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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 05-21-2016, 08:10 PM
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Default Budgie picks up pellets, chews them a bit then drops them?

I'm not sure if they're too big for her to eat or if she just doesn't like them, but every time I've seen her eating she'll just pick up a pellet and then drop it shortly after. I don't think they're too big, maybe too hard or something and she accidentally drops them while opening her mouth?
I was thinking about trying to soften them by adding a bit of water and crushing them into more of a mash-type thing but I'm not sure if that'd be ideal ahah

Maybe she just doesn't like them and is trying to show that she objects since most of her food is pellets now instead of seeds, but she has to eat something other than just seed all the time

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Which type pellets are you giving her, Abby?
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Which type pellets are you giving her, Abby?
The brand's called Vetafarm
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Greetings I looked at the website.looks like the pellets are made for parrot.I can't tell if there small size or larger size.maybe that's why your budgie won't eat them? Hopefully faerybee or someone can tell you if that's the reason or so.blessings always
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Greetings I looked at the website.looks like the pellets are made for parrot.I can't tell if there small size or larger size.maybe that's why your budgie won't eat them? Hopefully faerybee or someone can tell you if that's the reason or so.blessings always
The pack I got had budgies and cockatiels on it (https://www.petandgarden.com.au/1462...ance-10-kg.jpg) and they're not much bigger than her normal seed which she eats fine so I think maybe she just doesn't like them or isn't used to pellets ahah
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Abby,

Are you using the finch size pellets or the ones made for parrots? The finch size is the size made for finches, canaries and budgies.

If you are using the parrot size, those are definitely too large for a budgie.

You can try putting the parrot sized pellets into a food processor and grind them to a powder which you can then use as a "mash" or you could try just partially crushing them with a mortar and pestle.
Some budgies actually will eat mash in the dry form.
"Mash" is basically just pellet powder.
You can also mix it with water or with soft egg food, make it into birdie bread, etc.

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Sorry Abby, you and I were posting at the same time.
Does she sort of chew on them and then drop them directly back into the food dish?
That is normal. Some of my birds do the same thing yet they always go back for more.

I'd suggest you get these next time:
Vetafarm Finch Crumbles
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Abby,

Are you using the finch size pellets or the ones made for parrots? The finch size is the size made for finches, canaries and budgies.

If you are using the parrot size, those are definitely too large for a budgie.

You can try putting the parrot sized pellets into a food processor and grind them to a powder which you can then use as a "mash" or you could try just partially crushing them with a mortar and pestle.
Some budgies actually will eat mash in the dry form.
"Mash" is basically just pellet powder.
You can also mix it with water or with soft egg food, make it into birdie bread, etc.

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Sorry Abby, you and I were posting at the same time.
Does she sort of chew on them and then drop them directly back into the food dish?
That is normal. Some of my birds do the same thing yet they always go back for more.

I'd suggest you get these next time:
Vetafarm Finch Crumbles
Ah thanks for the recommendation, the pellets were the only thing my local pet shop had which weren't for macaws and thus the size of cat biscuits haha so I'll look around for something like that

She takes them out of the bowl and then drops them on the floor of the cage after she stands back upright to eat them; I tried to crumble them up a bit with a fork so I'll see how that goes haha
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