Are Lafeber pure pellets any better nutritionally than Lafeber Nutri-berries?
What’s the best way to get older budgies to eat pellets?
I read budgies eat insects in the wild but I assume feeding budgies insects is NOT necessary given the protein in pellets/Nutri-berries?
Lafeber’s foraging diets – Nutri-Berries, Pellet-Berries and Avi-cakes are nutritionally balanced the same as a pellet, but they are not ground up. This goes for all flavors of the above. All pellets are made from ground seeds, grains and other ingredients and then formed into a pellet. Our foraging diets contain whole seeds that have been hulled, so the bird gets the benefit of whole ingredients and added supplements.
It can be challenging to get a budgie to eat pellets. However, you can much more easily convert to Nutri-Berries because of the whole seeds. With either diet, you would begin by adding some pellets or Nutri-Berries to the regular food the bird is used to. We find that they learn to eat the Nutri-Berries more quickly if you start out by crumbling them. Then you eventually decrease the amount of the regular food until the bird is only eating pellets and/or Nutri-Berries. If you click this link, it will take you to the point in a recent webinar where Dr Lafeber explains the benefits of including some whole seeds in a budgie’s diet, which is why Nutri-Berries can be better for a budgie than pellets. Budgies and most other parrots probably do consume some insects in the wild, but pet bird diets are formulated to account for that need.