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Old 12-31-2016, 05:07 AM
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On Christmas day I made some broccoli and I thought I would try and see if the budgies liked it (they don't get enough fresh vegetables because they don't like it and throw it on the floor ) so I cut a little piece for them about the size of a penny, I held it up to Charles (like I usually do) and he fell over backwards to get away from it. I ate some (a separate piece) to show him it's food so he kinda ventured towards it, he licked it and ran away. I have never seen him be scared of food before :/

Is this normal? And how can I encourage them to eat more vegetables? I have more success with fruit, particularly apple and pear (not the seeds)

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It might just be that Charles found the way it was presented to him frightening. Even though it's only the size of a penny, that's bigger than his head!
I would try and see if you can tempt them with some nice wet lettuce leaf. Try some romaine lettuce, wash it and pop a soggy leaf on the cage floor in the morning before they have any seed (after the cage has been cleaned, obviously). Leave it down for a short while, maybe scatted some seed on the cage floor as well to see if it tempts them.
Try it over a few days to see if they get brave. They may take a while to tempt them with it or you may find that they want it presented to them in a different way. Food bowls, chopped up, bits of carrot in-between the bars of the cage. Just keep trying and eventually, they'll find something they like. I've never managed to get my birds to try carrots but I still pop them in the cage every now and then.

Remember that fruit should be fed sparingly. Once a week, tops.
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There are many different ways to offer vegetables.

Please be sure to read the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for advice on different ways of presenting vegetables to Charlie.

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I had a similar problem with my budgie, Tiki. I found that cutting the tiny broccoli heads off and mixing them up with the seeds got her to try it.

You might want to try that, and tell me if it works!
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We started with veggies that Bubbles liked, and always clipped them the same way to his little perch. Now he knows that anything clipped there is food, and he violently dismembers each veg like the tiny dinosaur he is, and feasts on the carcass

Just keep trying, and Charles will conquer his cruciferous phobia! He is lucky to have you as his birdie nutritionist!
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