Originally Posted by Didoushkaya
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!