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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 03-23-2017, 11:36 AM
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So, first I'll share a bit of a success story I had with the boys! (Positivity is always good, right?)

They have never really been huge on the whole veggie thing, but because of their moult, I decided to try again.
I cut up some peppers for them, stuck them in their bowl, sprinkled a touch of seed over them, and gave them the bowls back. At first, they just looked at me with that "Is this some kind of sick joke?!" look, but they eventually went down to nibble at the seed. Then, Ice, (the little stinker!) started picking out the veggies and carefully placing them on top of his bowl! But! They did try them! And they liked them! And they ate them the next day too!

So if you're having trouble with veggies, do not lose hope! Keep trying and trying and trying!

Well, after that, I made them some boiled egg, and thinking they'd had enough new food for that day, I doubted that they'd eat it.
But again, I sprinkled a bit of seed on it, watched their glares, they nibbled at the seed... and, since egg is harder to avoid, their beaks quickly got messy and they had a taste of the delicious egg which they quickly chowed down on.

(Oh, they also tried lettuce for the first time recently!)

Now for some thoughts:

What are your opinions on dried veggies? There's this company called "THRIVE" that sells freeze dried food, and we have cans and cans of the stuff, including vegetables like kale. The thing about freeze drying is that I could easily just crumble some up and mix it in with their seed and pellets. Also, freeze drying is different from dehydrated vegetables, because the nutrition is actually preserved. So what do you people think? Good idea? Stick to the fresh stuff?

I'd love to hear your opinions!

Thanks for reading,

Tia

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Old 03-23-2017, 12:50 PM
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I think fresh is best, but there is no reason not to use freeze dried at times when it is more convenient.

Freeze dried vegetables do not "spoil", so you have no need to remove them after a couple of hours.

Using freeze dried vegetables is the same as using dried herb salad which I have available in my birds' cages all the time.
They love having the dried herbs and knot grass available to nibble whenever they like.
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I think they would enjoy fresh better, at least my budgies would.
But that's a cool idea, really convenient as Deb said
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This is a great idea of getting birds into eating a variety of veggies.
The hardest thing with birds is just getting them used to something different and seed is familiar...getting both together is a win.
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Tia, it's great to hear that your little ones have finally decided to try their veggies and egg food!

Well done!
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Thanks for your replies everyone!

I had one more question I forgot to ask.
Right now I'm giving them a pellet/seed combo that's mixed together already when I buy it. I was just wondering, since I can't actually separate the pellet and seed to measure out an amount of each, how much of the mix should I be giving them?
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Thanks for your replies everyone!

I had one more question I forgot to ask.
Right now I'm giving them a pellet/seed combo that's mixed together already when I buy it. I was just wondering, since I can't actually separate the pellet and seed to measure out an amount of each, how much of the mix should I be giving them?
That's a difficult question to answer.

When you look at the seed/pellet mix, what does the ratio of seed to pellets look like?
I'm assuming there is a lot more seed than pellets in the mix?

Could you take a picture of a teaspoon of the seed/pellet mix and post it -- that would give me a better idea of how to advise you.
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I'll try to. It might take a while because for some reason photobucket hasn't worked lately.
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Can't get a picture, but this: https://talkbudgies.com/diet-nutritio...ood-brand.html is a link to a thread where there should be a picture of the seed.

Sorry for the inconvenience. :/
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Tia,

I would simply consider that to be a seed mix and use no more than 2 teaspoons per budgie per day.

I'd also suggest using additional pellets which you can keep in the cage 24/7.
Roudybush minis or even Roudybush crumbles are a good choice.

Best wishes!
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