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AmyIndira 03-24-2019 12:29 AM

Introducing Pellets
Hello all!

I haven't posted on this site in years, but I was just reunited with my two budgies this week and I realized how much I missed them and their adorable budgie faces!

The birds stayed behind with my parents for a few months while I got settled into a new apartment. They were being housed with my mom's super flighty bird, Pretty Boy though. After he was introduced to the flock, he made it near impossible to continue training my two birds, who woud follow his lead everytime he got spooked. Having my original two back this past week has been a joy. Archie and Sashi are relatively quiet, well-behaved birds. I made a little progress retraining with Archie today, who ate some millet spray that I held to him.

I also think I'm ready for a slightly bigger bird at this point, so I'm planning to get them a hand-fed cockatiel buddy very soon (in a separate cage of course). Hopefully it works out, but I will supervise any initial meetings very closely.

Anyway, my question in this post is about diet. I feed my birds a standard parakeet seed mixture and fresh vegetables daily. But after reading up online again, I realized I should probably incorporate pellets into their diet as well. I'm purchasing some natural undyed parakeet pellets online and I was thinking I would just mix the pellets into their seed, but I've noticed that many other owners are offering pellets in a separate food cup. Which is better? And if I do mix pellets into their seed, what should the ratios be? Any tips on transitioning to pellets?

These are the pellets I am looking at:

I am also planning to introduce egg food to the birds about once a week when I get the cockatiel (since they need a higher fat diet), which will include egg, cooked whole grains/whole wheat pasta, chopped vegetables, millet (at least initially), and pellets.

Thanks for the input,

FaeryBee 03-25-2019 09:34 PM

Archie and Sashi are precious!! :001_wub:

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! :laughing:)

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.

AmyIndira 03-25-2019 10:00 PM

Wow! And people say my budgies are spoiled. :001_tongue:

Thanks for all the great tips! I have the natural pellets coming in the mail, so I think I will try to grind some and sprinkle that on the food for a bit and see if they transition easily to a separate pellet dish. If not, I think I will try the canary fruity pellets. Miracle meal also looks great. I may look into providing that sometimes rather than the egg food.

Your foraging method for feeding also sounds very cool. Sashi was a FAT baby lol, but nowadays both are normal weight and get lots of exercise, so I haven't felt the need to ration their food.

RavensGryf 03-26-2019 01:34 PM

FaeryBee gave some great tips above. :)

Keep in mind though, you might get lucky, and have them take to the pellets right away. My birds over the years have always eaten Harrison’s without any trouble. They all absolutely love them.

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