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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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Old 04-23-2015, 03:57 PM
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Ok so my mom bought ZuPreem fruitblend daily bird food for my budgies....they are used to the seed mix, veggies, egg food.....do I need to have them on other pellets mixed with this fruit blend stuff or what? I'm so confused on all the different types of pellets out there. I've read all sorts of links and info but yet I am STILL lost. They don't even want to taste these that my mom bought. Help please.

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Old 04-23-2015, 05:51 PM
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It takes time for budgies to get used to pellets and even when they are, they should still get a good healthy seed blend in addition to the pellets.

I introduced the taste of pellets to my budgies by purchasing Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it over the budgies' seed (as recommended by my Avian Vet).
The budgies ingest some of the mash (pellet powder) when hulling their seeds and begin to associate the taste with a food source.
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If you don't want to purchase "mash" you can grind up pellets in a food processor or crush them with a mortar and pestle to use for sprinkling over the seed.

Good pellet brands include: Harrisons, Roudybush and Zupreem.

I give my budgies Zupreem Natural Pellets, Zupreem Avian Entrees Harvest Blend and Zupreem Fruity Pellets.

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You can also make egg food by mashing up a hard boiled egg and putting in a teaspoon of pellet mash, and a teaspoon of millet seed.
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I put Mallorn on ZuPreem fruity and she's been doing great for almost two months.
First of all: Did you open it yet?
If not, (this is just a suggestion), I would return it and buy the canary size. Although it's "for canaries", it's the exact same thing (I compared the ingredients list) just in a more manageable size.
Since the canary one is similar to seed size, Mallorn tried it more easily.
If you have already opened it, I would crush some up a little bit like Deb suggested and sprinkle it over their seeds.
Weaning budgies onto pellets can take forever and be extremely frustrating. The best way is to do it in ratios: Every time I changed her food, I added in a few more pellets, then a few more, then a few more (about a teaspoon more every two days) and after a week, she was at about 25-30% pellets to 70-75% seeds. At this point, she only ate the seeds, and then begged for more food because she wasn't feelin' it with the pellets.
At this point, I did not give in to the Princesses' demands. She was NOT going to get any more food until it was time for more food, that was that.
This seems kind of dramatic, but that was the only way she learned to eat pellets, and now she loves them!
Eventually, I increased the pellets until they were 50-50 with the seeds, which annoyed her, until she finished the seeds and was inclined to take a nibble.
She's loved them since, and I kept her on only pellets for about 3 weeks-1 month to make sure she realized that she was going to be eating those a lot more now.
These days, I mix her seed mix and her pellets in a ratio of about 1 part seeds to 4-5 parts of pellets, and she's doing great
Hope this works for your little one, glad you're going to try pellets as an all-seed diet can sometimes cause the budgie to be overweight.
Oh, and the good thing about ZuPreem Fruity is that you can tell when they've started eating it, as their poop will change colors!
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yes I did already open the bag...I will try smashing them up some and see if the birds like it better that way. :-) I think I will also pick up another "flavor" as well just to see if they like it better...I'm trying to change anything slowly especially since one of my girls is currently sitting on eggs. Color changing poop....lol that's funny :-) Thanks for all the input, I really appreciate it. I'm all about learning new things on any of my animals lol :-)
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