Pellets made for pet birds contain a combination of foods including grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits, & are fortified with the essential vitamins and minerals they need. They are baked and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, & colors.
Bird pellets should be the base of your bird's diet, comprising of 60 percent of what the bird eats. The remaining 30 percent should include fresh fruits & vegetables with a remaining 10 percent of high quality nut & seeds. Each species has a different percentage of good fats needed, so always check with your avian vet for a precise parrot diet plan.
When converting your pet bird to pellets, it is important to keep in mind that a bird can and will refuse to eat pellets for many different reasons. Some include not being raised on pellets, the color or size of the pellet, the smell of the bird pellet, & the manner of how you are serving the bird pellets. You want to have this be a yummy & fun transition for your bird so keep it as stress free as possible. Not all birds will take to pellets with 4 weeks, when this occurs try offering only a bowl of pellets in the morning before the seed diet and then offer the seed diet with a few pellets included in the bird seed. This will start a daily routine of the visual appearance.
To convert your bird over to pellets:
Week 1: Introduce the new diet, mixing 25% pellet with the regular diet .
Week 2: Offer a 50% ratio of bird pellets with the seed diet.
Week 3: Increase the pellet ratio to 75%, if your bird is not touching the pellets by this time, keep at 50% and off ALL pellets in a separate bowl for the PM feeding.
Week 4: When you observe you bird eating the pellets, offer a 100% complete pellet diet and save bird nuts and treats for training a treat times throughout the week.
It may take several months for your bird to convert to bird pellets. There are many online tips and suggestions but always consult your avian vet first! Trying a different brand, shape, and size of a pellet will be helpful in finding the right one your bird loves. Some birds like to hold the pellet with their foot while others like to peck and eat out of the bowl.
With so many bird pellets to choose from try and start with a dye-free, preservative free brand such a TOPS. Most pellets are corn based with the exception of a few such as the TOPS Parrot Pellets.
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