Have already posted questions and budgie pictues. Received great answers and assistance. Thanks so much. Glad I found this website! Have a question on budgies no longer eating brand new millet sprig hung in case, but can't figure out how to post a new topic. Lots to learn. Thanks for the site and the help. Anne
Already received great help on telling gender of my 2 new young budgies. This question about their eating. On first day arrival, with new cage, besides good mixed seeds and pellets, water - we also attached a long millet sprig. They devoured it within 2 or 3 days. Held off a few days - and attached another as a treat. It has been 3 days, and they have not touched the new millet sprig, at all. Could something be wrong with the millet ? They are eating their regular food and water though. Twice I've tried cooking and smashing veggies and put into a feeder, according to threads or 'stickies' ? I've read. Today even added mashed whites of hard boiled egg. So far no interest in the veggies or eggs. But does anyone know why they wouldn't start eating the millet treat again, after 3 days of being there? THANK YOU. If I should post this question elsewhere, please let me know.
Last edited by FaeryBee; 11-30-2015 at 10:44 AM.
Reason: MERGED POSTS
Hello and welcome . Is the millet an new or different brand to what they had before? Budgies are notorious for being very wary of new or different brands. I have fallen victim to it myself. Bought one brand of Egg and biscuit mix and now that is the only one they will eat.
Edit. I have moved this thread to the appropriate area for you, I see you posted another question previously well done.
When you wish to post a question click on the Forum Home on the left of the page then scroll through the topics, I will Pm you.
Sorry but I couldn't help but giggle - a budgie that won't eat millet!! it just sounds funny - better hope that none of the other budgies find out!!
But on a serious note, I agree with the others, your budgie may not know what it is. They are ridiculously warey of anything 'new' and would just rather not investigate! Perhaps cut the sprig into small pieces and leave it in his food dish
Thanks for the replies. Will keep trying. I have been reading a lot about healthy diet, veggie and whole grain recipes etc. I won't give up. We also attach healthy things to the wire cage like part of a seedless grape, spinach, romaine lettuce, parsley etc. BUT any thoughts on why they have not touched at all - the new millet sprig attached to the inside? They devoured the first one we attached when we first set up the cage a week or so ago - and now haven't touched the new one ????? Any thoughts? Thanks.
I've merged your two threads with the question regarding diet/nutrition and millet into one.
Millet should only be given in small quantities.
1 to 1 1/2 inches per bird a day is sufficient.
Your budgies are new and it takes them time to become accustomed to things and used to their new environment. My budgies wouldn't touch millet for several weeks and then suddenly decided they loved it. Yours may have had their fill on the first spray of millet you gave them and simply don't desire to eat more of it right now.
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.
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.