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Question Pellets~vs~Seeds

Hi I am new to the world of Conures. I have a 3 month old GCC that I have had a week and a half. I have done a lot of reading and learning in the time since I got her. I have read that pellet food is better for her to eat. The problem is.... She wont eat any of it and I have tried several kinds and sizes. She does not like fresh fruit and veggies either. She LOVES Seeds!!! What should I do??? or will it be ok if I allow her to eat just seeds?

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Re: Pellets~vs~Seeds

You can get her to eat stuff by eating whatever it is in front of her, then offering tiny pieces until she gets it. If they see you do it, they always want to try. Just be persistent. Start out with a 50/50 mix of seeds and pellets, then gradually add just pellets. Seeds should be for treats, or a small percentage of her diet. Research the diet she should be on, there's a ton of info online, here and elsewhere. Diet is very important.
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Re: Pellets~vs~Seeds

What Pellets do you use? I have Zupreem Avian Maintenance Fruit Blend for Conures. Is this a good choice?
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Re: Pellets~vs~Seeds

A parrot on a staple seed diet will most likely develop organ failure unless the seeds are greatly supplement, but even then their nutritional needs will probably not be met.
In my opinion the only good zupreem pellets are "Zupreem natural", although zupreem fruit blend is better than no pellets at all.

I highly recommend Harrison's pellets, I feed both Rosie and Kenji these pellets. When I got Rosie 2 years ago she was very ill from eating a staple sunflower seed diet. I had fed her roudybush, zupreem natural, lafeabers. Only after putting Rosie on Harrison's did I see a massive jump in her feather quality, weight, and mentality.

Never give up when transferring parrots to pellets, it took me 6 months to have Rosie no longer eating seeds.
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Re: Pellets~vs~Seeds

Finally got Rio Harrison's peppered coarse. She loves it.
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Re: Pellets~vs~Seeds

Quote: Originally Posted by Chelle View Post
Hi I am new to the world of Conures. I have a 3 month old GCC that I have had a week and a half. I have done a lot of reading and learning in the time since I got her. I have read that pellet food is better for her to eat. The problem is.... She wont eat any of it and I have tried several kinds and sizes. She does not like fresh fruit and veggies either. She LOVES Seeds!!! What should I do??? or will it be ok if I allow her to eat just seeds?

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Nutriberries look are kinda cool. They have several different kinds. One with veggies, one with fruit, etc. it also has seeds as well as pellets. Anyone ever try these? Are they healthy?
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Re: Pellets~vs~Seeds

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What Pellets do you use? I have Zupreem Avian Maintenance Fruit Blend for Conures. Is this a good choice?
If she eats them, then it's a good choice. You can always transition to something different if you choose. Try to avoid the ones that are colored like skittles, and the sweet ones. But if she's eating them now, there's no reason to throw them out if you choose to switch, just finish them and use them for transitioning. If you can't get a hold of Harrison's, Roudybush is readily available at petsmart and other places. That's a good one also. But I also prefer Harrison's....or should I say, my bird prefers it. it doesn't hurt to use several different kinds for variety. But be patient, some birds take a long time to try new things. You just have to try every day. good luck
Ps. And of course, fresh greens, veggies, and some fruit. Avocado is toxic...check out the list of toxic things when you get a chance.
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Re: Pellets~vs~Seeds

Thanks for all of the advice!! looks like Harrisons is the most popular....I will get some tomorrow! My new baby means the world to me and I want to make sure she is getting the best possible.
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Re: Pellets~vs~Seeds

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Thanks for all of the advice!! looks like Harrisons is the most popular....I will get some tomorrow! My new baby means the world to me and I want to make sure she is getting the best possible.
Do you know somewhere that carries it? It's a bit harder to find if you don't know were to look. Chain pet stores do not carry it. Most avian vets will carry it, and sometimes good pet specialty stores. I order mine off of MySafeBirdStore
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Re: Pellets~vs~Seeds

It's recommended to use the high potency for the first 4-6 months, and then to move on to the adult lifetime. I would recommend the fine pellets for her size. The adult pellets have a pepper formula which is spicy and they love it. They also sell Harrison's on amazon.
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