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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 02-02-2016, 12:02 PM
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Hello everyone! To anyone with VERY picky budgies who REFUSE to eat pellets, try this:

https://m.drsfostersmith.com/product/...FdUSHwodH1wCZg

I know it's for canaries, but trust me. My birds went from not eating anything that wasn't seed to emptying an entire bowl of this stuff. I think the trick is that they're small enough to LOOK like seeds, and they smell very fruity. They won't eat the parakeet pellets, so it's definitely the size.
Try it!

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We have tried the budgie version of those pellets. We quit using them actually, because we read that they have been recalled a few times. We immediately switched to Harrison's. It was just the fruity, more appealing ones that were recalled, go figure...but it was enough to not want to give it to ours again. This recall was also in 2012, but they labeled it as ongoing.

Just consider checking into it, and keep an eye out for recalls, you never know.
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I have tried the smaller pellets with my birds and they're still not taking to them. I will not quit!
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I feed the canary sized ones with varying sucess. I've also added the Zupreem Smart Selects that has a seed pellet blend and they seem to eat both the seeds AND the fruity blend pellets in that.. Not sure why. This Smart Selects stuff seems to really appeal to them. Again, don't know why. They baffle me sometimes.... ok... a lot of times.. I love them.
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Please check the recall list as unfortunately Zupreem is on the list. I really liked zupreem as a step toward pellets.

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P S After checking more into the info. I am cautiously persuaded that the issue is handled and these small pellets have proved effective for our flock as well as the select. I became alert to the size issue when I tried canary Dr Foster and Smith house brand and our birds ate the pellets no problem. We like to mix the Herb Salad from Lady gouldian finch in as well as some anise seed. Our crew thinks they are having a party. J A
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Thank you for sharing this!
I have been having quite the struggle trying to get my two budgies to eat their pellets. I have been suspecting that it's the size of the pellets that were putting them off, so after reading your post I went and crushed up the pellets into smaller sizes. Within minutes of me putting the dish of crushed pellets into the cage the one budgie went over for her first taste. She keeps going to the dish as she becomes more confident in her new food option. This has made my day!....now if only I could find a vegetable that they'll eat!
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This is how I feed my veggies to them. I do have a chop that is also a little bigger in pieces that will accept as well.

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I add pellets (I actually have two kinds) to this and let the moisture from the fruit/veggies soften the pellets.

I started offering them this, with some seeds sprinkled on top. I made sure they didn't eat seed for 3-4 hours prior. But what made the big difference was after they refused it, they only got a little bit of seed, then was not given seed at night, for bedtime. Since they sleep at night, and morning is when they are hungriest They do best eating this in the AM .

After they were comfortable eating the chop, I did away with the seeds sprinkled in it. And used pellets instead. They took to the moistened pellets almost right away. After a week or two of this they began eating more and more of it.
Now I can introduce new foods if I use the same little plate. Because they associate the plate that I use now, with food . I never free feed them inside their cage, other wise this would not work. They get their meals on a schedule. They have actually gained weight, and their poops look healthier . Now if I let them eat seed, or just stick a bowl in the cage with just seed, their poops look stickier and almost like they are constipated. The fruit and veggies, and pellets have made a big difference by adding it to their diet, in addition to seeds. I still feed seeds, but only in the evening, or mid day AFTER they have had veggies. And seed is not more than 50% of their diet.

I made enough to fill 2-3 small bowls. Then froze it in little ice cubes. After freezing in ice cubes (cut in half, so two sections each cube) I put the cubes (or half cubes) in plastic, and glass containers in my deep freezer. So I don't have to make any more for months.
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These pictures were taken when I fed them on my table. I have since, started using a little tiny tea cup sized china plate, and feed them on top the cage in the family room now.

If your birds are very tame, or dislike being put back into their cage:

I do recommend feeding them INSIDE their cage . BUT only after they have learned to like this food and given it, outside their cage, for some time first.

The reason I do not feed my specific two budgies , inside their cage is because I am trying to get them to want out of their cage more. They are not real tame and have no desire to be with us. However, food has been a great motivator and now they will come to the door of the cage,to be let out, and step up on my finger willingly if they think they are getting food/treat.






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