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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 all!

My little budgie is still doing well, getting bolder every day! I'm still trying to get it to eat his vedgies tho and while I see small improvement from day 1, I am concerned maybe its not enough.

The little guy will nibble some carrots, orange and spinach but only when I hold it for him. And then eats very little of it. Maybe even just taste it. I can also get it to eat lentils, only when I hold those between my fingers. I think he eats like 25% of it, and spreads the rest everywhere in a playful manner. Oranges he will eat the most but only when they have dried for at least 1 day.

I was told at the pet shop that it's important to give them vitamin supplements and they sold me PRIME white powder. Now the instructions say I should be spreading that on his vedgies, or put some in his water, not sprinkle it on his seeds since he will get rid of the shells anyway. That little guy(?) will drink like 2 or 3 times a day max, so little that I dont even see any difference in his water supply. I bet evaporation will take away more water!! I change his water every morning so I cant feel comfortable mixing the powder in water...

So anyway it feels paradoxal to need to put powder on his vedgies, which would actually replace the supplements if he was eating them to begin with... Any suggestion would be greatly apprecieted I want to make sure this little budgie stays healthy

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Old 09-08-2016, 10:21 AM
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It's actually a very good sign that he is receptive to trying the fresh foods you have been offering! If you keep it up, continue to get involved in encouraging your budgie to eat the fresh foods and praise him when he tries the veggies/sprouts/fruit, with time he will start eating them with gusto.

It would also be easier if you find out your budgie's preference when it comes to the way you present the fresh foods.
Have you tried offering him romaine lettuce? This is usually a big hit even for the most stubborn of budgies.

The pet shop employee would of course want to sell their products.
It's always best to have the pet bird on a balanced and varied diet which fully caters to all of his nutritional needs than to resort to the long term use of vitamin supplements.

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Are you using pellets in addition to a quality seed mix along with the vegetables?

Unless your budgie gets 15 minutes of outdoor sunlight per day (not through a window) or you have a full spectrum Avian light for him, then I would recommend considering using only a Vitamin D3 supplement. Soluvite D is a good choice:

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