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Help! They won't eat pellets no matter what.

I can't get my linnie or budgie to eat pellets no matter [email protected]#$ I am going crazy here. They will just starve themselves. I have tried everything under the sun to try and get them to eat them and three different types of pellets. They'll eat everything else (including veggies, fruits, and sprouts). I caved today because they were so hungry

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I'm in the same situation. Not one of of my flock, that's three budgies, a lovebird, a cockatiel and a princess parrot will try pellets. I keep offering, and they keep refusing.
I don't stress about as they have a good diet otherwise, so they're happy and so am I.

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Mina came from Cherie and she doesn't eat pellets? Miss Chanel doesn't like seed as much as pellets. Miss Kauai adapted to pellets surprisingly easily. She just loves to eat so much that she will eat it. My vet said be patient--it can take up to a year to get birds to even try new food.

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Mina came from Cherie and she doesn't eat pellets? Miss Chanel doesn't like seed as much as pellets. Miss Kauai adapted to pellets surprisingly easily. She just loves to eat so much that she will eat it. My vet said be patient--it can take up to a year to get birds to even try new food.
Nope won't touch them. She is even more stubborn than my budgie who will occasionally eat A piece I have had my budgie for almost a year, and so yeah, I have been trying this whole time I have had her for 10 mths. With Mina, I have been trying since I got her 5 mths ago.

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I read one time on Talk Budgies to try putting a small mirror in the bottom of their food dish under the pellets and seed. Supposedly if they see themselves in the mirror, they think it's another bird eating and they'll eat it too. I never tried it, but it might be worth a shot


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I can't get my linnie or budgie to eat pellets no matter [email protected]#$ I am going crazy here. They will just starve themselves. I have tried everything under the sun to try and get them to eat them and three different types of pellets. They'll eat everything else (including veggies, fruits, and sprouts). I caved today because they were so hungry
They probably do not need pellets at all if they are eating all those other healthy things!

Have you tried crushed up Nutriberries instead? They are nutritionally equivalent to pellets and usually readily accepted by seed junkies.
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They probably do not need pellets at all if they are eating all those other healthy things!

Have you tried crushed up Nutriberries instead? They are nutritionally equivalent to pellets and usually readily accepted by seed junkies.
Yeah none of my birds will eat nutriberries and everyone except my linnie will eat avicakes but they have added sugar and salt so I don't want to give them everyday.

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I don't try to force them, they have their regular seeds (as much as they eat in a day) and I keep the pellets there in case they run out of food--because I didn't get home in time, etc.... I have noticed there are times of the year that they eat more pellets--like at the end of summer and early winter. Right now, none of my birds are interested in pellets. Although, I also ran out of Harrison's high potency fine, which all the birds (linnies and canaries) really liked.

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Don't worry about it. Pellets are not that good for them anyway, especially the little species. Why don't you try giving them cooked whole grains mixed with cooked and diced or chopped veggies instead? They love them and they are so much healthier for them than pellets...
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If I were Mina and had tasted all your awesome parrot meals and bakery I surely would refuse to eat pellets.
Last summer I would sit bravely in front of my linnies in the evening for weeks eating some pellets to be a good example. They wouldn't touch them.
Now I feed organic seeds, fruits, veggies, herbs and protein- vitamin- and mineral supplements prescribed by our Avian vet, that's my way.
I'm sure there is more than one good way to feed birds.
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Karin, that is so funny! What we do for our little babies!

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Yes, Carolyn, I try every new food before giving it to my fids.
I already found rancid or musty seeds and salty treat sticks, it's disgusting.

In the end I threw a handful pellets on the meadow behind my house every day.
And one day I saw the magpies eating them. They must have been healthy, there are a lot of magpies flapping around in my residential area.
The IRNs are chasing them, both species are fighting for the territory, that's entertaining to watch.
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Don't worry about it. Pellets are not that good for them anyway, especially the little species. Why don't you try giving them cooked whole grains mixed with cooked and diced or chopped veggies instead? They love them and they are so much healthier for them than pellets...
Thank you. They do get grains, fruits, veggies, and now sprouts regularly.
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Well we've all seen the fresh food your birds eat, you've posted pictures Keep up with that and some seed. As said above, they don't need them. As long as you can get a natural diet going then that will do. It's so hard to get some birds to eat fresh so I'd be happy with that

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