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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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Old 10-18-2015, 08:41 AM
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Hi,

Firstly I apologise if there is already a thread on this topic that I cannot find, I've been searching for nearly an hour for an answer to my question and decided starting a new thread was the way to go! All the threads I could find had been closed.

Took my budgie Mike to the vet immediately after he began vomiting, something I'd never experienced before. After a very stressful night of 24 hour observation the amazing vets gave him back to me, and he sadly has megabacteria. Have been given medicine and have been giving it to him for 2 days now, and he appears to be doing much better was told that one possible reason for him showing such severe symptoms was a liver issue, and if that was the case a change in diet was needed.

I have a very bad nut allergy and so am very grateful to have used this site to find Zupreem complete foods which do not contain nuts, which brings me to my question!

Is the Zupreem fruit blend cockatiel food ok for budgies/the same as the budgie blend except for the size?? I am struggling to find the budgie size for sale in the UK but the cockatiel bag appears to be everywhere!

Any help would be much appreciated

I have checked the ingredients list and although very similar there are small differences. I would hate to think I was feeding him something that would eventually cause more issues!


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Wow! I just bought some Zupreem for the first times today! If you can't find it locally, AmazonUK is always worth a shot.

Also, the cockatiel pellets are a lot bigger than the budgie pellets and extremely hard so your budgie might have trouble eating it.
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Brendan,

With regard to the slight differences in ingredients between the sizes of the pellets, there is no reason for concern.

The best option is to buy the CANARY sized Zupreen Fruity Pellets if those are available to you. They are the smallest in size and budgies are able to eat them much more easily than the larger sizes, including the size for parakeets.

The Canary size pellets are about the same size as millet seeds.

If you have no choice except to buy the Cockatiel size pellets, I doubt your budgies will eat them as they are much bigger. You may have to resort to crushing them in a food
processor and using the powder as a mash for your birds.

Zupreem also makes a natural pellet and you can try it in the smallest size as well.

Converting your budgie to a new diet can be difficult.

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.
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I agree with Deborah The canary size is much easier for them to eat and any larger size may require regular crushing so they can properly chew it

The best way to convert him to pellets is to do it gradually, as Deborah suggested. First let him figure out that the taste means food, and then you can add some more to his food, a little more every few days until he seems to be making the switch. Keep in mind that the most important part of this is to keep trying!

I hope Mike starts to feel better
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The Zupreem fruit blend pellets are all the same regardless of size, it is the same formula. I also use the canary size for my budgies and budgie size for my tiels/conure.
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Yes, I agree with Deborah that the canary/finch size works the best for budgies if you can find it. My budgies wouldn't eat the budgie size but had no problem with the canary size. They seem to prefer the smallest pellets possible. If you can only get the cockatiel kind you would probably have to break them up somehow. (My cockatiel likes the cockatiel size, but makes a mess with big pieces flying all over the place so I just give her the same canary pellets that I give my budgie!)
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