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Thread Description:I would like some advice on budgies not eating new food or a different diet.

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Old 07-09-2015, 10:08 PM
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Question Budgie/Parakeet won't eat new foods

My budgie has eaten Vitakraft's Vitasmart complete nutrition parakeet food. Recently, I went out to buy something different to mix it up. This time, I bought Vitakraft's MENU care complex parakeet food and a side of Ecotrition Grains and vegetable supplement seeds. Over the past 3 months since I got my budgie, I tried feeding it carrots, lettuce, and corn. It has only ate a few carrots and no luck in the others. It won't try to eat any fruit like grapes or strawberries. I only give the Vitasmart food and spray millet as a snack. Unfortunately, it hasn't eaten the new MENU care complex food and I haven't tried giving it the Ecotrition supplements either. My budgie has a pink nose so it is young. The petsmart employee said it was around 1-4 months old. It is most likely a male because the nose color varies from bright pink to purple and blue-purple. I would like to get some advice on how to break my budgie's appetite to a more diverse diet. Anything would help me out. Thank you in advance!

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Old 07-10-2015, 07:57 AM
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There are a few things you can do. In order to get a budgie into new foods a cage mate budgie would start the ball rolling. Its called competitive flock eating. What one bird eats the other bird will eat. The second way I suggest is to present the new food in a different way. Bowls are not so interesting to a bird. Putting the new food into a foraging arrangement may peak the interest.
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Thank you, i will try to do that.
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Firstly don't give up trying different food greens, thyme, basil, broccoli, sprouts, parsley, are all a sure winner here in my house.
Carrots, mandarin., banana, apple, also . You just need to persevere, usually the budgies don't realize these new foods are YUMMY.
I pick fresh grasses with seeds as well I scatter different foods on a flat area or even hide them . they love finding a treat!
Also if you post a clear picture front on the experts will be able to tell you for sure what sex your budgie is.
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Because it is a young budgie, it is mostly scared half the time. It can step up on my finger easily but it always wants to stay in its cage only. The budgie has a better bond with me than my parents since I am the one taking care of it. I have had my budgie for about 3 months. It plays with bells on its toys but it usually does so if I'm not looking or not around the room. This is one of the recent pictures. As stated before, its nose turns blue-ish purple to bright pink. I've tried putting carrots around a small dish with the new food and added a small umbrella on the side and it ate some but not it's usual meal size. Today, i added a colorful gemmed bracelet around the bowl and the same umbrella with a presentable dog figurine that is very small. It hasn't eaten it but as i put some back in the bowl it only ate about 8 seeds at the least. I have been trying to get organic foods for it to eat and will soon. Is lettuce edible for parakeets? Also, what about white peaches or regular peaches?

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