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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 12-17-2016, 09:24 AM
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I recently got the millet i ordered and I want to know how to "use" it lol, how many times a day or week can I give it to them and how to I use it for taming? because Zhozho my not-so new budgie is still running away from me
today I offered them some millet, Rocky was chewing it with crazy eyes, and I managed to give Zhozho some too but he was kinda suspicious about it and nibbled it a bit from distance...

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Is he afraid of your hand, or just the millet? It takes a while for budgies to get used to something they're not familiar with, so it's probably normal for him to be suspicious at first.
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Hi, Karina -

Because of the high fat content, millet should only be given as a treat or used as a training aid.
(The exceptions to this are when a bird is ill and you need to keep it eating or when you are breeding birds and raising chicks)

No more than a 1" piece of the millet spray should be given to one budgie in a day.
It's best to give them one little "ball" of millet from your hand or fingers at a time.
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Its okay to give them more then 1 inch of millet for the first week of training / taming.

It takes time to gain a birds trust if they were never hand tamed before.

Start slow but consistant. 2-3 times a day offer them the stick of millet (cut off a longer piece so your hand isnt so close to them at first) and let them chew happily for 2-5 minutes then repeat a few hours later, it also really helps if you schedule meals for them, and feed them their millet stick just before you give their meal (When they are hungry they will become more brave). Also, if you have them on a good mixed diet of veges and pellets already, they will cherish the seeds a lot more.

If they are new pets to your home they will most likely be very scared for the first week regardless because they need time to adjust to the new environment.

After you see they arent too scared of your hand anymore (2-4 weeks) get a chopstick and teach them to touch the stick for a bite of the millet stick. A clicker helps too. Once you get them following the chop stick, you are on your way to getting them more tame by getting them to go wherever you want them to go for treats ;D It is also useful for exercise too and stimulation !
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The purpose of the forum is to promote the best practices for the health and well-being of budgies.

Starting off by giving your budgies more millet than necessary right from the beginning is a mistake many inexperienced owners make.

I do not recommend giving your budgie more millet than I indicated in my previous post.
Doing so will simply set your bird up to have a tendency to want only the millet rather than eating a healthy diet.

https://talkbudgies.com/articles-diet...ur-budgie.html
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He is afraid of my hand sadly but there were a couple of times when he perched on my finger but that happend like maybe 3 times...

okay, thanks everyone ! I will try the little "ball" method ^^
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Karina,

You can use certainly use a longer piece of the millet spray to entice your budgie to come closer to you -- simply don't allow him to eat too much of it.

That is the main message I was trying to convey.
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