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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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Is it essential budgies have a pellet based diet?.. I would like to get mine onto pellets as they are on a seed based diet with the odd broccoli, kale, basil and red pepper if they are in the mood. Can you please advise me what are the most popular pellets they will Like (I'm UK) and how do I transform from seeds to pellets. Thank you

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Hi Emma
Have a read through the stickies in 'Your Budgie's Health' - Diet & nutrition.

Harrison's superfine pellets are available online from petsathome (free delivery to store).
Nutriberries are available via Northern parrots online.

My budgies enjoyed nutriberries from the start, but ignored Harrison's for months (despite having them ground to a powder and sprinkled over other food for weeks), however, they have just (today!) started eating/playing with them. so don't give up!

I also have Zupreem fruity canary sized pellets, that they have tasted (ordered from the US via Amazon & took 6 weeks to arrive) and have some Roudybush crumbles in transit (also from US via Amazon & ATM 6+ weeks & waiting).

I was delighted to actually see my birds with Harrison's in their mouths, as they are so much easier to get hold of here.
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Another good idea for tips is to look through the other posts in this section of members who have/are converting their budgies to a pellet diet and trying the things they have tried and had success with.

The key with this is to keep trying and don't give up.
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Thanks @therm could you tell me is the idea to eventually get them to eat pellets instead of seed ,or do they need some seed in there diet.

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They should still have seed in their diet.
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Hi Emma
Have a read through the stickies in 'Your Budgie's Health' - Diet & nutrition.

Harrison's superfine pellets are available online from petsathome (free delivery to store).
Nutriberries are available via Northern parrots online.

My budgies enjoyed nutriberries from the start, but ignored Harrison's for months (despite having them ground to a powder and sprinkled over other food for weeks), however, they have just (today!) started eating/playing with them. so don't give up!

I also have Zupreem fruity canary sized pellets, that they have tasted (ordered from the US via Amazon & took 6 weeks to arrive) and have some Roudybush crumbles in transit (also from US via Amazon & ATM 6+ weeks & waiting).

I was delighted to actually see my birds with Harrison's in their mouths, as they are so much easier to get hold of here.
Thank you, I will order both and see what happens.. sounds like its gonna be hard to Convert but I have to try.


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Remember that budgies still need 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of a high quality seed mix every day (the seed can be sprouted if you desire) as a part of a healthy diet.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...-seed-mix.html

I ration my budgies' seed morning and evening and they have pellets available in their cages 24/7.
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Steve was about 10 weeks old when I got him, and started him with Roudybush "nibbles" which is about the same size as millet that he loves. Mixed with his seed for several weeks tried him with just the pellets and he quickly converted to all pellets. I do offer him a good seed mix
along with steel cut oats about twice a week, along with
some veggies, his favorite is dark romaine. This is year three and he's always been in excellent health, is a good talker and very friendly. My pellets are formulated as a staple diet but offering seeds and veggies is important form of enrichment.
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