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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 02-21-2016, 07:02 PM
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Question Going off pellets for a little while... Will they be okay?

So I usually feed Dr. Harvey's seed mix and Harrisons pellets together. So far, while they prefer seed, they will eat the pellets.

I have ran out of the pellets and won't be able to get some for maybe a month or two.

A while back I tried adding fruit and veggies to their food but they hated it. Now I am reintroducing it and so far they will eat spinach and green bell pepper, but they hate any kind of fruit. I have tried kiwi, banana, and mango. In the past I tried peaches as well. I am going to slowly introduce them and substitute their lunch for fruits and veggies instead.

I was thinking about trying to make seedlings out of lentils (the only bean/seeds we have at the moment). How would I go about introducing that to them?

Overall, my question is, if I can get them to eat a variety of food, will this be able to substitute the pellets until I can get some more?

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Concentrate more on the veggies than fruit as it's not so rich in sugar.

If you provide a healthy diet of a mixture of seed and veg, they should be fine. It would have been a good idea to maybe try and slowly decrease the pellets if you were to know there would be a gap in feeding them just for them to adjust. I'm not sure of the changes you might get in their droppings.
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It has been my experience in the past with the budgies I used to own, and now my two cockatiels, that these guys don't particularly like "mushy" fruit. Bananas, peaches (ripe), and such are juicy and soft. Try something that is crunchy like an apple.
Mine prefer vegetables though. Romaine lettuce is always a good choice. Parsley, basil, broccoli.
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Okay Thanks!

I have already noticed that their poop has become a darker green when before they were a tannish green color. No runny poop or anything. Can they have dill? And I will try some apples, we are loaded haha. What other veggies can I try?
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I would suggest a few leafy veg- I've had success with romaine lettuce as Dee suggested, spinach, kale, rosemary, parsley & sugar snap peas.

I don't believe dill is on the safe food list.
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Hello you can grow your own fresh greens for them too. Sprouting is easy and the love the green shoots.
Brocoli, basil, thyme, carrot, sprouts, are all favourites with my guys. I also pick grass with seed heads they love these.

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