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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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Hi all! I am working on converting my two beebs over to a healthier diet. despite my efforts they have refused both roudybush and Zupreem pellets. they do however like nutriberries, but they won't eat them whole, instead, they throw them out of the bowl and they fall through the grate. Therefore I have started crushing up the nutriberries before feeding them and they are eating them! However, is this diminishing the nutritional value because they could pick through the mix more easily? Or would this still be better than seed?
Also, I have started to feed them some egg food because one of my budgies just went through a really bad accident and i'm hoping this will help her feathers regrow better and help her get rid of the gross ones. Anyone know how Quiko egg food is for quality??
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Take a look at the classic leFaber. Nutriberries are fine for pellet transition.
when the budgies crunches into the nutriberries they are broken apart.The really good things are that they are preshelled so birds that are ill, or are young and have soft beaks get a break when trying to eat and regain strength. Try slipping a few nibles size by roudybush either maintenance or breeders in this mix the smaller size and irregular shape are closer to the small size of millet seed which makes them easier to eat for young birds especially. the nutrition still reaches the bird. Check out Avicakes which is another form of leFaber foods that can help with the transition diet. Go to the web site and read more about this line of bird food. The carb content is a bit high for a maintenance diet but there are definite pluses when your bird is being resistant and it is a good treat. Best wishes, Jo Ann
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My birds will not go near Nutriberries if they are whole, so I also crush them up, some will eat them and some will not, but I am giving them as treats not as the mainstay of the diet. Nutriberries do have some hulled seeds as part of the mix, as well as pellets, just make sure your birds are getting enough to eat. I have also tried many different pellets without too much success, none of my birds will eat them exclusively.
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My bird's value nutriberries as much or more than millet spray...
I break mine up, and they don't pick through it...they eat everything. I recently converted my tiel who had never seen a pellet in his life, into a pellet eating machine using nutriberries....
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Default Thank you Cody, I can't get anyone to eat Nutriberries

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My birds will not go near Nutriberries if they are whole, so I also crush them up, some will eat them and some will not, but I am giving them as treats not as the mainstay of the diet. Nutriberries do have some hulled seeds as part of the mix, as well as pellets, just make sure your birds are getting enough to eat. I have also tried many different pellets without too much success, none of my birds will eat them exclusively.
Thank you Cody, I can't get anyone to eat Nutriberries -- not even the birds outside that are happy for a slice of bread or stale cereal!!!!
I'm going to try breaking them up -- they were so expensive, I hate to just throw them out. I bought a bag of the budgie size and a bag of (supposedly) parrot size for my African Gray, who tosses them to the floor of the cage as soon as I hand her one. BTW, I can't see that there's that much difference between the two sizes. Marketing..... arrgh.
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