to try choosing pellets without artificial flavouring or colourants.

Another method of making the diet switch is to grind the pellets into a fine powder. This powder can be sprinkled over their seeds as a way to slowly introduce them to the new taste.

Sometimes, hand-feeding your bird their new pellets can be a fun and healthy way of helping them make the dietary change. Aside from the bonding experience, this method also tricks them into thinking that their pellets are treats.

How do I convert to exact Rainbow pellets?

The best way to get your bird onto their new diet is by slowly mixing in their new food with their current feed. After around 21 days, your bird should be ready for the permanent change. A colour change in the bird's droppings, usually to a brown or reddish-brown colour, is proof of a successful change in diet.

Pellet feeding instructions:

It's important to always keep your bird's general needs in mind when feeding them any kind of food. Pellets, including exact Rainbow, are supposed to be your bird's main diet. You should limit other fruits and vegetables to about 20% of your pet's total diet. When used as directed, your bird won't need any additional vitamins or minerals.

It's important to note that you should not try to change your bird's diet by 'starving' them into eating pellets. This is not only dangerous, but can also be stressful for your pet. It also isn't recommended to convert a sick bird onto a pellet diet. Rather wait until they are healthy or seek alternative diet options from your vet.

Additional benefits of pellets:

Pellets are a cost-efficient diet for your pet, and they also happen to work for most non-exotic birds that don't have overly specific dietary requirements. They create a completely balanced diet, so you don't need to worry about whether or not your bird is getting their nutrients.

As they are completely edible, pellets leave behind little to no waste. This not only creates a cleaner home for your bird but also saves you time on maintaining their cage.

Pellets have also been shown to have psychological benefits in birds that eat them. The balance in nutrients and minerals creates a better chemical balance for your bird's mind, leading them to feel happier and fulfilled.