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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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My two budgies not even interested in veggies, fruits or other seeds rather than millet. I gave corn, cabbage, grated carrot, apple, mango, all types of but they never touch those items. even I remove the millet bowl make attention towards other things. but nothing happened. But they like only Tulsi (Holy Basil), Spinach.

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This is the age old problem. Budgies are fussy eaters.

Veggies are much better than fruit for your birds, so focus on them. As they had shown interest in leafy greens, try more like that. Romain lettuce is a favourite of mine. I often give them herbs as well. Make sure you look up budgie safe foods so that you don't give anything to them they shouldn't have.
Try presenting the veg to them in different ways. If they don't like grated carrot, try circles, or log strips. Try mushing it up in a food processor. Budgies will try it if it's there eventually. They just take a lot of work sometimes.
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Hi! to Talk Budgies

I've moved your thread over to the "Diet and Nutrition" section of the forum.
You will find many different tips with regard to presenting vegetables and encouraging your budgies to try new foods in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum.
The first vegetable which my budgies that had not been weaned to vegetables tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).

Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
They also adored fresh basil, cilantro, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.

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Using Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother)
as a natural pro-biotic is very beneficial to your budgies:

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When I introduced pellets to my budgie, my Avian Vet recommended using Harrison's High Potency Mash and sprinkling it on the budgie's seed mix every day. This way, when the budgie hulls the seed it tastes the pellet mash and ingests bits of it as well. This helps the budgie identify the taste as a food source.

Many members seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY sized Zupreem fruity pellets. Most budgies like the taste and the "Canary" sized pellets are tiny enough for them to easily eat them. Once they've become accustomed to the Fruity Pellets, introducing the smallest "natural" pellets is then an easy step.

Other than when I was using the Harrison's mash, I've never mixed my birds' pellets and seed together. My birds have three separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7. Their seed is rationed to approximately 2 teaspoons of seed per budgie each day. I give them seed first thing in the morning right after putting clean newspapers on the bottom grate of the cages. I sprinkle their morning ration on the paper so they can forage for the seeds. I then do the same thing in the evenings (after replacing the soiled newspaper with clean) and again allow them to forage for their seed.

All of my birds have the option to eat the available pellets whenever they like throughout the day and they all enjoy them!

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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice above With persistence and consistency, your little one will soon find some veggies that he likes

Meanwhile, be sure to read through the forum's many Budgie Articles and "stickies" (threads "stuck" to the top of each subform for easy reference) to ensure you're up to date on all the best practices for budgie care!

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Good advice above. I too noticed that "eventually" they're likely to try it, even if it takes a ridiculously long time. Usually, when one starts, the other one will follow since it's natural for flock members to do things as a group. Good luck!
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thanks for the advises.....I am still trying let's hope they make it habit to all
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Yeah I've had the same problem. Except mine won't even touch Millet. They peck at spinach and that's about it. Lol
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