there are only two pet supply stores in my town, so i generally don't have a lot of options when it comes to where to shop (unless i shop online, which is preferable but shipping can get pricey!)
today i bought two new toys for delilah:
the one on the left is a ladder with mirror and beads, living world brand, $4. the one on the right is a combined shredder/preening toy, hari brand. the tag says it's all natural and was $8
i think the ladder is fine to keep in her cage, but if anyone has had problems with it before, can you let me know? the shredder toy is definitely going to be one that she only plays with when i'm around to watch. is there anything else i should be aware of?
also, i have one last question: the only pellet food i could find was zupreem brand fruitblend flavour pellets. is that a good pellet, or should i look for something else? thanks!
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.
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.
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!
My birds have all three of the following types of pellets regularly
Other good brands of pellets are Roudybush, Harrisons and LeFarbers
Good seed brands are:
To enhance your budgie's diet, you can begin introducing vegetables and fruit to him.
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 budgie with fruits given only occasionally.
The first vegetable my guys tried (and loved) was sweet corn kernels sprinkled with a teeny bit of garlic powder (NOT salt).
Budgies seem to love "spicy" tastes.
My guys adore fresh basil, cilantro and chickweed.
They also like zucchini and red pepper.
With regard to the ladder, the only problem you may have with it is the mirror. Prince Deliah may become overly enamored with his reflection and become obsessive about the mirror. If you notice this happening, you will be better off to remove that toy and replace the ladder with a natural wood one.
I'm not as expert as some of the folks on here, but I'm glad you've said you'll only use the shredder toy when you're around. There recently was a 'warning' tale of someone's budgie getting their feet caught in the dangling thread bits... Good luck with the toys, and I'm sure they'll provide lots of fun.:-)) Maybe post some pics?:-)