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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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About a month ago I started giving my budgie veggies. I put broccoli in his cage and he immediately started playing with it I thought he was eating it but later I saw little piece all over the floor. So after that he has only been shredding veggies and dropping pieces on the floor. He does same thing with fruit.

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It can take several weeks (or even months) 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 (once or twice a week)

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Please take the time to read the Budgie Articles and the Stickies posted at the top of each section of the forum.
Most basic questions have been answered there.

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, dill, 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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Thank you for replie I have been reading stickies but we have a little problem with healthy diet as petstores in my county don't sell pellets so I am trying to find good everyday food recipe for my budgie
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Hi there and to the forums!

You've been given great advice above, as well as great resources. Be sure to continue to read through everything to stay as updated as possible on everything!

Despite not having pellets sold in your country, you can still provide your budgies a good diet. Feed them a high quality seed mix daily as well as a mix of vegetables (known as "chop", you can find recipes and ideas in the "budgie diet" section). You can also mix cooked grains like quinoa, faro, etc. in with the chopped veggies. Once or twice a week, you can mix some chopped hardboiled egg into their mix. To get your budgies to try it, you can sprinkle some seed on the top to get them interested

Best wishes with getting your budgies to try new foods!

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You might find that your budgie actually ingested some of the broccoli you gave him! It’s very likely he may have gotten a small amount that you couldn’t detect. Keep trying with a variety. Sometimes they will go for foods presented in certain ways more easily.. large chunks between the bars, smaller chunks in a dish, finely chopped in a dish, etc. You’ll have to experiment. Don’t get discouraged, as it can take a long time for budgies to accept a new food. The fact that he was “playing” with the broccoli is a great sign!

Take a look at the Diet section for some good ideas .
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Ours did the same until we gave her lettuce and spinach and gets really excited when we give it to her now.

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