Stage 2 (approximately 7-14 days; older birds may require weeks to months): Offer the old diet in the food dish for only 30 minutes in the MORNING and 30 minutes at NIGHT. In between these limited meal times of the old diet, provide ONLY pellets (in the same dish/location to associate it with the normal meals). This provides an incentive for your pet to eat pellets when hungry in between the limited meal times. You can also offer a 30 minute midday meal of the old diet in the first few days to slow the transition further if desired. In order to be sure your pet is eating pellets and not “filling up” on other foods, do not offer human food/treats.
Closely monitor your pet’s droppings during this time to be sure feces is present (brown/green solid material in the center). If droppings are all white and/or liquid, this is a sign that your bird is not eating. Other signs to watch for include lethargy, dramatic weight loss, and a fluffed appearance. If your pet is not eating or shows any of these signs, offer some of the regular diet. This does not mean you need to stop the conversion process, but suggests that you need to proceed at a slower pace.