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How do I get my lovebird to switch to a pellet diet?

Hi all! I recently got a lovebird and named her Daisy (formerly known as Berry). At the bird farm I got her from , all they fed her was seeds and they gave me a bag of it to take home with her. I know an all-seed diet is high in fat and low in nutrition, so I've tried giving her some fruits and vegetables, but she doesn't like them. At most, she'll reluctantly give them a little lick, and then slam her beak against the cage(I have no idea why she does this but it looks painful) before running away in terror. I've noticed she also doesn't eat big seeds like pumpkin seeds and prefers the smaller ones. So I tried cutting up said fruits and veggies into small bits, but she still refuses to eat them. I also put pieces of a walnut as well as a whole walnut into her food bowl yesterday but they've been left untouched. I'm going to Petco today to buy the smallest pellets I can find and mix them with her food. Hopefully it'll change something, but I doubt it. Any and all advice is welcome!
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for the fruit and veggies part, blend safe fruits and veggies togethor into a soupy mixture and try feeding it like that..

http://www.birdsupplies.com/converti...-food-pellets/
http://www.getresponse.com/archive/w...y-8145900.html

there are tons of articles online about this.. my bird came to me already converted to pellets so im no help.. but hopefully someone chimes in soon!


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What I most certainly wouldn't do would be mix the two together (seeds and pellets). I feed the food I want them to eat at their morning feed. This way they're hungry and won't usually turn their little beaks up at it I then feed a seed mix in the evening. I feed different varieties of chop (I usually stick to one but they also have the occasional different one) and I get Harrison's mash to blend in to it as it sticks to everything. If you can't find the mash you can grind up the pellets

Whatever bird farm you got her from doesn't sound entirely fantastic if they're not trying to get their birds to eat good food

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With new foods it can just be the way you present them how and where.
You say you have not her very long, so she may need time to adjust.
Catalinadee is right in what to do and at what time.
If you mix the pellets with the seed, the chances are she will just pick out the seeds.
I am not a fan of man made pellets and artificial supplements.
But if you are going to feed pellets I would advise you to keep them at around only 25% of the daily diet. You could also do some research about some of the things they are starting to see from long term use of them.
You will not go past a good varied diet of seeds, fruit & veg.
Dark leaf greens, carrots, kumera, (sweet potato), sweetcorn, Kale in moderation.
Here is another idea for you, have you tried to sprout? It is simple, cheap and you know they are fresh and are natural.
I sprout Mung Beans as they are a super food, with lots of natural vitamins and minerals.
Nearly all the birds we tried sprouts on, took to them without much effort.
http://www.landofvos.com/articles/sprouts.html
Even just soaking you seed mix if it fresh will sprout, but you do need to take a bit more care when trying this.
If you do try your hand at sprouting. One way you can be sure they are ok is to feel, taste, smell. If they are slimy or smell throw them away. Do not try to germinate Flax seed as they will become a sticky mess.


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Pellets are great as long as you do not rely solely on them to feed the bird. My guys get roudybush daily maintenance, with some fruits and veggies every day in a chop.

The others are right, if you add the new food, the bird will pick the seeds out. Daisy (human Daisy not your bird) has a good method, with offering the food at different times. Duke, my hybrid parrot, was a NOTORIOUS seed addict, and it took me forever to get him to be changed onto a healthier diet. Key is also to not make the switch too fast. I would let Daisy aka Berry get settled in for a bit before trying to change her food.



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What I most certainly wouldn't do would be mix the two together (seeds and pellets). I feed the food I want them to eat at their morning feed. This way they're hungry and won't usually turn their little beaks up at it I then feed a seed mix in the evening. I feed different varieties of chop (I usually stick to one but they also have the occasional different one) and I get Harrison's mash to blend in to it as it sticks to everything. If you can't find the mash you can grind up the pellets

Whatever bird farm you got her from doesn't sound entirely fantastic if they're not trying to get their birds to eat good food
I tried this with Daisy but now she's skipping breakfast all together because she doesn't want to eat the pellets. For now, I've switched her back to seed.
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Just out of curiousity, what kind of pellets, like what brand are you trying her on? Some birds WILL NOT switch to Harrison's as a first time diet. Roudybush is much easier for a first time switch. Also, hold out on her. Sometimes the bird will not eat because he/she knows they will win by holding a stale mate. Duke when I was switching him, would go on little hunger strikes, even when I knew he would eat the pellets (saw him doing so before)



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Just out of curiousity, what kind of pellets, like what brand are you trying her on? Some birds WILL NOT switch to Harrison's as a first time diet. Roudybush is much easier for a first time switch. Also, hold out on her. Sometimes the bird will not eat because he/she knows they will win by holding a stale mate. Duke when I was switching him, would go on little hunger strikes, even when I knew he would eat the pellets (saw him doing so before)
The brand is Kaytee Exact. I forgot to post here, but she's been eating a few (very LITTLE) but won't usually eat them unless I constantly pester her to do so. Luckily, she doesn't seem to hate them!
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