Baby Misty has now been in our home for almost three weeks. We feed him KayTee, which is available both in pet stores and at our avian vet's office. I don't know if it's the healthiest stuff around (the vet said it contains quite a bit of fat, but he says it's fine for a normal weight bird). Misty loves the KayTee, and snarfs it down, although he tosses out all the big pieces (the red balls, birdie cookies, large seeds, dried corn, dried veggies, and so on). We tried another brand that had only the smaller seeds in it, but he won't touch it. After two days, we relented and gave him KayTee again. The same thing happened with our last budgie, who loved anything KayTee (regular seed, treat, and molting food) but turned his beak at up any of the seemingly healthier, lower fat, enriched mixes from the exotic bird store that bred him. Is there something about KayTee that makes it more tasty to budgies? Do they add artificial flavors or lots of anise oil or sugar or fat or something else that budgies love? Should we be concerned about feeding Misty KayTee products? If you switch brands and the bird doesn't like it, will they actually starve themselves rather than become accustomed to the new food after a few days when they get hungry enough?
I know all about the stuff budgies are SUPPOSED to eat and in what proportions, but theory and reality don't always intersect. Misty has not yet reached the stage where he will touch fresh fruit or veggies. If we put them in his dish, he ignores them. Same with a pellet. Nor is he interesting in anything we eat. So we can't eat fresh fruits and veggies to tempt him to try them.
KayTee is not a product that I choose to use with my budgies as they have had too many recalls over the past few years for my comfort level.
I would try a high quality seed mix such as Volkman's or Dr. Harvey's.
Misty should only be eating between 1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons of seed per day. Generally changing from one seed mix to another isn't a big deal.
You might try starting off by mixing the new seed with the KayTee and gradually increase the proportions of the new seed until he's completely converted over to it.
Do you scatter the seed on the newspaper on the bottom grate of the cage (after changing the paper, of course) to allow him to forage for it? I give my birds their seed ration in two portions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon and they love running around on the newspaper "foraging". That might also be a way to get Misty more interested in a higher quality seed mix.