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Old 10-05-2016, 12:50 PM
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He won't eat nearly as much of them as he will seed. If he has a mixture of seed and pellets in his dish, he'll eat nothing but the seeds and feed for a good while. However, in the mornings I like to offer him just pellets and he won't eat more but a few of them - and I mean a few. Probably about 5 before he'll hop off the dish.

Does he maybe not like the taste of the ones I have? I'm feeding him Harrison's at the moment and thought of maybe trying Roudybush next to see if he'll eat those better.

Or, is this just how birds eat pellets? This is my first cockatiel and I'm honestly just thrilled he'll eat them at all after hearing how reluctant they can be to try new things. I didn't even have to convert him as he started eating them out of the spoon I was using to put them in his seed. He'll try just about anything, so it's been easy getting him to eat other foods outside of seed, at least!
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I've never used Harrison's so I don't really know what the recommended amount is. That being said, my birds ate pellets and they grazed on them throughout the day along with their seed. As long as they were eating both, I was happy. Now you can definitely make birdie bread with pellets in it to get them to eat more. Or try nutriberries, which are seed balls that have the nutrition content of pellets. I'm sure others will be able to chime in on what pellets their birds like. Mine loved zupreem so I never offered anything else.
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Joey has Harrison's that I hand feed as treats, because the little goober seems to think they are the best treats ever. He also has Roudybush in mini and crumble, Zupreem fruity blend and Lafeber's Pelletberries. He prefers the fruity blend but will eat the others with no problems. I mix a scoop of the fruity blend and a scoop of one of the others with seed. I switch up for variety since he does eat them all, but if you found one your bird likes you can stick with one.

I started out hand feeding seeds, using my quietly excited voice I use when I want Joey to be interested in something, such as new foods or toys, and made them seem like something special.
 
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roxy culver, the back of the bag says anywhere between 1.5-3 tsp per day. Left to his own devices, I don't think he'd eat even 1 tsp. I offer him both, but I know he only eats the seed. That's why I started offering him only pellets for at least a little while each day. I might try the birdie bread thing as he really likes cooked foods. He likes nutriberries too. I used to feed them to him after I first got him as he was on an all-seed diet. This was before I knew he was willing to taste just about anything. Now he gets them as treats.


Tamamoo, my bird is the same way. He'll eat a lot more of them if I offer them in my hand like they're a treat. It's good to know your bird will eat anything you give him. Do you have them on seed too? Just curious if they still gobble up the pellets if seed is offered as well. My little Cosmo seems to be picky if I give him options for him to choose from. I'll be hand-feeding him more pellets though, since he does eat them a lot more when I do that.

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I mix his seed and pellets in the same dish, and he eats both pretty much equally. I check the waste before dumping it out, and the pellets are pretty much gone.
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That's good your bird eats them equally! You're lucky.

I ended up getting off work early yesterday so I had time to go to my usual pet shop and I purchased Roudybush pellets. Cosmo likes them a lot more than he likes Harrison's. There was no conversion needed. I put them in his dish and he started gobbling them right up.

I also purchased another dish and now have a little system set up that is actually working very well. In the original dish, I keep his pellets. In the new dish, I keep his seed mix and/or fresh foods. He'll happily go back and forth between the two. I think he likes having options
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We actually have our boys on the Roudybush LF Diet, and they love it. Roudybush almost smells like apple. I wonder if that's why they like it so much?
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