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Diet and Nutrition Discuss issues related to diet and learn about encouraging your budgie to a variety of healthy foods
Thread Description:Need advice on how to get a fussy eater to eat fresh fruit and veg.

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Old 11-16-2015, 05:39 PM
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My Budgie Echo is currently on a whole seed diet. However ever since I got him I've been trying to feed him fresh fruit and veg, but he never touches it. I've tried every trick I could think of and every trick I've found online.

Echo is now about 6 months old and has never had anything other than seed, millet and treat sticks.

So far I've tried.-
* Hiding the fresh food in seed/millet.
* Clipping the fresh food to the bars and leaving it for 30 minutes - 4 hours depending on the food.
* Giving him a pot of millet (for a month) then adding a tiny amount of fresh food.
* Trying to give to to him plain.
* Showing him that I like the food, then offering him a bit.

I'm now completely out of ideas on how to give him fresh fruit and veg. Does anyone have any advice?

So far his lack of vitamin A has caused him to get Scaly Face Mites, and he still won't touch anything.

I know this part is in the wrong forum but don't really see the point in creating a new post because it's on the same topic.
I've recently seen a bag of dried fruit and veg for birds in a petshop and was wondering if Echo would still get the nutrients he needs from dried fruit and veg.

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Old 11-16-2015, 05:44 PM
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Have you tried sprouting some seeds? Sprouts may interest your Echo and once he tries that out, it will be easier for him to start eating veggies.

I have moved your thread to the Diet and Nutrition section where it's most appropriate.
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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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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.

Our Budgies Diet - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

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

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...r-budgies.html

Using ACV in your budgie's water works as a natural probiotic which promotes good digestive health.

https://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natu...r-vinegar.html

With a healthy diet, you should not need any vitamins or supplements other than Vitamin D3 which is used for birds who get limited direct sunlight.

Here is an article about Full Spectrum Lighting:
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-articl...-lighting.html

This link gives you an idea for a small full spectrum light:

Clamp Lamp and Incandescent Spot Lights at Drs. Foster and Smith: Portable lighting for pet birds

You may choose to use a supplement like Soluvite D in addition to a full spectrum light:

Lady Gouldian Finch .com - Soluvite D
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Hi Nicola
When I had my aviary birds this is what I used to do for them (see picture below) I chopped the veg up into seed sized pieces using the chopper you can just see in the picture, the chopper is from Asda and it was only 5.00, I mixed their seed into the veg mix and found that as they went for the seed they were also taking the veg aswell, now I only have one housebird I chop up a batch, freeze it in ice cube trays and defrost some every day for my bird, mix in the seed and she loves it, obviously make sure the veg is at room temperature before you serve it. Just an idea for you.
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My budgie loves carrot and red pepper....I chop it up in tiny pieces and feed it to her when she is outside her cage. She has a certain spot she likes to hang out at so I set it out there for her. I like Pete's idea...I'll have to give that a try!
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Patience and perserverence are needed with budgies that are stubborn with trying new foods. You have been given some great tips, and just need to keep trying some of these methods until you get a breakthrough...
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Originally Posted by FaeryBee View Post
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.
Diet and Nutrition - Talk Budgies Forums

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.

Our Budgies Diet - Cute Little Birdies Aviary

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

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...r-budgies.html

Using ACV in your budgie's water works as a natural probiotic which promotes good digestive health.

https://talkbudgies.com/holistic-natu...r-vinegar.html

With a healthy diet, you should not need any vitamins or supplements other than Vitamin D3 which is used for birds who get limited direct sunlight.

Here is an article about Full Spectrum Lighting:
https://talkbudgies.com/budgie-articl...-lighting.html

This link gives you an idea for a small full spectrum light:

Clamp Lamp and Incandescent Spot Lights at Drs. Foster and Smith: Portable lighting for pet birds

You may choose to use a supplement like Soluvite D in addition to a full spectrum light:

Lady Gouldian Finch .com - Soluvite D
Thanks this has really helped
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Have you tried sprouting some seeds? Sprouts may interest your Echo and once he tries that out, it will be easier for him to start eating veggies.

I have moved your thread to the Diet and Nutrition section where it's most appropriate.
I didn't even know you could sprout bird seed, I'll give this a try.
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