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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 05-03-2017, 05:11 AM
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My budgie will only eat Frisee lettuce. I have tried all the safe vegetables and fruit and she won't go near them.
She is about 5 years old. I have had her for 3 years from an elderly lady who could no longer look after her.
She came home to me yesterday after a week at the Veterinary Centre being treated for a respiratory illness.
The vet advised pellets rather than seed and to reduce the amount of millet I have been giving her but I forgot to ask about Frisee lettuce.
Thank you for reading this xx

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Yes, Frisee lettuce is safe for your budgie.
I would not recommend cutting out seed completely.
A healthy daily diet for your budgie should include both pellets and 1 1/2 teaspoons of a high quality seed mix.
This is in addition to vegetables and egg food once or twice a week.

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It takes time and patience to get budgies to try new foods so don't give up on offering other vegetables.
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Thank you for your answer which is really helpful. I will read all the things you suggested. May I ask you another question?
The vet told me to get a nesting box, she said just a plastic bowl with strips of newspaper would be ok. She said it would help when she is broody but since reading budgie things online I have read that it is not good for a single budgie to nest. Please can you advise?
Thank you so much for advice so far! xx
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Hi, Alison --

Was the vet you took your budgie to an actual Avian vet or a regular vet?

I would definitely not recommend giving a female budgie either a nest box or anything could use as a nesting site. A female budgie should not be encouraged to lay eggs as it depletes the body's calcium.
You particularly don't want a 5 year old budgie needlessly laying so I really don't understand why any vet would give you such advice.

If you have other questions, please be sure to ask.
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