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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods

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Old 04-23-2015, 11:05 PM
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Hi I am a relatively new budgie owner, and I am wondering if anyone can help me with my problem? This morning I put some chopped veggies into my birds cage, but they seem to be avoiding the veggies and going for the seed and pellets instead. I also added some mashed up hard boiled eggs later on, but they don't seem to like that either? I thought budgies liked vegetables and egg food? Thank you!

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Budgies do indeed love fruits and veggies, but they are reluctant to try it at first. I would suggest having a food bowl that is strictly full of millet for some time until your budgie is accustomed to that food bowl being full of "delicious" food. Then you can start putting fruits and veggies in there and he will hopefully try them out. If this doesn't work, then you can always be patient and do what I did, which is just to hold the veggie in front of your budgie for long periods of time each day until he tries it out. Good luck!
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Hi Khione,

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.

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It takes time to introduce new food to your budgie.

Please read the stickies at the top of the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for various ways to get your budgies to try new foods.

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Thanks everyone for all the advice
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