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Started to eat more pellets, now question is...

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Old 03-08-2017, 02:29 PM   #1
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Started to eat more pellets, now question is...

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Odin is 8 months old. Up to now we had Nutribird 'big' - African greys and bigger amazons on the box. (let's call them so for the sake of this discussion, I imagine there are many sizes but only 3 found here.). He only ate these wet, which was a big disadvantage and a bit of a hassle. We just got Nutribird 'medium' (lovebirds and the likes on the box), which look like the big ones but...smaller. We also got Nutribird 'small' which are tiny.

Well, Odin eats both of these. Dry! Seems to love the little ones but maybe it's the new factor. (BTW they smell like bubblegum, dunno what to think of this

I'm happy but have a new concern...you may be guessing it.

{Q1}How many pellets is it ok for him to eat? Before I was contend that he was eating some - most was left there or thrown on the floor, with a few ocassions of hormonal feasting (he once ate for a whole hour, mashing away at wet pellets [big ones, if you follow]).

{Q2}Is it ok to leave them in the cage during the day, like I do seeds (when he is alone for more than 5 h, at least)?

{Q3] Is there any possible advantage to wet ones vs dry ones? Will he be missing them? I guess I can wet some medium ones and give to him from time to time.

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Old 03-08-2017, 08:58 PM   #2
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There are 3 sizes of the regular nutriberries. For a young bird I would start with the smallest size, then move up to the bigger size. Something I have noticed with Nutriberries is that as size increases so does their hardness. Jules can eat the small ones quite easily and now likes the middle size you are feeding now but the large size is too hard for her and she will not eat. I have never tried soaking them though.

You can leave dry Nutriberries in the cage all day. I would leave any wet food in the cage more than a few hours at most.

Outside the sizes there are also a variety of type of Nutriberries such as a version with dried vegetables, or dried fruit or dried peppers.

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That's wonderful that he's eating pellets! They have so many vitamins that will help keep your little guy nice and strong

Q1. There's a lot of contradicting information on the internet. It all pretty much comes down to people trusting anecdotal data over scientific research and the recommendations of avian veterinarians. My bird's vet recommends 80-85% pellets and the other 15-20% can be fruits, veggies, eggs, grains, etc. http://www.thebirdclinic.com/docs/3.pdf
And if anecdotal data is what you want, he's had parrotlets live 10-14 years on Harrison's pellets

Q2. Dry pellets can be left in the cage all day. Wet pellets must be removed after 1-3 hours.

Q3. The only advantages I know of are that dry pellets are less likely to grow bacteria
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Pellets are absolutely fine to leave in the cage all day dry.
Seed is also important for fats, what you can do is make pellets available at all times so he can eat as much as he wants and then put a measured amount of seed in a separate bowl. Fresh fruit veggies and grains are really important also.
There are many different opinions about pellets, but as mentioned many birds here on the forum have lived to old age on a diet of pellets.
I think whatever you do, variety is very important.
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My guy gets pellets and seed daily, more pellets than seed. I leave it in cage all day.

I feed Zupreem natural. crumbles and I think small. One is a round small pellet I give both sizes beause he likes to walk around with the round one in his beak and then break it open ... he is silly.

There is one that smells like bubble gum and I could not stand it so I switched to the zupreem.
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I got Levi eating pellets by giving him the Zupreem Fruit Blend which smelled like bananas and are different colours. This month I started mixing in the Zupreem Natural pellets (trying to keep all that food colouring and to a minimum!).

I leave them in his cage all day and change daily.
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I let Sky determine the balance she eats between seed and pellets, and I leave a mix of seeds and pellets in her cage 24/7. Along with this she also gets fresh softs foods of various kinds, that I only leave in for a few hours each day.
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Thank you for the answers.

The 80%-pellets diet sounds very doable. We give him fresh food but I'm hard pressed to say how much he actually ingests.

The small ones (Nutribird B14) have 8% fat vs 16% in the medium ones (G14), but contain 40% millet! This concerns me as Odin gets sunflower seeds as treats and a mix of small seeds (millet included).
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