Organic Bird Food, Seed Blends and Pellets for Parrots
Switching your parrot from seed-based food to a healthy pelleted bird food requires patience, but it is best for your bird’s long term health. Your parrot will be happier and healthier and you'll probably notice an improved disposition and plumage. www.BirdSupplies.com shows you how to ease the conversion.
Consult with your veterinarian before changing bird food
Talk with your avian veterinarian before making any major changes in your bird’s diet. You’ll want to make sure you’re your bird is healthy enough to tolerate the change and get a baseline weight so that you know if your bird is in fact eating. You’ll want to know if your bird is overweight from a fatty seed diet. Talk with your vet about whether your particular parrot species has special dietary requirements, such as fat intake, higher need for calcium or whether it can tolerate additives and colors in some bird foods. Purchase a reliable bird scale and weigh and record it’s weight in grams each week.
Get a baseline weight for your parrot
Many parrots are hesitant to change their diet on their own and they may refuse to eat if only offered pellets. You’ll want to make sure that your bird doesn’t starve itself. The best way to tell if your bird is eating is to monitor its weight at least weekly with an accurate bird scale that weighs in grams. The Redmon Bird Scale is an affordable, reliable choice.
Create a graph to record your parrots weight each week. There is a new iPhone App called Pets+ that helps, but you’ll have to record the weight in pounds knowing full well that your bird doesn’t weight 129 lb. but instead, grams. Graphing your birds weight weekly helps you recognize normal weight fluctuations. As you make the switch to pellet bird food, start monitoring your parrots weight on a daily basis. Censor the weight to insure that your parrot does not lose more than 1-2% of his body weight per week. For a 29 gram Parrotlet that would be 2 grams while it would be 18 grams for a926 gram Cockatoo. If your bird loses more than 1-2% of its weight, contact your veterinarian.
Choose the appropriate pelleted bird food
Formulated pellets come in various sizes to accommodate any sized bird. Very reputable brands include Harrison's Bird Food, Golden’obles, Zupreem, and Roudybush. There are different blends for different species. For instance, some pelleted bird foods offer higher fat levels that many Macaws and Golden Conures need for optimum health, whereas other blends may be lower in fat and higher in protein to provide better nutrition for Cockatoos and Amazons. Flavored and colored pellets may help you convert your parrot more quickly. Harrison's Bird Food makes a pepper flavored pellet while Zupreem makes a fruit flavored pellet. Ask your veterinarian if you are unsure of which pelleted diet is best for your parrot.
How to convert your parrot to pelleted bird food
There are several methods to convert a parrot from a seed to a pelleted diet and you may need to experiment with several before your bird feels comfortable eating pelleted bird food. Some parrots convert to a new diet quickly while others are more suspicious and averse to changing bird food. After all, it is a big change. Think about how difficult it is for you to go on a diet or how hard it would be to change to a vegan diet. Keep in mind, the ultimate goal is the change itself not how long it takes. And, don’t be too proud to use bird psychology!
Converting small ground foraging birds pelleted bird food
Cockatiels, budgies, and other birds that normally forage on the ground in the wild can often be converted using the following technique. Use this method with hand-tamed pets.
Simulate foraging to convert small birds to pelleted bird food
Make Bird Mash to convert to pelleted bird food
Converting larger parrots to pelleted bird food
It is much easier to train a bird to eat pellets if the bird is bonded to you. If your bird isn’t bonded with we’d suggest using bird training DVD’s such as those offered by Good Bird, Inc. Practice simple bird training exercises such as “step up” to develop a bond with your bird.
Basic Bird Psychology to convert to pelleted bird food
Coaxing your parrot to eat pelleted bird food
Tips for converting parrots to pelleted bird food
BirdSupplies.com Hint: Once a bird begins eating pellets, it's droppings will usually change from green to a brownish color. They may also become a little looser due to the extra water the bird drinks while eating a pelleted diet.