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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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I have had harrisons high potency super fine for about a month now and the only way I can get my 3 budgies to eat it is if I scatter it around harrisons budgie bread or mix it with their seed. I would like then just to eat harrisons and not seed. Do you have any tips on how to convert them?

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Harrison's is a great food. Since you have them recognizing that it is food, I would suggest after their morning feed of the seed/ mash mix, put nothing but the mash in for the rest of the day. You can also just keep feeding like you are but putting less and less seed in. Check this out...

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...rent-diet.html
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Okay thanks for the great advice I have a unopened bag on harrisons I can also use to help conversion
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Let me know how it goes! I tried to convert Ivy to a pellet diet and she wasnt having any of it. I tried the pellets only in the morning, tried mixing and nothing worked for me. I eventually noticed she was only peeing and passing urates. Took her to the vet and they told me to put her back on the seed because she wasn't eating and was weak. I'm bothered that I've failed and that shes still on seed but am really stumped on what else I can do.
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Weaning budgies onto pellets can take forever and be extremely frustrating. The best way is to do it in ratios: Every time you change their food, add in a few more pellets, then a few more, then a few more (about a teaspoon more every two days) and after a week, the ratio should be at about 25-30% pellets to 70-75% seeds. At this point, they usually only eat the seeds, and then beg for more seeds, ignoring the pellets.
However, do not give in to their begging for more seeds. Most birds will only begin to eat pellets after there's no other option.
This seems kind of dramatic, but that was the only way my little girl learned to eat pellets, and now she loves them!
Eventually, increase the pellets until they are 50-50 with the seeds, and finally mostly pellets, then cut out seeds entirely. Budgies can go for 2 days without food, so don't worry if they don't eat. They're usually inclined to take a nibble during this time!
After a few days or so with just pellets, you can add seeds back in and offer like 1-2 tsp. of seeds separately as mentioned. I hope this helped!
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Okay so I've been following some of the advice on the harrisons website, they have bird builder in their water, the have harrisons bird bread which 2 of them like. But when they eat the pellets they just peck it then jump away. So I offer 1 hour of seeds in the morning and evening. Then 30 minutes. But they still won't touch the pellets, only the bird bread which it like 50% pellets anyway! Any more advice?
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