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 Post subject: Converting to Pellets
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:32 pm 
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:plumhead2: Mango eats a Cockatiel seed mix and fresh veg and fruit but I would like him to eat pellets.I gave him some before and he didn't touch them so how can I get him to eat them? I have tried mixing them with seeds too.



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 Post subject: Re: Converting to Pellets
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:52 pm 
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Does he take treats from your hand? If so, give him familiar treats from your hand and slip him a pellet every now and then. That's how I taught my birds to start eating them. At first they'd spit the pellet out and give me a disgusted look, but they eventually started eating them.

There are more hints here: http://www.littlefeatheredbuddies.com/i ... rsion.html



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 Post subject: Re: Converting to Pellets
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 2:54 pm 
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Mango eat from me lol thats funny.I just made him Pellets mixed with seed and water so its all mushy and he seems to be eating it.



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 Post subject: Re: Converting to Pellets
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:00 pm 
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That's a great way to do it - experiment with different presentation techniques until you find one that he likes. Sometimes birds reject one presentation style at first but accept it later, so you can also keep trying the ones he didn't like the first time.



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 Post subject: Re: Converting to Pellets
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:04 pm 
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Lol why is it these birds are not picky eaters but when it comes to pellets they dont eat them.



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 Post subject: Re: Converting to Pellets
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:18 pm 
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I think it depends on what they recognize as food, which is crucial when the bird is being weaned. When Alex was still being fed, I put him in front of the pellet bowl, and he would stick his face into the pellets (literally). Now, he eats more pellets than seeds. I see him eat seeds every once in a while, but he acts like he doesn't like them. :lol: and he knows they're food. I guess he's just weird.



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 Post subject: Re: Converting to Pellets
PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2016 3:22 pm 
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Lol he probably prefers pellets



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 Post subject: Re: Converting to Pellets
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Yea i think being weaned on it helps. Zorro was weaned on zpreem fruit. I hear fruit ones help.



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:27 pm 
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The breeder I got Alex from gave me the fruit blend as well, but he did better with the natural cockatiel diet. Cockatiels aren't as into fruit as other parrots, so it makes sense. But if Mango likes fruit, then it's possible he might like them instead. Only problem is, I'm not sure if they're sold in Ireland.
http://www.zupreem.com/products/fruitblend/ml



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:40 pm 
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No they aren't sold here



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