When I first broached the idea of getting a bird to Mr. Awesome, my original assumption was that said psittacine would live on a diet of cheap seed supplemented by veggies and whatever foods we were consuming that were bird safe.
But the more I read on the subject, the less pleased I was with this idea.
One of my bigger regrets concerning Giacomo is that I wish I had been more insistent and consistent with his diet. When we brought Robin and Tuck home, I saw it as a second chance to (hopefully) get it right.
Robin and Tuck (from what I could tell) were both raised on white millet and some fresh veggies. Ideally, I would like to switch them over to a predominantly pelleted diet as far as their dry food is concerned (they also get “wet food” or chop, but that is a subject for another post). However, as many a bird owner has experienced before, converting to pellets isn’t always a smooth process.
So, what to do?
The budgies don’t like big chunks of food, so in order for the Nutri-Berries to be a viable option for consumption, a little altering is required…
I ask you, where would we be without the meat mallet? It’s such a handy form of stress release.
After a good bit of noise, the Nutri-Berries are broken into bite sized pieces.
Into the tub they go.
And now for the Avi-Cakes…
After some more noise, the Avi-Cakes are now broken apart and ready to go into the tub.
Time for the pellets I would eventually like Robin and Tuck weaned onto, ZuPreem FruitBlend:
The final step in Robin and Tuck’s dry food is to add some of that cheap parakeet seed I mentioned earlier in this post to make sure they don’t go hungry if they’re not inclined to eat the pellets.
Then, of course, the whole thing is stirred well. Voila!
As of right now, I believe Tuck is the only one willing to chew on the pellets, but that isn’t surprising considering Robin spent nearly a year on seed. Still, I hope as time goes on that they will both become more adventurous in their eating, and I have some comfort in the fact that they both seem to be eating their wet food well.
How about you? What dry food do you feed your birds? Did you switch your bird from seed to pellets? Any suggestions?