The small size of Hagen Tropican is a perfect size to try on birds, that way I am not heavily invested in a pellet brand that does not appeal to them. The Air Barrier Zipper Bag insures freshness, and the bag seals up tightly after each use. I am fostering a cockatoo that did not get along well with colored pellets, so I thought to switch him over to something that contained no artificial coloring. The Hagen Tropican has been a success and the cockatoo--who had been inclined to episodes of extreme nervousness and terrible night frights--has calmed down considerably. The only thing that has been changed is his diet, and at this time, I attribute the change in his attitude and demeanor to the improved nutrition that he is obtaining in the Tropican.
Although, there is a "bubble-gum-like" smell of the granules, after briefly doing my own ‘crunching test’ I can attest that this smell does not translate into the taste, therefore, the Tropican does not taste like bubble gum. I am impressed that Tropican contains not just the usual corn, but also soybean meal, ground wheat, soybean oil, peanut kernels, sunflower kernels, brewers rice, oat groats, flaxseed meal, spirulina, and a number of natural oils and other ingredients that apparently results in higher acceptance among birds that are not necessarily found in other major-brand pellets. Additionally, believing that birds need a certain amount of natural fat and oil for good feather condition, I have also observed that other pelleted foods are excessively "dry." The Tropican formula addresses the normal dry pellet formula with an oil content of 10% (orange, banana, soybean), which is a healthier and more palatable alternative for our pet birds.
Excellent food and far superior to food of the seed/ nut variety you get for parrots. I give it to my African Grey. If you are changing over to pellets you should probably do so in the week when you are out the house as they may not like the transition at first and could make a racket. When they do take to this strange new food source you should notice some behavioural improvements as they are getting the full nutrition they need (with a lot less work involved on their part) and won't attention seek as much.
An absolute must for people with female birds as it already contains calcium and vitamin D as well as other vitamins and minerals and you will drastically reduce the possibility of her becoming egg-bound. They can be too lazy to chew calcium blocks in their cage so calcium blocks alone aren't enough. My parrot never gets bored of this food and it does smell nice.