Why have my budgies stopped eating their veggies and fruits?
About a month ago I noticed that all of my budgies have stopped eating the fruits and vegetables I provide them. Before that, they all ate it after I took away their seed dishes early in the afternoon. Now, they wont even touch it.
The vegetables and fruits I make is always apple, carrot, and cucumber. I blend them together so that they don't get to pick out their favorite one.
At first I thought they were storing fat from the seed so they won't go hungry during afternoon where were no seed available.
So, just yesterday I started to give them only 2 teaspoons of seeds per budgie per day. That's what I've read.
But this afternoon, they were ALL VERY HUNGRY FOR SEEDS! Despite this, they still wont touch the fruits and vegatables!
So my questions are these: one, why have my budgies stopped eating the fruits and vegetables. Two, I highly doubt two teaspoon per budgie per day is enough. I think mine needs like 3 table spoons per budgie per day.
Maybe it is because their bodies are overdosed with the vitamins and nutrients from the fruits and vegetables?
By limiting the amount of food intake, your budgies' metabolism slows down and as a result the time they go out of food increases and they get less hungry and their immune system also goes down and they are more prone to illness.
It's not a good idea to deprive your budgies of a constant food source, while veggies are rich in vitamins, your budgies cannot live just by a veggie diet, they need variety, the proper nourishment and the right calory intake from the seeds/sprouted seeds.
Mine have access to their seed at all times and all go crazy for their daily dose of fresh veggies/sprouted seed and they eat them whole (not mashed up).
I seriously doubt your budgies are overdosed with veggies/fruit, they just need to get their appetite back.
By fuelling your budgie's bodies with the right nourishment, they will get their healthy appetite and go back into eating their veggies and the occasional piece of fruit.
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If I fed you apples, cucumbers and carrots every day for a week, how much would you want it next week?
Budgies, like us humans, need a change in flavors. Instead of apples, put in pears, instead of carrots and cucumbers, give them Kale, Chinese Cabbage and watercress. Vary their diet a little, it'll make them much happier to eat.
And always allow them to have food they are going to eat in their cage, it's just cruel to starve them into eating.
Set out a big plate and let them pick out their favorite fruits and veggies. And as JW says, vary what you offer.
Birds have a very high metabolism, don't withhold seed from them.
Having a happy healthy budgie is a labor of love. They depend on you for everything. Whether you are dealing with people or budgies, if you try to turn eating into a control issue, forcing is not going to end up in a good way.
Instead of trying to control, see if you can tempt them into eating veggies/fruits again. Put out something that piques their curiosity, maybe a big whole leaf of curly kale.
Try offering them some basil, thyme, a little parsley banana or orange even my guys love licking an orange.
Offer them the vegies first thing in the morning as this is when they are hungry and then again just before they go to sleep. Afternoon they tend to nap and rest.
I have been withholding seed from them on a daily basis.
I provide them with unlimited seed during the morning and evening.
I think that if I give them 24/7 access to seeds, they will get fat from it and that it might be unhealthy.
But, starting tomorrow I will give them 24/7 access to seeds while at the same time give them the fruits and vegetables (carrot, apple, cucumber) during the afternoon. I will have to wait and see if they will eat it.
I will take in everyone's suggestions, but I want to try this out first.
James, please remember your budgies will become stressed if they think their food supply has gone. With holding seed is not the way to convert a budgies diet. If your birds have a big cage and toys to interact with and get some time to climb and fly they will not get fat.