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Old 11-17-2011, 12:39 AM
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So I'm just now discovering this whole pellets vs. seeds thing.

I have a cockatiel who's never been fed pellets before, just seeds and veggies/fruit/cooked brown rice.

I was wondering if I should switch him to pellets. What is your experience with giving tiels pellets?
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Old 11-17-2011, 12:47 AM
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Re: Pellets?

I would definately switch him to pellets, and give seed only as a treat. Seed is very fatty. That's great he already eats veggies, fruits, etc.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:24 AM
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Re: Pellets?

Pellets! A seed diet can drastically shorten your bird's life. I heard it eventually gives them a fatty liver.

I have Puck on Harrison's High Potency, which is organic and highly recommended by vets. I also feed him a lot of my own food, plus I buy him fruit, since I don't eat much fruit myself.
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Old 11-17-2011, 03:32 AM
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Re: Pellets?

Back in time it was common to sproute seed and that way transform fat to suger. I still thing that this metod is good but it take som time and work. Today a lot of peoble use pellet, it is simpel and quite good I think.
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:12 AM
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Re: Pellets?

I sprout seeds and they are my bird's favourite foods... I love them, too... the seeds, and the birds as well, of course... lol
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:42 PM
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Re: Pellets?

Also, he's gotten kind of pudgy since I got him. I assume this is a result of all the seeds?
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:51 PM
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Re: Pellets?

Very likely. I just switched my Conure over too a full pellet diet. Safflower seeds are given as rewards and incentive to do tricks like kisses and shaking hands (feet! haha) Both birds are given pumpkin seeds whenever I go to the bag, they love them and are significantly healthier than other seeds, however, they are still given in strict moderation.
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Re: Pellets?

Pellets take time. You may want to start slowly adding pellets with the seeds and putting a little water in the mix so that the pellets adhere to the seeds so that they get a taste of the pellet and see that it's edible. when you notice that he's eating the pellet slowly remove a little more seed and add a little more pellet till all the seeds are gone and seeds are only used as treats. good luck
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Re: Pellets?

I'm glad I found this, it seems the food I got with my Parrotlet is seed and he mainly picks out the sunflower seeds. Time to go shopping I think!
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Re: Pellets?

Quote: Originally Posted by JoSweetDreams View Post
I'm glad I found this, it seems the food I got with my Parrotlet is seed and he mainly picks out the sunflower seeds. Time to go shopping I think!
Please, stop before you go and get pellets!


Is your parrotlet green? Or is your parrotlet a mutation? Do you know if he's normal or split to any mutations?


Parrotlets ideally shouldn't be eating more than 50% pellets, and those with mutations probably should have 25% or less pellets. A high pelleted diet for parrotlets, especially those who are a mutation, can cause kidney failure, and, if not treated, death.
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