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Attempting to switch my stubborn budgies to pellets

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Hi! So after my budgie Dib was diagnosed with fatty liver disease, the vet recommended trying to get all of my birds on a pelleted diet. Today is day 1 of introducing my birdies to pellets, I'm trying the method of crushing them up into dust and sprinkling it on wet seeds and eventually increasing it to full, dry pellets. So far, doing this has made the birds seem somewhat disinterested in their food which worries me. I'm trying to also weigh them everyday as much as I can (they can be a little skittish around the gram weight) Does anyone have any success stories for getting older, more stubborn budgies on a pelleted diet? All my babies are 7 years old and have mostly only had seeds and a few different fruits/veggies in their lives, so it feels nearly impossible to get them on the better diet right now 馃槗
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If your feeling that the pellets need to be crushes more finely, I found a small coffee grinder works like a dream! I sprinkled it on her food and after a while I started seeing her eat from her pellet bowl. I did find though that when I used the grinder that it was fine enough that it tends to stick to the seed better. Even though I see her eating the pellets I still sprinkle it on the food.
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Yea, I'm currently manually crushing them with a rolling pin (I ordered a granite mortar and pestle to make it a little less messy tho lol) and usually I can get it to be a pretty fine dust that way if I do it long enough, but if I can I might try getting a coffee grinder! I also still haven't seen them eat from their full pellet bowls I put in their cages, but maybe eventually. Thank you!
I tried a mortar and pestle and had pellets flying all over the place lol. I'm not sure if it was the size or if I was using a bad technique.
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