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Old 07-11-2015, 10:32 AM
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Default I'm starting to convert Al to pellets

The first time I showed pellets to him, he actually went straight for them, but as soon as he picked them up, you could just see the disappointment in his eyes and he spat them back out again.

That was a few days ago.

After he had 'breakfast' this morning, I replaced the seed in his bowl for pellets for the first time. I'm going to put seeds back in a few hours before bed, and he's had no shortage of seed available. (he has a seed bell, but he barely touches it, and he's had tiny bits of millet for taming)

Just now he went to his bowl, and like the first time, picked them up and had a crunch of a few of them, but spat everything back out. Then started chewing on his natural perches.

I'm trying to get him onto Harrison's super fine, if anyone wanted to know!

Is this method any good?
And was Alistair's attitude towards the pellets a good sign, given that it was a first time?

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Old 07-11-2015, 11:09 AM
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You might try some classic nutriberries crumbled up in the bowl of pellets and mixed seed. they have honey in them. We keep them in forage boxes. they have pre shelled seeds and pellets, honey and balanced nutrients. We use for sick birds and as transition to pellets tool. He is doing fine. Just be patient , consistent and have his seed available so he will not feel like he is being denied.
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I agree with JoAnn on the nutriberrie's method. I had my tiel eating straight pellet's in 5 or 6 week's time by gradual adding more and more pellet's into the crumbled nutriberries...
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The nutriberries idea is very helpful! Randy suggested I do that a few weeks back to get my stubborn Ivy to eat pellets...and she has! Now, I have Freja and Little Beau Pete to try and convert....
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Good luck! The nutriberries didn't work for me, nothing has at this point. I have tried the pellet mush, budgie in the mirror method, and Harrison's millet flavored birdie bread. I even broke down and bought the dye and flavor laded Zupreem pellets. All supposedly sure fire methods and so far I haven't gotten anywhere. May you have a less stubborn budgie then me.
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Have you tried corn bread muffins. You can put any thing in them -veggies, blue berries, pellets. Stick to the small or extra small recommended for canaries.
Roudybush maintenance nibbles size worked with my flock the irregular and small seed like size seem to work best.

When I was doing nutrition experiments with wild birds in my yard it too 4 to 8 weeks to get a positive response. Budgies are smart. Do you give any facial or verbal responses when your budgies refuse pellets. This may sound crazy but our little guys are very good at reading their humans. Just putting food in with no emotional clues may help. Also we use gravity jars that last several days with several budgies eating at one time. We mix seed and pellet. the jars are cleaned and refilled with no more attachment than daily water change. When the bird is not denied seed but the pellets do not go away will often make an error and nibble a pellet and after awhile they will try another. Also if you put a budgie in the cage that is already eating pellets in with the hold outs the others may follow the leader. Try mixing seeds and fresh veggies Budgie love the smell of anise seed. Adding anise to the pellets may make a difference and even with the fresh veggies chopped very fine or clip large leaves or bunches To the side of the cage may catch the birdy interest. Keep the faith you will win with patience.

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Have you tried corn bread muffins. You can put any thing in them -veggies, blue berries, pellets. Stick to the small or extra small recommended for canaries.
Roudybush maintenance nibbles size worked with my flock the irregular and small seed like size seem to work best.

When I was doing nutrition experiments with wild birds in my yard it too 4 to 8 weeks to get a positive response. Budgies are smart. Do you give any facial or verbal responses when your budgies refuse pellets. This may sound crazy but our little guys are very good at reading their humans. Just putting food in with no emotional clues may help. Also we use gravity jars that last several days with several budgies eating at one time. We mix seed and pellet. the jars are cleaned and refilled with no more attachment than daily water change. When the bird is not denied seed but the pellets do not go away will often make an error and nibble a pellet and after awhile they will try another. Also if you put a budgie in the cage that is already eating pellets in with the hold outs the others may follow the leader. Try mixing seeds and fresh veggies Budgie love the smell of anise seed. Adding anise to the pellets may make a difference and even with the fresh veggies chopped very fine or clip large leaves or bunches To the side of the cage may catch the birdy interest. Keep the faith you will win with patience.

For most of my life I used to love the aroma of coffee, but hated the taste.
It took years to finally drink a cup of coffee and that is better described as milk and sugar with a taste of coffee, even today. Best Wishes, Jo Ann
He won't eat cornbread at all that is why I bought the Harrison's Birdie bread mix. He will eat Harrison's birdie bread which has their ground pellets already in it. Can't use positive birdie pressure unless you are willing to rent me a budgie, we are a one budgie household. He has been eating Harrison's pellets for weeks but will only eat it if I hold both him and the pellets other wise he thinks it is something to be kicked out of the food dish. Anise seed like the stuff in the spice jars or a different type? Anise seed is one route that hasn't been tried and is worth a shot. I run a hectic household due to having special needs kid that requires nursing level care. I am around the budgie quite a bit but I am not really staring at him so no facial expression to be seen. The pellets get plopped in his dish along with 2 smashed nutriberries on top every evening.
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I should stay out of it, since I don't feed pellets

I had better success with putting new foods in first thing in the morning, when they are hungry, or when ever they are most actively seek food.

I like all of my animals a little on the lean side, to look at empty bowls from time to time vs having full dishes all the time.
It keeps them honest and makes it easier to spot if they are off and not eating well because of illness vs being picky.
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I should stay out of it, since I don't feed pellets

I had better success with putting new foods in first thing in the morning, when they are hungry, or when ever they are most actively seek food.

I like all of my animals a little on the lean side, to look at empty bowls from time to time vs having full dishes all the time.
It keeps them honest and makes it easier to spot if they are off and not eating well because of illness vs being picky.
Evening is when I refresh the dish contents but the dish is in all day long. He does get seed daily though in limited quantities. New foods are always best introduced by my hand. He spends hours on my shoulder daily since he was 7 weeks old and newly weaned. I'm the only flock he knows. Usually if I can get him to eat it out of my hand then he will eat it in a bowl but pellets have been the exception. Cornbread and Zupreem he won't touch even if I try feeding it to him by hand. I don't have trouble determining what he is eating or when since he is an only bird. I watch his poop all the time because if it gets too watery I know it is time to cave and give him extra seed.

ETA- Don't have to stay out of it at all. A multi-bird household is much different from a single bird household. I have been pushing, Tico the budgie harder on the pellets lately because we will be adding another bird (cockatiel). I'm rather worried that this baby cockatiel is going to see Tico's bad eating habbits and refuse pellets also. Maybe it won't happen but Murphy's law and all that...

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They say hunger is the best cook, as in hungry critters (2 legged and other) eat better when starving, but I find jealousy is a much better incentive.
I WILL EAT YOUR DANG PELLETS, JUST DON"T GIVE TO THAT OTHER BIRD!!!!
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