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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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Hello. So I am feeding my birds Dr Harveys best parakeet food along with Harisons high potency mash. I mix the mash in with the seed food. I have been thinking about switching from the mash to the actual pellets. Is this worth it at all? Would their be any benefit for them?

Does anyone know?


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If mash is working well for you both, then I don't see any reason why your birds would really benefit from a change (the ingredients are very similar.)

How do you use the mash? If you use it wet, then I guess changing to pellets would mean less chance of the food spoiling if it had to be left in the cage all day and pellets could also be easier to use within some foraging toys, but those are the only benefits I can think of.

A lot of owners struggle to get their birds to eat any formulated diets, so if you're both happy with the status quo, then I'd stay as you are.
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The main reason I would ever consider switching is because I don't know exactly how much of the mash my little ones actually eat. I mix it in with their seed food the best I can but I'm not sure if they are actually eating it. I don't wet it. Should I be wetting it?
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Hi

You don't have to wet it, I just know that some owners do. Of those that do, some make quite a stiff paste, others quite a sloppy slurry, just whatever the bird prefers.

Sorry, I didn't realise from your post that you're not sure that they're actually eating any of it.
You could try adding some water to it and see if they prefer that.
You could decide to buy the pellets (superfine) instead next time, and could always crush them into a powder, like the mash, if you decide you prefer that (I initially crushed them and sprinkled over seed to help accustom my birds to the taste).
If you're wanting to separate the pellets from the seeds in order to judge if any are being eaten, then I'd try to make the pellets more appealing by placing them higher in the cage beside a favourite perch, and placing the seeds near the bottom of the cage (outside the poop drop zone).
Alternatively, you could look at the Harrison's birdie bread and consider that approach.

Some birds take a loooong time to accept pellets, so don't be disheartened.
Remember that the more quantity and varied a selection of safe veg (& occasional fruit) your birds eat, then the need for pellets does not have quite as much importance as it would with a bird that only eats seed and not much else. So, take care to encourage them to eat a good variety of fresh foods too.

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JRS has given you excellent advice.

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

I'll add the following --

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.

However, my budgies much prefer Roudybush pellets over Harrison's pellets.

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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I won't be able to buy the new type of pellets until next month. So currently right now I have 3 very large bowls and 4 parakeets, two males and two females. Two pairs eat from one bowl together and the other two eat from the other two together. I put 1 tablespoon of the dr harveys best parakeet food and 1 tablespoon of harrisons mash in each bowl. Should I put more or less?
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Each budgie should be getting between 1 1/2 and 2 teaspoons of seed per day.


I'd suggest putting the mash in the dishes and allowing the budgies to forage on the bottom of the cage on clean newspaper for their seed as I explained in my post below.

You can leave the mash in the cage for them 24/7.

You should also be feeding them vegetables as explained in the link I provided.
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