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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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Hi everyone. I introduced myself a little over a month ago. My husband and I adopted a pair of budgies (male & female) that we named Claire and Jamie. They are little darlings. It’s been going great and I can tell that they are used to their new environment. I talk and sing to them and they get excited when I enter the room. I still cannot get either of them to sit on my finger but they look at it very curiously as if they are contemplating the idea. Jamie is more interested while Claire is mostly intent on eating. I have a question regarding their food. We have been feeding them the seed that the previous owner gave to us. It’s in a large plastic container labeled “premium bird seed”. I’m not sure how “premium” it actually is and since it is getting low I am thinking about changing it to a better quality seed. I have dogs so I know how important it is to gradually introduce the new food into the diet, but for my budgies, what is the best way to do this? They have been on a seed diet for all their lives because they will not touch the veggies I put in the cage. I’m still trying with that but for now I just want to get them on a better seed. Thanks in advance!

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Just like changing a dogs food, you can slowly start to mix the new seed to the old one, so they get used to it slowly.
Keep trying with veggies and try different ways to feed them. I got a mini food chopped to make the veg into tiny pieces which they love. some birds like big whole lettuce leafs while other might like a piece of carrot wedged between the bars next to a favourite perch.

As the weather warms up, try a lovely wet lettuce leaf on the bottom of the cage or in a small dish and see if they don't want to have rub themselves in the water! Budgies tend to love that!
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Thank you! I just ordered some Dr. Harvey's best parakeet food. It will be here tomorrow. I've been sitting here reading other threads on this topic and I'm going to stop at the store on the way home and pick up some leafy lettuce and try that.
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