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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Hello I am trying to get my Peety to eat a new diet of roudybush crumbles. He was on an all seed diet when I adopted him.
Would it be best to mix the crumbles in with the seed on a 50/50 ratio? I noticed he wouldnt touch the crumbles when I put them in a separate feeder

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I would start at 25% and use nibbles, which is a smaller irregular cut like crumbles. Also get classic nutriberries and break up as treats or in regular pellet/seed dish. Tasty exposure and a curious member of the flock also helps.
This is not easy so do not get discouraged. Bake some birdy corn bread with seeds and pellets in it is another way to sneak in some vegies /egg food. There are a number of examples here on TB in Diet section. Keep it simple and fun.
Harrisons has a mash that can be used as well. What you are looking at is a granular food product that has nutrients in it and then compressed into pellets
of different sizes and shapes and presented to live stock from cows to dog to mice to birds. Large bird breeders will often use granular game bird starter in the caged bird /program because it is cheaper than all of the fancy pellets we see in pet stores. So if you have access to a livestock feed store, look for calf manna or nonmedicated game bird starter and compare the prices. the calf manna will need to be run through a coffee grinder or food processor to get the right texture. We use the granular product in the soft food as if it were a grain which it is but it is processed with added nutrients to be sure the micro nutrients needed by our birds are included. so if you can mix it in with the seeds you have the best of 2 worlds . The other half of the equation is the fresh veggies, fruit, and egg food. The goal is to draw from as many resources that approximate what wild budgies forage in Australia. The goal is a process in motion depending on the flexibility of your flock . Just remember every little upgrade your birds accept is a win for their over all health and well being, Just like with human kids. Best wishes,
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Thank you JoAnn. I think Id like to grind the food I have since I got a good sized bag already. My local food stores dont have much to offer so I ordered this online. I can put it through the processor. Good news is I noticed he actually showed some interest in it! He seemed to take some of it this morning even though I have it in a separate feeder. I will try your suggestions of the ratio tomorrow morning and grind it smaller as well.
He did sample some mashed hard boiled egg and shell as well as fruits so far so thats a good start.
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This is great news. Do not worry about grinding crumbles if he accepts them . We used crumbles until we found that nibbles were available. We buy ours on line from Foster and Smith because the have good price and free shipping. While Windy City charges extra for larger bags. It helps to check around. And even on amazon to get an Idea of a price range. Foster and smith has good sales as much as 10-20 dollars off. This is really great news!!! Best wishes,
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Joann I am tickled pink because my little guy took even more of the crumbles once I put them trough the processor! I pulsed them up a bit and then I kept them in their own feeder and he went back for more. So glad he has taken to them so fast. I thought he was not going to because he was ignoring them for the first couple of days I had them in his cage.
I picked up the nutriberries today. I bet those will take a couple days as well as he has just looked at them and ignored them so far.
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Good Job both of you. Break them up at first, later he may play with the whole nutriberrie ball. this could be fun !!!! for you both exploring together.
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