New budgie at first ate pellets, now only kicks them out of food bowl
We recently got a budgie, and after about 3 days she already warmed up to us and even likes to cuddle and sleep in our hands a lot. In fact she's REALLY clingy. We had her on pellets right when we got her because that's what the pet store associate recommend us giving to her. When at the pet store I believe our budgie had some sort of colorful pellet and seed mix, though I don't quite remember if that's true.
When she first came here, she ate the pellet from time to time, and she didn't seem picky about it at all. After she's become friendly with us (on about day 3) however, she keeps getting in her food bowl and starts kicking all of the pellet out...She's done this a couple times already. We believe this is mostly due to the fact that we hand fed her some millet since she seemed to warm up to us...
What should we do? She hasn't eaten any of the pellet since probably around yesterday afternoon.
(I posted on some other forum but it didn't seem as active as this forum, so I've decided to post here instead. )
Budgies need a varied diet to include pellets, a good quality seed mix and vegetables. Millet should be used only as a treat or training aid.
If your budgie is very young, getting into the food dish and kicking the food all over is quite normal. Budgies find this lots of fun to do.
In fact, I have a couple of females that even at 4 years old still like to get in their food dish and throw the food out - like it's a game.
Ah! Thank you to all who replied!
Those articles will surely help! I've read most of them now and I think the next course of action should be to try to introduce some of that seed-pellet mix that offers both in a way that'll get her to eat both portions of it until I can fully get her to make the switch. For the moment I'm feeding her a little bit of apple until I'm able to go to the store again.
I also forgot to mention that I did try using the little hood-cover that comes with the food bowls; it didn't really help because she really HATED it and would focus only on trying to remove the thing. Every now and then I would find that she threw it off the food bowl and THEN she would kick everything out of it. Kind of comedic, but also kind of frustrating.
Perhaps I'll post pictures of her soon. Thanks guys!