Transition to Pellet Food
(Morgan City, Louisiana)
I am writing this in hopes that someone has or is facing the same delima I am and could offer me some advice on how you worked out your issues. I have a GC Conure and am trying to change his diet from seeds to pellets. I cannot and I mean cannot get her to eat the pellets or any other food for that matter. I have tried baby food, baked them in breads, muffins, macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and pizza. It's almost like she knows that the pellets are in there. Takes a whiff, a couple of bites and that's it, then she starts screaming for her seeds.
I've tried recipes from the Healthy Parrot Cookbook. I've measured the food with 50/50 mix of seeds and pellets together, decreasing the amount of seeds each day and increasing the pellets. She in turn just picks through the pellets to get to the seeds. I've tried the process from the article that you recommend, that definitely did not work, she basically starved herself.
Now, I am back to square one because I weighed her before I started and she has now lost six grams so now I have her on straight seeds again so that she can gain her weight back. I took her to the vet before i started the food transition and I was told then that she is in good shape but too thin and needed to gain weight and the pellets would help her do that only I can't get her to eat them. HELP...Any suggestions???