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Old 09-10-2016, 09:40 AM
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Hi. Its already been a week and two days since I've gotten my two young budgies. I'm wondering if its normal for them to be pulling on each others feet. It looks like their curious or want to clean each other's feet. Never saw my other birds do that so I stop them just in case they hurt each other by mistake.

Also, I've been trying and trying to give my budgies veggies and fruit but they haven't eaten them yet. How long did it take your budgies to eat veggies/fruit if you got them from a pet store?

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By watching their behaviour, it should be easy for you to tell if they are preening their feet or if they are biting with the intent of harming.
Does the budgie seem bothered and tries to break off the mate's advances on the foot? Do you notice bickering as one of the budgies tries to reach into the mate's foot?

There is not a one-size-fits-all answer as to the time it takes for budgies to start eating their fresh foods. Some can take longer than others.
The most important thing is to continue to offer them the veggies and trying to find out your budgies' preferences when it comes to how they want their fresh foods to be presented.
Some budgies like their veggies whole or cut into larger chunks and stuck in between the cage's bars, while others prefer them more finely chopped and placed on a bowl. To entice your budgies to try out the greens, you can sprinkle a few loose seeds onto the leafy greens.
A good starter veggies which budgies will usually go for is romaine lettuce ans for fruit, they aren't indifferent to a little slice of apple (no apple seeds as these are bad).
Since fruit is high in sugar content it's best to not offer it regularly, veggies can be offered on a daily basis.

For all of the detailed information, please check the stickies at the top of the Diet and Nutrition section.

Good luck!
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Aluz has given you great advice!

On the subject of veggies, I additionally recommend turning them into toys! Things such as replacing the wooden part of a swing with a carrot stick, weaving it into a favourite toy, or putting it inside, you can also get treat balls that you can put things inside. I think wiffle balls (that's what they are called, right?) work too.

Good luck with your birds!

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By watching their behaviour, it should be easy for you to tell if they are preening their feet or if they are biting with the intent of harming.
Does the budgie seem bothered and tries to break off the mate's advances on the foot? Do you notice bickering as one of the budgies tries to reach into the mate's foot?

There is not a one-size-fits-all answer as to the time it takes for budgies to start eating their fresh foods. Some can take longer than others.
The most important thing is to continue to offer them the veggies and trying to find out your budgies' preferences when it comes to how they want their fresh foods to be presented.
Some budgies like their veggies whole or cut into larger chunks and stuck in between the cage's bars, while others prefer them more finely chopped and placed on a bowl. To entice your budgies to try out the greens, you can sprinkle a few loose seeds onto the leafy greens.
A good starter veggies which budgies will usually go for is romaine lettuce ans for fruit, they aren't indifferent to a little slice of apple (no apple seeds as these are bad).
Since fruit is high in sugar content it's best to not offer it regularly, veggies can be offered on a daily basis.

For all of the detailed information, please check the stickies at the top of the Diet and Nutrition section.

Good luck!
Hmm...They don't make a sound as if their in pain or bicker. Sometimes they just try to gently get the other to stop. Other times they just let them so I guess its okay.

Okay. I will keep trying and try different stuff too. Today I plan on giving them carrots but next time I will buy the romaine lettuce and more apples.Thanks again for the information. I looked at the stickies before but will take a look at them again. :3


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Aluz has given you great advice!

On the subject of veggies, I additionally recommend turning them into toys! Things such as replacing the wooden part of a swing with a carrot stick, weaving it into a favourite toy, or putting it inside, you can also get treat balls that you can put things inside. I think wiffle balls (that's what they are called, right?) work too.

Good luck with your birds!

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I did not know you could replace the wooden part of the swing with a carrot stick. That's interesting but i'm not sure if i could do it well... Next time I will see if I can get some wiffle balls or put the veggies somewhere next to their toys though. : )Thanks for the advice as well!
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I don't know about the foot thing, sorry, but as for veggies...

The first veggie that Apollo got really excited about was kale. I rinse it off and weave it through the bars of his cage, still wet. Now I give him some sort of leafy green everyday and most of the time he will choose to eat that over anything else, while it's there.
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The veggies is hard, I've had my babies for about 6 weeks and still trying to find something they like but you have to keep trying
I've even eating the same thing next to them
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I don't know about the foot thing, sorry, but as for veggies...

The first veggie that Apollo got really excited about was kale. I rinse it off and weave it through the bars of his cage, still wet. Now I give him some sort of leafy green everyday and most of the time he will choose to eat that over anything else, while it's there.
: ) Nice! I did that with the spinach but...they ignored it. ^^"Maybe will try Kale after trying the lettuce though.

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The veggies is hard, I've had my babies for about 6 weeks and still trying to find something they like but you have to keep trying
I've even eating the same thing next to them
Wow.That is quite some time but it gives me the drive to keep trying so thanks. : D If I ate in front of them I think my budgies would be scared. XD
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