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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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Default How do i incourage my flock to eat anything but seeds?

I have just recently gotten 4 budgies and it seems they have never had anything fresh. Ive put a dish of all sorts off fruits and vegtables multiple times chopped up whole mushed yet they dont even look at it and act like its not there.Any suggestions on how to get them to try ?! (Ive also got plenty of seed available should i remove it for awhile?)

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Hello there !

Budgies are quite difficult birds when it comes to changing diets. Budgies not used to fresh food will not even acknowledge it let alone give it a try.My budgies were exactly the same as yours a few years ago.

You should begin with small steps. I've found that they show a preference towards green coloured foods.
A few leaves of spinach , kale or some broccoli might make them curious enough to take a nibble.

But all my birds (budgies, tiels , bourkes, red rumps etc...) show a special love for Coriander (Cilantro) . It works wonders during training. I have had completely wild budgies accept Coriander directly from my hands.
I highly recommend you give it a try !

Once you get them to eat one thing , they do become more open towards other foods as well. You can then move on to other fruits/veggies. Bell peppers , grapes , carrots , Mung sprouts are some of my birds' favourites .

You could also try sprinkling seed on some of the food to encourage them to have a try .

Budgies are flock birds. If you have one bird which readily accepts fresh food , its only a matter of time before the rest of your birds start accepting it too it .

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Hey there!

Vinay has given you great advice

Patience and variety are the best tools to employ when introducing veggies :thumsbup:

Since your birds are still relatively new, it will take them time to adjust to new offerings in diet and will probably explore it eventually. Meanwhile, sprinkling seeds on it is a good idea! Once they realise the seeds are sprinkled on top, you can try mixing the seeds with the veggies, like shredded carrot or chopped parsley, to encourage them to dig through to find their seeds and even try some veggies!

Another effective way to introduce veggies is to hang wet greens, like cilantro, parsely, romaine lettuce, or other dark green lettuce from the top of the cage. Budgies are often attracted to the moisture and will have fun playing with it or bathing in the greens

Above all, don't give in! I'm sure that soon they'll find something they like

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Mine were difficult too! All I had to do was mix their seeds in organic baby food and that did the trick! Just make sure there are no added sugars etc. in the baby food
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