I've been trying to get Cozmo to eat pellets, but I'm not having much luck. I've tried all the things I've done with my other birds when I switched them. They switched over smoothly, but Cozmo is being stubborn! I've tried pretending to be eating the pellets, flicking them around on the floor, having Cozmo on the floor with my 2 cockatiels to eat together, placing a layer of the pellets in his dish over the seeds, crushing them smaller... he'll pick at a few, then do his own thing when we're on the floor. In his dish, he'll just dig around to get to the seeds...
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!
How I did it was I went from seed to crushed nutriberries then crushed pelletberries then Roudybush nibbles sprinkled with Missing Link's Ultimate Avian Formula. I mention the supplement mainly because the same day I added it to the Roudybush pellets they ate them (we were stuck on the last trasition for almost 2 months). I still feed them Avicakes and Nutriberries as a treat but Roudybush is their main food. This transition took a while going through each step but I found switching straight from seeds to pellets did not work for any of my birds.
The pellets all my other birds eat are a mix Lafeber's natual and Zupreem fruity. I tried the Lafeber's first with Cozmo, then the Zupreem. I even bought the canary sized Zupreem fruity! I'm going to be trying Roudybush nibbles and see how that goes. I'll even try Harrison's if Roudybush doesn't work out!
If you can't get Roudybush locally then Dr Foster & Smith is the cheapest place to order Roudybush from. Harrison's is actually better quality overall which is why I tried their pellets first but I couldn't get any of my birds to eat Harrison's.
There is one form of Harrison all my birds even the pickiest will eat and that is Harrison's Millet and Flax Birdie Bread. I do make sure they eat a muffin of their birdie bread once a week in addition to the Roudybush (crumbled so they get a tiny bit every day with their sprouts).
Good Luck I tried a lot of brands as well and Zupreem was a no go for us as well.