Getting new bird to eat pellets

by Terry
(USA)

I am having difficulty figuring out how to get my new bird to eat pellets while keeping my older bird, that eats pellets, from eating the new bird's seed.

I have two dishes, but the older bird will just go and eat from the new bird's dish that has seed in it. The birds get along, and I know it might take a year or more to get the new bird to even eat pellets.

In case I am just not thinking of some clever way to deal with this, I am posting it here. I am trying the switching to pellets article suggested. Thanks!

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Jan 19, 2012
Getting new bird to eat pellets
by: Linda

First of all, you will have to separate the birds. It's never a good idea to put a new bird into an established bird's cage as they have to get to know one another. So, you'll have to separate them or the older bird will be back on an all seed diet in no time.

Below is a link on how to go about making the change from seeds to pellets, and no dietary changes can be made until new bird has been examined by an Avian Vet to make sure it is healthy. Lots of new birds come with infections incubating from being moved around and in the company of a lot of strange birds, so do this right away. If new bird is diagnosed with any infections, the other bird will also have to be examined, diagnosed and treated as infections are highly contagious.

Switching Birds To Pellets article

So, get another cage right away and keep the two birds separated until new one is eating pellets and then, if they've been getting along, you can put them back together. There is no other way to do this because birds will eat what they want whether it is good for them or not, so a second cage is the only to make this work.

Linda

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