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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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I finally bought some spray millet and some treat mix (for the first time) for my little rascals and they're terrified of the millet! lol They won't go near it or anything! I thought they would just attack and destroy!

Only my female budgie seems to be open to trying new things but I have to peel the seeds off the millet ball for her to eat it. Otherwise, it's a no go. My males, on the other hand, are just so stubborn. How do I get them into the millet?

Also, my little sister and I are having the hardest time getting them into fruits & veggies. They will not look at it or even try it lol. What are some methods we can use? We've tried nudging and gently coaxing them to try it but they're not willing. We heard that just keeping them on a seed diet is pretty bad for them and so we've been trying to feed them fresh fruits for weeks.

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Hi! My budgies were terrified of millet at first too! But I got them to eat it right away. I showed them the millet, then I showed them me picking off the seeds off of the millet and gathered them in my palm like the usual seeds I feed them (which they love). So the seeds were no longer on the large millet stick. They felt more comfortable eating the millet seeds that are in my palm like how I usually feed them seeds. After they tried the millet seeds, they loved it, and were no longer scared of the big millet stick!


Also, to get your budgies into eating veggies and fruits, you can try making them looks like toys. For example, hanging it from the top of the cage, cutting them into strips etc.
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It can take several weeks for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Two of my boys initially were not interested in spray millet at all. After a few weeks they decided it is great.

Are you giving working on introducing pellets to your budgies as well as vegetables and fruit? A good one to start with is Zupreem Fruity Pellets in the smallest size available (Canary). Most budgies like the taste and the pellets are tiny like seeds so easier for them to accept. Once they start eating those, introducing the "natural" pellets is easier.

Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally.

Look at the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for lots of good tips on how to introduce new foods to your budgies.
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The first vegetable my guys tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).
Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
My guys adore fresh basil, cilantro and chickweed.
They also like zucchini and red pepper.

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I left a millet stick in their cage overnight and saw them all eating it this morning! They love it now and are no longer scared of it!

I put some lettuce and shredded carrot with some millet sprinkled on top in hopes of getting them to try it. Like you see in the picture, they're avoiding it like the plague haha. Is this a good way to start? I would leave some veggies overnight but they might go bad...
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