With a larger number of birds it is easier to figure the percent desired, mix and serve in gravity feeders so that food is always available. We use Roudybush nibbles as the size is a little smaller than the crumbles.
For young or sick birds nutriberries broken up is good because the seeds are dehusked and mixed with pellets in a balanced nutrient/ molasses base. the molasses can add a little energy boost when needed to make a bird feel better and therefore naturally desire to eat more to fuel the body.
Pellets are mixes of grains and nutrients ground and blended together and then formed into pellets. These are the equivalent to the chicken laying mash or game bird starter which have a finer texture and specific percent of nutrients to encourage hens to lay better or young birds to grow better. So remember that pellets are processed food sources in a balanced percent of protein, fat , carbs and other nutrients required by a budgies body for good health. When added to seeds, fresh,frozen,dry veggies, egg food fresh or prepared, and treats the combo provides a healthy diet . The game bird starter is much cheaper for breeders with large flocks and can be found in farm feed stores that are usually in rural areas.
We travel about 45 minutes to reach the nearest feed store. We serve game bird starter/ and or ground up calf mann
a mixed in daily soft food to be sure our growing birds get good protein source. We also feed pellets in order to expose our birds to pellets for new owners who do not have access to feed store.
The more variety of food we expose our chicks to the easier it is to get them to try new things. I love watching our chicks walking around with mung bean sprouts hanging out of the beak and crunching for moisture as well as the concentrated nutrients the sprouts provide.
We also feed pellets for exposure to foods other than seed at an early age.
It makes them more open to new things as adults. The same with toys and cage accessories as the exposure to a variety of shapes, textures and colors makes a good mental challenge and a chick more confident when presented with a new object in the cage environment as adults.
Blessings. Jo Ann