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Old 06-09-2016, 05:16 AM
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So this might seem like a silly question but I know there should be pellets in the cage at all times when trying to change to a pellet based diet. Do I have to change the pellets everyday? Do they go stale as such?
Trying to make my pellets last as long as possible as I know the change over is going to take a long time.
Just not sure how much is enough to be putting in there, without wasting as much as possible.

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Yes the pellets will need to be changed every day.
Start off by mixing some pellets through the seeds at a ratio of 25% pellets : 75 % seed and gradually over time increase the pellets and decrease the seeds. Be very careful to make sure the budgie is eating the pellets and dont dramatically decrease the seed amount.
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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 and I do not change the pellets daily
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I keep pellets in the cage at all times. I find myself replenishing it either everyday or every couple days. I use Harrison's for all my birds. The parrots like to mix some veggies in with their pellets. As you can imagine, it gets messy and spoils the pellets by the end of the day. I usually judge the amount pretty close for each individual, so that if the pellets are contaminated with the fresh food all over it and have to be thrown away, I am not wasting too much. If the pellets are 'uncontaminated' by the veggies, I just leave it in, and replenish when they finish it. It doesn't go 'stale' in the bowl like our bread or crackers do if left out .
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