I have two budgies that are 4 and a half years old. Their whole lives have been primarily based on a seed diet but love to nibble on romaine lettuce from time to time. I do understand that is not enough at all for their proper nutrition and therefore am trying to add new fruits and veggies, soon perhaps even pellets (please let me know if it is a good idea), to their diet. Is it too late for the healthier diet to make a positive impact on their lives/lifespans? Is this a smart idea? Thank you
It's never too late to improve your budgies' diet and as a consequence improve their health and quality of life. Since they already eat romaine lettuce, it will be easier for them to try out other leafy greens. You can start to offer veggies more often now as opposed to just once in a while and when they are more used to them, you can offer them on a daily basis. In order to get them more interested in fresh foods, you can also sprout some of their seeds.
When it comes to fruit, due to the high sugar content it's best to offer just a little piece once or twice a week. A good starter fruit most budgies go for is apple.
For all the detailed info on this subject, check the stickies here at the Diet and Nutrition section.
Good luck with your budgies and feel free to share some pics of them when you have the time!
EDIT: Pardon me regarding the fruit situation, I meant to say to offer a tiny piece once a week or once every two weeks and not twice per week.
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Sprinkle single seeds from millet spray on veggies. Start with small pieces of dark leafy greens.
Budgies are not too much into fruits but apple is a good one to start with, as the above poster mentioned.
If you have an access to seeding grass heads (no pesticides and not close to a road), they love those, as long as it is not dry (based on what I have noticed with my budgies)
I don't believe in pellets, so I will skip this part
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'm looking forward to hearing all about your budgies and hopefully seeing some pictures soon!!
Yep, it's never too late to improve their diet. I hate to say it, but I'd had Samantha on pretty much an all seed diet for twelve years! Now before you say anything, let me tell you that over a year ago I started sprouting and providing them with a lot of different veggies.
Oh, you should definitely try out sprouting for them! I find budgies are very accepting of sprouts (millet, canary, flax, wheat) if you only sprout them a little at first, serving them once just the tip of a root is peeking out of them. When first getting them used to sprouts, you might want to dry the sprouts a bit with paper towel before serving. Oh, you can also sprout the millet while it's still attached to the spray. Just make sure the spray millet is very fresh.
My guys' diet consist of 50% sprouts (millet, canary, flax, wheat, mung beans, lentils, canola), a third veggies, and the rest is dry seed. I'm not one for pellets, but if you insist on giving them to your cuties, I'd recommend Goldenfeast Goldn'obles III. They have no added colours, flavours, or vitamins, and consist of many ingredients, such as veggies, healthy grains, seeds, fruits, etc. They're also GMO-free (not that I'm anti-GMO) and most of the ingredients are organic.
My kids love romaine, kale, Swiss chard, carrots, tomato, chickweed, and celery.
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Thank you all for the help and warm welcomes! Yesterday I tried feeding them an apple but they only licked it, never even nibbled. Today, after all of your messages and suggestions, I put a slice of cucumber (with the peel) in their cage and they were absolutely terrified at first. Now they are crazy over it but are skipping the peel.
Nika, I followed your recommendation to put some millet on it and it worked like a charm. Thanks!
I think I'll also try sprouting before I consider purchasing pellets, so I'm going to have to educate myself on how to do so.
This thread has given me new hope in getting my Pepito to eat veggies and fruit. It seemed so impossible! Should I remove the seed from his cage when I put the veg in and then just give him seed once a day in the morning or something? Maybe he'd be more interested if it is the only thing in his cage?
I'm gonna keep trying... I really want him to eat his veggies.