Hi everyone, I'm brand new to owning a budgie and I have a question which is probably really silly.
I've read through posts on here and keep seeing people talk about 'feeding times', but I have the food in his food dish for him to help himself. Is this wrong? Should I just put the food in at certain times?
My budgies get free fed like yours do. This is a common way to feed. But I did have a budgie who due to a genetic malfunction, one day began to eat, and eat, and eat.... and gained a ton of weight all of a sudden, so the vet ordered him on a diet with a strict feeding plan of a measured amount in the morning and evening. Then there for a while, when it looked as if Twigs was going that way too, and the vet said he had a couple grams to lose, I gave him feeding times with portions as well. Thankfully, the situation reversed, he lost weight, and he never went back to the overeating, so he is free fed once again together with Mink.
Also, when people refer to "feeding times", they might mean times when they put out fresh foods, veggies and such that can't stay in the cage like pellets or dry foods can. Some may feed a portion of fresh foods in the morning and evening for example, while leaving the dry foods in the cage.
If you feed fresh once a day it is fine too. There is no hard and fast rule about a "time" to feed your budgie. You do what works best for your schedule and the health of the bird.
Btw, it wasn't a silly question! That's what this forum is for... to answer any budgie questions you might have.
Last edited by RavensGryf; 03-14-2016 at 04:43 AM.
Thank you so much for your answer. That really helps. Glad your budgie got better.
This is the third day we have had him and he he has not touched the bird seed in his dish but has been eating off the stick the whole time. I put carrot in but he didn't touch it.
I've just made him a mix of egg and bird seed and he went to it straight away and ate it. I'm so happy it's the first time I've seen him so enthusiastic about his food.
Thank you again for your answer I understand now. I'm glad I've found this forum I will probably be on with lots of questions )
Sometimes it takes a while for a bird to eat foods it's not familiar with. It's harder when they don't have other budgie friends who eat healthy to follow as an example. Just keep trying and don't give up. Experiment with presenting the veggies in different ways... cut tiny, cut chunky, in slices, in a big piece to bite off of, etc. You might find they like it a certain way, yet won't touch it another way.
One thing I do with my budgies is say (excitedly) something like "look guys! vegetables!! Good boy/girl" and put my finger on it or point to it. I will see their little heads turn and their eyes looking! I do this for acceptance of new toys too. I know it can be discouraging when they don't go for a new item right away, but keep it up!
After eating the egg for about 30 seconds something disturbed him and he flapped around and went back to his stick food and starting eating frantically. It's like he is eating off the stick as a comfort when he is stressed.
At first I thought it was a good sign that he kept eating it as it meant he wasn't that scared if he's eating in front of me so soon but now I'm realizing that I think it may be a nervous thing. He won't touch the egg now.
But as you say I just need to experiment. And also as its only his 3rd day I don't want to rush him I know it takes time for him to gain trust.
Greetings born and welcome to the forum.you just gotten some of the best advice from a wonderful friend of ours.birds will get a little nervous and scared a lot when you first get them.I use soft music and tv.plus cover 3 sides of the cage.it helps them to stay calm.they don't have to worry about what's going around them and just focus on the front.but you will do great from all the fantastic information and helpful folks here.many blessings and thanks for joining us.hope to see a picture of your budgie 1 day after its settled in .
Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.
It would probably be best for you to remove the "treat" stick and offer a good quality seed mix in a food dish or scattered across the clean newspaper on top of the bottom grate of your budgie's cage.
Given a choice, a budgie will go for either spray millet or "treat" sticks rather than their regular food and then "refuse" to eat other food if they find they can train you to give them what they want. This can result in various health problems.
A budgie needs approximately 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of a good quality seed mix per day.
I feed my birds a measured portion of seed morning and evening. I keep pellets in their cage 24/7 so they always have access to food. Vegetables are served in a separate dish and never left in the cage for too long.
Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.
To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to him for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to him so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt him.
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch him.
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming him.
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near him, you can offer him a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to him whenever you interact with him.
Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
Please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
Oh wow thank you so much for all that information. I will be sure to follow your advice.
I have removed his treat stick and he seems to be in a bit of a mood about it. His cage is a house shape and last night he spent the whole evening sitting at the top of the cage with his head right in the groove of the roof.
He's chirping away now back on his normal perch but hasn't touched any of his dry food or the fresh food I put in this morning.
You've already received great information and advice from the previous posters, so I'll just say--keep up the good work! You're doing well at helping your little guy settle in and I know that with time, he'll be much more comfortable in his surroundings.
Be sure to read through all the links provided, and if you have any questions afterwards, please do ask as we'd love to help
Hope to see you around and we'd love to see pictures of your little fellow soon!
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