Hello, this is my first time owning budgies and I'm concerned that they might starve themselves during their conversion to pellets.
I have two healthy greenies
that love to fly around the room and return to their big cage together an hour before their bedtime. They're a few weeks older than a month, but I don't exactly know their age, I was just told that they where sold to the pet store when they got their feathers and were old enough to be weaned from their mothers.
They aren't exactly tame yet, but they've recently become more curious about me and even fly down from the curtains during out-of-cage time to get a closer look at me (I can get about a foot close if I don't touch them) and will even play with simple toys I make for them from my hand.
Anyway, my two budgies like to share a food tray and I'm worried that I might unknowingly starving them.
Originally, I would put their seeds and pellets in the same tray and they would only eat the seeds.
My plan now is to give them one teaspoon of pellets in the morning before I go to my college classes, switch the tray or one that has two teaspoons of seed around 5pm when I get home, then switch the seed dish for one with a second teaspoon of pellets when they finish their seeds then leave it there until the next day to repeat the process.
They've eaten pellets before (or nibbled on them) and they've eaten pellet mash but I feel like they'll realize that eventually they'll get seed in the afternoon and will ignore the pellets until then, thus starving themselves. I'm also afraid that eventually, they'll start fighting for the seeds when they start becoming hungrier from doing that.