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trying to switch them

ok everyone i just got a sample of roudybush i decided to try to get all my birds on it i was slowly switching them and trying to get them on fresh foods but when i left all that went out the door. long story short i got stuck father in law feed them seed. so i am now trying to get back to where i was. i tried several brands before i had left and they were trying Harrison but my father in law said they would not touch it and ate around it. then he started giving them just seed. well i am hoping all my babies will eat it i first tried just the pellets no go there they just moved them around a bit so i added just a little seed it is more pellets than seed they all dug in. as for the fresh food i am going to continue trying on that and plan to try birdie bread as well as soon as i can. i am going to order some food from mysafebirdstore one blend is their mix it has fruits, veggies and different nuts and some other things in it the other which i did find out my budgies will eat before i left is made by goldenfeast. my babies have been on seed from walmart and i am trying to get them off the seed this time seems to be a bit harder though. any thoughts of how i might can get them switched to the pellets or an other ideas about trying fresh food would be great.

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Try chop! My birds love love love it. Even the super picky birds scoff it down. You can sprinkle pellets amongst it or grind them up in to it!


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My linnies and canaries both love their pellets. The way that worked for me was: I feed their seeds in many different bowls, there are about 4-5 dishes and I split their daily ration among the bowls--this prevents any food bullies from hogging all the food. I used to offer the pellets in another bowl, but they would just ignore it. If I mixed it with the seed, they would eat around it. So, by accident, I found if i put the pellets (by themselves) in a "regular" bowl--one that normally contains seed, then they would give it a try. Like they were thinking "hey, these are weird seeds?" Now they all like the pellets, I feed Harrison's super fine high potency, and lafabers finch pellets (and some zupreem x-small that i had left over)
The pellet size is also important. Most pellets are pretty much the same formula, offered in different sizes, so I chose the smallest, not only because I have small birds, but because it is about the same size as the seeds.
That's what worked for me
I still give them seed, but if I offer more seed than their daily ration, they won't eat it, they freely choose to eat a mix of seeds and pellets.

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Thanks so much, Anna!
I've been sitting in front of them eating a few pellets every evening for six weeks now and I finally gave up, they wouldn't touch them.
But I will have a second try with Harrison's pellets with my next order of seeds.
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um...yeah....no bird pellets for me. I was surprised that everyone took to the harrison's quite quickly. I'm kind of on the fence about pellets, but I figured instead of adding vitamins/supplements to their food, I would just offer them the pellets. I ended up with harrison's and lafaber's mostly because of the size of the pellets (they were the smallest). The harrison's high potency is also the closest in terms of nutritional analysis to the fat content of seeds. I know a lot of people try to limit the fat, but my house gets pretty cold in the winter and I like them to be insulated. Also, they are molting right now and need the fat for beautiful, shiny feathers

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It was also my idea to offer them beside seeds for vitamin supplement.
But I must admit I'm not yet 100% convinced (although they didn't taste too bad )
I feed Prime (Hagen) every two days.

http://ca-en.hagen.com/prime

They should have it on their fruits or as a drink, but they only accept it on their seeds.
And some people doubt if they get enough of it this way.
But maybe if I mix enough of it under the seeds it is ok.
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well here is an update i do believe i have finaly got my budgies eating the pellets kiwi my GCC has been dunking them in the water which it looked really messy not sure if she ate any or just played with them. dusty i think he may have eaten some i did fine some pellets in the bottom of the cage. i think nico has ate some but not completely sure on that. i think i will have to buy some to get them completely switched and get them off the seed. my plan is to give them pellets and a fruit and veggie mix from my safe bird store and continue to try to get them to try fresh food

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yeah i cleaned all the cages and all my birds are eating the pellets even the budgies i can tell with them because there is dust crumbs from the pellets in there dish

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Hehe, I was just going to tell you to look for broken, crumbled pellets and pellet dust.. You beat me to it! I am decreasing my bird seed consumption as well... They eat fresh, cooked and sprouted food every morning. My tiel and conure have 1 tbsp of seeds 3 times a week and pellets 24/7. My budgies have recently gone from 1 dish of pellets and 3 of seed, to 2 of each... Soon to be 3 pellet and 1 seed... They also love there fresh, cooked, sprouted breakfast... My p'let is a brat and eats what he wants, when he wants... Which is different every day!
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i am so excited that the budgies are eating pellets for the first time. and my other FIDS are eating them to i have found a few in the bottom of the trays but not a lot. i plan on giving my grey, lovie, and green cheek this along with the pellets http://www.mysafebirdstore.com/produ...9&product=5054

http://www.mysafebirdstore.com/produ...&product=12982

and my budgies this with the pellets http://www.mysafebirdstore.com/produ...2&product=1379

i am still going to offer fresh food but i have not gotten any to try fresh foods yet they will eat certain things but not everything they should

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