There are a lot of questions lately about getting your budgie to eat veggies and/or pellets. I thought if I started this thread, others who have also gotten a successful conversion could add to my thoughts and maybe we can put together one good post that can be bumped over the years when it is needed again.
I know that the whole %of pellets/seeds/veggies varies no matter who you talk to. One Avian SPECIALIST will tell you all pellets, the next will tell you mostly pellets and yet again many more will tell you always seeds and pellets a few times a week. I am not starting this thread to debate that issue. Just help the new people convert and they can worry about the ratios in another thread or with their vet.
That said, here is something I have posted on a few threads over the past months. Please feel free to add any additional ideas success/failures you have experienced. *anything I post here is my understanding after talking to my vet and doing independent research. It is in NO WAY to be taken as FACT!*
(this is long-sorry)
Conversion to veggie/pellets can be trying with some keets.
The thing about pellets is that in the wild they get some stuff that they just don't get from the veggies that we can get them here. The pellets are made to cover ALL of their dietary needs. Also, it has been found that too much seeds cause tumors.
The change to veggies is pretty much the same as pellets and this can pertain to both. They are both important to your budgie.
There are so many ways to introduce and change over to new foods.
My boys did the conversion to veggies with first using organic baby foods. I would sprinkle seeds on top and gently push it down in, that way, even when they are just picking the seeds off of the top, they still get the taste of the veggies while hulling them. While you are offering this (maybe 2 hours or so) you can remove any other food because you do have some familiar seed on the top so you shouldn't have to worry about starvation or anything.
Once they got to where they were eating some of the baby food on purpose, I started adding very finally chopped veggies. After a while they would eat the veggies with out the baby food or seed (though they still love a dish of baby food w/seed mixed in.)
Once they were eating the veggies good chopped up, I slowly started putting some bigger pieces in there. Some veggies they will eat whole (corn, broccoli flowers, romaine lettuce) and some I still need to chop.
Pellets you can start sprinkling them on the baby food too. Crush them fine and add them in. When you buy them, be sure they are small. Most brands, you will want to get the canary/finch size. If you get Harrison's, go with super fine.
As far as what is "right", I went through the same frustrations. What my vet said was that even at the aviary seminars he has been to, he can go to one "expert" and they will say one thing, cross the hall to another and they say something totally different.
I feed mine pellets 24/7-some will say that is not good. I feed veggies all through out the day and seeds intermittently throughout. Mostly the seeds are sprinkled on something or in a foraging toy. The foraging toy they always have access to when they are out of the cage-most of the day.
Too much protein is not good - can cause gout. Pellets have mostly about 14 grams of protein in a "serving". This is where the controversy arises as to if they should be offered 24/7 or not. I have yet to find anything that says how much protein is TOO MUCH. One of the top avian scientists worked on formulating the Harrison's pellets to most closely resemble what they would get in the wild so I have a hard time believing that the 14 gr. of protein / oz is TOO MUCH. That's me