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Hi everyone I've just got a few questions about my budgies so I have had my two budgies for 8months now and I got them from a pet store and they were only fee thing them a seed based diet there so they had never even tasted fruits and veggies before so once they were tamed which didn't take long because they were about 2 months old wen I got them, I started to shred up carrots, cucumbers, broccoli etc.. And they do eat it but they just take a few bites then go and eat their seeds and I give them boiled eggs one a week too which they like a lot but I'm afraid that they're not getting enough nutrition so I have went to a vet and they told me to get these calcium supplements and mixed vitamin supplements to put in their water it the thing is they did not tell me how often to put it in their water bottle and that's the problem I don't want to give it to them too often nor not often enough can someone help me eith that? And also if there's certain tricks to get them to eat more veggies than seeds other than starving them which I don't want to do, thank u so very much


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You need to look at the brand of the calcium supplement you purchased and either look up the proper amount on-line or call your vet to inquire how much to use and how often. The dosage amount and schedule generally will depend on the brand/type of supplement.

The only Vitamin supplement your birds should need is Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb the calcium.

Many seed brands already have vitamins added and you don't want to over-supplement.

Are you giving the budgies pellets as part of their diet as well?
If not, consider adding Harrisons, Roudybush, LeFarbers or Zupreem pellets as a part of their diet.

The fact that your budgies are 8 months old and eating vegetables is great! Don't worry that it appears they are only eating a little -- remember budgies are very small. Offer them a nice variety of vegetables and every little bit they eat will help them to be healthier.

Take a look at the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for tips on how to get your budgies to try new foods as well as safe foods for budgies.

I would also suggest you consider giving your birds Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) on a regular basis as a natural pro-biotic.

https://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natu...r-vinegar.html
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Great advice above, as usual

Budgies take forever to really eat a noticable amount of veggies. Until you find something they really like, they aren't really going to sit down and pig out on it. The fact that they've nibbled at it is great!

I agree to contact the vet if you're unsure, as budgies have such tiny systems that a little overdose could make them sick
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You need to look at the brand of the calcium supplement you purchased and either look up the proper amount on-line or call your vet to inquire how much to use and how often. The dosage amount and schedule generally will depend on the brand/type of supplement.

The only Vitamin supplement your birds should need is Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb the calcium.

Many seed brands already have vitamins added and you don't want to over-supplement.

Are you giving the budgies pellets as part of their diet as well?
If not, consider adding Harrisons, Roudybush, LeFarbers or Zupreem pellets as a part of their diet.

The fact that your budgies are 8 months old and eating vegetables is great! Don't worry that it appears they are only eating a little -- remember budgies are very small. Offer them a nice variety of vegetables and every little bit they eat will help them to be healthier.

Take a look at the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for tips on how to get your budgies to try new foods as well as safe foods for budgies.

I would also suggest you consider giving your birds Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) on a regular basis as a natural pro-biotic.

https://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natu...r-vinegar.html
Thank u all so very much! I have noticed that they really like brocolli and peas mushed up, and id like to ask how do i give them apple cyder viniger? Do i sprinkle it on their food or in their water bottle?
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Great advice above, as usual

Budgies take forever to really eat a noticable amount of veggies. Until you find something they really like, they aren't really going to sit down and pig out on it. The fact that they've nibbled at it is great!

I agree to contact the vet if you're unsure, as budgies have such tiny systems that a little overdose could make them sick
Yes i think i will contact the vet and ask because theyre very healthy now and i dont want them to get sick thank u so much!
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Hi Vilic
Firstly well done on trying to give your birds a healthy diet, personally I only give my budgie supplements in winter as a boost and only a couple of times a week, mainly vitamin D because they don't get as much from the sun in winter.
Anyway back to the vegetables (and fruit) mine gets brocolli, sweet corn, carrots, kale, peppers (red, green or yellow) and celery, I finely chop it all, I then mix in the seed, this means that if they want seed they have to dig for it and they always end up taking the vegetables as well, also they have half a banana and a slice of apple blitzed up once a week, it looks like baby food but smells gorgeous.
Give it a try, a bit of patience and I'm sure they'll love you even more for it
Thank u so muhc for listiing the types of food u give them! I will try them all out and see wat they really like!
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