I've had Horatio for about 3 weeks now. She loves her seed and millet but has absolutely no interest in fruit and veg. I was told that it's really important for budgies to have a varied diet so I'm worrying! I've tried grated carrot, red and green peppers, bits of strawberry and broccoli, but she hasn't even looked at them!! Any tips on how to present the food?! Or favourite fruit/veg your budgies like?
Be patient and keep trying. Unfortunately my own budgie is an extremely picky eater. She's 7 months old now and still won't touch any fruit or veg. I've given her a seed mix with small pieces of dried fruit and veg. Some of the bigger pieces she'll actually pick up and dump on the floor. No, not just the floor of her cage, she'll make the effort of really getting them out of her sight. But I'm hopeful she actually ends up eating some of the other pieces... I haven't given up, but I add vitamins drops to her water. Might be worth trying with Horatio to ensure he gets enough vitamins...
Meanwhile, don't fret. Three weeks isn't very long. It can take quite a while for budgies to realize that anything other than seeds is even food! Also, every budgie is different. Some like to nibble off a big piece of broccoli or full stalks of wet parsley, while others will only eat veg that are chopped up to a miniscule size. For ages, I could only get my birds to eat veg by putting millet in mashed cooked sweet potato, so if they wanted to eat the millet, they would inadvertently get some sweet potato with it. Try a few different approaches from the stickies, and see if any of them work, but be prepared to be patient. It may take her quite a while to come around.
It's great that you've already started trying to incorporate veg and fruit into her diet. Don't be discouraged, and keep up the good work!
Is Horatio really young? What I found worked for mine is that I put them outside the cage with food and water (like spread out an old pillowcase or tablecloth and put it on a table and put a bit of seed sprinkled on it and a water dish and then set some pieces of veggie or greens among it. They are ground feeders and that foraging thing kicks it, it seems, and she may try the fresh food because she will instinctively think "this might be yummy". My birds don't like larger carrot pieces, they like it grated. They like three or four inch sized pieces of kale. They love a whole sprig of thyme. Mine aren't big fruit eaters at all. They like apple, but that's about it. And they like their apple grated or in slices. Maybe try that? I was lucky and Russell was young and curious. I also switched him from this plain Jane parakeet food that he was weaned onto to an organic blend called Dr. Harvey's (it smells good even) and that also helped. Like he saw that the stuff I put out was so yummy? From then on, he was eating almost anything I gave him, so Oliver saw that and he does it, so Albert saw the two of them eating everything I gave them, and he does it too. That's the good thing about "monkey see, monkey do". With Russell, it didn't take too long, but he was only four months old when I got him, so he was not set in his ways yet. Keep trying. One day Horatio will nibble on something and think it's so great and you'll be tickled pink. Oh, mine also like any of their greens freshly rinsed under water.