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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 04-18-2016, 05:42 AM
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So I have had Kiwi for 3 weeks now and I can't get him to eat anything else than mashed eggs. I know the theory that I have to be patient with new foods and it will take time till it tries something. So I have practical question- how do you do it?
Do you buy e.g. broccoli for 3 weeks and offer it every day till bird picks it up? And then go for something else again for few weeks till he tries it? Or do you offer few things at once e.g. some fruit, some veggie? And after how long I can give up and assume it's clear he won't eat it?
I have tried chopped apple and apple slices, I have tried broccoli for a week, I have tried romanian lettuce and baby lettuce , I have tried carrot slices, chopped carrots and grated carrots, carrots with mashed egg and today I'll offer him chopped orange. I figured I'll try to put it in tray where his seeds usually are, maybe that would encourage him. I'm just starting to get a bit impatient here lol as all he eats is seed, millet and eggs

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What I have done, is mash some different veggies together, pretty easy with the egg, that he likes already, then watch and see if he tries some of it, maybe add a few seeds to the mix also.
Just be patient and keep trying

One thing to try, if you haven't already, is Cilantro, I have seen several people whose birds love this stuff, my Fido included, I use that for my training, instead of millet, that's how much Fido likes Cilantro, especially the stem, he likes separating the soft yumminess on the inside of that, like when he separates the seeds from their hull.
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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.

Look at the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for lots of good tips on how to introduce new foods to your budgies.
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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 enjoy zucchini and red pepper.
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Hi.
What I have done, is mash some different veggies together, pretty easy with the egg, that he likes already, then watch and see if he tries some of it, maybe add a few seeds to the mix also.
Just be patient and keep trying

One thing to try, if you haven't already, is Cilantro, I have seen several people whose birds love this stuff, my Fido included, I use that for my training, instead of millet, that's how much Fido likes Cilantro, especially the stem, he likes separating the soft yumminess on the inside of that, like when he separates the seeds from their hull.
Thank you! I will try to find cilantro and hopefully Kiwi will like it too

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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.

Look at the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for lots of good tips on how to introduce new foods to your budgies.
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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 enjoy zucchini and red pepper.
Thanks, I'll try corn. Do I give it fresh or cooked? Just verifying as I think I read it can be cooked.
I tried peppers and chili for few days and added a bit to egg as well but no luck with that, I'll give it a try again later. Today I got broccoli and will try to put some in for few weeks, will see how it goes

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My girl loves corn, I'm sure it'll be a hit! Plus it's yellow, like eggs

Frozen thawed is the easiest way, in my opinion. Just buy a bag of frozen corn and you can defrost what you need until it's at room temperature and try it then
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I use frozen corn kernels and thaw them by placing them in a small cup of hot water for a couple of minutes.
After which, I drain them, place them on a saucer, sprinkle a bit of garlic powder on them and they are good to go!

Basil, Cilantro and/or Chickweed I just rinse very well in cool water, leave it damp place it on a saucer and serve.

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Thank you StarlingWings and FaeryBee! Will get some frozen corn!

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