switching my conure's food

by Emily
(Shelton, CT, US)

I am trying to switch my conure Mango to TOPS organic pellets from the colored sugary garbage he was fed at the pet store. But he won't have it. I tried gradually switching it but he only eats the "fruity pebbles." If I only put the healthy stuff in his bowl, he starves himself til I give in. I have also tried soaking the new pellets in fruit juice that he loves, to no avail. Any suggestions? (I have also tried Harrisons, which he didn't like either, and it gave him gas.)

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Mar 04, 2011
Getting bird off of colored pellets
by: The Avian Vet

I have never heard of this happening with Harrison?s or any other diet, and I see thousands of birds annually. I have seen a couple of birds with gas, but they have been birds who where sick, typically with an intestinal problem, such as Clostridium and other infections. If your bird does not do well on Harrison's then you should try a different pellet diet. It would be best to switch him off of the fruity color pellets as these have too much sugar and artificial ingredients. You can try Roudybush pellets or Oven Fresh Bites.

Here is a Switching Birds to Pellets article that I wrote which may help.

Dr B

Mar 03, 2011
Switching conure pellets
by: Tracie

Dr B will eventually answer this for you, but sometimes it takes a few days for him to answer. I am sure there is a solution.

As a side note, I had a budgie that was weaned to pellets and didn't know what seeds were. It took me a year to get that bird to eat a seed. So the very fact that you got your bird to eat Harrison's is GREAT. I have never heard of a bird getting gas from Harrison's. Maybe it was cleaning out the bad stuff from his system.

Switching Birds to Pellets article

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