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Bird Feed Recalled Due to Vitamin D Level

Kaytee, a Central Garden & Pet brand, is recalling two products, Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Birds and Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw, due to high levels of vitamin D. 


The recalled products are used primarily by bird breeders for feeding baby birds. Baby birds being fed the formula may run the risk of kidney failure when ingesting the product.

According to the recall news release, an elevated amount of vitamin D was unintentionally added in an isolated mixing batch during manufacturing. Products manufactured before and after the recalled batch have been tested and are safe for feeding to baby birds.

Consumers who have this bird feed brand should inspect the product packaging for the “Best Before Code (date)” to determine if it is part of this recall.  All distributors have been notified of the recall and have been asked to reach out to their retail customers and to immediately remove the affected products from the shelf.

The recalled lots are:

Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Bird, 6/7.5 oz., product code  100032326, UPC code 07185947510,  lot/serial no. A1, best-before codes: 21 Mar 2013 and 20 Apr 2013

Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Bird, 6/18 oz., product code 100032328, UPC code 07185947511, lot/serial no. A2, best-before codes: 9 Mar 2013 and 19 Apr 2013

Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Bird , 4/5 lb., product code 100032330 *100034332, UPC code 07185947512, lot/serial no. A3 (*includes 10 cases of Petco store product), best-before codes: 14 Mar 2013, 30 Mar 2013 and 16 May 2013, *30 March 2013

Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Bird, 1/22 lb., product code 100032336, UPC code 07185947518, lot/serial no. A4, best-before codes 21 Mar 2013, 13 Apr 2013 and 

16 May 2013

Kaytee exact® Hand Feeding Formula Baby Macaw, 4/5 lb., product code 100032337, UPC code 07185947515, lot/serial no. B1, best-before codes 1 Mar 2013, 14 Mar 2013 and 19 Apr 2013

The recall does NOT include Kaytee Wild Bird, Small Animal, or Pet Bird Fiesta, Forti-Diet, Egg-Cite, Supreme or Nature’s Benefit.

Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that is required for calcium and phosphorus metabolism and is important for normal bone, beak, claw, and eggshell formation. But consumption of formula with high levels of vitamin D can cause illness associated with kidney damage.

Baby birds that have consumed formula with high vitamin D levels may become weak and inactive and show a lack of appetite, vomiting, increased thirst, and have increased urine excretion (watery droppings).

Pet owners should stop feeding the recalled food immediately and consult with their veterinarian. The recommended treatment of baby birds that have consumed formulas high in vitamin D is fluid therapy to keep the birds well hydrated. The birds should be kept warm, and tube feeding may be needed.

Kaytee says it will work with pet owners individually on a case-by-case basis “to handle their individual needs appropriately.” Customers can receive a full refund for the recalled products.

For more information, contact Kaytee at 1-800 Kaytee-1 (800-529-8331) or email the company at kayteehandfeedingbabybirdrecall@central.com.

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  • gail r.

    Your dam formula killed our beloved 15 week old African Grey Stormy. We grew to love her and she us so much and now she is gone thanks to your company. She trusted us to take care of her and now she is dead, despite vet care for five days. Thanks for the heartbreak!!!!

  • JR

    I also have had MANY baby birds effected by this recall. Yes, it has been a heart break, as well as an expense.
    But lets not forget……Kaytee took it upon themselves to recall these items, and make the public aware. THEY also contacted aspca and reported their findings and asked for help in resolving this for US.
    How many car seats have been recalled? What about cribs? And strollers………
    Point is….. crap does happen. Birds and people DO DIE due to human error.
    We are always looking to blame someone. Yes, this is Kaytees “fault”, but I feel it was NEVER their intention.
    Someone who drives drunk and kills someone driving home…….That is more intentional than this ever was.
    I do wish everyone well, we all have a sad story to tell, myself included……But I refuse to dwell on it. I will work with Kaytee and do all the things they ask……and then some.
    I have used this product over 18 yrs. I have tried other brands and found they are all difficult to work with.
    So I want to thank Kaytee……YES, THANK THEM! For all they have been able to and are willing to do to help us out. They have taken this very seriously.