I've made a lot of progress with getting my two budgies to eat some greens with their seed / pellets, but am still having trouble getting them to use a drinker vs. an open water bowl...
The breeder I purchased them from must have only provided water in a dish of some sort, as they have absolutely no idea on how to use a drinker. I attached one of the silo-style drinkers next to their existing water dish (hooked to the side of the cage a little above perch height) but they weren't interested. I then tried moving the drinker to another position in the cage, raising it up higher so that the "spout" was a little below beak level and placed it next to their millet holder. I was hoping proximity to their millet sprig and higher placement would encourage them to try it out. So far, they are not using it and I'm not even sure if they have tried it or not... These guys are still nervous eaters and won't go down to eat or drink, etc. with me in the room, so it is hard to gauge what they are doing.
If you have any tips on other methods I could try, I would appreciate them. I want to move them onto a drinker style vs. a dish due to cleanliness and ease of changing it out. I am still eventually planning on adding another pair of budgies to go with them, so I may end up waiting until then and hope that these two "learn" how to use one from the other budgies. :/
My budgies eventually just figured mine out, just by going by it so much. However, they are pretty confident in their surroundings. Do they enjoy their greens? If so, you could probably place some in the drinking part of the silo for a couple hours without any sanitary problems. If they nibble at the lettuce/greens in the water, they'll probably at least figure out that there is drinkable water in there, and they might prefer it. I have some budgies who love their silo, and others who still go for a dish of water.
Also, I find that budgies get more confident the more friends they have in their flock. Therefore, if you do get a couple more 'keets, that might make them more willing to try things.
I agree with the above, my girl has a water bottle and a water bowl and I keep both in her cage at all times so she can decide what she'd like to drink out of It took her a bit, but she figured out how she could get water from the bottle one and so now she drinks from both
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Thetachicken- They don't "love" their greens yet lol... I get them to eat them by sprinkling small pieces over their seed, but if placed apart from the seed, they rarely touch them. :/ But at least they are eating them some now lol.
As for getting more, I am definitely considering it.. I guess I'll try to find some that already know what a drinker is and maybe also already eat greens lol.. That would help my two. Mine are English budgies are are not very active at all, which doesn't help in terms of getting them to try new things.
Starlingwings- I have both in their cage now... I just hate how dirty the water bowl gets... Somehow, even with it about 1' off the ground, they manage to get seeds and what not in it... I guess cleaning it off their faces? I've never actually seen them drink, so not sure how it happens, but their seed is on the floor, so I would think the water wouldn't get so dirty. This is my reasoning behind wanting to use a silo type... More sanitary in case I need to leave for an overnight trip or something and can't change the water for over 24 hours. :/