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Old 05-11-2015, 12:54 AM
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Unhappy My budgies won't eat any vegetables, fruits or pellets. Help ?

I dont even know where to start. Before getting my birds, i've done my research, i understood their diet needs, housing, toys, & dangers. Unfortunately, I have a lot of concerns about their diet. Its really important for me, especially for snowy since she was malnourished and was underweight when i got her. Shes doing fine, but not great when it comes to how well her diet is.

I can't seem to convert them to pellets. I use Harrisons pellets. Another concern i have with the brand Harrison is that i have to throw it out after 4-6 weeks after opening it since it's an organic brand. But, i live far from the vet, it takes about an 1 with the bus. I don't drive. I'm determined to get this working, but i have been trying for 5-7 months, but they won't touch it. I actually count how many pellets i put inside their cage, so when im changing their bowls, i count it again to see if there is any change. Unfortunately, counting all those tiny pellets is going to the a whole lot better if they at least take some interest in it but there is sadly not a single change. They just don't eat it. I'm having a dilemma, because i don't know if it's the pellets that they don't like, or if its just something they're not use too. So should i try another pellet maybe? My vet also carries Zupreem fruitblend, maybe i can give that try Also, is there a seed blend that you guys prefer? i might change mines, i don't like the variety it gives.

Also, they won't eat vegetables or fruits. I've also been trying for 5 months for snowy, and 7 months for kiwi and Limon. Limon would actually tries to rip i tiny bit of whatever i want them to try, just only one single itty bitty bite, maybe just to experiment with her beak. Thats at least some interest. Sadly, Kiwi and Snowy actually run away if i try hanging lettuce or something in their cage. They won't go near it. I tried putting seeds with their blend, but they are so smart, they just eat the seeds. I did a mash, with pellets and stuff, and its still not successful. I do know that they do like strawberry, raspberries, and blueberries a bit more, because they sometimes have dirty beaks but i look inside the bowl, and it's only the seeds that are gone, so maybe while trying to eat the seeds and things just got messy in the process. So, what should i do? I really want to get this sorted out. I tried cutting the vegetables smaller and larger, which i really did not notice it makes a change either way, but i do think they do better with mashes. I do it everyday, and honestly i don't mind. I mean if they eat it, it has to become a daily thing anyway, so i don't mind that. But how do i encourage them to try it?

I will post some pictures of their bowls, i don't have any pictures of their mash that i did for them, but i will still post few of their dishes i did for them for the past 2 days. It would be great if you guys can have a look and tell me what i'm doing different and should be fixed. I try giving them mashed nuts, bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, kale,green and red lettuce, cucumbers, and the berries i mentioned earlier. I also gave them eggs without the shell, in which none of these were eaten.
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Old 05-11-2015, 01:08 AM
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It sounds like you're doing a great job so far in trying everything you possibly can! As I'm sure you know, budgies are very finicky, and getting them to try new things seems a herculean task sometimes!
I recently went through the struggled of switching my girl over to pellets. She eats ZuPreem Fruitblend, which I recommend that you try for three reasons:

-They might like the colors more (my little girl loves the colors, she has her favorites ) and therefore be more inclined to eat it.

-If they do try it, you will know as their poop will attain a more...colorful hue

-It comes in different sizes, and although there is one for "Small Birds" they make for parakeets, get the canary one because it has the exact same ingredients (I checked!) but is the same size as a seed, so they may get a mouthful anyway.

Switching Mallorn over took about a month in total, and I must say I feel incredibly lucky because many birds (as you have experienced) take much longer. You're doing it right--increase the pellets to seed in ratios.
Here's the tough part: Many budgies won't try a bite as long as there's a single seed in that dish.
Then they ignore the pellets or toss them all out, which, obviously, isn't good. After they're used to the idea that their seeds are gradually being replaced, you'll have to cut seeds out.
Entirely, for two days, don't give them any seeds. Don't worry if they don't eat--they will be fine for two days, as budgies can go almost three without food, and usually, this does the trick. If not, continue offering a small amount of seeds along with the pellets, and hopefully they'll realize that their new food is pellets.

Once they start eating the pellets, keep them off seeds for a week or so to get them used to the idea that they are no longer seed-addicts!
I started introducing seeds back into Mallorn's diet very gradually, now it's at a steady ratio of about 15-20% seeds and 80-85% pellets.

As for veggies, I can only say three words:
Don't give up!
I know it sounds ridiculous considering you've spent so long trying to get them to eat veggies, and you're doing all the right things.
Budgies are naturally curious, and maybe one of these days, Limon will show Snowy and Kiwi to nibble on something.
Until then, continue to munch your veggies in front of them with gusto, and offer food all the ways you can think of.
Keep us posted and I hope this helps!
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It sounds like you're doing a great job so far in trying everything you possibly can! As I'm sure you know, budgies are very finicky, and getting them to try new things seems a herculean task sometimes!
I recently went through the struggled of switching my girl over to pellets. She eats ZuPreem Fruitblend, which I recommend that you try for three reasons:

-They might like the colors more (my little girl loves the colors, she has her favorites ) and therefore be more inclined to eat it.

