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Hi, I've gotten my birds to eat some greens and some fruits, now with the upcoming birdshow i think I'm going to try to switch them to pellets/anybody have some tips/tricks on how to get them to switch? At the same time what are good brands to buy?

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I'd like to add that most birds will not touch pellets as long as there are seeds in the cage, so I would recommend maybe switching them onto pellets first so they learn to recognize them as food and not ignore them after they've finished their daily seed.

Weaning budgies onto pellets can take forever and be extremely frustrating. The best way is to do it in ratios: Every time you change their food, add in a few more pellets, then a few more, then a few more (about a teaspoon more every two days) and after a week, the ratio should be at about 25-30% pellets to 70-75% seeds. At this point, they usually only ate the seeds, and then begged for more seeds, ignoring the pellets.
At this point, do not give in to their begging for more seeds. Most birds will only begin to eat pellets after there's no other option.
This seems kind of dramatic, but that was the only way my little girl learned to eat pellets, and now she loves them!
Eventually, increase the pellets until they are 50-50 with the seeds, and finally mostly pellets, then cut out seeds entirely. Budgies can go for 2 days without food, so don't worry if they don't eat. They're usually inclined to take a nibble during this time!
After a few days or so with just pellets, you can add seeds back in and offer like 1-2 tsp. of seeds separately as mentioned. I hope this helped!

I recommend Zupreem Fruitblend for it's appeal to picky eaters and convenient size (get XS size for finches) and Roudybush and Harrison's because of the quality of its products. All three of these brands are very good! Let us know how it goes
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Thanks to StarlingWings for reply

I bought some parakeet Fruitblend and some cockatiel Fruitblend(i have cockatiel's with my parakeets) and i got them mineral blocks.
Will a pellet/veggie/fruit diet be the best?
Once again thanks for reply and hope you notice this
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Starting tomorrow im gonna get my birds to eat healthier!
Im gonna include some more fresh fruits/veggies to their daily diet.
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That sounds great
Favourites for veggies tend to be lettuce (romaine or greens), carrot, and parsley. Good luck! Most birds don't take to veggies right away, but as long as you keep offering veggies they'll eventually get curious and try some.

Also, the Parakeet size of ZuPreem tends to be a little big, so if they have trouble with it just crush it a little so it is more "seed size".
Ideally, their diet should be mainly pellets and veggies, with 1-2 tsp. of seeds daily.
I would only add in the 1-2tsp. of seed daily after you successfully have them eating only pellets (keep feeding only pellets for a few days after they eat them willingly) so they realise that pellets are a main source of food.
Hope this helps! Keep us updated on your progress
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Thanks again for reply!
I gave them 2 spoons of pellets and some seeds with some leafs of spinach, i also included a stalk of celery(How healthy is celery? I read its okay and provides some vitamins.) hanging from the cage top, it was ripped to shreds in about 5 minutes!
They didn't touch the pellets, only my cockatiels nipped at them
I'll try to make it 50-50 this time to see how that goes.
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Also how do you feel about talking your birds outside?
About 2 months back I clipped my budgie and cockatiel wings and i would let the roam my yard (always supervised)
I read that they needed some form of exercise to burn the fat from all those seeds(they were on a seed/fruit/veggie diet), so i started taking them outside.
Ever since i stopped taking them outside some of birds have gained a little weight and i want to start to do it again but at the same time I want your opinion on this
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Also how do you feel about talking your birds outside?
About 2 months back I clipped my budgie and cockatiel wings and i would let the roam my yard (always supervised)
I read that they needed some form of exercise to burn the fat from all those seeds(they were on a seed/fruit/veggie diet), so i started taking them outside.
Ever since i stopped taking them outside some of birds have gained a little weight and i want to start to do it again but at the same time I want your opinion on this
I had a hawk swoop down and attack the cage that was sitting inside the house by the open patio door!
I don't think I would even bring a tiel outside without a cage! It was THAT quick, never even saw the hawk in the neighborhood! I didn't have any casualties, but I have also not left the cage by the open door since.
(well, mostly because I keep the door closed, since it had gotten so hot here).

If I had my house better organized, I would let the birds fly around inside.

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