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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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Default Picky Eaters: Get Your Budgie to eat Broccoli

When I first got budgies, I poured hours of research into keeping my budgies healthy and happy. I noticed that veggies are one of the most important part of their diets (and the hardest to get them to eat!). One day, I stuck a piece of broccoli in between the bars right next to them perches. They quickly flew away in a panic and avoided the foreign object. So, this is my tip for how to get your budgie to eat broccoli.

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My birds' favorite treat is seed. I needed them to understand that Broccoli=Yummy! I coated the head of a human-bite-sized piece of broccoli with a drop of honey (no more than a drop or the budgie's mouth could get sticky and make it difficult to breathe). Then, I dipped the honey-covered piece of broccoli in a bowl of seeds. The broccoli should have a hefty amount of seed stuck to it. Now, you either hand-feed the broccoli to your bird or stick the broccoli in the birds cage right next to their favorite spot.

Now, feed this to your bird(s) once a day for two days so they know that broccoli is where you get the good stuff.

Then, you slowly add less and less seeds to the broccoli when you prepare it.

Then, you should just have a honey-coated piece of broccoli.

Finally, you should be able to feed you budgie(s) plain broccoli.

*If your budgie eagerly tears apart the broccoli in any point of the process, you can start to just feed the bird plain broccoli.
*Always rinse veggies thoroughly before you feed it to your bird(s)
*Make sure that the veggies are not spoiled
*Remember, you do not want honey/seed-covered veggies to be your endgame. Your goal should be to feed your bird "untreatified" veggies.

Thanks for reading!

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I would not recommend putting honey on broccoli to get your budgies to eat it. Budgies should learn to accept the taste of the various vegetables over time.
There are many tips of different ways to present vegetables that offer better options.

It can take several weeks for budgies to decide to try a new food.
Fruit is high in sugar content so vegetables are actually healthier for your budgies with fruits given only occasionally.

Look at the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for lots of good tips on how to introduce new foods to your budgies.
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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).

My budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes such as fresh basil, dill cilantro, chickweed, zucchini and red pepper.

Healthy Diet for your Budgie

CuttleBones, Mineral Blocks and Manu Clay Roses

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Sorry if I didn't make it clear, but my budgies love eating broccoli without honey or seeds on it now.
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That's great but your initial post gives advice to other members that really isn't what the forum considers best practices when you say to put honey on the broccoli. That's what I was trying to make clear in my subsequent post.

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