Originally Posted by SmolBirb
Thanks for the advice! The instructions on the back of the pellets bag said to mix them, but I agree it makes more sense to separate them.
I separated the pellets and seeds when I got home from work today, and so far he's gone to his usual seed bowl (now pellet bowl) and is definitely trying them. He hasn't gotten the crumbling them himself down pat yet but he's eating a bit of the smaller ones. Hopefully he finds the seeds in the other bowl before he starves to death haha
FaeryBee has tons of good ideas on how to do this. I'll see if I can find some of the links to where she discusses this.
That's really good that he's trying them. That sounds like a good step in the right direction.
I'm sure he'll find the seeds.
That's a good idea to put the pellets where the seeds used to be.
What pellets are you using? That can make a difference.
If you're able to do it in the morning... I found the rotating back and forth thing worked for me. Take all food out at night right before he goes to sleep for the night. Then in the morning first put in the pellets and only the pellets. Observe if he eats them. You have to monitor how much is being consumed and then ultimately at some point in the morning, you put the seeds back in. Along with the pellets (but separate dishes.)
Then repeat the evening removal again at night... take all the food out right before he goes to bed for the evening (after he has loaded up on food for the night which is what they do... they eat at night, enough to get them to morning.) And then repeat it again in the am... put only the pellets first. And see how much he eats, etc.
At some point you'll notice he gets conditioned to eating those pellets in the morning, and you'll monitor how much he's eating. Over time he will eat more of the pellets, and you'll leave them in the cage longer before you have to put the seeds back in.
Then for me this evolved to leaving the pellets only in all day... and feeding 1 teaspoon of seeds in the morning, and a teaspoon of seeds in the evening.
I found that removing the food at bedtime created a sense of urgency for my budgie in the morning, and got him used to a feeding time & schedule that I could control. Budgies like schedules and get used to them. Which can make it easier for the pellet conversion process. If he knows there's a dish of seeds in his cage 24/7... then he might not be as interested in the food presented in the morning.
If there's seed and pellets both, in his cage all day (even in separate dishes), I find that the seeds always win.
Hope that made sense. I'm a bit tired... so this might not be written as clearly as I would like.