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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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My two new budgies are very fussy and will only eat seed... not even millet as a treat. how do I introduce pellets into their diet?

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Please take the time to read the tips on how to introduce new foods to your budgie which can be easily found in the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.

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!

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice above. It's important for everybudgie to have variety in their diet, but it can be a process for sure!

Fortunately, you've come to the best possible place to learn even more about these cute little birds, including how to help them transition to more healthy dietary changes!

Be sure to read through the links provided to ensure you're up to date on everything! If you have any questions afterwards, please be sure to ask as we'd love to help

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Yes, welcome to the forum! I don't have much to add to what's been said above. I can say that my budgies actually like pellets more than seed after they were introduced! Sometimes I have to only offer them their seed mix to get them to eat both instead of a dish of each Good luck! keep us updated and pictures of your feathered friends are never objected to
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