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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 08-25-2016, 03:52 AM
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Bubs is a healthy and happy budgie. I have read what foods he can have on the forum but he hasn't eaten anything but his seed? I have put a bit of carrot, cucumber and rocket in a bowl and he never goes near it? I know I need to vary it! How can I get him to eat these foods? Thank you. Natasha/Bubs

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Old 08-25-2016, 06:39 AM
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Hi Natasha! I have moved your thread to the Diet and Nutrition section.

The trick to get your Bubs to try out fresh greens is by continuing to offer them to him and to present the veggies in different ways in order to see what sparks his curiosity the most.
Some budgies prefer their veggies to be finely chopped up and placed on a bowl, while others love a big dripping wet leafy green to freshen up and eat.
Romaine lettuce is a good starter veggie and even the most stubborn of budgies will feel tempted and go for it.
In order to facilitate this process, you can sprinkle a few loose seeds over the fresh greens, this will likely entice Bubs to check them out and while picking at the seeds he can have a bite at the veggie.

Depending on the bond and on how attentive the budgie is to us, it's also possible to make them interested in trying out a new food when they see us eating (or pretending) to eat a certain food. This will generally work better on budgies and other pet birds which are more closely bonded to us.

You will find good tips and info on the stickies at the top of the Diet and Nutrition section.

Best of luck in improving your Bubs' diet!
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Thank you Aluz. I pick up his toy and shake the bell. He comes to me for the toy. The bonding is still work in progress. Doing well though! I may try the Romaine lettuce with his toy? Nat/Bubs
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You're very welcome!

Yes, indeed you can introduce the veggies/fruit and incorporate them on the out of cage play time activities!

As for the fruit, due to the high sugar content, it's best to only offer a tiny piece occasionally.
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I have had some success putting leaves of kale or leafy stalks of celery down flat where they play outside their cage. Turns out that wet celery is also excellent for a budgie bath. (According to Freckles, at least; the others didn't seem to agree with her, but they liked nibbling.)
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Aluz has given great advice! (as always)

My additional advice to questions about veggie incorporation into diet is always the same! Make it into a toy! I replace the wooden part of a swing with a carrot stick; carrot swing! An apple slice works too, but fruit should only be given occasionally, so... I also have a little hollow ball with holes all over it, it has links that click together so I take it apart, put a piece of veggie inside, and they have to try to get chew it through the holes. They've learned by now that it is the "treat ball"!

Good luck with getting Bubs to eat veggies!
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