Roudybush Daily Maintenance Nibles Bird Food, 44-oz bag

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Roudybush Daily Maintenance Bird Food Nibles is scientifically formulated for the care of healthy adult birds. All natural, high-quality ingredients work together to build a diet specifically formulated with the nutrition your bird requires. This comprehensive formula doesn’t have any artificial colors, flavors or animal by-products and doesn’t require any additional vitamin or mineral supplements for a complete meal. This recipe is a great diet to feed pet birds year-round and for off-season breeding birds.

Key Benefits
  • Developed with all-natural and high-quality ingredients and made without added sugars, colors, flavors or animal by-products.
  • 100% edible means all nutrition and no waste for easier clean-up and a healthier diet.
  • This complete diet means no additional vitamin or mineral supplements are needed.
  • Intended for adult birds that are not laying eggs or feeding chicks.
  • Ideal for birds up to 3 inches tall such as Finches, Canaries and Budgerigars (Parakeets).

Do not give additional vitamin or mineral supplements.

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  • Dimensions
    10 x 8.75 x 3 inches
  • Weight
    2.75 pounds
  • Feeder Type
  • Farm Animal Type
  • Bird Type
    Canary, Finch, Parakeet, Budgie, Parrotlet
  • Food Form
Nutritional Info

Ground Corn, Ground Wheat, Soybean Meal, Soybean Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, DL-Methionine, L-Arginine, Niacin, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Silicon Dioxide (Anti-Caking Aid), Rapeseed Oil, Citric Acid (Preservative), Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Source Of Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid, Manganese Sulfate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate, Dried Yeast, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Zinc Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Acetate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K), Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Cyanocobalamin (Source of Vitamin B12), Sodium Selenite, Propionic Acid (Preservative), Ammonium Hydroxide, Acetic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Tartaric Acid, and Natural Apple Flavoring.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein11.0% min
Crude Fiber3.5% max
Crude Fat7.0% min
Moisture12.0% max
Feeding Instructions

Feed as sole diet. Do not give vitamin or mineral supplements. Healthy treats may be given in moderate amounts if desired. Make sure your bird is eating the diet by evaluating its droppings.

Store in a cool, dry place. Do not store on concrete.

Transition Instructions

Ways to switch your birds over to pellets or crumbles:

  1. Controlled Cold Turkey: This method may be used with finicky, resistant birds that are starting out a normal or excessive body weight. Remove all of their diet and fill the feeds with pellets. If you have the ability to weigh your bird, weight it first thing in the morning on the day of the switch and weight your bird every morning. If you bird loses more than 3-5% of its body weight, put it back on its old diet for 1 - 2 weeks, then try the switch again. If you are unable to weigh your bird, change the cage papers the day you make the switch and do not use litters, so you can evaluate droppings. If the fecal part of the dropping is small and dark green or black or if the droppings have no fecal portion, it means your bird is not eating. You can go for 2 full days for small species of birds and 3 full days for large species of birds. If your bird's droppings are still anorexic at the end of the switch period, put your bird back on its old diet for 1 - 2 weeks and then try the switch again. Most birds will switch the first time. The most finicky birds may take 3 attempts.

  2. Gradual Switch: This technique works with birds that will try and eat many different foods. Mix 3/4 of the original diet with 1/4 of the Roudybush pellets or crumbles. Feed this mixture for one to 2 weeks. Increase the proportion of Roudybush to 1/3 and feed for one to 2 weeks. Continue increasing the proportion of Roudybush. When you reach 3/4 or more Roudybush, change the cage papers and do not use litter so you can evaluate droppings. If you see anorexic droppings (see description above in Controlled Cold Turkey), add more of the original diet for a week or two. This method is slower but safe for those owners who cannot closely monitor their birds.

  3. Act as if you are eating the Roudybush. Many birds will try foods they see their owners eating. Many birds will like Roudybush pellets once they have tried them as treats from their owner and convert easily after that. Always make sure your bird's droppings indicate they are are eating once you completely make the switch to pellets.


I started my bird on Maintenance Diet to get him used to pellets. Now I want to switch him to Low-Fat, but he won't eat it. What should I do?

The easiest thing to do is add limited amounts of Low-Fat to the Maintenance diet until he gets used to having less fat in his diet. As soon as he is used to one level of Low-Fat in his dish, increase the proportion of Low-Fat in steps until he is eating nothing but Low-Fat. It may help to mix the 2 kinds of feed for a minute or 2 to allow some of the fat from the Maintenance Diet to coat the Low-Fat feed.

How do I properly store my Roudybush, and how does that affect its shelf life?

Good food quality can be maintained by keeping your Roudybush foods cool and dry. Keeping the food cool prevents the fats from becoming rancid and also prevents the vitamins from being destroyed by oxidation. Keeping the food dry will avoid mold growth. Roudybush plastic pouches (44 oz., 22 oz., and 8 oz.) can be placed in the refrigerator to extend the use by date in 3 years or in the freezer to extend the use by date 6 years. When removing the food from the refrigerator or freezer it should be allowed to return to room temperature and then any condensation on the outside of the bag should be dried off before using. Roudybush feeds in paper bags (10, 25, and 50 lb) should be placed in a plastic bag and sealed before being placed in a refrigerator or freezer to extend the use by date. Again upon removing the food from the refrigerator or freezer let it return to room temperature and dry the condensation from the outer plastic bag before use. Roudybush products are labeled with a “Use By” date. This is not an expiration date but rather the date through which the food should remain wholesome if stored at room temperature.

