Hi! I'm new here, and fairly new to budgie ownership too!
In the past few days, I've been looking into ways to improve my budgie's diet, since she won't eat vegetables unless I hold them for her, and offer them to her as treats, and I'm not entirely sure I could do that every day for the next 15 or so years! It would be a lot easier if she was hand-tame, but we're still working on that at the moment. The most interesting concept to me so far is sprouted seeds, and I'd definitely be willing to use them as a replacement to a dry seed mix, which would be reserved for treats/training.
My question to you is: does sprouted seeds and pellets daily and a vegetable and fruit chop/mash twice a week (at least, until I can get her to eat without me having to offer the food straight from my hand) sound like a healthy diet?
Sprouted seeds and pellets daily sounds great but you should really try to get her eating veggies daily as well, even if it means holding them for her. Try clipping the veggies in the cage and standing near it and see if she will eat them. She should gradually learn to eat them on her own.
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I'm glad to read that sprouted seeds can replace dry seeds. Angel has decided that dry seeds aren't good enough to eat, she digs in a dish until all the seed is flung out.
She doesn't neccesarily eat the growing sprout though so the next batch I'm only going let the seeds sprout a 1/8" tail or so before storing in the fridge.
They all love their greens and strawberry, still not sure about things like carrot or peppers.
They took to fresh food very quickly but only if served on a plate on the bottom of the cage. Maybe its more like their natural way of feeding. Give it a try, see if it helps.