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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-28-2014, 09:00 AM Thread Starter
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From seeds to pellets. Best schedule?


I'd welcome some help from the community on this.

My WFA was weaned on seeds, I got some when we bought him but, in my opinion, it's a bad mix for an Amazon: it's full of sunflower seeds and peanuts, we are trying to move him to a pelleted diet.

The shop owner gave us Versele-Laga's NutriBird P15 and suggested mixing it in increasing amount in his seeds, so that, in about a month, Puck would have only pellets (plus fruit and veggies and cooked food, of course).

The instructions in the box, though, say to mix seeds and pellets for 3-4 days, to get the parrot used to pellets being food, and then move to a 2 days pellets/1 day seeds schedule.

At this point we wonder what's the best way to go.

Also, in case Puck resists the change, can anyone suggest a good seed mix for Amazons? (bonus points if it's an European brand, given our location).

Thank you for any suggestions.
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Hi Marina,
I personally woldn't feed VL P15 to an Amazon, because the fat content is 16%.

But their Amazon seed mix is not bad:

If you absolutely want to feed pellets, I would suggest Dr. Harrison's pellets.

I hope they are easily available in Italy as they are in Germany, just search the net!

I don't feed pellets at all. Currently my fids get a healthy seed mix from birdsandmore, they also have a special Amazon mix and a distributor in Italy.

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If you still want to offer pellets, you could try it in a separate cup. I offer my Linnies and canaries pellets in a separate dish that I leave in the cage. Sometimes they don't touch it for a week, then they devour it. I still continue to change their seed daily, so I don't know why they go through phases, maybe they like the variety.

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Thank you Karin and Anna, that's really helpful!

Think we'll go with an ealthy seed mix and lots of fruits and veggies, then. Thanks again!
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Although I have fed pellets and do occasionally still feed 100% organic brands like TOPs and Harrisons, I much prefer to go the natural way and feed all fresh produce and a good seed/nut mix. Personally, I mixed various seeds to get the mix that Clyde enjoyed the most. He was given the Versele Laga Amazone mix which he would enjoy (but usually avoid those pellets hidden in there), Hagen Living World Tropimix (which he would eat EVERYTHING out of, even the pellets!), AS20 and Rob Harvey's Parrot Premium Plus. He wasn't an overly picky eater but he would avoid most pellets. He did really enjoy the Harrison's Power Treats and would eat organic pellets with no issues, he must have known that the other ones weren't good enough

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My birds all love Roudybush. My vet says it is an excellent pellet and that 20% seed is fine in the diet to provide interest and variety. I give Roudybush minis to my budgies and parrotlet and small to my conure.

If you email Roudybush they will send you a free sample

I started offering pellets in a separate dish and also mixed it into fresh veggies and their seed until I saw them eating out of the pellet only dish.

Be patient, it took almost a year of offering it to my budgies before I was sure they were eating it. My p'let and conure ate it immediately.
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