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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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So all of the sudden my two have decided that pellets are the greatest thing ever (which is fantastic!), however, I was wondering if I should limit it at all? I've been refilling their bowl with half a tablespoon each day and it's demolished by the time they go to bed.

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Most avian vets recommend unlimited supply of pellets. Just make sure they are also getting plenty of veggies and sprouts because pellets are very high in protein, and too much protein can cause issues.
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Just wondering what brand of pellets you give them and how long did it take before they accepted them? No such luck here.
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The “premium” quality pellet brands will nutritionally balance their formulas with the correct ratios of proteins/fats/carbohydrates to sustain health. I would leave pellets in the cage at all times, and remove fresh foods after several hours depending on the weather.

@PlumpyParakeet - I’ve used Harrison’s lifetime formula for my birds for many years with great results in overall health and proof in bloodwork at the vets. Harrison’s also makes a product called “mash” that you can sprinkle over fresh foods and mix with seeds, to get them accustomed to the concept of pellets. Harrison’s makes different sized pellets, and they have a size called “super fine” for birds as small as budgies. Although mine are accustomed to “fine” which I feed to all my birds.
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Most avian vets recommend unlimited supply of pellets. Just make sure they are also getting plenty of veggies and sprouts because pellets are very high in protein, and too much protein can cause issues.
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The “premium” quality pellet brands will nutritionally balance their formulas with the correct ratios of proteins/fats/carbohydrates to sustain health. I would leave pellets in the cage at all times, and remove fresh foods after several hours depending on the weather.
Thanks! That's what I figured, I'm just shocked at how many of them they're eating!

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Just wondering what brand of pellets you give them and how long did it take before they accepted them? No such luck here.
They are eating the fruity Zupreem pellets, canary sized, which aren't the best but now they're eating them with such gusto I've started mixing in a variety of natural pellets, I would love for them to eat Harrison's or Roudybush eventually. Niko actually hardly ever ate them until I rescued Tetra- he would only pick at them. Tetra is super adventurous when it comes to eating and is getting Niko to eat things he would've turned his beak up at before.
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