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I think my pellets are kind of bland. I also am not giving Fred and Kona much corn any more because they'd stuff themselves with it and poop almost water. I've heard deer have eaten and eaten corn and died from not feeling something from it. I forgot, but anyways. I was wondering if I could take their favorite fruits and veggies and squirt their juices on the pellets to get some flavor? Then they get taste and nutrition. Is this a good idea?


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You could make mash that would be better. Mash some fruits together and make it look and smell good, then add seeds and pellets

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you can soak pellets in fruit juice. but they cant sit in the cage long, like fruit and veggies because they can spoil



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Okay thanks!


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What brand of pellets do you use?




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i use Tropican Lifetime Granules for cockatiels. they smell like bubble gum



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I just can't get cricket to eat pellets. I have tried lots of things but he just doesn't fall for it. So he has a wide variety of other things he will eat so that helps me feel like i am doing the best i can for him.
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I just can't get cricket to eat pellets. I have tried lots of things but he just doesn't fall for it. So he has a wide variety of other things he will eat so that helps me feel like i am doing the best i can for him.
Hi Shelly,
It took me years to get my guys to accept pellets. It took mixing a few brands to make a mixture they approved of, and then always hiding them in foraging toys. Lol Oven Fresh Bites win a lit of parrots over.


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it took me over a year to get solo to even consider pellets and now he will eat them sometimes

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I remember switching my birds to pellets. Not so fun!




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I guess I'm lucky having my birds use to pellets when I got them!


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I use Harrison's, by the way.




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I decided I was going to convert Dexter and Pickles to eating pellets with smaller portions of what they were having. My other birds weren't too keen on Harrison's, which is a shame because they're brilliant! I have a ton of different pellets I would like to try but for the time being to get them used to the idea I have got Hagen Tropican and yeah Casey it smells like Juicey Fruit hehe! It's made my room smell gorgeous.

I tried offering them just some in a bowl, and passing some through my hands and they just did the "oo I'll just take that" -drops- "whoopsie!" kinda thing with me for AGES so I decided to moisten them a tad and they still weren't as accepting of them, though a little bit better. I then tried to put them in a mash. I soaked some seeds and pellets, broke up some pellet berries (the only pellets they will eat!) and got a small portion of cranberries. I put apples, bananas and oranges in the blender and made the mash part and added the seeds and pellets, sprinkled the pellet berries and cranberries and added just added a little bit of herbs to make it just a bit more tasty. I mushed it all together and mixed it up and put a small bit in the bowl and the rest in the fridge. They just looked at me weird. Like "there isn't a single chance I'll even try that". So I sat there and actually got the mush in my fingers (so messy!) and fed it to them that way Pickles was especially willing to try. Dexter just likes to play with it. After some time though they started accepting the pellets. I've put the mush on their favourite toys and in their favourite places (gunna have to wash it all off good!) and now they're finally eating it all up! Success! I've put a bunch of pellets in the bowl for them, not too much and sprinkled in pellet berries and some of their normal daily mix. They seem to be getting used to them a lot more. I love the smell though seriously! I would love to try them with different things but they are starting to really enjoy them.

I hope that yours start enjoying theirs more! I so recommend the pellet berries the most though, they're great! Also great for foraging

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My three came home from the bird shop eating Roudybush pellets, so I had no problem there. Charley (Hahns) gets the medium sized, and Libby (GCC) and Angelina (Parrotlet) get the crumbles. Charley and Libby are real pellet piggies!! Course I add, on different days, fruit, veggies, cooked food, etc. and some treats, but pellets are always available.

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Mine have all taken to pellets with no problems at all - the trick is to get the right size/shape. Most little birds take to the smallest ones right away - they are the shape/size/color of millet and if you put it in their seed they think they got a treat!



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I agree, Jenny. Libby and Angelina like the crumbles size much better than the small pellets, and Charley does much better with the medium size -- gives him something to hold onto!

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Which is funny, because Goober is the opposite - Goober eats the smalls! She likes her food in small pieces, she doesn't like big pieces! Silly girl. I think it's too funny your smaller macaw eats a bigger pellet size than mine! hahaha my spoiled Princess!



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They ARE funny! Libby (GCC) was eating the small size when she came home. When I bought the crumbles size for Angelina (Parrotlet), I gave a few to Libby and she LOVED them! So until we used up all the small size, I'd crumble hers every morning by putting them in a baggie and banging them with my meat tenderizier! We're only here to serve, right??????

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They ARE funny! Libby (GCC) was eating the small size when she came home. When I bought the crumbles size for Angelina (Parrotlet), I gave a few to Libby and she LOVED them! So until we used up all the small size, I'd crumble hers every morning by putting them in a baggie and banging them with my meat tenderizier! We're only here to serve, right??????
I did the same for Mizu when I decided to try the mini's and she hated them!



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