Monday, December 3, 2007

Seed to Pellet Diet Conversion

I am finding it necessary to share a very successful method of converting your bird from a seed diet to pellets. Months ago Dr. Karen Becker suggested we use "Harrison's High Potency Mash" which is a powdered form of the pellets that they sell. When we receive a new rescue bird that has been on a 100% seed diet, we begin converting by sprinkling a generous layer of the Harrison's High Potency Mash over the seeds. The next day we introduce some pellets into the seed mix (about 80% seed to 20% pellet) and continue to sprinkle the Harrison's Mash over this. We continue adjusting the ratio of seed to pellet (75% seed to 25% pellet; 50% seed to 50% pellet; 40% seed to 60% pellet; 25% seed to 75% pellet; 10% seed to 90% pellet) until you get to 100% pellet. Each day you continue to sprinkle the Harrison's mash over the mixtures. Even after you have converted over to 100% pellet, continue sprinkling the mash over the pellets for a few days. Each day sprinkle a lighter layer over the pellets so that by the end of the week on 100% pellets, you won't need be sprinkling anymore of the high potency mash over it. We had tried several methods in the past of converting from seed to pellet. Those methods ranged from taking months to convert to no success at all. Although we have only been using the Harrison's High Potency Mash method for only four months, we have been able to convert with a 100% success rate within about a week or two at most.