I have been trying to get my budgies to eat veggies for some time now. I have tried hand feeding- did not work. I tried mixing in with their food-did not work (they ate around it). I even tried putting some into the small treat cup on their jungle gym- still did not work.
So today, while watching my budgies at the bottom of their cage, trying to forage for seed that fell through the grates, I decided that maybe I could help to satisfy their natural instincts while also trying yet again to sneak in the goods.
I placed a piece of cardboard sprinkled with seed mix and arugula at the bottom of their cage and then sat back to observe.
At first, my sweet little hen Whitey was shy.
However, I soon captured this shot of her eating a piece of arugula!
Duckie, on the other hand, dove right in for some foraging fun!
He was having a blast!
Now they are both are their favorite perch, preening and having a lively conversation with lots of head bobbing and funny sounds! I think I will do this more often, as they ate almost all of the arugula, with the exception of a few pieces that fell between the grates.
I think they very much enjoyed their foraging adventure.