We just got our first Budgie from a local pet shop. The clerk recommended that we just keep it's dish full of bagged seed. However, I've been reading about grains, veggies, and fruits as well. I'd like to offer a nice variety for our little bird. He has been hesitant to try new things. I finally got him to try some millet, and he chirps until I give him some. But he won't try anything else. I've read that I need to remove the seed dish, and offer him other foods on a plate, buffet style. Should I just do this once per day, removing the dish for a couple hours, while he explores the buffet? Or do I need to have scheduled times when I offer him food?
I'm still a new budgie owner myself, but when I first got my budgie he was extremely hesitant to try anything. In fact, he still is! It will take time to get your budgie to try new foods, but what I say is maybe don't give your budgie constant access to millet. Smol (my budgie) absolutely PIGGED out on millet when I got him, and he wouldn't eat it from my hand because it was already in his cage. After I took it out of his cage, using it as a treat worked fantastically for training, and still is.
I'm still trying to wean Smol off of seeds and get him onto pellets, but it's slow going and it might be that way for your budgie as well.
Same here. I'm trying to get my adult budgie to eat veggies and the pellets in his seed mix, and it's a very slow process. I try to offer vegetables or pellets at least once a day, although I may not always have time.
There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo....and it's worth fighting for.
With a new budgie, letting them settle in a little first.
Budgies vary how quickly they take to new foods, and sometimes even the way it's presented can make a difference. some budgies like a whole leaf of lettuce on the floor of the cage while others might prefer chopped carrots in-between bars.
The important thing is to keep trying.
Budgies to wonderfully with a schedule, so you should feed your bird at set times.
For example, my birds are uncovered at 8am every morning (they wake up at this time as they have grown used to this), I change their food and water, they all have breakfast and before I go to work, I top up their seed so they have enough to eat while I work. And when I get home from work, I will again, give them fresh seed.
Each time, they only get a small amount (around two teaspoons per bird) and they get fresh veg the first feed (removing what's left before I go to work) and in the evening feed. I also let the birds have some fresh growing herbs and leave the plants in there to eat.
Make sure you check out our stickies on diet and nutrition.
It's best to give your new budgie at least two weeks to settle into his new home and environment before you start introducing new foods.
Budgies are often submissive for the first few days simply because they are terrified.
You can cover the top and three sides of the cage to help the budgie feel more secure. Playing music for him when you aren't around will be helpful as well. Budgies perceive no noise as meaning there may be danger.
Taming and Bonding is all about helping your budgie learn to trust you and it takes a great deal of time and patience on your part.
You should never grab your budgie or force him to be touched.
To bond with your budgie, you need to build his trust in you.
He will have to learn over time that you will not hurt him, grab him and try to force him to allow you to hold him.
To build your budgieís trust, sit by his cage and read, talk or sing quietly to her for a period of at least 10-15 minutes, 3 or 4 times day. After the 2nd or 3rd day, rest your hand on the outside of the cage when you talk to her so he'll learn that your hand is safe and will not hurt her .
After a week, rest your hand inside the cage when you talk.
Donít make sudden moves, donít try to touch her .
Let his get used to the idea that the hand is now in his safe place and not harming her .
After 2 weeks, begin moving your hand slowly toward your budgie. If he becomes agitated, stop moving your hand and just hold very still until he calms down. When he's comfortable with your hand near her , you can offer her a bit of millet or a few seeds. In a few more days, you can begin your taming and bonding sessions.
Always work at your budgie's pace.
Move slowly and talk reassuringly and calmly to him whenever you interact with him .
Most budgies once they pass the "baby" stage, do not like to be petted or touched.
If your budgie does like to be petted, you should only ever pet his head, neck or chest area.
Stroking a budgie's back and/or tail stimulates its breeding instinct. Bonding means allowing them to choose to be with you.
When the time comes to introduce new foods, you can follow the tips in the stickies at the top of the Diet and Nutrition Section of the forum.
What have you named your little fellow? We'd love to see some pictures of him once he's all settled in.
Please take the time to read through all of the How To Guides, the FAQs and the stickies located at the top of each section of the forum.
You'll find most of your basic questions about budgies and caring for them will have been answered after you've read through all of them.
You've been given excellent advice with regards to feeding, so I'll refrain from saying anything else on the matter. However, I will mention that it's a great idea to read through the forums, beginning with the links provided above, as the information will help you to stay updated on the very best of budgie care practices!
if you have any questions after reading though everything, please do ask as we'd love to help!
Hope to see you around, and it's great to have you with us!
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