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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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Old 11-14-2015, 04:22 PM
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I've had Mazi for a few months now and ever since I got her, I've been trying to get her to eat pellets, but she just won't. Every time something didn't work I would wait at LEAST a week before trying something else (after trying the same thing for a while). I've read many different techniques and none have really worked. She tried them once (after I had placed her seeds in a seed dispenser for a while and then switched it to pellets because the millet bowl thing wasn't working) but then seemed to be spitting them out. She might have eaten some from that at first but then she started to just ignore it and only eat the seeds. After trying everything I could think of from switching bowls,and removing seeds for a couple days to eating the pellets myself and acting like I loved them and offering her some, and foraging through pellets and making my fingers "eat them".. She still rejects the pellets and only eats the seeds. I'm worried because I know she needs pellets in her diet and she's not eating them.

Ive also tried moving the location of the bowl with the pellets all around her cage, only offering pellets at certain times of day, etc.. nothing seems to really work

I'm thinking that since switching the containers after having the seeds in it got her to at least try it I should try that once more, but if that doesn't work, then what?

I also haven't been able to get her to eat any fruits and/or veggies

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I'm trying to get mine to eat pellets too! I've read that its not an easy task. I also read to try adding a little water to them so they become soft or smashing the pellets up. I tried the water and she wanted to part of it. I tried smashing them and I did see her eating some but not very much. What veggies have you tried with Mazi? Mine loves carrots and red pepper so if your worried about her getting her vitamins then you may want to try those among a lot of others. There is a sticky that lists fruits and veggies that budgies can eat. Good luck!

Also, I chop the veggies up into tiny pieces that are easy to eat!
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I can't get mine on pellets but as long as they have veggies in their diet, I'm happy enough.
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Try some egg food. You can also use this method to get them to eat veggies. Here's a link to Lindsey's recipe:

Egg Food- Our Aviary Recipe Step By Step - Cute Little Birdies Aviary


I would suggest quartering everything but the egg, in which I use 1 egg.
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I'm trying to get mine to eat pellets too! I've read that its not an easy task. I also read to try adding a little water to them so they become soft or smashing the pellets up. I tried the water and she wanted to part of it. I tried smashing them and I did see her eating some but not very much. What veggies have you tried with Mazi? Mine loves carrots and red pepper so if your worried about her getting her vitamins then you may want to try those among a lot of others. There is a sticky that lists fruits and veggies that budgies can eat. Good luck!

Also, I chop the veggies up into tiny pieces that are easy to eat!
I've tried carrots which was one of the first things I tried and I tried cutting them into small pieces and even shaving them and then cutting them. I tried celery and she threw them across her cage. I tried strawberries and I thought she'd like them because they have seeds, but nope... Then last night I tried canned pumpkin and she didn't like it at first and then i mixed it with seeds and pellets and used my finger like my finger was eating it and she actually ate a little bit of that... I don't usually get red peppers but I will definitely try that. Are green peppers okay too?
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Please take the time to read the tips on how to introduce new foods to your budgie which can be easily found in the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.

When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.

All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!
Zupreen Fruity Pellets (most budgies seem to accept these quickly)
Use the smallest size - the ones labeled "canary".

Zupreem Natural
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Zupreem Avian Entrees Harvest Blend
Good seed brands are:
Dr. Harvey's
Volkmans
To enhance your budgies diet, you can begin introducing vegetables and fruit to them.

It can take several weeks for budgies to decide to try a new food.
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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I'm going to piggy back on Deb's post real quick a little bit. With the Zupreem, the fruity flavored ones are recalled it would seem pretty often. Just be sure to double check with the company and find out if there are any current recalls, and if not, when the last one was. We use Dr. Harvey's currently and our flock loves it! We also use Harrison's pellets, super fine for the size. It's the same size as the Zupreem canary. We are able to get our pellets locally, but have to order the seed. Although both are sold online. They both also have a store locator so you can find out if they are sold near you.


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