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Old 07-21-2016, 03:56 AM
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Default Different Behavior during Pellet Transition Diet

So I'm trying to convert two of my budgies to the pellet diet but they're both extremely stubborn. I'm trying the slowly reducing the amount of seeds strategy but I'm at a point they aren't even attempting to even eat pellets. With this, they are more aggressive towards each other to get the last of the seeds before it runs out. I've been doing this for weeks now so they didn't really "care" about the less seeds but now that its more than they expect they're fight over it sometimes. How do I prevent this and still not enable them to eat too many seeds?

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I can only see two options here: either you will have 2 dishes for each of your birds to eat their seed portion or you will have to separate each budgie to a different cage in case one of them goes for both dishes.

It's vital to pay attention to the quantities that each of your budgies are eating and to keep on closely watching their behaviours.
If one is hardly eating the seeds, then separation is truly needed, it's simply not worth it to cause starvation leading to life threatening issues when transitioning foods. Not to mention the whole stress caused by the fighting for food which will also negatively impact the mental state of both budgies in the long run.

I hope you will be able to find a good balance when it comes your budgies' dietary changes. Variety is important.
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I have been having a similar problem to this with my birds. They just eat around the pellets and if I only give them pellets for an hour or two in the morning, they just won't eat them. What my vet told me to do was make a mush out of the pellets and put seeds inside the mush so that way they have to eat some of the pellet in order to get the seeds. This is supposed to make them more accustomed to the pellets after a while. However, this also did not end up working for me very well. Mostly because the mush hardens eventually. I've only just started having luck getting them to eat the pellets and that is because I have been offering it in my hand to them as if it were a treat. Also, since it is Harrison's, it kind of resembles millet. I suppose you could also check out some homemade treat recipes on Pinterest and add pellets to them.
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Hello, this is a common problem that comes up regularly.
Firstly a budgie needs a varied diet in my opinion.
My birds get a mix of seed, pellets, crumbles, green vegies a little fruits garden grasses and herbs.
Budgies are natural foragers even store bought , and bred birds will still have this instinct.
Weighing your budgies and recording it is a huge help also, keeping an eye on the droppings for signs of trouble too.
We have many recipes here on the forum for birdie bread, mashes, egg and biscuit mixes and other treats.
Buy the small finch size pellets crush them, mix them with other foods, please do not leave a mash in the cage for a amount of time, if it has hardened it is way too long.
Don't give up try another way of offering.
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