so yesterday morning I left to go to my moms for the night. I gave them extra food, as well as a stick of millet. music was on a timer so it wouldn't be silent, soft lights were left on for after sundown and I had a neighbor(who charlie loves) come by to put their cover on for the night and check on them.
They hardly eat when Im not home though, if I know I will be gone more than a few hours i always leave the radio on for them.
ever since Merlin passed, I noticed Charlie ate less, he started eating more again when he met Lapis but between the two of them they still dont eat as much. The two were exploring their cage a bit the other day so i was hoping that they would start playing and working up an appetite. Ive been home about 10 minutes and they are already singing and happy, but not eating. How can i get them to eat more? they never eat the fresh food i offer them (banana, strawberry, apple and carrot) any tips on making them feel better about when I'm not home?
Ive been playing their favorite music and budgie sounds and they are going at the millet like they havent seen food in years (its been in the cage all day) so I dont think they are ill
Budgies only need a very small amount of seed. One and a half to two teaspoons of seed per budgie, per day is all they require. It may be that they used to eat more and were a little greedy.
If they don't appear ill and they seem healthy, you might be worrying over nothing. However, if you really think they are not eating enough, the best thing would be to take them to an avian vet to get them weighed and to see if anything is wrong.
When offering fresh foods, you should only offer high sugar content fruit once a week.
Offer them some romaine lettuce, pak choi or something else from the safe food list instead of sweet items currently on offer.
I think you need to establish how much food you are actually giving them to see if there's an issue with what they're eating.
If you determine they are not feeding enough when you're not around, it might be best for you to start weaning them off of your continued presence on a day to day basis. Put the cage in a different room, or make sure you spend a bit more time away from them so they don't become distressed when you have to go away.
How do you reach the conclusion that your budgies don't eat while you are out?
Is their food truly untouched (no seed husks, no food mess on the cage's floor)?
Do you happen to check their crops regularly or weigh them?
Are your budgies super bonded to you in a way that they are emotionally dependent on you?
Even if they are to eat less when you are out, they can still eat very small portions of food throughout the day and even multiples times per day.
Besides the assorted fruit (which should be limited due to high sugar content) and carrots you offer, your budgies may be more receptive into trying out fresh, leafy greens. A good starter veggie is lettuce, most budgies will go for it, spinach is a good option as well.
Sprouting seeds is also a good option as far as introducing fresh foods.
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I feed them the same amount everyday, when I first got them i read that they were supposed to be given 2 tsp twice a day, so perhaps now they are just eating closer to what they are supposed to.( I never thought to check if that was the right amount since they ate most of it, never all) Ill cut back on what I give them.
they have never actually eaten the fresh things ive offered, only poked it, I will try lettuce, maybe that will be what peaks their interest.
They arent really dependent on me, but I am usually home so I think thats just what they are accustomed to. they arent tame (which I plan to try to change in the summer)
A vet visit is a last resort situation for me right now, I am in school and not working so I dont have much money, and 300 of my savings went to the vet a few months ago for a budgie that was egg bound. obviously I will take them if its necessary.
I will try putting them in a different room for a bit every once in a while.
It sounds like they are eating perfectly normally.
I probably have the same type of relationship with my birds. I spend a fair amount of time in the same room with them, but they're not tame, so there's no reason to be fretting that they are stressed or anxious when you are out.
Cilantro, parsley, and other herbs are very attractive to my budgies.
They also like romaine lettuce, baby kale, and broccoli a lot.
I wedge carrots between the bars, but they like to shred the carrots more than eat them
You can also sprinkle seed/millet on the foods while introducing new foods to them, it really helps too.
Oh good, I'm such a worry wart when it comes to them. Thank you for the advice
Nothing wrong with worrying, it just means you are a good owner who cares very much for her birds You can always try weighing your birds to see if they are losing weight. And don't give up on the fresh foods, keep offering it to them every day, even if they don't eat it at first
I'd just like to add that I've found success in turning veggies into toys. For instance; I replaced the wooden part of a swing with a carrot stick. I also have a little hollow plastic ball that has links, and I put veggies in there sometimes, so my budgies have to try and get it out.
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It can take several weeks or more for a budgie to recover from the loss of a best bud. I highly suggest purchasing a gram scale to weigh your birds on a regular basis. This plus the status of intake and the resulting droppings is the best sign of illness or health for a budgie.!!!!
For a long time I memorized signs of ill health and watched for all the potentials. The fact is there are so many that this is best for the second level of clues after weight and condition of droppings. These 2 things are the first signs that a Vet checks for in a bird visiting their office.
Here in the US you can find battery operated gram scales at Windy City Parrot on line or in kitchen section of Walmart or similar mega stores for less than 20 dollars.
These stores remind me of 5 and 10 cent stores that have mostly disappeared in our culture, as well as the "everything " or Variety stores like pioneers shopped at where cloth and dry goods and tools etc could be found in the same essentials store. Now we have stores just for birds and other creatures. Instead of for working livestock and seed which are now found in rural areas. This is a certain commentary on priority placed in our homes for our animal companions.
One of the most amazing experiences in my budgie education is watching a chick realize the hard truth that parents will not feed them forever!!!! I remember one chick in particular and the realization that pecking -foraging seed all day was a necessary job as well as preening feathers and afternoon -heat of the day naps. I can imagine the oh dad, it is so hard -when I really want to play all day. What a shocking realization. Much the same as a young person discovers when they have to budget money for rent and utilities after they leave home.Wishing many blessings for you and your budgies.