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Old 08-31-2016, 07:41 PM
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Hi all. Ok so as some of you may know I got my very first pet budgies last week. Now since then I have only been feeding them mixed seeds bought from my local pet store. I really want to give my budgies the best so I was reading online and most forums say feed them vegetables and fruits plus pellets.

My question is for the pellets will I add the. To the seeds or do I have to feed them pellets one week then seeds another?

Secondly about fruits and Vegetables do I add the fruits and vegetables together or do I feed fruits one day and Vegetables the next?

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Hi there,

I'm glad you're trying to get your budgies to eat a more healthy, varied diet!

To answer your question, you can serve pellets either on the side or mixed with the seeds. Technically, there is no right way, but I prefer the pellets to be separated from the seed once they know to eat them.

However, budgies will not instantly recognise pellets as food, and so it's important to try to introduce them one of two ways:

1. You can mix pellets with their seed and slowly (over a period of weeks) reduce the amount of seed you give and increase the amount of pellets in their bowl. It's important to go slowly because if not, the budgies will have a harder time adjusting to the change. The catch is after you've reached the point where there are more seeds than pellets, they will start picking out the seeds and ignoring the pellets. For that day, you can't give them any more seed until the next day to see if that drives them to eat the pellets. That's what worked for my girl, she realised she was supposed to eat the pellets on the first day there weren't seeds in her bowl anymore. As long as you're making sure to give a small ration of seeds in the morning every day along with the pellets, your budgie won't starve.

2. However, some budgies are extremely stubborn, and this doesn't work with them. If that's the case, you may as well offer the pellets separately, or you can crush them and sprinkle the pellets on their food so they acquire the taste. If you offer the pellets in a different bowl, you can put some millet seeds on top to get them to investigate, or just leave them there so that after they each finish their 1-2 teaspoons of seed per day (the recommended amount for one budgie) they figure they should munch on pellets. Having both seed and pellets in the same bowl helps for them to identify the pellets as food.

Although it will take patience, it's definitely worth it. Budgies need a balanced, varied diet.

A great starter pellet is ZuPreem Fruitblend--be sure to get the XS canary size, which is the same as the budgie size just smaller and easier to eat.

As for the vegetables, offer those every day. Fruits, because they are high in sugar, should only be offered once a week as a treat.

To get them to try veggies, vary the presentation and type of vegetables--for example shredded carrot, chopped carrot, slivered carrots--although all of them are carrot, they may be interested in one type. Similarly, different veggies pique their interest. Wet parsley hung to the cage can entice them to explore it, and most budgies love dark leafy greens like romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, and herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil.

You can find more information about good veggies for budgies and other food related articles and stickies in the Budgie Nutrition and Diet section of the forums!

Best of luck!
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Hi there,

I'm glad you're trying to get your budgies to eat a more healthy, varied diet!

To answer your question, you can serve pellets either on the side or mixed with the seeds. Technically, there is no right way, but I prefer the pellets to be separated from the seed once they know to eat them.

However, budgies will not instantly recognise pellets as food, and so it's important to try to introduce them one of two ways:

1. You can mix pellets with their seed and slowly (over a period of weeks) reduce the amount of seed you give and increase the amount of pellets in their bowl. It's important to go slowly because if not, the budgies will have a harder time adjusting to the change. The catch is after you've reached the point where there are more seeds than pellets, they will start picking out the seeds and ignoring the pellets. For that day, you can't give them any more seed until the next day to see if that drives them to eat the pellets. That's what worked for my girl, she realised she was supposed to eat the pellets on the first day there weren't seeds in her bowl anymore. As long as you're making sure to give a small ration of seeds in the morning every day along with the pellets, your budgie won't starve.

2. However, some budgies are extremely stubborn, and this doesn't work with them. If that's the case, you may as well offer the pellets separately, or you can crush them and sprinkle the pellets on their food so they acquire the taste. If you offer the pellets in a different bowl, you can put some millet seeds on top to get them to investigate, or just leave them there so that after they each finish their 1-2 teaspoons of seed per day (the recommended amount for one budgie) they figure they should munch on pellets. Having both seed and pellets in the same bowl helps for them to identify the pellets as food.

Although it will take patience, it's definitely worth it. Budgies need a balanced, varied diet.

A great starter pellet is ZuPreem Fruitblend--be sure to get the XS canary size, which is the same as the budgie size just smaller and easier to eat.

As for the vegetables, offer those every day. Fruits, because they are high in sugar, should only be offered once a week as a treat.

To get them to try veggies, vary the presentation and type of vegetables--for example shredded carrot, chopped carrot, slivered carrots--although all of them are carrot, they may be interested in one type. Similarly, different veggies pique their interest. Wet parsley hung to the cage can entice them to explore it, and most budgies love dark leafy greens like romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, and herbs like parsley, cilantro, and basil.

You can find more information about good veggies for budgies and other food related articles and stickies in the Budgie Nutrition and Diet section of the forums!

Best of luck!
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:43 AM
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Star has given you excellent advice.

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 do seem to find the easiest pellets to use for introducing pellets to their budgies to be the CANARY (extra small) 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. Roudybush crumbles is also a popular "starter" pellet.

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.

Please be sure to read through the stickies in the Diet and Nutrition section of the forum for various ways to introduce vegetables and fruits to your budgies.
Vegetables are the healthier choice with fruits being an occasional "treat" as the fruit is higher in sugar content.

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With Faerybee and StarlingWings! It takes some perseverance, but most budgies will eventually learn to eat good, healthy foods. I also agree that Zupreem tends to be one of the easiest to convert them to, possibly because of colour and taste.

My suggestion for offering vegetables is to make it interesting. Make it into a toy! You've seen those animals at zoos trying to get food out of a holey container? That kind of thing (at least I've found) works for budgies too. Carrot swings, on top of a favourite toy, IN a favourite toy.

Also, as Faerybee and Star said, read the stickies in the diet and nutrition section! They are chalk full of information and advice!

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