Lemon was a seed junkie when I got him so I immediately bought pellets and started mixing them into his seed. After a few weeks, he was eating the seeds and the pellets. I then started giving him a food dish with 1 teaspoon of seeds and another dish full of pellets. This was working well as he would go back and forth between the pellets and the seeds throughout the day, and then continue to eat the pellets once the seeds were gone. However, he recently changed his eating habits and is not eating his pellets at all. He will eat all of the seeds in one sitting (which isn't normal for him) and then gets hungry and cranky later on for more seeds. If I offer him pellets he gets mad at me and won't touch them. Why was there this sudden change and what can I do to get him back to pellets?
Thanks for the reply! I give him Volkman seeds which I read were high quality, and I have a dish of Zupreem pellets available for him all day. I'm just confused as to why all of a sudden he won't eat the pellets anymore. Even when his seed ration is gone, he won't eat the pellets...and I can tell he's hungry so then I feel guilty. I am trying to get him to eat vegetables but he is very picky so that's going pretty slowly
You might try a different brand (type) of pellet. I've used the Roudybush maintenance (nibbles size)...they look almost identical to millet in size and color, and had few problems with this brand but the Zupreem (color) pellets were less accepted. Just a thought. Also some formulas may change from batch to batch.
Roudybush minis or crumbles are both good options.
Which Zupreem pellets are you using - natural or fruity?
I use both Roudybush minis and crumbles and all my birds like the Roudybush much better than the Zupreem natural.
I generally Roudybush in one dish and a little of the Zupreem Fruity Pellets in another to give them a bit of variety.
The "nibbles" size is the smallest and Steve started loving it quickly after trying a few others. In the beginning, I think he thought it was millet, he was a mil-junkie. He gets his seed every other day and next day when I go back to Roudybush he dives right in.