Zeigler Crane Diets are formulated as completely balanced diets for cranes (Whooping and Sandhill Cranes). These diets supply all needed nutrients as identified by leading avian nutritionists. In addition, the formulas are standardized to contain fixed quantities of the highest quality raw ingredients. Fed at National Zoological Parks and USDI Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Crane Breeder diet is to be fed to cranes during the breeding season. Cranes, depending upon the species and geographic location, begin to lay eggs at 2 to 4 years of age. It is advisable to commence feeding the breeder diet 2-3 months before expected start of the laying season.

Particle Sizes

3/16" (5 mm) diameter pellet 1/4" long



  • 50 lb., 3-ply paper bag

Feeding Suggestions

  • Crane Breeder should be fed free choice as the total diet; no supplementation is necessary for normal healthy birds. If the birds go off feed, feeding small fish for a few days would help. As a guide, most birds will consume the equivalent of one-fifth of their body weight per day. However, feeding requirements will vary depending on species, environment, level of activity and stress factors. Fresh water should be available at all times.


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