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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 06-23-2018, 11:29 PM
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My budgies like to eat lettuce but when it comes to carrot they don't even like to explore it. So I woke up this morning and found them wide awake begging me to change the bowl because it was all hulls. But I didn't put pellet I got them carrot inside but they didn't like it. Is it okay to mix the carrot with the pellets?

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I wouldn't mix the vegetables with the pellets or you will likely end up with soggy pellets. It will often take budgies awhile to try new foods, or to even recognise some things as foods. You can mix a variety of vegetables on the one plate (I find my birds prefer their veggies on a flat saucer on the bottom of their cage rather than in a bowl), but keep both the pellets and the seed in separate bowls.


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You could also try pegging a piece of carrot through the bars of the cage and they may try nibbling on it.


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It is always best to keep dry foods separate from fresh foods. The fresh foods will have to be disposed of after several hours, depending on the heat and humidity in your home.

It is quite normal for budgies to ignore new foods for some time. Sometimes weeks or even months. Try presenting the foods differently. Chunky, cut small, clipped to the bars, in a dish, etc.

There is some great information on foods and feeding in the Stickies posts at the top of the “diet and nutrition” section, under General Budgie Talk. Please read these areas! Lots of good suggestions...
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So I’ve recently had some success with this. My hand trained budgie chocobo refused to eat anything except seed and occasional grass from the garden. A vet I saw a few weeks ago suggested eating vegetables I want him to try next to him, and showing him that I think they’re yummy and offering him pieces of it (of course I only offer pieces I haven’t put near my mouth). Well I tried it with boiled pumpkin a few days ago and he is now eating it like it’s the best thing he’s ever had! I think boiling veges might make it a bit nicer for them at first because the flavours are easier to get from licking the food and you can even squish a few seeds into it to encourage them to nibble around it and perhaps get a taste. Maybe offer them boiled carrot for the first wee while until they try it then switch it up with raw carrots.
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