Are they eating enough during pellet conversion - Talk Budgies Forums


User Menu
Forum Home
Budgie Gallery
Budgie FAQ
Site Guidelines
How-To-Guide
Members List
Today's Posts
Log In
Register now!
Search



Advanced Search
Popular Forums
Announcements

Budgie Articles

Budgie Talk

Budgie Pictures

Budgie Videos

Budgie Behavior

Determining Gender

Your Budgie's Health

Taming and Bonding

Budgie Breeding

In Memory

Other Birds

Contests

Chit Chat

Site Information

Talk Network
Talk Budgies
Talk Cockatiels
Talk Parrotlets
Talk Parrots
Sponsored Ads

Go Back   Talk Budgies Forums > Budgie Talk > Your Budgie's Health > Diet and Nutrition


Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

Closed Thread
 
Short URL LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-10-2015, 12:53 AM
greeniebirb's Avatar
Newbie
 
Profile:greeniebirb is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 3
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Newbie
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 5
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 10
Rep Power: 0
greeniebirb is on a distinguished road
Default Will they eat enough during pellet conversion?

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.


Last edited by greeniebirb; 08-10-2015 at 01:18 AM. Reason: Accidentally posted before finishing my post.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 08-10-2015, 01:15 AM
StarlingWings's Avatar
Super Moderator // MEMBER OF THE YEAR 2015


 
Profile:StarlingWings is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 1
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 17,618
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 12055
Rep Power: 38
StarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Hello and welcome to the forums!

Congratulations with your new friends!
When converting to pellets, it's essential you introduce them gradually to avoid upsetting their stomachs or stressing them out unintentionally. When I converted my girl to pellets, I introduced them in ratios: first a day with only seed. Then slowly add pellets as you go. By the end of one week it should be at about half and half, and then decrease seeds until one day you don't give them seeds at all. Then they will know that it is food (since it has been in their food bowl with the seeds) and will be more likely to try it.
Also, budgies can go for two days without food so it's okay to give them pellets for a whole day without them trying it. Then give them some seed in the morning and continue to offer the pellets.

We can give you a good estimate on age (and gender, and mutation ) if you post some pictures of them

And here, we just really love pictures
It's wonderful to have you on the forums and I hope to meet your two green birds soon

Please do ask about anything else you're unsure of as we'd be more than happy to help
__________________

~StarlingWings~
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
  #3  
Old 08-10-2015, 01:19 AM
Bearnoname's Avatar
Bearnoname (Brenda Bear)
Baby Budgie
State:
 
Profile:Bearnoname is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 2
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Rough and Ready, California
Posts: 366
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 548
Rep Power: 6
Bearnoname is a glorious beacon of lightBearnoname is a glorious beacon of lightBearnoname is a glorious beacon of lightBearnoname is a glorious beacon of lightBearnoname is a glorious beacon of lightBearnoname is a glorious beacon of light
Default

Hi and you have come to the right place, the welcoming committee should be along shortly. Picture would help with guessing their age. And there are a few threads here that help with pellet conversion, it's in the "your Budgie's health" section I believe.
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old 08-10-2015, 01:43 AM
greeniebirb's Avatar
Newbie
 
Profile:greeniebirb is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 3
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Newbie
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 5
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 10
Rep Power: 0
greeniebirb is on a distinguished road
Default

I only have photos from last month (July 2015) so I hope these are helpful in finding their age. I have yet to get more recent photos and closer ones of Jasper.

Georgie:


Jasper:


Just found a recent photo from this month!
Jasper in the back, Georgie in the front:


I've looked through the Health section, but I just edited my post to ask what I'm wondering exactly and if my plan will help. Thanks for the fast responses!

Last edited by greeniebirb; 08-10-2015 at 01:57 AM.
  #5  
Old 08-10-2015, 07:47 AM
Pretty boy's Avatar
Pretty boy (Cathy)
Veteran Budgie
State:
 
Profile:Pretty boy is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 4
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Karridale, west australia
Posts: 12,513
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 8700
Rep Power: 29
Pretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Hello, don't be in a rush to convert them to pellets, the main thing is they get a varied diet. Greens such as basil, thyme, broccoli, spinach, peppers, kale. Some seed crumbles or pellets. When moulting egg and biscuit mix is good as well.
having access to cuttle bone for calcium is important too.
Some budgies will convert easily but most are stubborn when it comes to new foods. Some budgies have starved themselves because they don't recognise the new foods as a food. Patience and time are you best friends when converting, also weigh your budgies and keep a record of it this will help as well.
__________________
  #6  
Old 08-10-2015, 10:50 AM
Jo Ann's Avatar
Jo Ann (Jo Ann)
Member of the Year 2016//Exceptional Service Award August 2016//MOTM May 2013


State:
 
Profile:Jo Ann is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 12+-
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Atlanta area, GA USA
Posts: 4,409
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 11967
Rep Power: 33
Jo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond reputeJo Ann has a reputation beyond repute
Smile Are

Pretty Boy is spot on. Weighing and recording weight is one of the best indicators of a budgie's overall health. It will show patterns of weight change which will tell you if your budgie is eating and indicate if it is upsetting the tummy. Taken with a daily exam of droppings and a check of the vent to be sure it is clear and clean. The stress of a new home can upset the tummy as well as can eating a lot of greens all at once or drinking a lot of water. Places like walmart in the kitchen section, sell gram scales. As budgies usually weigh 1 to 2 ozs or 30 to 60 grams. most scales are more than adequate. Use a deep kitchen plastic and lay lid lightly on top. Tare the container. press the button and wait a second. Your budgie has a weight to record in his records to take to the avian vet as needed. Blessings, Jo Ann
__________________

Thanks for the signature FaeryBee
  #7  
Old 08-10-2015, 01:21 PM
StarlingWings's Avatar
Super Moderator // MEMBER OF THE YEAR 2015


 
Profile:StarlingWings is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 1
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 17,618
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 12055
Rep Power: 38
StarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond reputeStarlingWings has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I agree with Cathy and JoAnn completely

Also, both your budgies look to be the same age, around 5 months since they have lost their "baby bars" on their forehead but still lack clearly discernible irises. They're gorgeous!
__________________

~StarlingWings~
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
  #8  
Old 08-10-2015, 11:30 PM
greeniebirb's Avatar
Newbie
 
Profile:greeniebirb is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 3
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Newbie
Join Date: Jun 2015
Posts: 5
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 10
Rep Power: 0
greeniebirb is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for the replies everyone, it really helped, and I'll keep looking through the forum for more tips and advice.
I think we have a kitchen scale I can use to weight the birdies, and I'll diversify their diet with fruits and veggies included.
I recently blended them a budgie safe salad and mixed it into their seed tray. THEY LOVED IT! Even when they finished the seeds, they kept snacking on the tiny veggie bits.
  #9  
Old 08-10-2015, 11:42 PM
Pretty boy's Avatar
Pretty boy (Cathy)
Veteran Budgie
State:
 
Profile:Pretty boy is offline
Gender:
Number of Budgies: 4
Budgie Experience Level: Budgie Lover
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Karridale, west australia
Posts: 12,513
Gallery: 0
Karma:
Points: 8700
Rep Power: 29
Pretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond reputePretty boy has a reputation beyond repute
Default

Excellent to hear they are eating the salad, you can also make a bit of a game for them by leaving some special foods around the place, a few seeds scattered, or a bit of torn off lettuce they are foraging birds by nature this encourages them to move around exercising at the same time.
__________________
Closed Thread



Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:42 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright © 2000- 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 2006 - , 2403 Networks LLC. All rights reserved.