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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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Hello everyone. I was curious what brand of cuttlebones you guys use? Also my birds are refusing to eat pellets or any vegetables. I have tried for months and they refuse it. So I was wondering if anyone knows of any really good products that I can add to their food or water to help give them the vitamins and nutrients they need to be extremely healthy. Thank you.

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Hi there,
I have moved your thread to the Diet and Nutrition section, where it's most appropriate.

I'm fortunate enough that my country has a great coastal area and I can easily get fresh cuttlefish bone for my flock.
Don't give up on getting your budgies to eat fresh foods, when having the chance, this is always better than giving them vitamin supplements.
There are ways to make them more curious and interested in veggies, you just need to find out your budgies' preference when it comes to how you will present the veggies (whole, chopped, etc). If need be, you can also sprinkle a few seeds onto the veggie meal.
A good starter veggie to offer your budgies is romaine lettuce.

Be sure to check the detailed info and tips at the Diet and Nutrition section.
Good luck!
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Aluz has given great advice.

Since a cuttlebone is not man-made, it doesn't really matter which kind you buy, at least not that I've seen.

Just be sure not to use the metal holders it comes with, as those are often rusted. Instead, I use this method to hang my cuttlebones:https://talkbudgies.com/do-yourself/3...one-mount.html
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It took a while for my birds to try too. I was chopping them veggies up but when I tried a whole lettuce leaf on the bottom of their clean cage floor, they loved it.
Mine also love rosemary and I get them fresh rosemary pots and put them in the cage and they love to nibble and destroy it.
Keep trying.
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If they like a bath a wet lettuce leaf on the floor can tempt them down for the water and they start to nibble
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Keep trying with the pellets and vegetables.

You can sprinkle Harrison's high potency mash over a good quality seed mix. When the budgies hull the seeds, they ingest some of the mash and begin to associate the taste with that of a food source.
The Zupreem Fruity Pellets in the XS Canary size are a good "starter" pellet for lots of budgies.

You can try giving your birds sweet corn kernels with a tiny bit of garlic powder sprinkled on them. Make sure you use garlic powder and not salt. That was the first vegetable some of my budgies would try. Then you can move to herbs such as rosemary, basil, cilantro and oregano.

Have you tried giving them herb salad or knotgrass?

Many budgies will dive right into those even when they won't eat fresh vegetables.

https://ladygouldian.com/Herb-Salad
https://www.amazon.com/Knotgrass-Raw...ords=knotgrass

I buy my cuttlebones from Drs Foster and Smith and use the cuttlebone holder shown in this link:
Cuttlebones & Bird Mineral Supplements: Cuttlebone Holder at Drs. Foster & Smith
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Keep trying with the pellets and vegetables.

You can sprinkle Harrison's high potency mash over a good quality seed mix. When the budgies hull the seeds, they ingest some of the mash and begin to associate the taste with that of a food source.
The Zupreem Fruity Pellets in the XS Canary size are a good "starter" pellet for lots of budgies.

You can try giving your birds sweet corn kernels with a tiny bit of garlic powder sprinkled on them. Make sure you use garlic powder and not salt. That was the first vegetable some of my budgies would try. Then you can move to herbs such as rosemary, basil, cilantro and oregano.

Have you tried giving them herb salad or knotgrass?

Many budgies will dive right into those even when they won't eat fresh vegetables.

https://ladygouldian.com/Herb-Salad
https://www.amazon.com/Knotgrass-Raw...ords=knotgrass

I buy my cuttlebones from Drs Foster and Smith and use the cuttlebone holder shown in this link:
Cuttlebones & Bird Mineral Supplements: Cuttlebone Holder at Drs. Foster & Smith

What size do you use for your parakeets? I see the sizes small/medium/large. Does it matter what sizes?
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Bernie,

Do you mean the pellet size? If so, yes, it matters what size. A good rule of thumb is to get the pellet size that closely resembles the size of their seed so they can properly eat it. In the case of ZuPreem Fruity Pellets, as FaeryBee mentioned, the best ones for budgies to eat are the XS size with the canary picture on the bag
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Oh no I'm sorry I'm talking about the cuttlebone size!
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Then to answer your question, cuttlebone size doesn't matter either
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