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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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Old 10-26-2017, 11:27 PM
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Default Zupreem or Harrisons pellets?

I've been trying for quite a while to get my budgies onto pellets, it's kind of been a hit and miss.

Sometimes they will give them a little nibble, but very rarely. I've tried different methods for getting them to eat their pellets but nothing really seems to stick. I guess they just don't like this brand.I'm currently using the vetafarm finch and budgie crumbles. These are very crumbly and also seem quite powdery. I've tried offering them wet with seeds mixed in, and dry as well. They tend to sneeze when the dry pellets are offered and they pick through them so thats another reason I'm straying away from them. Vetafarm also has a fruit blend, but the pellets are too large for my budgies.

I also didn't think I would be able to get the more popular pellet brands in Australia since I haven't seen them in pet stores. Thats why I have stuck with the vetafarm for so long, but I have found a website that will send harrisons and zupreem to me with only 9 dollar shipping.

So I'm kind of abandoning Vetafarm and looking for a pellet that may be more desirable. I'm considering order either the Zupreem fruity pellets extra small, or the harrisons lifetime super fine.

From what I've seen these pellets are about the same size as millet seeds so I'm hoping that will entice the budgies more. I'm just wondering which one I should try first? Do people tend to have more success with one or the other?

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Old 10-27-2017, 12:43 AM
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I can't speak for the Zupreem, but if you do that one I'd get the "naturals" not the artificial colored ones. I think that just like any of the "good" brands, they are formulated to be nutritionally balanced.

I can definitely speak about Harrison's. All of my birds and past birds eat it. Various species including budgies. I know not everyone's birds like it, but I've never ever had a problem with anyone not liking it. I never really even needed to use a conversion method. I guess I got lucky!

I can definitely give you a testimonial about Harrison's with my beloved Red Bellied Parrot, Robin. I've had Robin for 23 years now, and he still loves his Harrison's. Early on, for years, that was all he ate. His blood work at the avian vet had always been within PERFECT parameters.

Another interesting thing about Harrison's is that I've noticed it gives birds the brightest most colorful plumage possible for their species.

I have fed all birds regardless of size, the small size (fine). One bag for everyone. I used to feed the super fine to the budgies and the Aussie keet species, but it's not always in stock at the store when I needed it. One day when I was out of super fine, I gave them all fine, and even the English Budgies were able to eat it. Even a standard budgie I had could eat it. Think of the pressure when a budgie bites you, even that tiny beak is way more than enough to chew the fine size! I think it's just a matter of them getting used to eating the fine size, not that they can't.

To answer your question on size, yes the super fine is like millet more or less.

Edit: you might be able to get samples before ordering a larger amount. I know at least Harrison's has a sample size. Contact them and see if they'd be willing to send you some if you pay for shipping .
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Thanks for your response. I wasn't planning to keep the birds on zupreem fruity permanently if thats what I got, I was just hoping the coloured and flavoured pellets might be more tempting to them, and once they were eating it, I would change them to naturals. I know that my budgies would be capable of eating a larger pellet, but i've found they don't like the larger size. I would try again with vetafarm fruity pellets but, I think I would prefer to get something that is smaller and also has less protein. Vetafarm pellets have a minimum 21% protein. Hoping since the smaller size looks a little more like seeds they will eat it.
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Yes the super fine is tiny . The Zupreem naturals don't come in such a small size. The fruity one is the only other pellet I've seen that was as small as the Harrison's super fine.
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My birds also eat Harrison’s, though the fruity zupreem were the ones I had success with first. Whether the zupreem looked more appealing or it was just a coincidence I don’t know, but I was happy when they started eating Harrison’s, it seems to be the only one that I can easily get hold of here in the UK.
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I would like to get them onto harrisons permanently if I can. Do you think they will take to the zupreem more readily though since it's colourful and fruity? If they do I could then wean them onto harrisons more easily maybe.

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I feed both Harrison and fruity zupreem. They seem to eat both well but seem to prefer the zupreem.

I like feeding a variety of pellets, that way if one is discontinued or reformulated they still have something to eat.

Switching to pellets was fairly easy. I crushed the pellets into a fine powder, lighty misted their seed with water so the powder would stick and coat the seeds with powder.

After a couple weeks of doing this daily, they were nibbling pellets on their own.

Still eating more seeds then pellets but the last few days I only offer pellets in the morning. Once they are full of them, I offer seeds.
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I feed the fruity zupreem ones myself because my I work at my local pet store and we carry them in the bulk bins. With my discount they're only $1.97/lb vs the normal $5ish/lb that they cost when you buy the bag. I'd like to switch them to naturals but the price I get them at right now is too good to pass up, lol. I've never used harrison's myself, and my current birds aren't really eating the pellets yet, but my old flock loved the zupreem fruit blend. The downside is that the dyed pellets can affect the color of their droppings, making it more difficult to identify illness.

Gail: That's a really good idea for the pellets. I'll have to give it a try. I got my last flock on pellets by first getting them to eat veggies, then when they loved veggies I just mixed some pellets in there. They started eating them pretty quick after that.
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All of my birds love Zupreem Fruity Pellets in the XS (Canary) size and I always have those in their cages. I also keep Roudybush natural pellets in their cages 24/7.

My birds have never liked Harrison pellets but love Roudybush.

Using Harrison's mash (which is basically the pellets in a ground forum) sprinkled over the seed is the method by which I originally got my birds to eat pellets.

This was initially advised by my Avian Vet and I have posted about it in multiple threads throughout the forum over the years.

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Thanks for the input. Do you guys think I'll have better luck getting them to eat the zupreem first and then moving onto harrisons, or should I just go straight to harrisons, or do you think it won't matter?
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