04-24-2015, 08:11 AM
Budgies are not very adventurous birds and prefer to stick to familiarity and what they know is safe. It is important to introduce veg, fruit and pellets/crumble into their diet but it needs to be gradual.
I started by sprinkling millet or seeds onto Oisin's veg and also having a constant supply of seeds available. Gradually I reduced the seeds and increased the crumble and veg once I knew he was definitely eating the 'new food'.
It's a gradual process but once they know it won't harm them they eventually start becoming more curious.
Another thing that helped was placing a small mirror near the veg and crumble and Oisin would see the budgie in the mirror investigate it and he eventually became curious enough to start eating it himself.
Also make sure the veg is chopped very small for him so that he won't be scared of it as it can be intimidating to them when they don't know what it is.
When introducing new foods, try not to change the food type every day so that they can get used to it and adjust - if it's a different colour and shape every day then the budgie will be less likely to feel comfortable around it.
It's all about familiarity.
I hope this helps.