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Hi there, I'm trying to convert my parakeet to pellets, and I'd like to know if the ZuPreem Fruit blend pellets are a good choice? This will be a week now that my baby has been on the pellet/seed mix and I'd like to know if she's doing ok? She eats the pellets a little but will fish for any seed she can find, grant it she's been feed seeds for quite a while ever since I got her, but she also eats her veggies and fruits. She is rather fluffy right now, and has been for about twenty minutes but I can't determine if she is just cold because a front is supposed to be coming and her feet are a bit cool, if she's happy to be out of her cage, or if something is off with her. I/m worried she might not be eating enough, though right now she's happy and playing with toys on the couch with me as i write this.
 

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Zupreem fruity blend is very popular with folk's here and many start out with the canary size to start getting their birds converted to pellets.

If she has been eating fruit and veggies with her seed then she has had a healthier diet than just all seed. Your addition of the zupreem is an excellent step forward. How do her droppings look ? They are usually a good indicator of sickness. Has she recently or maybe getting ready to start a molt ?

Do you use organic Apple Cider Vinegar regularly in the drinking water ?
 

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I don't use ACV in her water because I had actually read things against it, so i don't usually, but figured she had enough with the cuttle bone she has, I've never tried it. And her droppings look normal, I just checked right now and they're the green color they normally are.
She had a few pin feathers on her head a few days ago too. How often do parakeets molt normally? I've had my budgie for about three years now so I know they molt, but is there an average amount of molting per year? :p
 

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When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.

All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!

Zupreen Fruity Pellets (most budgies seem to accept these quickly)
Use the smallest size - the ones labeled "canary".

Zupreem Natural
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Zupreem Avian Entrees Harvest Blend

Good seed brands are:
Dr. Harvey's
Volkmans

Our Budgies Diet - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

Egg Food- Our Aviary Recipe Step By Step - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

http://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutrition/256489-sprouting-seeds-your-budgies.html

Using ACV in your budgie's water works as a natural probiotic which promotes good digestive health.

http://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natural-remedies-[articles]/103936-apple-cider-vinegar.html

With a healthy diet, you should not need any vitamins or supplements other than Vitamin D3 which is used for birds who get limited direct sunlight.

Here is an article about Full Spectrum Lighting:
http://talkbudgies.com/budgie-articles/9015-full-spectrum-lighting.html

This link gives you an idea for a small full spectrum light:

Clamp Lamp and Incandescent Spot Lights at Drs. Foster and Smith: Portable lighting for pet birds

You may choose to use a supplement like Soluvite D in addition to a full spectrum light:

Lady Gouldian Finch .com - Soluvite D

This article will give you information about molting.
My budgies generally have two "big" molts each year with minor molts in between. :)

http://talkbudgies.com/your-budgies-health/35938-molting-faqs.html
 

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I agree with Deborah's excellent advice!

I know from experience that weaning budgies onto pellets can take forever and be extremely frustrating. One of the best ways I've found 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 eat the seeds, and then beg for more seeds, ignoring the pellets.

At this point, do not give in to their begging for more seeds. Many 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.

Also, with ZuPreem fruitblend (which my little one eats), it's obvious when they eat them because their poop changes colours :giggle:
 
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