Grey Congo given to me 2 months ago. 7-8 yrs old.his previous diet consisted of table scraps, suckers, peanuts, and Walmart parrot food. I ordered a case of Harrison pellets as my vet suggested but cannot get him to eat not one. He gets dried fruit, almonds, and cooked vegetables but I do not feel this is enough for a healthy diet. I have attempted disguising pellets in many ways over and in his food, but nothing works. Any advice will be appreciated.
Greys can be stubborn about their food. Sheeba will eat a few pellets, Zupreem, but is not a big fan of them. My previous grey, Manfred, took over a year before he would eat pellets as his primary food. If Coco doesn't like Harrison's, try another brand, but keep trying the Harrisons, it may take months. I feed Sheeba Vitacraft, which has some pellets and safflower seeds and a lot of other things. She also gets fruits and vegetables daily. She really liked the Vitacraft when I started her on it about 6 months ago, but now she will only eat the good bits and then violently throw the rest of it around the room. So I take it out and put it back in her cage a few hours later and she will eventually settle in and just sit and eat without the food throwing drama.
You could also try different sizes of pellets. Chyloe will not eat the size of pellet meant for African Greys. She likes the large size meant for Macaws because she likes to hold a pellet while she eats.
You should persevere to get him on pellets. When I mentioned to the vet that Chyloe never seems to have a big moult, the vet said it is because she eats pellets. She may lose a feather or two at a time and that is it. Pellets keep her in top condition. She does have lots of fruit, vegetables and nuts too.
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My guy also likes to hold the pellets when he eats them. You could grind the pellets into a powder, then mix it with an egg, maybe add some fruit or veg that he likes and bake into a bread/muffin and then feed him pieces of that.