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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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I gave my guys some cooked wild rice today and they immediately dug right in. Since this is more of a grass seed then a actual rice, is it ok for them to have a little everyday?

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It's fine to give your budgies some wild rice.

You can also offer the following after cooking:
quinoa
(rinse this several times very well before cooking)

brown rice

barley

oats
You can finely chop whatever vegetable(s) are on the menu for the day and mix those in with the grain(s) being offered.
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So far, the rice is the only fresh food they have willingly tasted. I added some corn with garlic powder to their dish and they won't go near it now lol.

I'm just glad they tried something new, even if most of it ended up on the floor. They are starting to nibble on their pellets too.

I'll have to cook up some quinoa and amaranth tomorrow.
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So far, the rice is the only fresh food they have willingly tasted. I added some corn with garlic powder to their dish and they won't go near it now lol.

I'm just glad they tried something new, even if most of it ended up on the floor. They are starting to nibble on their pellets too.

I'll have to cook up some quinoa and amaranth tomorrow.
When you say fresh food do you mean they haven't tried any vegetables either? If so, give romaine/cos lettuce a go. It's a common favourite among budgies, you can try chopping it up really small in a bowl, or I clip mine to the cage and the budgies nibble on it. Leafy greens in general seem to be a favourite.
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So far, they have refused any greens. I've tried broccoli, romain, regular lettuce, clover and fresh grass.
They will nibble at dried carrots but not fresh, sweet potato wasn't tried either.
I need to pick my parsley and chickweed before it freezes, maybe one of those will be interesting.
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A little update about the bubs diet. They absolutly love the wild rice, won't touch quinoa or chia seeds though.

They are regularly eating pellets, prefer the zupreem fruit over the harrisons. I'm still putting harrisons powder on their seeds. I think I'll use some harrisons in birdy bread so they don't go to waste.

They are starting to sample clover and grass, still no interest lettuces. I'm going to get parsley and hopefully carrot greens today. Might get some wheatgrass if the petstore has any.
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A little update about the bubs diet. They absolutly love the wild rice, won't touch quinoa or chia seeds though.

They are regularly eating pellets, prefer the zupreem fruit over the harrisons. I'm still putting harrisons powder on their seeds. I think I'll use some harrisons in birdy bread so they don't go to waste.

They are starting to sample clover and grass, still no interest lettuces. I'm going to get parsley and hopefully carrot greens today. Might get some wheatgrass if the petstore has any.
Do you have any winter grass growing in your backyard? A lot of budgies including mine love eating the grass seeds. I think the trick is to keep offering veggies in different forms. Hope your guys start getting a little more adventurous.
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I'm not sure what kind of grasses I have growing out back but I can check. I wonder if it can be dried for use over winter? It won't be long before we have snow.
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Just keep trying different things
You can put grasses in bags and in the Freezer, this way you can have fresh grasses in the winter too

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