What are the ingredients in your diets?

The main ingredients in our Maintenance and Breeder diets are corn, wheat, and soy meal. To that we have added vitamin and mineral supplements, and an all natural preservative.

When my birds aren’t breeding, should I feed Daily Maintenance?

The Maintenance diet is best for birds at maintenance that are not overweight. If your birds are on the Maintenance diet, it is only necessary to switch them to the High-Energy Breeder diet if they will be raising their own chicks, or if the hen is laying an excessive number of eggs.

What are the dimensions of the pellets?

The diameter of the pellets are: Mini 3/32”, Small 5/32”, Medium ¼”, and Large is ½”.

What type of Roudybush Diet should I feed my pet bird(s)?

Roudybush Maintenance Diet, the most commonly fed Roudybush Diet, is designed to be fed to most healthy adult birds. It is a single formulation that comes in 6 different pellet sizes allowing you to feed any pellet size they prefer. Typically, the best way to choose a pellet size is use the size of your bird’s beak as a guideline, feeding larger pellets to birds with larger beaks. For more help or suggestions on pellet size visit our Bird Food Selector.

Why don’t you have different formulations for different birds?

We do, where it is appropriate. We have a diet specifically for hand-feeding squab, the young of pigeons and doves; a family of diets for feeding birds with specific nutrient requirements based on their health or condition; a family of diets for birds that have a high sugar intake, including lories and hummingbirds; both breeder and maintenance diets with greater or lesser amounts of fat; and hand-feeding diets for granivorous birds. We don’t make the popular species specific diets.

How long have birds been eating Roudybush bird food?

Birds have been eating pellets formulated by Tom Roudybush since1981. When Tom established Roudybush Feeds in 1985, he began donating feed for the cockatiel and Amazon flocks at UC Davis. This means that flocks of birds have been eating Roudybush Feeds since 1981.

Aren’t seeds the natural diet for birds?

No, but they can be part of it. Birds in the wild eat a variety of foods including other plant materials besides seeds and animal material such as insects and other small creatures. Some birds such as Keas will even attack sheep or other large animals. Birds will also vary their food intake to accommodate changes in nutrient requirements such as when they are feeding chicks, which require much more concentrated diets than their parents. Seeds alone do not provide all of the nutrients needed for growth or maintenance. Some of the nutrients required for maintenance are often deficient in seed diets and include vitamin A, vitamin D3, zinc, copper, manganese, calcium, sodium, vitamin B12, selenium and iodine. Growing birds would need other nutrients in addition including additional total protein, methionine, lysine, tryptophan, phosphorus, and some of the other vitamins. One other thing to keep in mind when we look at the diets of birds in the wild is that wild populations often fail. That is they either fail to produce young or in severe cases have high mortality of adults. When you look at what birds eat in the wild and use it as amodel for what they should eat in captivity, you may be choosing a year when young died in the nest or adults starved from difficult foraging conditions. Feeding a formulated diet allows you to avoid these potential problems and concentrate on other requirements of your birds.

Why are Roudybush Maintenance, Low-Fat Maintenance, Breeder and High-Energy Breeder diets steam pelleted versus extruded?

There are 3 main reasons for this. Steam pelleting allows a milder processing of the feed preserving some nutrients that are destroyed by the higher temperatures and pressures of extrusion. These nutrients can be added in excess before extrusion or supplemented by application of nutrients after extrusion to overcome this issue, but we prefer to avoid the lack of control inherent in these processes when I can. Steam pelleting results in a denser pellet than is generally produced by extrusion. This allows the use of less packaging material and requires less storage space for the same weight of food. This results in less environmental impact from packaging manufacture and disposal and in easier handling all the way from us to you. The third reason for using steam pelleting is that it saves energy compared to extrusion. The steam pelleting process uses many times less energy than extrusion of the same amount of feed. This is, again, an environmental concern.

Why doesn’t Roudybush add sugars to their diets?

The main reason we don’t add sugar to our diets, except for the diets of birds adapted to high levels of sugar, is to avoid the growth of yeast. Yeast, Candida albicans, is a common oral and gut infection in birds. Birds resist yeast infections by passing the yeast through the gut at a rate that keeps the level of yeast low. In the presence of sugar, however, yeast thrives and multiplies and can infect a bird eating a diet containing sugar. If yeast infections are common in your bird or if you are treating a yeast infection in your bird now, eliminate sugar from the bird’s diet if possible. This will reduce the rate of reproduction of the yeast leading to easier resistance to or elimination of infection in your bird.

Why doesn’t Roudybush add colors to their diets?

