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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 04-28-2015, 10:26 PM
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My 2 birdies are not tame at all, if i'm lucky i can get my hand within a foot of them without them flying away. They don't play with toys. They don't eat anything other than seeds.
I got them a couple years ago, but i had to give them to my sister for a bit over a year, and they were never let out of the cage, nothing in the cage was even moved around. I feel like they're just too scared of any sort of change at this point. I got them back about a week ago, just letting them live in my room with their cage open, they have perches and things on top of it and on the wall.. I don't mind them not being tame, i just want to know how to get them to eat things besides seeds, pretty much. Any ideas? Most the things i've read don't really seem to or sound like it'd work.

I tried putting carrots and stuff in a blender and then putting that in their seed, hoping they wouldn't be able to avoid it, and maybe find out they like it.. But it's like when i do that, they don't even realize it's food. Any way to do this without them starving?
Been considering getting one or two more young budgies, who i could hopefully convince into eating healthy, and maybe they'd show the current boys how to eat and play.

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Hi there, and welcome to the forums! I saw on your other thread the pictures of your two boys, they're very handsome!
A good way to make veggies more appealing is to make them fun. Hang a leaf of lettuce from the top of the cage, or a bunch of parsley or cilantro, and they are sure to take a few bites.
Also, don't give up! Budgies can be extremely finicky and it takes a lot of patience to get them to try a bite. However, soon they will and then they will love them
If you offer them a different variety of veggies daily, they may begin to pick their favorites. If you're worried about mixing it with their seed and them not eating it, buy a separate dish to put in the cage and fill it with fresh finely chopped or shredded veggies like carrot, romaine lettuce, kale, celery and parsley. They like fruits, too: Apples, pear, strawberries...anything! Fruits should be offered less often than veggies as they contain more sugar.
Also: Don't feed your budgies onions or avocado. These things are or can be toxic!
I hope this helped and keep us updated!
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Gonna try offering something like that for them everyday, just worried they'll ignore it like they do with toys. They don't really explore new things at all.(though i still buy them things, just in case) Maybe they'll warm up to the idea though. x)
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Okay guys, i'll do that. I'll let you know if i see any progress. lol
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This is an age old question.
You can start improving their diet by just adding different seeds and grains to their seed mix, to improve most store bought seed mixes. Try to find a non adulterated mix to start with. If they do list what seeds are in it you may find just a few basic seeds in there. There are a good number of other seeds and grains you can add.
Size does seem to be a hurdle that has to be over come.

Now to you main problem. Presentation is one issue. As they are not tame but around you. You may find they take interest in what you eat and may also tend to eat when you do, if you time it right.
Presentation. Chopped, sliced, diced. Take my guys and sweetcorn. I had to chop the corn off the cob to start with. Now I have seen Budgie Blue (deformed feet) sitting on top of a chopped off cob eating them.
Location. where you put them is another key to getting them to try.
Sprouting your own may also work and is great food for them.
Never give up. Just keep on trying. I know people who have tried for years. And then suddenly get a little bit of success.
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To expand on what Clawnz says, another way you can improve the health of their diet along the way to veggies is changing your seed mix. Some seed mixes are just that: several varieties of seeds. Others include grains; nuts; dried veg, herbs and fruit; minerals; bee pollen; etc. I use Goldenfeast Australian Blend (in addition to pellets and, now that they're FINALLY eating it, fresh veg). Out of curiosity I recently emailed the company and learned that it's actually only 25% seed. Your birds can get a more balanced nutritional profile from something like that than from just a blend of seeds, and I know mine seem more receptive to the non-seed ingredients when they're all packaged together like that, in little pieces, and a delicious smell. There are lots of options to choose from: Vitakraft, Dr. Harvey's, Drs. Foster-Smith to name a few others. You can find the ingredients lists online.

With any diet transition, you want it to be gradual, and be sure to continue offering the food they're used to so they don't starve themselves.

I had a similar situation to yours — four adult budgies who are, at best, nervous around me. I tried clipping herbs and veg to the cage; they avoided that part of the cage like the plague. (OMG, parsley is TERRIFYING!) Adding it to their regular food? No thx. Hanging out near their cage eating the food and making "mmmm, yummy!" noises? Four budgies plastered to the opposite wall clearly thinking they were next. Oops? We all make mistakes.

Eventually (and I mean eventually — like, the better part of a year), something worked. And then a long eventually later, something else worked. But there isn't one solution for every bird. Keep trying. Eventually there will be some vegetable/size/presentation/combination that will work. Best of luck to you, and I hope you find your winner in less time than it took me to find mine.

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Cheesepusher made a good point.
Make sure they are still getting enough food each day. Not so easy with untame. As the best way to weigh them or keep a check on the meat around the breast bone (Keel).
Try new foods in the morning when they are most hungry. Their normal foods in the afternoon. You may find they do not eat until the late feeding, if they work it out.
They can be smart little critters after all.

Sometimes the new food needs to be the same size as the seeds they are already eating. Other size is a no no.
Same as they may not like wet foods. I know I have one or two Tiels that will not touch the Silverbeet until it has been in there a couple of days, then they will eat it.

I find sometimes simply flooding them can work as they get bored and as in nature move on to something else.

On the keep trying bit.
I know one lady who is an admin on a forum. It took her over 5yrs of trying on and off to crack this tough issue, but once she did her birds became much more receptive to new food variety's.
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Lilly is not tame but she does play with toys and wont eat veg but if its green e.g. lettuce, beetroot leaf, and carrot leaves which I grow in the window from a carrot tops she eats those but nothing else. so I know what you are saying
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My budgie likes seed but I took cheerios(plain) and chex (rice or corn) and crumbled it up in small pieces and mixed in it with her seed. Well she does eat it and likes it. Still no luck on fruit or veggies, but will keep trying. Good luck. Joanne
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I place veges on the bottom of the cage ontop of a clean paper towel and eventually they will investigate. That is how I got them to eat carrots.
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