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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 09-19-2018, 06:59 PM
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Iím trying to transition my birdie to a pellet diet (roudybush was recommended by my vet). He will usually eat it on its own if itís in a dish and Iím offering it to him while heís socializing with me, but the moment itís in his cage he ignores it. And if I mix it with seed, he will only eat the seed and completely overlook the pellets. He does this no matter th ratio I put in. Any suggestions? Iíve been working on this for about 2 weeks.

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I don't personally recommend mixing pellets with the seed. I keep my pellets in a separate dish in my budgie Kowhai's cage. He usually eats it when I'm not looking, but he does eat it.

It'll take time to transition to pellets so don't worry if it's been 2 weeks. Severus will still need 1 1/2 - 2 tsp seeds a day even after transitioning to pellets, so don't feel you need to eliminate seeds completely. As long as he is getting that amount of seeds and the rest of the time always has pellets available he should be fine. Just be sure to keep weighing him to make sure there is no weight loss during the time you start giving him pellets.
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It can take months to transition, don't be discouraged after just 2 weeks. You can also try different brands some may appeal more than others. My birds have pellets and seed in separate dishes in their cages and they eat both of them but it took a very long time to try the pellets. When one started eating them then I guess the others thought they would give them a try also, so now they all will eat them but of course prefer seed.
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I’d keep each type of food in a separate dish. The good thing is that you know he will eat the pellets, and likes them. So he’s actually over the hardest part!

Give it a little time. I bet you’ll soon see little peck marks in the pellets . Of course budgies love seed, but mine will eat their pellets as their “regular meal” and go to the seed feeder hung up higher in the cage as treats or dessert .
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Definitely keep the pellets in a separate dish from the seed.
Are you using Roudybush crumbles or the minis?

The fact that your budgie is already eating pellets after two weeks time is great. That means he's already accepted it as a food source and before long he'll eat it in his cage as well.

Jesska is correct with regard to ensuring Severus continues to receive 1 1/2 to 2 tsp of seed per day even after he begins eating the pellets on a regular basis.

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Definitely keep the pellets in a separate dish from the seed.
Are you using Roudybush crumbles or the minis?

The fact that your budgie is already eating pellets after two weeks time is great. That means he's already accepted it as a food source and before long he'll eat it in his cage as well.

Jesska is correct with regard to ensuring Severus continues to receive 1 1/2 to 2 tsp of seed per day even after he begins eating the pellets on a regular basis.

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Thanks everyone for the advice! He is eating the crumbles. I have one dish in his cage with just pellets and another with pellets and seeds. I will be sure to make sure he has enough seeds!
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I tried for weeks and weeks to get Plumpy to eat pellets but she ignored them. When I adopted two new budgies who stayed in a separate cage, Lily tried the pellets and when she tried them Kiwi followed suit. Over a few weeks they would eat a little more each day. When I introduced them into the same cage as Plumpy she did what they did. Never did I take the seeds away.

One thing that they seem to love is a mirror perch that has a little spot to put some food. They like the mirror and little toy on it. The food spot on mine has two little receptacles that each hold 1 teaspoon so it is easy to tell that they have been pecking at it whereas in a larger food bowl it might be hard to tell if the bird is eating pellets when you are not looking.

Mine is kind of like these, same brand:

https://a.co/d/8DNVaIM
https://a.co/d/b3uCKM1

I have heard good things about the Roudy Bush. I was recommended High Potency Harrison's extra fine pellets by my vet. I also heard the Zupreem fruit pellets are tasty for birds... the canary version is the same size as the super fine Harrison's pellets. Not sure what sizes the Roudy Bush comes in, but that may be a factor. My birds seem to like the small size and prefer the fruit ones but I think the Harrison's is a better quality so I mix the two together. The fruity pellets smell good to me! I would totally eat them if I was a bird.
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