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Old 11-14-2011, 05:38 AM
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i see alot of people weening there birds onto pellets just wondering why i have my conure on a mix of seed dried fruit / nuts that i mix together he gets this everyday then get fresh fruit veggies aswell and sometimes he will get something we are eating aswell.

so im wondering why do so many use pellets?
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Old 11-14-2011, 05:48 AM
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Re: pellets or seed?

Pellets are a balanced diet. Seeds have too much fat in them for birds in our homes as they do not fly miles after miles everyday to find food, and use all the fat in seeds. Seeds also cause health problems such as fat deposits on the liver. Seeds are used in most birds diet but only as treats. Most birds live longer on a pellet diet that has fresh food included.
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Re: pellets or seed?

should i change what i feed mine then? will probably be tough as he has been on seed since before i got him and i have had him like a year know but if its healthier then i will certainly do it
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Re: pellets or seed?

It would probably be a good idea to start slowly introducing pellets. My birds get a 70/30 pellet/seed blend. I use Roudybush pellets and a safflower seed blend mixed in.
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Re: pellets or seed?

is there certain brands of pellets that are the best? i live in the UK so may be different for some on here,

but i am going to a pet store next tuesday (got to get loads of stuff for a fish tank) so will look what they have and get some to mix in with all the seed i have.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:22 AM
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Re: pellets or seed?

Quote: Originally Posted by schristensen13 View Post
It would probably be a good idea to start slowly introducing pellets. My birds get a 70/30 pellet/seed blend. I use Roudybush pellets and a safflower seed blend mixed in.
I agree, your bird needs BOTH pellets and seeds. My Conures will only eat Zupreem Fruitblend pellets while my Grey likes Harrison's.
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Old 11-14-2011, 08:31 AM
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Re: pellets or seed?

I would switch him over to pellets...my birds get seed as a treat.
It will take some time but don't get discouraged...when I got my lovebird, she was on an all seed diet but I got her switched over to pellets and she loves them now...but it did take some time..she was very stubborn....
We use Zupreem Fruity blend but you will find what works for your bird...make sure you get the right size pellets.
I would use the ten day method and see if it works. You know, first day 10% pellet to 90% seed, second day 20% pellet to 80% seed and keep working in that direction until you are at 100% pellets. With my Ava it took about 14 days but it does work. Good luck.
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Re: pellets or seed?

I use seed as treath and harrison pellets
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Re: pellets or seed?

Quote: Originally Posted by copps321 View Post
is there certain brands of pellets that are the best? i live in the UK so may be different for some on here,

but i am going to a pet store next tuesday (got to get loads of stuff for a fish tank) so will look what they have and get some to mix in with all the seed i have.
forget pets at home etc, look at northern parrots for pellets and toys etc its on line but easy to order and they do deliver swiftly, also there pellets get reduced from time to time (but bare in mind these will be near dated) avoid sunflower seeds! zu preem nut seems to like better then harrisons, but the switch over can be costly! i've also tasted the pellets an fully understand why nut is not over keen oin them

the uk debate with pellets is slightly diff as over here pellet with fresh fruit an veg or seed/fresh fruit an veg with suppliments, and personnally i think a balanced diet is a varied diet, so i just adjust what ever nut has to ensure she has all she needs from her food, but it remains interesting for her, so pass few days she's had chicken and bones, so i increase her fresh and not give her lafebers or her seed mix only pellets and so on, she is also fully flighted an flies all over, so i don't worry about her gettin fat
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Old 11-14-2011, 02:38 PM
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Re: pellets or seed?

My OWA was 14 years old and never saw a pellet until i got her. The change over can be hard but well worth it for a healthier bird. A diet that is varied is key to great health.
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