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Have you tried sprouting for him?
And total conversion to pellets is not a sound idea.
Fruit vege and nuts I would consider a better option.
But I am biased when it comes down to manufactured, or processed foods my any of my birds. I don't even use any manufactured supplements unless my vet says it is the only way. We always try to find a holistic way around things now.
But as for getting him to try new foods, it is never easy.
Presentation, location, timing.
Think diced, sliced, cubed, hanging up what sort of tray or dish, even the colour of the dish.
Timing. First thing in the morning is when he will be most hungry, so new foods then and his old foods in the pm.
I think you have a clue already. With table scraps. I am guessing he takes an interest in what you eat, so pretend to eat something and then offer him some.
Be prepared to keep throwing food away.
You can add other seeds and grains you can add to his mix and cut back on Sunflower seeds. A few will not do any harm. But do need to be limited.
If he is only eating the Sunflower seeds you may need to remove them altogether for awhile.
Keep weight checks if you have any doubts about the amount he is eating while you are trying things.
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