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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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I did not wet the seeds. Just sprinkle the powder on the dry seeds.
Even though it doesn鈥檛 stick as well, some of the particles will adhere to the seed.
The idea is to get your budgies used to the taste so they associate it with a food source.

Which brand of pellets are you trying?

You can also use the Canary-sized fruity Zupreem pellets (XS) in a separate food bowl.
Those are the same size as small seeds and many budgies will take to those whereas they ignore other varieties.
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You鈥檙e welcome.

You can also try sprouting some seeds to see if they like those.
Sprouted seeds are more nutritious than dry seed.
Look in the articles section under the sun-forum Diet and Nutrition.
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