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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 06-06-2016, 06:18 AM
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I have been seeing many postings about how other's flocks LOVE veggies and such but how does one get the Budgies into wanting to snack on them? Ive tried them with BB but he screeches at Celery and avoids anything it touches like the plague and throws carrots around the cage rather than eating them. By the time ive found what he did with the orange treat its covered in poop and seed shavings... and feathers.

So many feathers XD

With Lea being introduced how does one bring up the healthy snacks? With BB i had them in a little dish on the inside of the cage... but they were set to the side so "She" could find them and inspect them on her own time...

Another question is bird baths. Ive been told by the avian vet AND the lady i bought Lea from that if you set a bowl of water (optional with leafs of lettuces in it) the birds will bathe in them... NEITHER of my birds go anywhere near the water and BB almost seems afraid to be near the dish in the first place. Am i doing something wrong or are these both things that i should just keep doing like this and give them time? Is there a trick to it?

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Old 06-06-2016, 07:24 AM
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Hi there,

There are different ways you can present veggies to your budgies and the key is to be consistent and to not give up and to place fresh veggies on a daily basis. The presentation is also important and you will find out your budgies' preferences by trial and error. Some budgies like their veggies all chopped up and placed on a bowl, while others would much rather munch on a big leaf placed in between the cage's bars.

Budgies will usually go for leafy greens, romaine lettuce is a great starter veggie and most budgies will not resist it. After thoroughly washing the lettuce you can present it whole by placing it on the cage's bars.
My budgies love dripping wet leafy greens and will even bathe on it sometimes.
To spark their curiosity, you can also sprinkle a few seeds onto the veggies to make them more appealing.
For all the detailed information and tips on this subject, be sure to check the stickies at the Diet and Nutrition section.

About the baths, generally speaking, budgies aren't known to be great bathers or to bathe frequently. They will only bathe when they feel the need to and this will often coincide with the time they are moulting.
When offering them a means to bathe, it's important to pay attention to the amount of water placed on the birdie bathtub/bowl in order to avoid an accident from happening and preferably, it's best that we supervise them during this time.
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Hi there,

There are different ways you can present veggies to your budgies and the key is to be consistent and to not give up and to place fresh veggies on a daily basis. The presentation is also important and you will find out your budgies' preferences by trial and error. Some budgies like their veggies all chopped up and placed on a bowl, while others would much rather munch on a big leaf placed in between the cage's bars.

Budgies will usually go for leafy greens, romaine lettuce is a great starter veggie and most budgies will not resist it. After thoroughly washing the lettuce you can present it whole by placing it on the cage's bars.
My budgies love dripping wet leafy greens and will even bathe on it sometimes.
To spark their curiosity, you can also sprinkle a few seeds onto the veggies to make them more appealing.
For all the detailed information and tips on this subject, be sure to check the stickies at the Diet and Nutrition section.

About the baths, generally speaking, budgies aren't known to be great bathers or to bathe frequently. They will only bathe when they feel the need to and this will often coincide with the time they are molting.
When offering them a means to bathe, it's important to pay attention to the amount of water placed on the birdie bathtub/bowl in order to avoid an accident from happening and preferably, it's best that we supervise them during this time.
awesome will do on the veggie thing and thats really good info on the bath. Guess ill keep an eye out then on my birbs. Im a first time budgie mama so... this is all good to know stuff <3
thank you again for the speedy reply. mind you it is 3:45am where i am however i am a graveyard shift security officer sitting behind a computer desk and watching 36 movable surveillance cameras in a closed Hospital that has been locked up and fenced... so i literally can sit here and browse the forums all night

this is good news and i will be going veggie shopping when i get home anyways so ill be sure to pick up some Romaine for my babies and look into shopping up some carrots and other healthy greens and see how they like the treat. They actually both have a little treat dish i made fusing glass in a mold... i can make really cute dishes. Maybe i can promote custom treat and bird bath dishes here...
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I tried all colors of peppers, apples, oranges, pears, carrots, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, but the only things I can get mine to eat are Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, and Swiss Chard.

I put a few pieces of the leafy greens or broccoli in their normal food containers, and they all excitedly go for them. A big piece between the bars is a good idea! I will have to try that too.
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I tried all colors of peppers, apples, oranges, pears, carrots, cucumbers, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, but the only things I can get mine to eat are Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, and Swiss Chard.

I put a few pieces of the leafy greens or broccoli in their normal food containers, and they all excitedly go for them. A big piece between the bars is a good idea! I will have to try that too.
The "only" things! That's four good green leaf foods. Some here are just trying to get their birds to go near a leaf without saying yuk!

But the advice is to keep trying the others.

By the way, some birds seem to have an aversion to anything red. I have only just realised that my budgie Peta, a yellow lutino, makes a beeline for anything yellow, including sweetcorn & dandelion flowers / leaves that are out around here now.
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Hello, I'm very new to all this but I have found that my bird can't resist anything 'string like' or grass -like so maybe try fine strips or ribbons of veg ? Perhaps arranged in a decorative bouquet... ??Just me then ?
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hahaha oh my gosh so many great ideas

thank you all for the info. I tried some veggies today and Lea likes carrots... doesnt like celery and would much rather play with her lettuce than eat it. both birds were quite curious about the bowl of goodies but as expected celery was a "NO NO NO NO NO GET IT OUT NO NO" or in budgie talk "ACK ACK ACK SCREECH ACK ACK ACK ACK"

tomorrow im thinking about fruits... maybe they will like sweet apples and strawberries.

Still staying away from the bath bowl today but BB was checking it out... walking around it and just all over confused what it was until Lea threw her lettuce and made noise which caught her attention.
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