i need help switching from a seed diet to a pellet diet for my green cheek conure he ignores the other food.

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September 23, 2019 / By Jerome
Question: wut can i do to get himto eat it. it colored fruit shaked food for cockateils the petstore person said green cheek conures would eat it....wuts a technique to get him to eat it
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Gilbert Gilbert | 4 days ago
Your birds should be on a nutritious diet such as; http://www.feedyourflock.com http://www.harrisonsbirdfoods.com If you're switching them onto or from a colored pellet diet, make sure you use a colored pellet diet that also contains brown pellets within it. Take it slow and supplement lots of fruits and veggies for your birds. Slowly take away seeds and add pellets to his diet.
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Gilbert Originally Answered: pros and cons of seed and pellet diets for parakeets?
1) If the only healthy diet for a pet is what it eats in the wild, then we should be feeding our dogs and cats whole small animals, too. After all, "pelleted" dog and cat diets aren't found in the wild, either. 2) Parrots don't eat much seed in the wild, in fact, and certainly not the types of seeds one finds in commercial parrot mix. They eat a wide variety of foods that you can't hope to duplicate unless you start importing them from South America. Parrots in the wild eat plants, tubers, fruits, grains, nuts, flowers, seed, insects, and sometimes carrion. 3) Seed diets are deficient in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. In the wild parrots can compensate for deficiencies by eating other things. In captivity, they are dependent on what you give them, and if that's mostly seed they have no way to make up for what the seeds lack. In particular, an all-seed diet lacks calcium, which is very important to parrots for maintaining their delicate bones. Seeds also are lacking in complete proteins, which birds need in order to replace and grow feathers, which are something like 98% protein. 4) The premise that "birds eat seed" comes from watching small seed-eating softbills. We don't have any parrots native to the U.S. (although the QP's seem to be working on it ), so we don't have first-hand observations about what they eat. (And many of these seed-eaters also eat insects for protein. Remember "the early bird gets the worm?") You can't determine what parrots should eat by watching starlings and sparrows! 5) A healthy diet for an olympic athlete would be a good healthy diet for you also - right? The comparison is valid. Wild Quakers (and other parrots) fly miles daily in search of food and need a high-energy diet. Our "perch potatoes" will tend to be overweight and have associated health problems if fed the same type of high-fat diet that they eat in the wild. This is especially true of Quakers, who are prone to obesity and Fatty Liver Disease in captivity. Research has determined that a parrot's diet should be about 12 - 15% fat. Most seed mixes are much higher in fat than that, and it gets worse by the time they have picked out and eaten their high-fat favorites, the sunflower and safflower seeds. 6) Based on my personal observations as a vet tech, the reading and research I have done, and my personal experience as a breeder, I will say that parrots on pellets and a varied diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, and table food live longer, are healthier, have better color and feather condition, and are more active and playful. 7) Parrots have taste buds and in some ways are like small children - they will eat the most of what they like the best, which isn't going to be what's good for them. Although a high-quality, supplemented seed mix -may- actually be a fairly well-balanced diet if eaten in its entirety, it won't be after your little darling has finished picking out the parts it likes the best and dumping the rest on the floor. In conclusion: Your parrot's diet should consist of a pellet BASE ( 60 - 70% pellets), vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits, other table foods (20 - 30%), and some seed. The greater the variety of foods you offer your parrot, the more likely it is that it will be able to meet its nutritional needs. —–More About Seeds and Seed-bearing Treats—– Seeds are a natural, high-energy food that are good nutrition as a -limited- part of a balanced diet (I sound like a cereal commercial!). Seeds are not inherently bad, they are just incomplete, and some are high in fat. When used in combination with other things that make up for what they lack - sort of like putting red beans and rice together to get a complete protein - they can be a useful addition to the parrot's diet. The "small" seeds, such as millet and canary grass seed, are high in carbohydrates, relatively low in fat, and a good energy source. I think you'll find that most of the seed content in Nutriberries and Avicakes is this type of seed rather than the high-fat sunflower and safflower seeds. The treats then have pellets and other things such as grains and dried fruits added and are coated with a sticky coating, sort of like honey, that dries hard and holds the treat together and contains nutrient additives. Because of the nature of the coating, the parrot almost has to ingest it while eating the treat, which is not true of the methods used to add supplements to loose seed mixes. Because of the coating and the way the parts of the treat are "glued" together to make it difficult for the parrot to eat only the parts it likes, these treats do overcome some of the problems associated with loose seed mixes. While I personally wouldn't feed them as a main diet, they probably come far closer to being a complete diet than a conventional seed mix. The problem that arises with seed is when people try to feed a seed mix all by itself, as the whole or great majority of the diet. It's not so bad for the small

Donall Donall
First of all get a different pellet. Harrisons or natures choice essentials. The colored fruity ones are bad for the bird and most contain trace amounts of poisons like arsenic. When you got the new food start mixing it in with the old stuff slowly. Just a little at a time and a little more ever day or two. Then feed him a 50/50 mix of his old diet and the new pellets ever morning and every evening but during the day only give him water and the pellets. (This is not food deprivation, birds don't need food 24/7. He will only get mildly hungry but that may be enough to encourage him to try new things.) If not then try spraying the food with a little bit of warm water, just enough to get it moist and put it in a second bowl near the old food. Good Luck! P.S. Pet stores know nothing about birds.
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Bran Bran
Birds are like people if they don't like the way it looks they aren't going to even try it. Maybe your bird needs a smaller size pellet, or a different shape. i would try to go to parakeet size pellets they are made from the same ingredients but are just smaller, they look like seeds and it may convince your bird to at least try some. Don't try the starvation technique (they will eat when they get hungry enough) birds are not like kids when it comes to this. They will starve themselves to death if they don't wanna eat what you placed in their cage. Also if your bird is still not eating the pellets try mixing the pellets with room temperature apple juice to moisten it up a bit and then give it to your bird. Birds for some reason like their food a tad bit warm. Good luck
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Adisson Adisson
Do what I ended up doing with my birds. Don't give them any seed. Just give the pellets. He may turn his nose up at first, but he will eventually eat. He won't starve. Some birds you have to do this with. The fruit pellets are NOT bad for birds. They have all the nutrition that non fruit flavor pellets have. Sorry....we've researched this a heck of a lot. They do have their favorites....but that's even true if you feed seeds
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Stephany Stephany
Mix a little in with his seed and gradually increase the pellet and decrease the seed, I did this with my African Grey, do it slowly and he will change over to the pellet. Bob eats his pellet now, but for some reason he always throws the green ones to the bottom of the cage, or on the floor, and then my Lab eats them, she hates to think she's missing out on anything!
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Stephany Originally Answered: Which food is best for a sun conure?
Sunnies require a diet high in vitamin K. Vegetables highest in vitamin K are green leafy vegetables - kale, collards, spinach & turnip greens. Other sources of vitamin K: Dandelion greens Brussel Sprouts Mustard greens Broccoli Parsley Asparagus Celery Plums On top of taht you should get your sunnie a pellet maintenance for conures. They way you feed these foods is up to you. Everyone has different beliefs. Some believe pellet with fruit & veg on the side is better, others believe fruit & veg with pellets on the side is better. I feed my sun conure fruit, veg, sprouts, some seed & pellet on the side. Choose your pellets wisely! Research each brand. Harrisons, Dr Macs & Roudybush are supposed to be the better brands. Dr Macs (only available in Australia) & Harrisons are organic. Kaytee are said to be one of the worst pellets. This is my sunnies diet: http://eclectusparrots.net/sunconures.ht... Sorry I didn't read the links either. A bit too much...

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