Switch to pellets - Slow & safe

Skift til pellets - Langsomt & sikkert

Over the course of a week, your bird will gradually switch from its old food to a new pellet-based feeding plan.

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Choose this plan if your bird is:
A Conure, such as parakeets or larger
Over 3 years old
One who eats with his feet
Has a shy personality


Day 1 - Remove the old feed

In the evening, take your bird's old food out of the cage. The goal is to remove its food at night so your bird is hungry in the morning and more likely to try new food. Make sure your bird always has access to fresh, clean water; as some birds will drink more during the conversion process.

Conversion takes time and patience; The idea with this method is to give your bird a gradual transition to a healthier, pellet based diet over the course of a week.

Most birds sleep at night and therefore usually do not eat very much, so removing food from the cage at night will not harm your bird.

This method works best for birds that mostly eat in their cages or that tend to have a mild/shy personality.

This method may also work better for slightly larger birds ( conure -sized or larger) that typically use their feet to hold food while perched, rather than those species that forage on the ground with their beaks ( as many smaller birds do).

As older birds typically do not need as many calories as young, adult or breeding birds, this slow and steady method, which can lead to periods where a bird ends up eating very little, may therefore be more appropriate for mature, fully grown birds , non-breeding birds.

Day 2 - Put the new food in the cage

First thing in the morning, put the new food in the cage. Leave the new food in the cage for the next 4 hours. Make sure to put the new pellets in the cup / food bowl that your bird normally eats from.

Your bird may not immediately accept the new feed in its cup as food; Be patient and try not to worry if it doesn't eat the new food immediately after you put it in the cage. It can take anywhere from a few hours to several days.

Some birds may not touch the new food at all the first time it is exposed to it; healthy birds can go several hours without eating.

If your bird starts eating the new pellets, remember to praise it enthusiastically by saying something like "Good bird!" and use its name. And feel free to kiss it if it's for that.

Birds work for their owner's attention, so if your bird sees you giving it attention and praise for eating the new food, it will seek your attention by eating the new pellets.

If your bird shows no interest in the new food, moisten it with a small amount of warm fruit juice to entice your bird to try it; however, do not leave moist food in the cage for more than a few hours, as it can spoil the food with the growth of yeast and bacteria.

Day 2 - Check if your bird is eating the new food

If your bird eats the new food, that's good. Continue to praise it both verbally and physically when it eats it. If your bird is not eating the new food by the afternoon of day 2, don't worry; it takes some birds several days to recognize the new feed as food and try it.

If it becomes necessary to offer your bird a small portion of its old food in the afternoon of day 2, DO NOT remove the food bowl with the new pellets; just offer its old feed in a different food bowl. Never mix the old and the new food.

Always keep old and new food separate because birds will selectively eat the familiar food when it is mixed with something new and are less likely to try the new food if it is mixed with the old food.

Offering a small portion of old food ensures that even a stubborn bird who is reluctant to try new food will still get calories as they will slowly transition to pellets.

Day 2 - Remove old food, replace with new food

Before bedtime, remove any old food left in the cage. Instead, put some of the new food (Pellets) in the cage overnight.

Once again, the goal of removing the old food at night is to make the bird hungry so it is more willing to try the new food in the morning.

Since your bird just ate a batch of old food the previous afternoon, it may not be hungry enough to eat the new food overnight, so don't be alarmed if the new food still looks untouched the next morning.

Day 3 - Monitor the amount of new food eaten

If your bird didn't eat much overnight, it may be hungry enough on the morning of day 3 to try the new food. If it eats the new food, it's good. If not, be patient and let the new food stay in the cage for 4-6 hours. The idea is to gradually extend the time from 4 hours to 6 hours so that your bird only has access to the new food to encourage it to try it.

If you see your bird tasting the new food, praise your bird verbally and physically again, using its name and petting it if it is up to it.

Healthy birds can go 4-6 hours without eating and be fine, so if your bird eats little or nothing during this time, don't worry.

Day 3 - Put some new food in the cage overnight

In the evening, if your bird is still not eating, place another portion of the old food in the cage. Remember not to give an excessive amount of the old food, just a small serving to ensure your bird gets some calories that day.

Remove this food before bed. Put the new food back in the cage overnight.

Be sure to remove the food it hasn't eaten from the old food left in the cage on the evening of day 3, so that if your bird gets hungry overnight, the only food it can try is the new food.

Remember never to mix old food with new food, as birds almost always choose to eat the old food and ignore the new food.

Day 4 - Day 7 - Gradually increase the time with the new food

Continue to gradually increase the time the new food is in the cage over the next few days. Only serve the old food in the evening if your bird does not eat the new food. The goal is to start eliminating the old food completely and convert to the new food based on pellets.

Cut back on the amount of old food you offer each day until you don't need to offer any as the bird is now eating an appropriate number of pellets.

To make sure your bird is eating a sufficient number of pellets each day, ideally get a scale that can be weighed in grams and weigh your bird every morning before it eats; keep an eye on your bird's weight during the conversion.

Again, the idea is to gradually extend the amount of time each day by a few hours at a time over a period of a few days so that your bird only has access to the new food to entice it to try it.

Healthy birds can go a day and eat little to nothing and they will be fine; eventually they get hungry enough to try the new food.

Try not to give in to your concern about your bird not eating for a day by offering it the old food; If you do end up offering it to your bird, only give it a very small amount of old food so it doesn't fill up and isn't hungry enough to try the new food.

If your bird tries the new food, praise it, both verbally by using its name and physically by petting it if it's up to it.

Birds switching to pellets, especially if they have been eating seed mixes with fruit and nuts, which contain a lot of fat, may initially lose a few grams - sometimes up to 10% of their body weight. This is because pellets generally have less fat than seeds and nuts.

If your bird loses more than 10% of its body weight when switching to pellets, or appears weak or lethargic, contact your vet immediately.

Another way to make sure your bird is eating enough when switching to pellets is to count the number of stools each day, you can do this by placing a sheet of paper towel on the bottom of the cage. The paper makes it easier to see every bird patch.

Your bird will need to make several drops per day (at least one every two hours, depending on what it eats) when switching to pellets; If it doesn't do this, and especially if your bird is thin to begin with, check with your vet to see if he or she wants you to add a small amount of the bird's old food.

The consistency of the pellets can change when your bird mainly eats pellets; they can be softer and moister. There is no need to worry if you see these changes as long as the bird is eating, drinking and active. If you notice changes in the consistency of the droppings and your bird appears weak or lethargic, contact your vet.

Don't be surprised if you offer a multi-colored pellet mix that your bird chooses only certain colors that it prefers, while leaving colors that it is not interested in; this is normal behavior and is not a cause for concern.

Birds that choose a particular color of pellets may have droppings of that color; this is not a cause for concern as long as it is eating.

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3 methods to convert your bird from seed to ZuPreem pellets

The fast...

With the help of treats and regular feeding routines it knows, you can switch between old food and pellets.

Choose this plan
if your bird is:

Most species
Any age
Likes treats
Accepts food easily (not picky)

Slow & safe

Over the course of a week, your bird will gradually switch from its old food to a new pellet-based feed.

Choose this plan
if your bird is:

A Conure or larger
Over 3 years old
One who eats with his feet
Has a shy personality

Let your bird choose

Choose three/four types of pellets and let your bird choose its new pellet-based feed - quickly and without weeks of transition.

Choose this plan
if your bird is:

A nymph cockatoo or smaller
Under 3 years old
Eats on the bottom

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