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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods
Thread Description:Hugo after his first sprout adventure

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Old 06-17-2015, 08:16 AM
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I delivered my first sprout attempt to the babies this morning. I think the pic tells all for Hugo's enthusiasm. Demelza tucked in as well, but as yet Lily is not interested. I will give Benedict a go tomorrow morning with the next crop!

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How cute that Hugo's little beak is all covered with sprout "remnants"!! Look like he really enjoyed them.
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Well done!

I sprout for the family all the time and only just tried to give some to Clouds a couple of times. First round he just stared me down with his 'what am I supposed to do with that?' look.
Yesterday he actually tried a few a then went back to them later. But I'm not sure he knows how to eat food like this. He's very clumsy with it and seems scared when anything behaves in a new way (i.e. when it can't be eaten exactly like a seed).

Do you chop the sprouts before you give it to your birds? And may I also ask what seeds you used?
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Do you chop the sprouts before you give it to your birds? And may I also ask what seeds you used?
Did I see on your post today that Clouds is taking them by hand? Excellent! My babies here aren't at that stage yet! Taming is very slow.....!

In answer to your question Dee, I am giving them whole in a separate bowl which still seems to be working. However Benedict will not touch them! My first experiment has been with Hagen Budgie Staple VME Seed, which seems to take 3 days to properly sprout. I aim to get some plain untreated seed and have a go with that in the next few weeks. What do you use?

I am in the process of changing feeding arrangements for all the budgies at the moment, moving from hoppers that has been my way for years, to bowls. The babies are now changed and much happier (the Hagen Gourmet mix I give them does not flow very well in hoppers). I can see now from posts on TB that this will give much more flexibility in mixing food in the future - although I will lose out with more cleaning and maintenance needed!

Once Benedict's bowls arrive I plan to chop sprouts and mix them in his seed to try to get him used to the taste, and introduce other veggies and fruit to him that way. Previously I have always hung these things up in the cage with little success - Benedict loves certain greens that way but will try little else! He also happily takes millet and greens from my hand, but again nothing else really.

This is a complete change to the routine for me - it now needs 15 minutes each morning to sort out food and water rather than 5, plus adding and changing things during the day. So I am getting up earlier, and am very glad that I have sufficient work flexibility to do more for them during the day!

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Well Simon, that looks like an entire new project you've undertaken! Good on you

Yes, Clouds has had two successful(ish) tries of sprouts in the last two days, from a clump on his tree and then today from my hand. He's really an amazing little character. As scared as he still is (and has every right to be since it's only been a month) he's making excellent progress. We're very lucky

I tried to sprout some of his seeds a few weeks ago but the results were very poor. This tells me that I should probably not buy them again from that same store (it was from the bulk bin too).

Here in New Zealand I have an excellent supplier of sprouting seeds. I'm just wondering if I shouldn't run separate bunches for Clouds, as he doesn't need them fully sprouted...

Thanks for your reply. Your post has provided food for thoughts.
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