Colors in feed can cause a number of problems. Many birds will select specific colors out of the mix and avoid others leading to waste. The synthetic pigment used in many diets can stain the bird or furnishing in the area where the bird is kept. This has kept birds out of shows and led to expensive cleaning or dying of stained materials. These synthetic pigments also show up in your bird’s droppings and interfere with the use of droppings as a diagnostic tool by your veterinarian. At a critical time in your bird’s life this can result in a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a health issue.

Can I feed Roudybush to my Eclectus?

Roudybush diets are safe to feed to your eclectus. In fact there are many eclectuses that thrive on Roudybush. Typically we recommend that your eclectus eat the Low-Fat Maintenance diet. Eclectus appear to be very sensitive to high fat levels in their diet and can appear to have dull or dark coloring when the fat level in their diet is too high.

My eclectus has an overgrown beak is this because of his diet?

Eclectus commonly overgrow the tip of their upper beak. This overgrowth does not appear to be diet related as it is commonly seen in eclectuses on many different types of diets. There has also been speculation that the overgrowth of an eclectus’ beak is actually due to liver disease. In some cases this is true but the vast majority of eclectus with overgrown beaks are actually quite healthy and do not have liver problems. Typically beak overgrowth due to liver disease looks very irregular. The beak will appear gnarled, have irregular surfaces, lumps or bumps, pitted surfaces, and be abnormally soft. If your bird’s beak appears healthy but is simply overgrown your veterinarian can easily trim your bird’s beak to prevent the overgrowth from impairing your bird’s ability to eat and function normally.

Reduced Food Intake?

Occasionally we at Roudybush make an enhancement to our feed. Usually this goes unnoticed by you or your bird, since most of these enhancements keep us on the cutting edge of food safety and technology and is not major additions to the diet. An example of this is the inclusion of yeast cell wall extract. Yeast cell wall extract binds aflatoxin, an extremely toxic product of a mold. This mold is common and often grows on wet feed or foods. When a bird ingests aflatoxin from any source along with Roudybush Pellets, the aflatoxin is bound by the yeast cell wall extract and its toxicity to your bird is reduced or eliminated. Your bird remains happy, healthy and normal. You may have no idea that it was exposed to a potent toxin. This is what we strive for with our products-birds that remain happy, healthy and normal even when exposed to conditions that would otherwise harm them. However, upon occasion your bird, because of its exquisite abilities of discernment, will detect our enhancement. Because birds are such creatures of habit with respect to their choices of foods, they may reduce their food intake for a time when they detect an enhancement. Eventually they get used to the subtle change and return to a normal food intake. There is no reason for alarm. We have simply kept our product on the cutting edge, and your bird caught us at it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    she loves it

    By birdmom on Aug 17, 2021

    I got this for my cockatiel and she loves it! She likes these better than the ones recommended for her size . It was hard to transition her to them but now she eats them up. Packaging is great, thick bag.

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  • 2 out of 5 stars

    Healthy but wouldn't eat it!

    By Peetie on Aug 17, 2021

    I very much hoped my canary would like this so he'd get maximum nutrition with minimal waste. I went by the good reviews and bought it but it wound up being a waste of my money!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    By PMPF on Nov 11, 2021

    22 birds in my flock and they all love this product what more can I say

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Roudybush is the way to go

    By Monna on Sep 8, 2021

    Great quality product. Use Roudybush pallets for my 10 doves & they all love it.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    BEST there is

    By DoggyMommy on Jan 26, 2021

    I am SO glad that Chewy is now carrying Roudybush - it is the BEST! (I wish they also carried the High Energy Breeder, but this is a start.) I am The Crazy Bird Lady, complete with multiple aviaries and many (MANY) birds and I have been feeding Roudybush exclusively for as far back as I can remember. It has NO WASTE, no wretched seed hull waste strewn everywhere, and my birds are very healthy, happy, and very busy.

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    contains Ammonium Hydroxide

    By thegifter on Dec 27, 2020

    Just know that this ingredient is present. You can make up your own mind, but I stopped buying this food because I don't want to harm my pets with ammonia. Birds are tiny and sensitive. There are pelleted alternatives that don't contain this ingredient.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Good, healthy, fun

    By Globarnes on Nov 3, 2020

    My birds really like the rousybush crumbles a lot. Everyone is healthy and happy and eat all the crumbles everyday. It’s nice to know they are getting lots of things that are good for my flock. I love knowing I won’t run out because it comes in out Chewy box.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great food

    By zoomom on Dec 11, 2020

    Roudybush is a great formulated food. I have used it for many years.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Nibbles Roudybush for parakeets

    By Nell on Jun 12, 2020

    The nibbles size is perfect for parakeets. Crumbles size is too big, halves fall to floor of cage, not eaten. The stores in my area do not carry the nibbles size so I resorted to online order. I was hesitant, thinking our preferred size would not be in stock. Surprise to see the correct order in the box that arrived within a few days. Very pleased!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Healthy staple food for and looks like millet.

    By Phil on Apr 16, 2020

    This is a great food with ingredients for complete nutrition. Budgies can be fussy and since millet seed is often a preferred treat I've found the size and color of this product helps in converting a seed addict to a healthy staple diet.

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