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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 10-21-2016, 12:32 AM
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Hey guys! I am a college student that lives off-campus, so I'm always in a rush in the mornings. I don't feed Magnus in the mornings because of this fact. (Of course, he has his pellets available). I end up chopping up whatever veggies and fruit I can find and mixing it with his pellets after I get back from school. However, this time changes every day and I'd like to get on a more consistent schedule. Also, Magnus doesn't really eat the veggies as far as I can tell. He'll pick them up but then not eat them, and just move to the pellets. So I think feeding him in the morning will help him eat it, possibly.

Anyway, I have two dilemmas: Firstly, is there any way to prepare veggies beforehand? Will they keep well chopped up and refrigerated? Also, how do you guys give them healthy foods without wasting foods? I eat my veggies too, but between me and one parakeet I never end up eating all the veggies I buy for him. I want him to have a wide array of vegetables to try, but then again...I'm ballin' on a budget and don't want to buy things that go to waste. Sorry for the long post. :/

So yeah, do you guys have any suggestions for quick, easy food to give him? And any suggestions to get him to actually eat it? And how do I stay more efficient in my veggie buying???

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If you don't have the time to prepare the veggies in the morning, you can do so beforehand at night, have the meals on small individual portions and place them on the fridge to offer the next morning.

Also instead of mixing the veggies with the pellets, it would be best to place them on separate food bowl. You can also present the veggies in different ways to spark Magnus' curiosity. Some budgies prefer to eat their greens whole as in big leafs attached onto the cage's bars, for example.
Usually even the pickiest of budgies will give a go at romaine lettuce, so you can try that out and see if Magnus takes to it or not.

As for the veggie spoilage, if you have a weekly meal plan you can try to incorporate the greens in order to minimize the spoilage and you can adjust the amount of veggies you buy for Magnus and your own needs.
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Aluz has given some great ideas, Abby What I do is one weekend when I have a lot of time, I make a big batch of chopped up veggies that freeze well and put small amounts in plastic wrap and freeze them. That way I can get out a little "veggie ball" the night before and put it in the fridge, and by morning it's defrosted
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Budgies tend to want to eat naturally when they wake up, they do have a fast metabolism.
Generally a varied diet is the best, you can sprinkle some seeds on the bottom of the cage for your budgie to forage for during the day. My guys love to eat basil, thyme, yams, carrots, banana ,
egg and biscuit mix and fresh grass with seed heads. amongst other foods.
Most budgies will want to eat upon waking then have a play, preen, nap then they like to have another good food session later on in the afternoon. some will snack all day if allowed also.
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Aluz has given some great ideas, Abby What I do is one weekend when I have a lot of time, I make a big batch of chopped up veggies that freeze well and put small amounts in plastic wrap and freeze them. That way I can get out a little "veggie ball" the night before and put it in the fridge, and by morning it's defrosted
May I ask what veggies you have found to freeze well? I just made up a batch last night with broccoli, carrot and bell pepper.

I did not mean to hijack the original poster's thread but thought this information might be useful for her too.
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The veggies I use are carrot, peas (only a little!), broccoli, bell pepper, and dried/dehydrated herbs such as basil, parsley, oregano, red pepper flakes. Of course fresh is best with the dried/dehydrated herbs but I have found it turns out better out of the freezer that way
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I did not think about the dried herbs - thank you for the suggestion! I used some Goldenfeast Australian blend mixed in to dry it up a bit.
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