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Hi friends,

Hope all of you and your p'lets are going well.

I am recently trying to transition my borb into eating pellets, and its not going well to be honest XD

I've tried grinding them up and putting them on top of the seeds : she intentionally picks out the seeds and throws away the pellets
I've tried to wet the pellets and mix it with seeds : same result

Today, she weirdly ate the grinded pellets and seems to be happy, but she is much more mellow and calm and less chaotic which makes me worried. I can't tell if this is her being sassy and dramatic or if pellets made her calmer?

I felt sad so bad that I gave her seeds, which she ate some and currently she is chewing her favorite food and grinding her beak , which are all positive things.

But I am worried about this fit / sass she is throwing at me, should I be worried when she is calm after eating pellets? She eats pellets waay less amounts than seeds, but is also displaying happy behaviour (which should be okay) but I am just worried about her not eating enough and being hungry.

For example, she only ate pellets and eggs for breakfast, then took a nap, then turned her back to me towards her food bowl and was just beeping. She should win an oscar for best actress.

Should I get used to these sassy behaviours? She is extremely clever and stubborn XD

Any recommendations regarding transitioning to pellets will also be appreciated.
 

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From what I've read, every bird will find their groove. Some prefer their chop in the morning and pellets or seeds in the evening. Others, the other way around. Some eat in private, others only with their flock (you). I've tried to transition Harry away seeds so I just sprinkle a few in her pellets. Even so, she will eat pellets from a separate dish without seed (like maybe these ones are better/different). Sometimes she'll gobble pellets when I hold the container in my hand while watching tv. Different brands may make a difference or colour of the pellets as your bird may prefer certain colours. Just know that you are trying your best.
 

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I have never had much luck with going complete pellets. My answer has been Nutriberries. a mixture of both pellets and seeds suck together into a nugget.
 
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It took me forever to transition to pellets for Tumi, but what finally got him was my taking the time to wait him out. One day, I got him up in the morning and gave him only pellets in his cage. I refused to budge (we had been fighting over pellets for weeks before that), and only offered him pellets. He gave in when he was hungry enough, and started eating them!
Now, he has pellets in his cages at all times. He LOVES nutriberries, which I allow him to eat in the evenings with me. But before then, he only gets fresh and pellets.
A food scale will help you know that she is eating enough. As long as her weight stays about the same, you are good to go on the transition. Most parrotlets seem to be 28-34 grams.
 

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The pellet transition is often difficult and takes persistence and creativity. You are already trying different things, which is great! I wouldn’t worry about the quiet behaviour after eating the pellets. It could be a bit of a grudge for having to eat them, it could be that she feels more full or it could be that it does, in fact, just make her more calm. We can’t know. The weigh scale mentioned earlier is an excellent way to be sure she is eating enough.

If it is any consolation, my avian vet had s cockatiel as a hospital ambassador and they told me just at my last visit that it took them - avian specialists - 7 years to get him to fully convert. They suffered the same issues we all do - they got too busy to be consistent, they gave in to make him happy or because it was easier in the moment and they worried that he was hungry sometimes. They had the additional challenge of patrons giving him treats when they came in. But he lived to 22 ripe years old (he passed very recently). It was only in that 7th year that they committed to s concerted effort to transition him fully that it finally worked.

i will also mention that Kiwi stopped eating her pellets very recently and she has loved them all her life. I am still working in getting her to eat then again. The vet suggested I try a different pellet and mix it in so you May want to try mixing a few to see if there is something she likes better rather than mixing it with seed which you know she loves and will pick out. I feed Kiwi Harrison’s but will try some zupreem mixed in to see if it encourages her.

Keep up that great effort. It will pay off.
 

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Hi yall,

Sorry for the late replies.

Ive read all of the comments and I appreciate so so so much for all of the tips and for telling me stories about your p'lets.

Currently the situation is that, I am feeding her pellets with my hand (when i hold the food bowl on my hand, she eats the pellets) and giving her seeds during the evening. She is extremely stubborn and diva about the whole situation, and I swear she's gotten angrier haha.

I will definitely get a scale to keep an eye out for her weight.
 

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It is excellent that she’s eating them at all! Little diva - lol! Keep up the great work and keep us posted on her progress!
 

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Glad to see you are making progress. That is great news.

I tried all f the things you did with crushing pellets and wetting pellets. I decided to go with the if he is hungry he will eat. I have two bowls one had pellets and one has seed mix. I just put less seed in and he started eating them. He snacks on the pellets. I see him in evening with one in his mouth rolling it with his tongue then he breaks it.
 
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