Just wondering if anyone has any tips they might want to offer on encouraging a parakeet to eat pellets. I've been mixing in LaFeber's pellets with my birds' regular food (about 10%, as suggested in the instructions), but they still appear disinterested. They'll pick one up, and immediately drop it and go for the seed. How long does the "conditioning process" usually take, and is there a better way?

Thanks.

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.. They'll pick one up, and immediately drop it and go for the seed. How long does the "conditioning process" usually take, and is there a better way?

It depends on the human.. some humans take longer than others before they quite messing up the seeds. Budgies are very patient when conditioning their human.
Just wondering if anyone has any tips they might want to offer on encouraging a parakeet to eat pellets. I've ... pick one up, and immediately drop it and go for the seed. How long does the "conditioning process" usually take,

Sometimes a bird NEVER chooses to eat pellets.
and is there a better way?

You might try offering a single pellet by hand.
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.. They'll pick one up, and immediately drop it and ... "conditioning process" usually take, and is there a better way?

It depends on the human.. some humans take longer than others beforethey quite messing up the seeds. Budgies are very patient when conditioningtheir human.

ROTFLOL, That's a great one Dave.

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ROTFLOL, That's a great one Dave.

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Just wondering if anyone has any tips they might want to offer on encouraging a parakeet to eat pellets. I've ... book, and it is evident that the end of the world is fast approaching. Assyrian stone tablet, c. 2800 B.C.

I would imagine you could try the same thing that I did for my cockatiel: soak them in apple juice before offering, just don't leave them in there too long because wet food can breed bacteria and mold.. I didn't soak them for very long, maybe 30 seconds and then hand offered them to my tiel. She's been eating the pellets as part of her diet ever since and I only did the apple juice trick once. I also put a non-seed treat or two in the pellet bowls for a couple of days to get her interested.
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It depends on the human.. some humans take longer than others before they quite messing up the seeds. Budgies are very patient when conditioning their human.

I'll say they've certainly conditioned me to not oversleep - they function as a great 8am alarm clock that never needs winding or batteries.

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It depends on the human.. some humans take longer than ... the seeds. Budgies are very patient when conditioning their human.

I'll say they've certainly conditioned me to not oversleep - they function as a great 8am alarm clock that never needs winding or batteries.

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I'll say they've certainly conditioned me to not oversleep - they function as a great 8am alarm clock that never needs winding or batteries.

How do you get them to wait till 8am? My birds start nipping my toes at sunrise!

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