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Old 07-28-2019, 01:43 PM
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Hi everyone!

I need some help with a picky eater. My little boy seems to only eat one type of seed from within the seed mix! I've attached a little photo; he seems to be drawn to the longer type of seeds and ignores the round ones. I have also tried getting him to eat Harrison's pellets and Zupreem pellets and he'll nibble on a couple but he always spits them out. I've given them to him dry, and soaked with a little bit of water. I've even tried eating a few of them in front of him with no success... Hahaha!


First of all, I'm wondering if it's okay that he only eats one type of seed from the seed mix and what I can do to help him eat the others ones.


Second, I'm wondering what tricks some of you have used to get your little one(s) to eat pellets and other healthier options such as fruits and vegetables.


Thanks so much!!
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Old 07-28-2019, 03:01 PM
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I was able to make one of my budgies eat the pellets by using a mirror. If you put a small mirror on the food dish, your budgie might think that the "other budgie" is eating the pellets and he might decide to taste them.
I think it could use this trick to make him eat fruits and vegetables too (but you should limit fruits because of the high sugar content), since you said that eating them in front of him didn't work.
And perhaps it might work with the seeds he doesn't eat too, if you are able to remove the one type he eats. It is certainly not healthy for your budgie to only eat that one.
The presence of the mirror in the cage should obviously be temporary because mirrors are usually bad for birds (they can get aggressive or obsessed with their reflection).
I hope I helped you.
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Thanks for the advice! I never thought about using a mirror that way but it makes a lot of sense! I'm going to try this method. Wish me luck!
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Keep trying with the pellets and veggies. It can take months to convert a bird onto pellets.
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You may want to ‘try’ if they’ll accept pellets. All of my birds over the years have taken right to them in a dish. That’s not what I hear from everyone, so perhaps I’ve been lucky with every single bird. You might want to take all other foods out temporarily, and place the dish in a usual food spot, and see if there is any interest. If they even go and examine it curiously for a few moments, it’s a pretty good sign.

If you have a variety of different foods at the same time in the cage, it typically takes a long time for them to try a new food.

As Sim mentioned; we do not condone mirrors in the cage. It might work, but I would suggest this as last resort, and once the budgie is eating and accepting the food, to remove it.
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