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Default How To Introduce Fruit/Veg To My Budgie's Diet?

Greetings All,

Here's the problem.

Pini (Pina) is a total seed junkie. He only eats seeds, and the more I try to give him an apple, he freaks out. And I mean freaks out.

These are the techniques i have already tried:
  1. Slicing It So Thin That there is only the skin
  2. Chopping it as small as his seeds
  3. Eating it and giving a "Mmmm." Sound at the end
  4. Pleading
  5. Placing it under his seed layer on the food bowl
  6. Some more pleading
  7. Putting it on his favourite toy

How do i get him to eat it when he is busy running away? How did you all deal with this?

Luna and Pina
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I had some good luck converting my budgies to pellets by putting a small chunk of millet spray on top of the pile of pellets.

Eventually they will work up the courage to eat the millet on top of the new food if they are hungry enough (I took out all the other food in the cage), if you try this, then they might get some veggies in their mouth...

then just reduce the amount of millet you use to top the food, until viola! birds eating new food

But yes, they are little jerks about it sometimes
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Hello!!!
Welp, I hate living in a third world country...

There is no millet here *Pause for dramatic effect*
Eeyup. And there aren't any treats at all either. *Le Gasp!*

That's why I am having a harder time than you all.

Any other methods? Please?

And for the record, Pina is a very big jerk. See, he just nodded his head.

Luna and Pina
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but you feed seeds though? that's easy enough. Mix the veggies into the seeds, and reduce the amount of seeds until Pina eats veggies!

I also did this with another bird that didn't like eggs or pellets. I just made a mush and mixed the seeds in so they had to eat it. Once they get used to the taste, they are fine.

Mine like veggies/eggs/pellets in small size. They don't like anything that hasn't been chopped into tiny bits. I might try increasing the size slowly so that they get used to big sizes and I won't have to do so much work lol
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I put a chip clip on the side of my cages and start out with millet. They treat it like a toy/millet dispenser. Then I put some veggies or fruit with the millet. Once they start trying it, they're usually good about it

Blu and Gumdrop love their fruit and veggies to the point that they fight over them Had to give them an extra clip to keep the peace!
Sparkplug and Sprite are at the millet intro stage
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but you feed seeds though? that's easy enough. Mix the veggies into the seeds, and reduce the amount of seeds until Pina eats veggies!

I also did this with another bird that didn't like eggs or pellets. I just made a mush and mixed the seeds in so they had to eat it. Once they get used to the taste, they are fine.

Mine like veggies/eggs/pellets in small size. They don't like anything that hasn't been chopped into tiny bits. I might try increasing the size slowly so that they get used to big sizes and I won't have to do so much work lol
I tried that too! I cut it so much it turned into cream and mixed it with the seeds, but nothing works

On a completely unrelated topic, how do you get a budgie off your hand once they're asleep? Yup, he's on my hand.
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I put a chip clip on the side of my cages and start out with millet. They treat it like a toy/millet dispenser. Then I put some veggies or fruit with the millet. Once they start trying it, they're usually good about it

Blu and Gumdrop love their fruit and veggies to the point that they fight over them Had to give them an extra clip to keep the peace!
Sparkplug and Sprite are at the millet intro stage
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[ Hello!!!
Welp, I hate living in a third world country...

There is no millet here *Pause for dramatic effect*
Eeyup. And there aren't any treats at all either. *Le Gasp!*

That's why I am having a harder time than you all.

Any other methods? Please?

And for the record, Pina is a very big jerk. See, he just nodded his head.

Luna and Pina
Xxx]
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[ Hello!!!
Welp, I hate living in a third world country...

There is no millet here *Pause for dramatic effect*
Eeyup. And there aren't any treats at all either. *Le Gasp!*

That's why I am having a harder time than you all.

Any other methods? Please?

And for the record, Pina is a very big jerk. See, he just nodded his head.

Luna and Pina
Xxx]
In which case, you just keep offering the fruits and veggies until the budgie tries it. The vast majority of budgies are very curious and will try nibbling on new things eventually.
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Have you tried sprouting your seed yet? In the wild, these little ones don't usually eat fruit. They are one of the few genuine seed eaters. They prefer seeding grasses, and will eat the young tips of their preferred plants. So if you offer sprouted seed, this is more nutritious than seed on its own, but their instincts will make them more likely to eat it. It's also for this reason they are more likely to try green leafy veg.
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Hello!

Actually, I haven't tried sprouting his seeds yet... But...

A month ago we moved to Saudi Arabia. We use fake plants here because of the fact plants cannot grow.

They just can't. Sprouting or proper growing.

Unless you spend five times a day watering it... Covering it with a thick blanket... Using fertilisers.. It's a long process to even sprout it.

But now we're on the topic, what leafy greens would you think of best?
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