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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 05-08-2015, 05:58 PM
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Question Veggie question?

Hi, I have been offering veggies in Ace's cage for a while now and has taken interest in them, but won't actually EAT them. Whenever I put some veggies like kale or lettuce inside his cage for him to crunch on, he only wants to lick them and tear the veggie apart and won't eat them. Is he just not comfortable eating them? If so, how can I get him to actually eat them? I'm still fairly new to budgies

Also, I'm sorry if this is the wrong forum to post this question in, I'm still quite new to the forums


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I've moved your thread into the Diet and Nutrition Section of the forum.

I'd recommend taking the time to read the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition Section of the forum as you'll find lots of great tips on how to present new foods to your budgie.

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It takes time and patience to get budgies to try new things.

My little Sunny refused for a very long time.
I finally enticed him into trying sweet corn kernels sprinkled with just the tiniest bit of garlic powder
(not garlic salt)
(I used frozen corn kernels and thawed them in hot water until they reached room temperature.)
Now he likes several different things.

Sunny's favorites are:
Sweet corn kernels
Basil
Zucchini
Cilantro
Red Pepper
Quiona (cooked)
Broccoli (although he mostly likes shredding the florets)
Chickweed (plentiful and free! - make sure there are no pesitcides on it)
Dandelion leaves

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The fact that Ace lick's them and tear's them apart is good. Keep giving them to him he'll no doubt start nibbling...
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Thank you so much for the replies and handy tips Jonah and Faery I keep offering veggies to him and hopefully he begins to eat them Thank you so much
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This is one of the hardest things to do.
The two OP's above have given you sound advice.
But never give up.
I have known birds that the owners have tried and tried.This can go on for a very long time and some do give up to some degree. Then when they feel maybe pressured or uncomfortable about things. They will go back and try again.
It can be depressing throwing so much food away.
Presentation, location, and timing. are key.
A lot of birds like to eat when you do, even try to eat what you do.
If you are just feeding seed mix, consider adding other seeds and grains to that mix to add nutrition.
Have you tried sprouting? Soak seed and sprouts are a great food, and most wil try them. Though some birds are resistant to wet foods.
Fruit: Try apple. A some breeders feed these, and with my Tiels I find it is just about the only fruit they may touch.
Never give up, keep changing things around. And one day it should happen.
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Presentation, location, and timing. are key.
This is so true. When trying to get budgies to eat food other than seed you need to think "out of the box", in other words present the food in ways that would be more natural for the bird. I cook a corn cob and cut in half and put on a skewer and they love it. This is a good way to keep weight on them also. Hang wet greens from bag clips from the top or side of the cage. Fill forage toys with veggies. Those little beaks can bite into a carrot placed between cage bars and often stand on it like a perch. Serving veggies in a bowl may not appeal to them. Keep on trying and see what happens.
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They are picky eaters. One minute they love a vege next they do not lol

Mine only eat carrots sometimes they eat it like crazy and sometimes they ignore it.

You just have to keep giving it to them and eventually they will eat it
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