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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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Default How do i get my birds to eat more than just seeds?

Hey, I have a pair of 3 month old budgies and when I got them they were on a seed only diet and that not that great for they're health. I tried giving them many different fruits and vegetables, sprouts, and even oats but they won't eat any any of it. They love they're cattle bones but won't touch they're mineral block. How do I get them to eat more of what they're supposed to? Thx, Julia

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You get your budgies to eat fresh foods by being persistent on your goal of improving their diet and by presenting the veggies in different ways to see which one sparks their curiosity more. Some budgies like their veggies finely chopped and placed on a bowl while others prefer to eat big, leafy greens attached to the cage's bars.
A good starter veggie that most budgies find difficult to resist is romaine lettuce, so you can try that one out. You can also sprinkle a few loose seeds onto the leafy green to entice your budgies to take a bite.
Due to the high sugar content, fruit should only be offered occasionally, you can start by offering a tiny slice of apple (no seeds as these are toxic).

As for the cuttlefish bone and the mineral block, budgies will only make use of them when their bodies demand the calcium and minerals.

For all the detailed information and tips on how to improve your budgies diet, be sure to check the stickies here at the Diet and Nutrition section.

You can start with these links:
https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...-seed-mix.html

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html
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Hi Julia, I was lucky in the way that my boy Mytsique learned to eat most fruits and veggies quite quickly.
When Mystique was 8months, I got another female budgie who I named Fantasy, and they bonded quickly and she learned to eat things other than seeds from him.
But before all that, I got Mystique accustomed to eating other food when I had him out. He is handraised and trusts me, so I first offered him a bean, and he didn't eat it, soI took a bite, then offered it back to him. This time he approached it and looked more interested, but still wouldn't bite it. So I took another bite (be careful though as human saliva is detrimental to budgies, I ate it from the other end). Eventually he began eating beans and absolutely loves them now.
Another favourite of my birds is broccoli.
They eat it like they do seeds haha, they roll the little pieces in their beaks.
With this, instead of eating it myself, I pinched my pointer finger and thumb together to kind of resemble the beak of another bird. I then broke off pieces of the broccoli using the "beak" and I rolled them in between my fingers. They watched curiously and it seemed to work straight away for them. It really helps if they trust you.
Hopes this helps and good luck !
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There are many tips for getting your budgies to try new foods in the stickies at the top of the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
Please take the time to review them.
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Thank you do much everyone! Lain, I tried one of the things you said, and my birds love celantro now! Hopefully I can convince them to eat more.
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