Is your bird attached to you? If so he might more readily take it with your encouragement.
The mirror trick you are referencing is usually used with a larger mirror laying flat with pellets on top. The idea is when they bend down to check out the bird they may decide to nimble thus also see the mirror reflection nibbling, creating social pressure to try more pellets. I have tried this trick and it never worked for me.
I have used the social pressure with live birds and it worked really well. Matter of fact my lovebird needed no conversion process at all she saw the others eating pellets and dived right in.
ah i see. My 2 budgies are not tame and are bonded with each other. They sometimes step on my finger with coaxing but thats all. They dont stay on for too long, unless my hand is in the cage.
They wont eat their pellets yet. Tried to get them to eat it for 2 days now.
The conversion to pellets may take weeks or even months. The important thing is to be persistent and show them that it is food by serving pellets in many ways. You can leave some in their cage all the time and also sprinkle some over their veggies or egg food, or even mash some into a paste with water and see if they eat a little of that (although, like any moist food, this should not be left out for more than an hour).
The key is to be patient Surely in time they may try a nibble!
and Princess Mallorn!
Thank you to Deb for her wonderful Faery magic
What do you mean by egg food? Just cooked eggs? Or do you have to buy this? I didnt know budgies could eat that. I feed my budgies grapes, lettuce, brocolli and carrots. They dont seem to want to eat kale, rarely apples, nor banana or peppers.
I want to start changing up their diet but I am unsure what they can eat. I only read recently that budgies should eat pellets 80% of their meals. The vet place said they could order some pellets after I checked all the stores and pet stores with no luck with budgie pellets. (no one carried them). Then waiting 2 weeks the vet place tells me they could only get cockatiel pellets(the wrong ones) and I had to pay for them. I told the girl I wasn't and left.
(Not any stores here carry pellets, I then ordered them online which was pretty costly but not much else I could do)
Then I just read today that budgies should only eat pellets 30% of the time as pellets have too much protein and budgies are mainly seed eaters. Very confused. I also read they can eat toast, is this correcT? does there have to be butter on the toast or is butter bad for them?
Egg food is a very important supplement to offer your budgies. This can be used especially when budgies are moulting or during breeding time.
Egg food is highly nutritious and can also be an important component to give to sick and convalescent budgies.
You can make your own egg food by hard boiling an egg, mashing it all up and serve it on a little bowl, you can also add some veggies or sprinkle a few seeds onto the mix to make the meal more appealing.
There is also the ready-made (dry) egg food that can be bought at specialized pet stores.