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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 10-26-2016, 07:17 AM
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Please excuse my ignorance as I'm new to budgies and the forums, but I have read the stickies and honestly can't find the answer to my question (apologies if I've overlooked it).

We've recently bought four budgies, and they've never been introduced to veggies or fruits with the previous owner. I'd like to introduce our babies to all these healthy things.

My question is, do the vegetables have to be boiled or steamed first, or can they just be grated/finely diced and given raw?

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You don't need to steam/cook the veggies, you can offer them fresh after having thoroughly washed them.

In terms of presentation, you can try different methods to see which one your budgies are more curious about. Some budgies will prefer their greens to be chopped and placed on a bowl, while others love to freshen up and eat big leafy greens attached to the cage's bars. Most budgies not familiar with veggies will easily go for romaine lettuce, so you can try that out.

For fruit, this should only be offered occasionally (as opposed to veggies that can be offered daily) due to the high sugar content. For example, you can try placing a small slice of apple (no apple seeds as they are toxic) to see if your budgies go for it, this is a good starter fruit. Budgies will also easily go for pear.

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Thanks, aluz! I've just put a couple of apple slices and some spinach in their cage in a small feeding bowl (it's attached to the side wire, near one of their perches).

Summer and Charlie have investigated it (those two are my biggest eaters!) but the other two haven't bothered with it yet.

How long should I leave it on offer for? I assume it would spoil after a few hours? Sorry for all the questions, but you've been really helpful!
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Yes, you'll only want to leave the vegetables in for a few hours.

Take a look at these links as you may find them helpful.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html

https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...s-budgies.html
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Just an update

The apple on offer didn't work - I took it out after a couple of hours, and it was barely touched at all.

Today however, I blitzed some carrot, red capsicum and celery in the food processor. I put it in their usual food bowls, and sprinkled some of their seed on top. After a couple of hours, I went out and most of it was gone!

This was in both cages, (my males and females are separated now), so I'd say that they all were tucking into it.

The carrot and capsicum was a clear favourite - a bit of celery was still left, but I'm definitely calling this a win!

Thanks so much for your help!
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Bianca,

You've made GREAT progress in introducing healthy foods already. Very well done!

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Aw, thank you Faery

I just really don't like that they are so reliant on seed, so I'm thrilled that they are becoming more receptive to new foods in their diet.

Sprinkling a small amount of seed over their veggies has really enticed them, so I'll stick with that method for awhile until they are used to the veggies and they're likely to eat them on their own.

Like anything, it's just going to take perseverance. I am a very proud budgie Mama though
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Bianca, that's great that your little ones are already taking to their veggies with such gusto

Wonderful job!
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