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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?

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Good question!
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.

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Old 02-08-2015, 08:44 AM
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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.
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Kassy,
You want to get the freshest seed possible.

Drs Foster and Smith has a good blend:
Bird Diets: Drs. Foster and Smith Premium Blend Canary/Finch Food with Omega-3s

I used to get this one but don't like the addition of the huge pellets in it: Bird Diets: Drs. Foster and Smith Premium Blend Parakeet Food with Omega-3s

Another highly recommended brand is Volkmans:
Volkman Seed Company

You may also want to take a look at this link:
Our Budgies Diet - Cute Little Birdies Aviary
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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.
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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

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Kassy,

This link :Our Budgies Diet - Cute Little Birdies Aviary has just about all the information you can possibly need regarding a budgie's diet.

I use Roudybush and Zupreem Natural Pellets
Zupreem Avian Entrees Garden Harvest Pellets
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Zupreem Fruity Pellets

All my cages have three types of pellets available in separate food dishes 24/7

I give my birds a small amount of a good seed mix each morning and each evening

Of course additionally they are offered veggies and egg food and I use ACV in their water.

None of my birds are overweight.

The ideal weight range for an American/Pet budgie is between 25 -39+ grams, averaging 35, based on body size.

English budgies average is around 45 grams with it ranging from 42 grams to 60 grams depending on body size.

If you feel the keel bone and it is sharp and pronounced the budgie is underweight.
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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!
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Kassy, I would follow FaeryBee's advice and offer the pellets in addition to giving a seed mix. Then you don't have to worry.

If your birds love millet it is easy to weigh them. You have to be patient because it takes a while for them to get used to it. I put the scale with the millet in their cage at first.

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So I bought Roudybush mini, since it was the smallest size of pellets I could find at Petsmart. I also got All Living Things Parakeet Daily Diet.
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