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Old 01-12-2017, 03:19 PM
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Hello all, I'm new to the forum but I've had my baby for about a year and a half now and I was hoping to get some advise on adding pellets to his diet. Right now he's eating the Wild Harvest Cockatiel diet stuff, I think it has pellets mixed in but it doesn't specifically say so and I'm not confidant enough to say that it definitely does. He picks out the seeds he wants to eat out of it without eating all of the mix, and he'll only eat fruits or vegetables if he sees me snaking on it first. Any way I was hoping to get some advise on what brand/type of pellets I should get for him, and what ratio of seeds to pellets I should be feeding him. Any help at all would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Welcome to the forum!!

http://talkcockatiels.com/showthread.php?t=27479 this sticky has the best advice on diet for tiels and gives a good idea of how much of what should be fed.

As for pellet brands, honestly, it's going to be whatever your tiel will eat. Mine loved the zupreem fruit blend, so I always fed them that. Yes it has food coloring in it and it smells sweet, but I never had an issue getting them to eat it. Some here feed Harrison's, which is also a good pellet brand to feed if you can get your hands on them.
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I agree with Roxy, it all depends on what brand your bird will eat. Joey prefers Zupreem fruity blend and Roudybush mini over the others. He had a huge thing for Harrison's superfine for a while, but they are so expensive I was glad when he started getting bored with them.
 
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My guys will eat Tropican Pellets. Took them a while to get used to them and even then my brats won't always eat them.

Overall Zupreem seems to be quite popular. Roudybush (however it's spelled) is popular, too, though a touch expensive. Nutriberries are a good alternative if your guy(s) won't eat pellets. It's got the same basic make up of a pellet in seed form, so the birds get what they need. It's also good when transitioning a bird to pellets to from seed.

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Birds tend to eat pellets better when you serve them in a separate dish instead of mixing them with seed. When pellets are mixed with seed it turns into a foraging experience where the bird picks out its favorite parts, and the pellets usually aren't the favorite. For some reason the bird tends to see it as a different kind of foraging experience when the pellets are in a different bowl.

FYI for the people who prefer organic pellets: Harrisons is the only organic brand that is professionally formulated to provide nutritional balance. The other organic-oriented brands (primarily TOPS which is sometimes sold under a different label, and Goldenfeast's Goldn'obles) are NOT professionally formulated. They might be nice as a healthy snack but they don't provide the hard-to-get nutrients and the balance that are the whole point of feeding pellets in the first place.
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Just for reference, my 'tiels favourite pellet brands are Vetafarm, Lafeber and Roudybush. I have bought Harrison's for them a few times, and they ate them, but didn't go for them like the aforementioned brands.
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I've tasted several pellet brands, and if I had to eat bird pellets as a breakfast cereal, I'd prefer Zupreem or Lafeber's Nutriberries. All the pellets were kind of bland, but those two tasted better than the others, according to human standards at least. Harrisons would be my last choice because it tasted like chalk. It's not my birds' number one choice either, but they like it well enough. I haven't tried Vetafarm, and I can't remember whether I've tasted Roudybush or not.
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Puck eats Versele Laga's Nutribird pellets. Other brands are less commonly available here, so I haven't tried them yet. I heard lot of good things about nutriberries, so I will probably try those sometime.
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I've tasted several pellet brands, and if I had to eat bird pellets as a breakfast cereal, I'd prefer Zupreem or Lafeber's Nutriberries.
That's a sure way to judge whether your birds will eat them or not!

I usually keep to the sniff test. Lafeber's Pelletberries smell absolutely divine. Like a sweet, fruity muesli bar. Needless to say, these are my 'tiels favourite, even more so than millet and that is really saying something!
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