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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 12-30-2018, 08:03 PM
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Hello and happy holidays to all the fellow members.

So Kiwi, Fiona, Odin , and Mango been doing great, except they're all seed junkies, in the last couple month I have researched several different foods for the little guys and settled on Volkman avian science super seed mix (I believe it's one of the better ones out there) and I have also researched and bought different pellets for the little ones and they want nothing to do with it, until I came across one of the members here that had mentioned something about Harrison's bird food, so I contacted the company and they sent me free samples. It was almost a good thing but since it was a sample there wasn't enough to get the guys to break their bad seed habit, so I contacted the company again and they recommended Harrison's high potency mash, and they recommended that I sprinkle it on top of the seed to get them used to it. So far it's been 2 days and I think the birds are just digging for the seeds and leaving everything else.

So my question is has anyone used Harrison's mash get their birds t eat something other than seeds? and if so how did it work? and what tips can you provide?

I'm just trying to get these guys to eat anything other than seeds I guess even if I can get one of them to change the others will follow.
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Old 12-30-2018, 09:37 PM
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I use Volkman Avian Science Super Seed Mix for my birds.

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.
It worked for my all of budgies and lovebirds!

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized (XS) 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 Zupreem Fruity Pellets, RoudyBush Mini Natural Pellets, Dried Herb Salad and Miracle Meal available at all times.
(Yep - I have a lot of food dishes! )

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 packing paper 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 paper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.
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Thanks FaeryBee, so you mentioned dried herb salad, and miracle meal where do you get the dried herb salad from? and mircale meal is that equivalent to egg protein? I have egg protein already that i try and give them.
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Miracle Meal is a soft food bird product that does not contain egg. I keep the miracle meal (dry) in a food container in my birds' cages.

You can purchase it through Amazon or various bird supply companies

Miracle Meal

Dried Herb Salad is also available through Amazon or various bird supply companines

Twin Beaks Dried Herb Salad
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Steve eats a good seed mix along with Roudybush nibbles pellets, and several times a week gets a half teaspoon of "miracle meal" which he surprisingly ate the first time I offered it.(it was a sample bag I received with my Roudybush order from "Morning Bird")
I place a few drops of warm water on it, let it soak up and stir, he loves it. Nutritious variety is the most important thing in diets.
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I was put onto the Harrison’s mash a while ago and sprinkle it on Chocobo’s seed. And he HATES it! He’s get a nibble and shakes his head like he’s trying to get rid of the taste out of his mouth! Such a drama queen. The bad thing is that if I put it on his seed he’ll basically ignore it or eat the bare minimum and his poops end up going super watery until I give in and give him fresh seed which is untainted by mash nastiness. He’ll nibble on pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, mint, grass, broccoli (though that’s more of a toy and I usually end up with florets down my shirt) and he LOVES sharing a bit of my morning banana with me so he’s not adverse to anything but seed. He just hates the mash!
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I was put onto the Harrison’s mash a while ago and sprinkle it on Chocobo’s seed. And he HATES it! He’s get a nibble and shakes his head like he’s trying to get rid of the taste out of his mouth! Such a drama queen. The bad thing is that if I put it on his seed he’ll basically ignore it or eat the bare minimum and his poops end up going super watery until I give in and give him fresh seed which is untainted by mash nastiness. He’ll nibble on pumpkin, sweet potato, apple, mint, grass, broccoli (though that’s more of a toy and I usually end up with florets down my shirt) and he LOVES sharing a bit of my morning banana with me so he’s not adverse to anything but seed. He just hates the mash!
Have you tried grinding up Roudybush mini pellets into a powder?
Chocobo may like that a lot better.
All of my birds like the natural Roudybush pellets.
You can also try the Zupreem Fruity Pellets in the XS (Canary) size. Most budgies seem to really enjoy those.
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Since I do not feed my birds corn I prefer to feed them Goldenfeast products. Most do not have any corn as a filler. If you read the listed ingredients you will fine only the best. Vitamin D3 should be supplemented.

https://goldenfeastdirect.com/product/goldnobles-iii/
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