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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 05-18-2015, 11:47 AM
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Question How Can I Introduce New Food?

Ok, so I'm sure there are already multiple posts about this but I want direct answers.

I have recently got 2 new budgies that were unfortunately raised on an all seed diet which I know is not healthy. I have been trying to introduce fruits and vegtables with no luck, even trying things like slicing, shredding, etc with no luck. I have also been trying to slowly add pellets to their diet but they just eat the seed and leave the pelets. I am really concerned about them becoming fat and unhealthy. Also if there are any suggestions on what your budgies like or what you started off feeding with that would be great. Any advice is greatly appreciated

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Jacob...I converted my tiel to pellet's using Nutriberries. They are not something I would keep them on long term because of sugar content in them but the ones made with pellet's in them will probably get them going. Crumble the nutriberries into their food dish, and once you see they are eating it all, start adding more pellet's in until you've weaned them off the nutriberries.

There are some really good sticky's in the diet and nutrition section with a ton of good advice to try until you find something that work's. Be patient and don't get discouraged...

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...rent-diet.html
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Thanks! I'll definitely take your advice and try it out! I'll also check out some other threads. Really appreciate it!
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Hello Jacob...Welcome to TB Forums. If your budgies are too stubborn to try anything but seeds, try taking out the seed bowl for a few hours for a fixed time...say 3-4 hours and keep the vegetables like grated carrot, beetroot spinach etc. in their cage. At first they might reject them and food will get waste but they'll eventually try them. I had to wait for 18-20 days before my birds tried carrots and since then whenever they see carrots, spinach or beet, they get hyper excited. I still haven't been lucky with fruits.
Wish you luck with your birds.
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Hi Jacob and to Talk Budgies!

It's great you are trying to convert your budgies to a healthier diet.
When I first started introducing pellets to my "seed only" budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash. You can sprinkle it over your budgies' seed. As the budgies hull their seeds, they ingest some of the Mash and begin to associate the taste with that of a food source. At the same time, I kept a separate food dish of Zupreem Fruity Pellets in the cage 24/7.

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Welcome to Talk Budgies!
It really is wonderful to see your initiative in taking care of your bird's diet.

The easiest transition pellet brand I've personally heard and experienced myself is ZuPreem Fruitblend pellets, the Canary size ones as those are better for budgie beaks.
These have bright colors, and although the colors may not be all that desirable in a diet, to the birds it's more fun to eat things that are pretty I recommend these.
Randy has a great idea as well with the Nutriberries, eventually it all comes down to the individual bird.
I transitioned my little girl onto pellets by gradually integrating them into her seeds, and although she didn't eat any after she ate all the seeds, it was mainly just to get her used to the idea that the pellets existed. Eventually, she'd finish off all the seeds in the bowl within a few hours, and would be begging for more, but I would make sure to not give in to her begging and she eventually ate some after she realized that she would be hungry throughout the day unless she ate them. After she started eating them (you can tell when this happens because their poop changes colors...) then I completely cut seeds for a week or two so she became accustomed to a mainly pellet diet, and after that period of time, I integrated seeds back in. It's now at a steady ratio of 20-25% seed and 75-80% pellets
Good luck with the transition, and don't give up on the veggies! It takes some birds forever to try a bite, and even though it's frustrating, eventually curiosity will get the better of them.
It's lovely to have you with us and I hope to see some pictures of the little rascals soon!
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Welcome to Talk Budgies!
It really is wonderful to see your initiative in taking care of your bird's diet.

The easiest transition pellet brand I've personally heard and experienced myself is ZuPreem Fruitblend pellets, the Canary size ones as those are better for budgie beaks.
These have bright colors, and although the colors may not be all that desirable in a diet, to the birds it's more fun to eat things that are pretty I recommend these.
Randy has a great idea as well with the Nutriberries, eventually it all comes down to the individual bird.
I transitioned my little girl onto pellets by gradually integrating them into her seeds, and although she didn't eat any after she ate all the seeds, it was mainly just to get her used to the idea that the pellets existed. Eventually, she'd finish off all the seeds in the bowl within a few hours, and would be begging for more, but I would make sure to not give in to her begging and she eventually ate some after she realized that she would be hungry throughout the day unless she ate them. After she started eating them (you can tell when this happens because their poop changes colors...) then I completely cut seeds for a week or two so she became accustomed to a mainly pellet diet, and after that period of time, I integrated seeds back in. It's now at a steady ratio of 20-25% seed and 75-80% pellets
Good luck with the transition, and don't give up on the veggies! It takes some birds forever to try a bite, and even though it's frustrating, eventually curiosity will get the better of them.
It's lovely to have you with us and I hope to see some pictures of the little rascals soon!
Very nice piece of information...
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Jacob...I converted my tiel to pellet's using Nutriberries. They are not something I would keep them on long term because of sugar content in them but the ones made with pellet's in them will probably get them going. Crumble the nutriberries into their food dish, and once you see they are eating it all, start adding more pellet's in until you've weaned them off the nutriberries.

There are some really good sticky's in the diet and nutrition section with a ton of good advice to try until you find something that work's. Be patient and don't get discouraged...

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...rent-diet.html
Is the idea behind this that the seeds in Nutriberries are hulled, so it gets the bird used to eating something without hulling it?
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