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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 11-18-2016, 02:40 AM
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I put some millet in for Raffa when he wasn't eating yesterday, and he has had a bit. So, I have a few questions about it I've never been clear on..

1) How long should I leave a fairly large millet spray in before taking it out?
2) How often can I give millet that is not for training purposes?
3) Which is best, red millet or white millet?

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Old 11-18-2016, 05:12 AM
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Hi Dare,
I'm new so take this reply with a pinch of salt ok!
As we know, millet is quite a high fat food but something most budgies really like, so I'd think your answers are:

1. & 2. It depends.

Why is it in there?
If it's being used as a 'settling in' to new surroundings food or as a 'recovery, please eat something/get your appetite back' food or as an encouragement to approach a new item/toy/place or as a 'let's get you to discover & hopefully love this so that I can use your craving to help training/bonding' then, its as long as it takes (within reason).

If it's just as a pure treat, (and I'm assuming you mean for the one bird) then I'd only use a short section and only very occasionally.

3. I had no idea there were different types!!!

Sorry if that sounds a bit vague, I'm not sure that there is a precise answer but if the bird eats a good variety of healthy foods, is active, looks healthy and is not overweight then I think that the odd millet feast isn't going to do any harm and we all love a treat every now & again.
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For 1&2, it is a settling in and encouraging to eat thing because he hasn't been eating much since moved into his new cage..

As for 3, yes there are many different types of millet. The one you commonly find in shops is white millet, and I have some of that and also some red millet.
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IF.... he's actively moving around the cage exploring, I would take the spray out, break a couple of chunks off and put them on the top of his seed & veg bowls - however, I know you've been having behaviour issues with him (if I haven't mixed you up with someone else), and I'd hate to mess up any plan the experts here may be suggesting, so it's probably best to hang on as you are for a while until more experienced members pick the thread up!
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Bud is the one with issues. Raffa is my nice placid boy. But he had to move cages so Bud could have the larger cage.
I may leave the spray in for the rest of the day before doing as you suggest, and see how things go.
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Dare, I'm a newbie like you. I have 1 budgie who's been here only about 5 weeks, so like I said, I'm not an expert nowhere near!

Please leave the spray there, and wait for other members. I'm sure leaving it in will not be a problem, if anything, removing it & him not eating anything will be the problem!

I'm sure he'll settle soon - and I'll keep an eye open for some red millet for my little boy!

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Ok I'll do that!
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I personally never put a whole spray in a cage. Each bird has a treat cup in their cage and I put a little in there. (And yeah, when there's more than one budgie, they seem to decide which treat cup "belongs" to each one. )
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I agree, you shouldn't put such a large piece of millet in the cage You can clip a spray in half and only leave it in for a little bit. However, to encourage him to eat his actual food, you can sprinkle a little millet in his food bowl and then remove it so he eats it.
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