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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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Okay, so I could have given it a more descriptive title, but whatever. Essentially, my budgies are sick of the fresh foods I give them. Please try to read through the whole thing.

Okay, so I'll start at the beginning. My kids like their veggies. Sure, they don't eat as many different fruits and veggies as I'd like, but it's annoying trying to get them to try new things. Here's a list of what they'll eat:

Apple
Cherry
Mango
Snap peas
Carrot
Celery (favourite)
Spinach, romain, kale, chard, arugula, dandelion, cress...pretty much every leafy green known to man.
Tomato (favourite)
Watermelon (rind and flesh)
Blueberry

Yes, it may seem like a nice variety, but they are extremely picky when it comes to what I feed them and when. If I want to give them apple, I can only give it to them maybe once every other week, or they won't touch it. I cannot give them the same fruit or veggie more than two days in a row, and no more than three times in one week. They cannot have leafy greens more than four days in a single week, and they cannot be fed more than two days in a row. If I break any of these rules with, I don't know, carrot for example, they won't eat carrots for weeks, sometimes more than a month even!

Seriously, I'm having such a hard time making sure they eat their greens! Oh, and I forgot to mention that I'm not allowed to put fruits or veggies in dishes. They must be clipped to the side of the cage, and, depending on the day, they can be annoying specific about where they want their food clipped. Do you know how hard it is to clip cubed honeydew to the side of their cage!?

Please, I'm getting desperate. Even when I follow the rules they have put forth, they will sometimes go off a specific fruit or veggie for over a month, limiting even further what I can give them! Heck, one of Ziggy's favourite veggies used to be broccoli, now he, nor the others, will even glance at the stuff! RAWR!

I've even been scouring the yard for goodies to give them, like greater plantain, dandelion, purslane, chickweed, and seeded grass, but they're starting to get really tired of them too!

I need suggestions on how to make their food more interesting and exciting so they'll eat it! I will be forever indebted to anyone who gives me ideas.

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I'd love some foraging ideas for their food. m(_ _)m

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Old 06-08-2015, 06:12 PM
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Do they like to take bath's ? I like to put stuff for them to eat in the fresh bath water. I have never even tried but maybe 1/3 of the food's you have your's eating, even if they are picky. Sound's like you have the patterned pretty good...
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Thanks, Jonah, I'll definitely try putting some greens in a water-filled glass pie plate the next time I let them out. Ju and Ziggy LOVE baths! Alice also likes trying to fling water from their water dish on herself, but it's not so great when I've put vitamins, ACV, or tea in the dish.

I'm glad to hear that my guys are getting an okay variety of food. I mean, I thought they were on quite a limited diet, but if you say that your guys have tried maybe a third of the things my guys eat, then I guess I'm not doing too bad . I guess it's true that budgies are the pickiest of the parrots ...except for lories and lorikeets.
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Old 06-08-2015, 06:56 PM
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Well.... to me it depends on how happy you are to continue with their scheme! SOme people love having to potter around doting on their babies and are very happy to continue with whatever system ends up in place, and to me that is 100% fine. But if you want to change it here are a few thoughts:

Firstly, animals don't have the same concept of time as us, they live very much in the moment, nobody has taught them about hours or weeks etc. So they are not just ignoring the food for a few weeks to teach you to stick to a routine they have devised. They will learn that certain actions lead to other actions though so may work out that if they ignore one thing you will give them something they prefer.

I suspect that they have enough food that they are able to ignore some and eat others as they feel like it, which is fine as long as they are getting the diet you think they need. If you want them to eat more of certain things then offer them without other options for a while. My kids certainly won't choose to eat their least favourite veges if there are better options available (actually I have an Autistic son who won't eat certain foods even if there is no other food available and he is going to go hungry, forever, even if it kills him... but thats life with ASD!) and budgies are the same.

So, decide how much the current system is bothering you and whether you want to make a change, even if it means upsetting your babies for a bit. You can also process several veges, including new ones, into small pieces and mix with some seed in a dish. That often leads to them trying the new mix and learning bout new favourite foods.

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I am with Jonah, if my guys ate what your guys do I would be thrilled. I know what you mean by saying one day they will eat it and then they choose not to.
I put spinach leaves in the shallow water dish they do love nibbling as they take a splash around. Have you tried the birdy bread recipes here on the forum? They are another alternative.
I also let my birds out for free flight all day when I am home I actually place some grasses, greens and fruits around where they fly and sit. They love finding some treats !
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My budgies don't eat all these! If only they would eat all these!
A trick is that I wash well the leaves and while is very watery, I put it in the cages. They think it's fun rubbing on the watery leaf and when they do that, they eat some too
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I see what you mean about budgies not having a real concept of time, Toni. Honestly, though, if you met my budgies you'd swear they had a little calendar in their cage! I'll probably try your advice and take out all the dry seed in their cage during the day. If they wanna eat, they're stuck with sprouts (which they love) and fruits and veggies. The sprouts are a must have since I mix powdered dandelion root into it for Ju's testicular cancer.

I'm also going to try chopping veggies into little bits and mixing them into their sprouts.

As for what you said, Cathy, I came up with my own healthier version of birdy bread. It's a nice dense bread, but they haven't tried it. I should've put more veggies in it. I mean, I didn't really try all that hard to get them to eat it, so I should probably try again. The dogs love it, though! I can't let Teddy have more than a few pieces because it gives him really bad gas .

Oh, I really need to start letting them out more. The reason I'm hesitant to do it more often is because I don't exactly enjoy being forced to stay in their room for hours and hours until they go back in. Can I just leave them unsupervised in there? The room's pretty safe and I have a shower curtain I use to close off their room from the rest of the house. Plus, they just wander around on top of their cage the whole time. I'll try putting different things for them to eat on top of their cage and on their play stand.

Out of all the budgies I've ever had, Ziggy's the only one who likes bathing in greens. None of the others have even tried it.

Seriously, I'm so glad to hear my babes eat more variety than your budgies! I always thought my guys had a poor diet! It must be because of Lindsey and the crazy diet she has her birds on!

This summer, I'm going to teach the kids to eat beets, strawberries, bell pepper, and raspberries. Beets are super yummy, soft, and messy, so I'm sure they'll love them . I'm also going to be growing millet, canary seed, and mixed greens for them .
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You know.. I've never let my budgies out unsupervised! That kind of thing scares me enough! Any kind of accident could happen while you're not there.. I would say leave your budgies out when you're there to watch them!
The more the veggies the merrier.. It's so good that yours eat all these veggies
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Darn it, Despina! Fine, I'll sit and do my online university course with them. Whatever, I get the most done when I'm with them. Today I'll be trying to get them to eat bell pepper with technique that's written in is section of the forum.
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