Sometime today, I'm going shopping for more bird seed, and to get some pellets. I'm most likely going to get the Roudybush pellets in crumbles or nibbles, but I'm not quite sure which yet. Also, I'm going to have to get some bird seed, mostly for training purposes, but also to transition from seeds to pellets. Any advice on a specific brand of seed?
What are your budgies eating now? If they like a brand of seed I would stick to it for now since you want to convert them to pellets. Converting them can be difficult and it is best if you do not change the seeds at the same time.
If you don't have a brand yet, I would stick to a plain simple mix.
I never had any luck to convert budgies to pellets. Other members can give you advice to a brand that might work. I used Harrisons which is good and organic but my birds would not eat it.
The problem is that once I emptied the seed into my current storage container, I tossed the seed bag! It was a pretty basic mix, so I'm sure I can probably find a mix similar fairly easily. I just know that it probably wasn't the best mix.
The Volkmann seed looks very similar, if not identical to the seed I'm giving them now. My mom finally agreed to buy pellets when a fellow bird owner saw Elsa and said she was a bit small and slightly skinny. Am I correct in thinking Gilbert would also benefit from pellets? He's a fairly healthy weight now, but I also not want him to get overweight.
Do you have a scale to weigh your budgies? Any digital kitchen scale works.
When you convert budgies to pellets, it is important to keep track of their weight.
It would be good to know how much your "small and skinny" budgie weighs. She could be just a small variety of budgie and be in perfect health.
Do your budgies eat fruits and vegetables? If they eat a good seed mix and a variety of vegetables, it might not be necessary to convert them to pellets. That is just my opinion because I struggled for years with different budgies trying to convert them to pellets.
You could give pellets are try I hope some members can give you advice on a brand of pellets that budgies actually like
It would be quite difficult to weight Elsa and Gilbert. Elsa allows me to touch her feet, beak, cere, and sometimes her wings. Gilbert is a stubborn boy and doesn't trust hands yet, but is fairly easy to catch. It takes a bit to catch Elsa, silly girl. She's so small that when we got Gilbert, we thought he was an English type because he was noticeably bigger than Elsa. Her personality sure makes up for her small size, though!