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Old 05-03-2014, 12:33 AM
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Re: Gcc refuses to eat pellets!!

This is the technique I use, If the other methods mentioned above are working, great

First, mix 50% pellets 50% seed in his bowl. Try to use smaller pellets, if you can. He will rummage through the mix, trying to get his seeds. In the process, he'll taste the pellets, and over the process of this transition, he'll recognise the pellets as food. Use this mixture for the first week.

For the second week, use a mixture of 60% pellets, 40% seed. Offer this in two separate bowls (both bowls will have the mix though).

For the third week, use a 70% pellet, 30%seed mix. Offer this in three separate bowls.

Continue this trend until you notice your bird eating the pellets willingly.

This is the technique we use for transferring new birds over to pellets, but it is not foolproof. If you ever notice your bird losing excessive weight, offer seed and seek an avian vet's advice.
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Re: Gcc refuses to eat pellets!!

I have done the mixing too but here's a method I've given quite a few times and it have worked for others who tried it.

I personally wait a month after the bird have been in my care before I make any sort of changes. I leave a bowl of pellets in there all day everyday. In another dish I put just fruits and veggies. During evening time I put just a table spoon full of seeds, but half for your size of parrot. Next day I start the process all over again. During anytime you see them eating pellets, do not give anymore seeds!!! No seed treats, nuts, other treats, etc. during this period of transition. Wait a month or so before offering treats again in moderate amount.
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Re: Gcc refuses to eat pellets!!

Here's a thread I put together with some ideas on converting birds to better diets!

Converting Parrots to a Healthier Diet - Tips


Personally, I really like crushing the pellets into a powder like form, mixing in some water (or organic fruit juice) making it into a paste and mixing that with seeds. You can then feed this in little "cake" forms or in balls for the birds to munch through, They have to 'eat through' the pellet paste to get to the seeds, and end up trying it!
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