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Harrison's Pellets

Pixel my Green Cheek is very wary of new foods and treats, and will rarely try to eat fruits or vegetables. He will be 1 in April and he is currently eating a mix of some Zupreem Fruit Mix and Sunburst bird seed as per the breeder instructions although lately he is just picking out the safflower seeds and millet seeds. I want to use the safflower seeds as rewards and not have him eat them all the time. I am wanting to convert Pixel over to Harrison's Pellets. I am just wondering how other Green Cheek owners have made the switch. Do I need to use the High Potency then the Adult Lifetime? Should I mix the High Potency in with his current food and slowly increase the ratio of Harrison's to old food? How did your bird take to the new diet?
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Yes mix it in or offer a small amount and then feed the rest of his food afterwards. My green cheeks are on Pretty Bird Daily Select and they really like them. I'd tried many others but they just didn't like them. Start with high potency for 6 months and then onto adult lifetime

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We're your green cheeks wary of fruits and vegetables too? Mine will only eat his seeds. If I cut up fruit or vegetables and mix it in he just eats around it. The breeder I got him from said he should start getting them around year one.
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Mine get a bowl of fresh fruit and veg every morning. Because its their first meal they are more so likely to eat it cause they're hungry. Try then then giving the seed mix in the early evening it works a charm. My conures love fruit and veg though

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OH THAT'S A GOOD IDEa daisy!
I'm so going to try that!!

Haha eat the veggies or go hungry


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I leave his food in his cage 24/7 since I have an inconsistent work schedule I cannot feed him at the same time every morning/evening. He can eat as he wishes. He spends most of his time (when i am home) on a playstand, I suppose I could try removing the food from his play stand and only putting fruit in there after a while I suppose he would try it.
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The way I worked the switch was by taking his seed out at night and only having the pellets. In the morning he got his fresh fruits and veggies (pellets always available), then by noon or so I put the seed back in. He's not very picky, though. If I eat it (or pretend to) then it MUST be delicious! My 'tiels were switched the same way. They were on a seed diet with mostly sunflowers for the first few years of their lives (before I got them). They still view veggies like they are toxic after almost a year...except they will nibble fresh broccoli on occasion.. they made the switch to Harrison's pellets relatively quick. For both I'd say it took a month or two to make the full switch. Good luck!


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Still struggling to get my teils to take their harrisons

The female has nibbled before but not convinced she really eats them. The male wont even touch them.

I started off with the pellets in a separate dish with no luck and now I just mix into the seed bowl. I tried to increase the ratio gradually but no luck so now just put a pinch in each birds bowl.

They wont take fresh food, I believe the 'breeders' only offered sunflower seeds until they sold onto the shops. So far for me they will only take a seed mix and cuttlefish bone. The female nibbled some scrambled egg the other day but again the male wont. They are adventuring into the world of crushed up nuts.

I recently started to supplement their diets after reading info on web sites and also the 'dummies guide to parrots' book. They have 5 days of supplements with 2 days off and I intend to only do this for 2 weeks them give them 1 week totally off. They have 3 days with aloe vera juice in the water, 2 days with vitamin c in the water and 2 days with brewers yeast sprinkled into the food dish (but I know due to the lack of saliva in their mouths they can't be ingesting that much) HOWEVER they do seem to have better feather condition etc since I started.

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Maxx has pellets available to him 24/7. In the morning he gets either a quarter of a Birdie Bread Muffin, some fresh veggies or some fresh fruit. He is not a picky eater, and will eat whatever I put in from of him.



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Aristotle's kinda the same way as Maxx. He will try anything. Even Merlin, my new cutie(still gottta post pics here....) will eat anything given to him - ESPECIALLY if I pretend to eat it first! LOL! He prefers his pellets softend aparently... He drops it into the water, waits a minute or so, then fishes it out and eats it!


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I agree with what everyone is saying because every bird adjusts differently. I've had easy food transitions and then some that met the strongest resistence. If you're switching foods, continue feeding the current with the new added to it at like a 90%-10% ratio. Slowly increasinig the new and reducing the old. Unfortunatley in my case, I never can pin point how long this will take because everyone is different. Harrison's food is great. My guys love it too! Here is information on Harrison's and which food style to feed your parrot at different stages. Best of luck at it.
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