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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've had my birds for a few months now and in that time, they have learned to eat greens, some veggies and other fresh foods along with some pellets.

Since they were adjusting to a new diet, I didn't limit seeds at all. Even though they eat the good foods, they prefer seeds.

Now I want to really start limiting their seed intake. Will they starve themselves if there are other foods available?

Should I break their seed portio into two servings or just one in late afternoon? Figure if they are hungry in the earlier part of the day, they will be more likely to eat the good stuff.

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You don't need to go severe with rationing seed and if they like the other foods they won't starve themselves- it's if you give them foods they've never had and don't give them another option that they can be fussy.

My budgies always have the option of seeds and veggies and they love to have their healthy greens as well as some seed.

Limit them to 1 1/2 teaspoon of seed per budgie and even if they are still having seed they won't have too much.

Sometimes when I feed my birds in the morning I use a chopper to dice up the veg into small seed-sized pieces, I add a bit of seed and sprinkle all over the freshly changed paper at the bottom on their cage. They love it.
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Thanks. I'll start rationing the seed, see how it works out. I really want them to eat pellets
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Therm has offered you excellent advice.

My birds have separate dishes each with a different brand/flavor of pellets available to them 24/7.
Their seed is rationed to approximately 1 and 1/2 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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