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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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Default Budgie doesn't know how to eat pellets!

I went to an avian vet today and bought a bag of pellets and my bird is trying to eat it but she nibbles way too gently for it to break up in pieces. She she spins the pellet around in her mouth and drops it off, on to the next pellet to do the same thing.

I tried to give her pellets a few months earlier as well but then it didn't work out either. I finally crushed all the pellets which was a lengthy and hard process and definitely don't want to go through that again. So ehh... anyone else been in this position and did it resolve itself eventually?
Also does it hurt the switch the pellets completely for the bird seed? I'm not planning to make her eat pellets exclusively but I really don't want to go into that mix birdseed and pellet routine again, which didn't work out either.
Darn you pellets, why do you have to cause so much trouble to us humans.


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What brand of pellets are they? I started mine off with Zupreem fruitblend but she couldn't break them either so I switched to Harrisons Super Fine, its a lot easier for her to break now.
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Yep that's the one I have, Zupreem.
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Yep that's the one I have, Zupreem.
Do you have the size for Budgies? A lot of people recommend using the Canary size pellets because they're smaller and easier to eat. I personally would switch to Harrison's. The pellets they sell are organic, and no artificial colouring added which is a bonus for me. But that's up to you and good luck!

Also my bird took to Harrison's very easily and thoroughly enjoys them.
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Please take the time to read the tips on how to introduce new foods to your budgie which can be easily found in the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.

When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.

All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!
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Deb has given you an outstanding example of a transition to include pellets in a budgies diet. There are different ways so feel safe in trying different approaches to get the job done. Ultimately a healthy bird is the result of a clean house and healthy fresh clean food and water. The younger the bird the easier to convince a bird to try new things. We start our newborn chicks with egg/soft food and fresh veggies including sprouts, which are feed by the cock to the hen who then produces crop milk and then as the chicks grow and begin to eat on their own They can be seen with sprouts hanging from their beaks as they chomp on these softer foods on the way to learning to nibble pellets and crack the hulls on seeds. Patience is golden as your birds learn to try new foods and toys in their little home. Blessings, Jo Ann
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Well it could have been nice to know that the Canary version was better but I'm stuck with the budgie version for the time being...

But honestly, I still don't have an answer yet. I'm not gonna go out and buy Harrison's Mash just yet, I got too many birdfood in my house at the moment. I guess I have to crush these pellets again huh? :/

And I just gave up for the day and mixed in birdseed with the pellets. Otherwise she will not eat anything all day and night again. I hate pellets.

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Try to be patient. Pretend you are practicing for the time when you will have children of your own who refuse to eat their vegetables. My father was a pilot and so when my parents were trying to get me to eat things I did not like.
He used to pretend that the spoon was an airplane and it was buzzing along to tell me to open the hanger door/my mouth to let the plane enter the hanger so the pilot/my father could come in and put the plane to sleep. Jo Ann
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The fact that your bird actually nibbles them is a positive. Many bird's refuse to touch them until they are thoroughly convinced they are food. I would get the smaller size, and you may be surprised to find she likes them. The bigger size can then be mixed in a little here and there, so they aren't wasted. When it comes to taming and bonding, transitioning to new food's, anything they are not used to, budgies/pet bird's demand patience from the owner, or results usually aren't good....
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Try to be patient. Pretend you are practicing for the time when you will have children of your own who refuse to eat their vegetables. My father was a pilot and so when my parents were trying to get me to eat things I did not like.
He used to pretend that the spoon was an airplane and it was buzzing along to tell me to open the hanger door/my mouth to let the plane enter the hanger so the pilot/my father could come in and put the plane to sleep. Jo Ann
I think she is just gonna give up on them and ignore them forever once she still can't figure out to bite them harder and crush them. I mean just like now, the birdseed which was mixed with the pellets are now eaten and there's empty seed shells mixed with the pellets but for the bird her foodcup is 'empty' :/

So I don't know what to do now. Don't add birdseed and force her to learn how to eat pellets or keep adding in birdseed while the pellets remained ignored forever. UGHHH

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The fact that your bird actually nibbles them is a positive. Many bird's refuse to touch them until they are thoroughly convinced they are food. I would get the smaller size, and you may be surprised to find she likes them. The bigger size can then be mixed in a little here and there, so they aren't wasted. When it comes to taming and bonding, transitioning to new food's, anything they are not used to, budgies/pet bird's demand patience from the owner, or results usually aren't good....
For now, THIS bag has to be eaten before I get anything else.
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