-If they do try it, you will know as their poop will attain a more...colorful hue

-It comes in different sizes, and although there is one for "Small Birds" they make for parakeets, get the canary one because it has the exact same ingredients (I checked!) but is the same size as a seed, so they may get a mouthful anyway.

Switching Mallorn over took about a month in total, and I must say I feel incredibly lucky because many birds (as you have experienced) take much longer. You're doing it right--increase the pellets to seed in ratios.
Here's the tough part: Many budgies won't try a bite as long as there's a single seed in that dish.
Then they ignore the pellets or toss them all out, which, obviously, isn't good. After they're used to the idea that their seeds are gradually being replaced, you'll have to cut seeds out.
Entirely, for two days, don't give them any seeds. Don't worry if they don't eat--they will be fine for two days, as budgies can go almost three without food, and usually, this does the trick. If not, continue offering a small amount of seeds along with the pellets, and hopefully they'll realize that their new food is pellets.

Once they start eating the pellets, keep them off seeds for a week or so to get them used to the idea that they are no longer seed-addicts!
I started introducing seeds back into Mallorn's diet very gradually, now it's at a steady ratio of about 15-20% seeds and 80-85% pellets.

As for veggies, I can only say three words:
Don't give up!
I know it sounds ridiculous considering you've spent so long trying to get them to eat veggies, and you're doing all the right things.
Budgies are naturally curious, and maybe one of these days, Limon will show Snowy and Kiwi to nibble on something.
Until then, continue to munch your veggies in front of them with gusto, and offer food all the ways you can think of.
Keep us posted and I hope this helps!
I think thats what im going to do. I may be wrong, but isn't seeds suppose to be around 70-80 percent, and pellets around 20-30?
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I agree with StarlingWings with regard to everything she's written!

Do try the Zupreem Fruity Pellets -- all my budgies love them (even the one that wouldn't try pellets for it seemed like forever!

It can take a very long time to get them to try vegetables but don't give up.

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I think thats what im going to do. I may be wrong, but isn't seeds suppose to be around 70-80 percent, and pellets around 20-30?
Not quite! It's the other way around
Since pellets are the "staple" diet, containing all the necessary nutrients, they should be the main part of a dry diet, and seeds, which are higher in fat content and lower in essential nutrients, should make up a smaller part.
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Not quite! It's the other way around
Since pellets are the "staple" diet, containing all the necessary nutrients, they should be the main part of a dry diet, and seeds, which are higher in fat content and lower in essential nutrients, should make up a smaller part.
Oh! But, my budgies are slightly on the lighter side because they didn't get enough to eat in their old cage where i bought them. They had a lot of budgies in there. I think about 10 or so... I know pellets are good, but maybe i should do 50/50 i don't want them to lose weight. Snowy is 29, kiwi is 30, and Limon is 31. I want them to all be around 32 or so.. Snowy is VERY thin. She did get blood work done on her so she's fine of parasites and viruses. But the vet did specify that he would at least like her to be at the 30 mark. I went to the vet around the first week of january, and today i got a scale and she's exactly the same weight! Its been like 4 months, and no weight gain
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Oh! But, my budgies are slightly on the lighter side because they didn't get enough to eat in their old cage where i bought them. They had a lot of budgies in there. I think about 10 or so... I know pellets are good, but maybe i should do 50/50 i don't want them to lose weight. Snowy is 29, kiwi is 30, and Limon is 31. I want them to all be around 32 or so.. Snowy is VERY thin. She did get blood work done on her so she's fine of parasites and viruses. But the vet did specify that he would at least like her to be at the 30 mark. I went to the vet around the first week of january, and today i got a scale and she's exactly the same weight! Its been like 4 months, and no weight gain
As soon as they reach a stable and healthy weight then I would recommend decreasing seeds, right now I agree that a priority is to build them up a little more so they can be healthy! Now, keep in mind that not all budgies are going to weigh the same, so even if Snowy or another one still weighs what they do now after a while, and the vet proclaims them healthy, then don't worry about it
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Try the Zupreem Fruitblend - it has a sweeter taste than most pellets and your budgies will take it easily. My 2 had a VERY easy transition to Zupreem Fruitblend from seed.
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I'd eat the stuff you feed your birds.... ... I know you hear this over and over, but... do hang in there. Mine were exclusively seed eaters. Even after a year, they aren't wild for pellets ... they eat CERTAIN veggies and no fruit yet. But.. getting them to eat veggies was huge, so .. baby steps seem like giant leaps for these very picky birdies. Their thing at the moment is parsley.. go figure. I just keep offering and if they try a little of something, I'm happy.
As far as a seed mix that is a hit at my house... Dr. Harvey's (I buy through Amazon.. note: It's spendy)... or Volkman's. Other people may have more expert opinions...
I understand how hard this is, especially with your little underweight guys.. but .. I know they'll get there. You are more stubborn than they are, right?
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Does anyone know where I can buy Zupreem fruit blend XS in the UK? My budgies won't touch Harrisons - still persevering though.
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