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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 01-22-2016, 05:23 PM
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Have been trying to convert my 4 budgies to a mainly fruits and vegetables diet for quite some time now. They are all 2 years old.

The methods I have tried is the kebab method and slicing fruits and vegetables into thin crispy pieces, and then attaching them to the cage with clothespins.
At times, if I am lucky, they would actually nib on it for a while before taking aggressive bites and flicking them to the bottom of the cage.

The only methods I can think of now is the veggie cup method with mashed up fruits and vegetables.

Can I get some advice please!

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One of the ways I got my current budgie and all my past ones to accept veggies was to make birdy bread. I start mine with a corn bread base, add the shell (crushed) from the egg, scrape some cuttlebone into it, add some seed (for familiarity), pellets, then grated/chopped veggies, greens, fruits, nuts... Basically the kitchen sink LOL Bake it like you would cornbread. Cut into serving size portions and freeze for easy meals later.

You might see if you can get a product like the one I posted Here: https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...treat-mix.html- a cooking mix. There are lots of others brands, just looks for good ingredients, no preservatives or additives.

I've also mashed seed into a banana and once they got the taste I cut back on the seed and added new things and they were more willing to try them.

If they're tame, try eating with them- my current boy will taste new things if he is on me when I'm eating it. He's very much a social eater LOL

Many times, if you can get them to try one new food, you can slip new ones into them and they will accept them more easily.

Good luck! They can be a bit suspicious
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I found my birds would love a leafy veggie treat given to them on top of their cage, the first few times. If they perch out of their cage, try with. You could also try putting it on top of their cage poking in a little by their highest perch and see if they nibble it from inside.

I'd recommend trying something leafy to start with. Kale, lettuce... something like that. Mine have not shown interest in anything harder... carrot for example, but maybe I haven't presented it to them correctly yet.

And remember to only give them fruit about once a week, as it's sweeter and not so good for them.
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Therm and Sassy have both given you good advice.

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.

There are lots of other tips in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum if you read through the stickies.
Also, take the time to read the stickies in the Recipes section under Budgie Health as well.

You can also consider sprouting thier seeds
https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...r-budgies.html
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The secret is DON"T GIVE UP .
Budgies are notorious for being stubborn where new foods are concerned. My guys love basil, thyme, sprouts, carrot either in a piece where they break it off or grated. They love yam as well , banana is about the only fruit I have managed to get them to eat so far. Fresh grasses picked from chemical free area's they love as well.
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I found my birds would love a leafy veggie treat given to them on top of their cage, the first few times. If they perch out of their cage, try with. You could also try putting it on top of their cage poking in a little by their highest perch and see if they nibble it from inside.

I'd recommend trying something leafy to start with. Kale, lettuce... something like that. Mine have not shown interest in anything harder... carrot for example, but maybe I haven't presented it to them correctly yet.

And remember to only give them fruit about once a week, as it's sweeter and not so good for them.
I read somewhere that lettuce isn't optimal for budgies. Because they contain almost no nutrients and only water. This would only end up with runny droppings. I do think I should try something leafy to start with tho!
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Another good one to start with is broccoli or kale spinach. try placing a few wet leaves on the bottom of the cage, they love to roll around in the leaves and generally will have a nibble or two as well.
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Another option is to process the veggies into small pieces about the same size as their seed. Then mix a small amount into their daily seed so they are picking it up with the seed. That should force them to taste the veggies accidentally and may lead to them being willing to try bigger pieces and eventually the accept them.

My budgies learned to love orange (I put in a slice dipped in seed and it didn't take many times for them to love it). Then if I wanted to add a new veggie I just squeezed orange juice onto it and dipped it into seed. They ate the seed, tasted the orange flavour and pretty soon kept on munching into the actual veggie. I used that method to introduce lots of new foods. I am sure this works faster in a group though, no one wants to be left out so if one budgie looks like it is trying something the others want to get in quick in case they miss out!
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Romaine lettuce is recommended for budgies (I have a list of safe and recommended veg and fruit in my bag at all times) and this is what they have rather than iceberg or little gem etc.
Kale or spinach would both be fine substitutes though but I believe romaine must be somewhat better for them as it was the only lettuce on the list. ��
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Kale and spinach are not exactly lettuce, but they are very good if not better for budgies because of their high content of essential vitamins and minerals.

They are great veggies to give, dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and parsley are very popular with my girl. The only reason lettuce wasn't recommended is because iceberg and lettuce like it doesn't have any nutritional value and is mostly water, leading to runny droppings. Romaine lettuce is just fine
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