I'm trying to convert Bombee to pellets because I want him to get the nutrients he needs. He seems to be putting them in his mouth, and "chewing" but I can't tell if he's actually swallowing the pellets? I read something about seeing dust, but it's kind of hard to tell because I crush the pellets a little to make them more manageable (they're roudybush "mini" size). I bought some smaller roudybush nibles and hoping those look more like seed. He's not tame yet (though he'll let me touch his belly and eat out of my hand by hopping into it), so I'm not sure how to weigh him in a way that's not going to make him all stressed out and scared of my hands when I have to catch him. I heard about catching him in tupperware with breathing holes in the lid. Will that make him scared of my hands if I catch him with the lid and bowl without directly touching him with my hands?
Basically, I guess what I wanted to do is "test" if he was eating the pellets was to weigh him, let him have only pellets for a day, and then reweigh him to see if he's eating?
pellets are a bit big for budgies to be able to eat properly, and as you have been crushing them up smaller for him perhaps he doesnt like the flavour or is still getting used to the idea. The only way you can tell he is eating is by seeing that the feed dish, is being emptied, he should be eating the dust of them too, budgies beaks are designed to crack seed so there will always be dust. another alternative is you can get budgie crumbles and mix that with egg and biscuit mix, instead.
You should never completely remove a budgie's regular source of food. Even a budgie that is "converted" to pellets needs to receive a good quality seed mix each and every day.
Use two different food dishes. Give your budgie one and one-half teaspoons of seed in one dish and 1 Tablespoon of pellets in another.
When he finishes his seed, he'll have the pellets to munch on throughout the day when he's hungry and you should be able to monitor whether or not he's eating them. If he eats all of the pellets you can give him more.
Then, in the evening, give him his second ration of 1 1/2 teaspoons of seed.
My budgies all get a ration of seed each morning and evening with unlimited access to three different types of pellets (each in a separate dish) 24/7.
I would not recommend trying to catch your budgie to weigh him at this point in time. You need to spend time helping him learn to trust you.
Once he's willing to step up and knows he isn't going to be harmed, then you can begin weighing him on a regular basis.