Birds need to modify their feeding technique to eat crumbles. Initially they may disintegrate the food, but soon learn to consume the crumbles, including any fine powder produced.
Direct Change to Crumbles: Applies to cockatiels, companion parrots, quail & pigeons. Initially remove all seed and treats and provide only crumbles. If birds do not eat during the day, replace some of the seed before nightfall and try again the next day. If this is not successful, try gradually introducing crumbles.
Introducing Crumbles: For budgies, small birds and difficult-to-convert birds. Start with a 50:50 mix of crumbles and seed then slowly reduce the proportion of seed over a number of days.
Body weight and bird health should be monitored to ensure birds are consuming crumbles.
What to feed with Crumbles
Crumbles are a balanced diet and can represent up to 80% of the total diet. Offer a range of fruit & vegetables, small amounts of treats, along with fresh seeding grasses or sprouted seed.