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I'm trying so many different ways to get my budgies to eat veggies, but they just REFUSE to eat them! I've been trying for a few months now. I've tried kale, spinach, carrots, broccoli, and more. The only way they'll take half a touch at them is if it's mixed/stuck together by wet rolled oats(note: this is broccoli). But, I know rolled oats are fatty, so what sticks that could be used as a replacement? What other methods have you used to get your bird to eat veggies? Thanks so much!

Their diet right now is Zupreem fruitblend.

UPDATE: Now, they're kind-of eating their veggies.(Broccoli, still) I do the same thing as before(wet rolled oats + broccoli), and then I added Zupreem fruitblend! They love it, and this seems to be the only way to get them to eat their veggies, so I really need a replacement - quick.

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There are many different ways to entice the little guys to go for healthier foods.

One thing is to stick with one kind for a while, until they get the hang of it.

Another is to make it look like a fun chew toy they can't resist.
Or to coat their regular food with a new flavor (one of my favorites)

Rolled oats (the quick oats kind? the tiny thin flakes?) is probably the treat in itself, I notice my birds go for the oats in their seed mix all the time.

Her is what I do, and I have been relatively successful with it, although I am probably the worst bird keeper on this forum:
I coat the seed mix with stage two baby foods, the kind that is vegetable mush, no meats.
They still get their beloved seeds, but it puts a new flavor in the beak.

I take a bamboo skewer (household section, about a buck a pack) and add a piece of apple wood (rodent section pet store) which has a predrilled hole of the right size in it, and put that on the blunt end of the skewer. Then I add vegetables, lettuce, sugar peas, etc to the skewer and hang it in the cage (clothes pin or binder clip)

Last but not least:
Add the new food first thing in the morning, when they are hungry.
You might be able to take the regular food out late the night before.
Give them a couple of hours to try the new food before you return their usual food to the cage. We don't want the little guys to starve!

But keep on keeping on. You have to out wait them.

Lots of good stuff in the stickies
https://talkbudgies.com/47-diet-nutrition/
(And I forgot about sprouted seeds. I use regular bird seed)
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Oh, and to answer your question about the vegetables:
Serving them in different ways every day surely gets a curious little budgie wondering! Try mashing, chopping, slicing, dicing, making "kabobs" as suggested above, or hanging bunches of herbs or greens (my girl's favorites are romaine lettuce, kale, parsley and cilantro) from the top of the cage. Budgies can take forever to get used to the fact that they have to eat veggies, so don't worry. Soon I'm sure they're going to explore their new dietary variety!
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It's always good to remember what their wild diet is. They're not fruit eaters naturally. They eat grass seeds and the shoots of sprouting grasses. So sprouted seed, soaked seed would be a good option to put with a chop as a "hint" food. Small pieces seem more readily accepted, at least at first. It's taken 3 years for Wiki to realise that larger carrot pieces and peeled carrot are the same thing.
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