I'm hoping to slowly introduce a more pellet based diet, though i'll still try to give him or her some variety. Does anyone have any experience with introducing the brand of Harrisons food?
What packet did you start with?
Note: The reason I'm not sure of gender is because though the woman in the shop it was male, i'm not convinced. My preference was for a male, because of potential health complications with females and egg laying. Don't worry, I've still grown attatched and don't care what gender it is, apart from the concern with the egg thing. The reason i'm not convinced, and I've done my research on the topic, is because white around the nostrils (it's young) signifies a female. My problem is trying to distinguish if it's a light blue or a white. Anyway, I don't want to detract from my actual question in this post, I just wanted to over explain myself as to why I put 'him or her'
Interestingly enough, I just bought a bag of Harrison's high potency mash this week for my little Artoo to try. She doesn't eat the pellets that are in the seed mix I got for her when I rescued her in July, though she will sort of eat them crushed and mixed into some veggies or sprouted seeds.
So yesterday morning I mixed a little of the Harrison's mash in with her breakfast chop (shredded carrot, broccoli buds and germinated/barely sprouted seed) and she went nuts for it. Absolutely loves it. And the ingredients sound delicious too. It's a bit spendy, but I have only one budgie and I wanted to try it to see if she'd like it.
I've read that the mash or crushing pellets is good to get birds used to the idea that pellets are food too, and it seems that it works, at least for Artoo. Ultimately I will provide pellets for her as a food option in a separate cup. Your mileage may vary!
I love Harrison's for my birds. I've had great success feeding it to everyone for years including budgies. I've heard that not all birds like it, so I guess I got lucky. All of mine present and past, are crazy about it. I never had to work at converting anyone, they all just took to it.
One of my parrots is 22 years old, and I have been feeding him a base of Harrison's for most of his life. He has had perfect blood panels over the years, and I believe it is at least in part because of this product. You will hear people badmouth it or pellets in general, but I can't help but think it's a great product after seeing Robin's blood work consistently over the years, as well as more intense natural coloration in birds who eat Harrison's I've noticed too.
I feed the lifetime maintenance formula. The high potency is good for when they're molting, and the company recommends using it when you're first converting to Harrison's. That formula is rich, and can contribute to weight gain if they consume too much High Potency formula all the time.
For budgies, I buy the very smallest size called 'super fine'. Yes it's pricey, but IMO worth it.
Harrison's High Postency Mash is great for helping budgies learn to enjoy pellets.
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.
Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash to get them used to the taste, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brands/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!
So I've been feedinger her on high potency mash for 4 weeks or so now. I put seeds in with it, while i get her used to the taste.... But it's not really working. She's simply picking out the seeds only and eating them and then relying on treats during training to sustain her. I try minimize the amount of treat she gets. But it seems she's willing to go hungry till treats for trainin. It's not that i put in too much seed so obviously she's going to pick the seeds, i put in more seeds than the mash on some days, and more mash than the seeds on others, even when there are less seeds than the mash she leaves the mash from what I can tell, and if she's eaten any of the mash it's such a tiny amount as to be negligable.
I also feed fresh veg likes carrots, spinach, kale, celery. I put fruit in her cage too, for small periods as i'm concerned about it going off. She hasn't seemed to work out it's food yet and appears more scared of it than anything.
What other methods are there to convert them? Or is it just something I'm going to have to accept, that she won't be converted? Cheaper for me money wise, but i'm thinking more about her health than anything
Hi... mine don't think Harrison's is very good, either . I sprinkle the mash on their seeds (just a tiny bit)... so they have to taste the mash to get to their seeds.. They eat the seeds, but not as robustly as when they are plain. I use Zupreem Select Seeds, which has about a 60/40 ratio of fruit pellets to low fat seeds. They do eat this. I leave pellets out all day, and use the seeds morning and evening. I give them about 1 and 1/2 teaspons each of their seeds with the Harrison's sprinkled on top each morning. I try other pellets mixed with their select seeds, too.
My lovebird has decided Roudybush crumbles are about the best thing she has ever eaten in her life. I started her on those by mixing in one nutriberry with about a tablespoon of pellets and decreasing the nutriberry as she started to eat the pellets. Now we just use nutriberries as treats. Hope this helps.
I'm not sure I can add anything to this but I love Harrison's pellets also. I use the adult lifetime super fine pellets. I actually only had to wean a couple of my birds on to them. The rest just ate them when I offered them.
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